Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 463
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 21
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ShanePB on 02-02-2012

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Similar to my recent opining about Horny Goat, I wonder why I keep trying out Atwater beers, especially when I rarely find any real quality peeking out from beneath the piles of mediocrity and terribility (terribleness? hm, that one's recognized by Firefox's spellcheck, anyway...). Regardless of the reason, this stuff is in my glass, and it pours a deep, dark sienna topped by a finger or so of sandstone foam. The nose lives up to the name, bright, rich, downright decadent chocolate cake (that's chocolate cake topped with chocolate icing) filling both nostrils to the point that I fear for my blood sugar levels. The taste then proceeds to alleviate any such fears, as it waters things down considerably, though there's still some latent sweetness hanging around like the guy who just can't take the hint. The result is a strange astringency that slices the sides of my tongue in the way that a bad Highlands scotch can. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a weak, slick-ish feel. Overall, yet another Atwater beer (and yet another rich-chocolate beer) that falls flat on its bleeding face. Not only does the flavor profile break whatever promises made by the smell, but the overly thin body ruins whatever goodness could have come through in spite. Pass, to say the least. (1,356 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The first thing you will notice about this beer is is is black. Very black. Opaque. Deep crude oil black. It smells of the promised chocolate, reminding me specifically of unsweetened cocoa powder. The taste is of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. It is refreshing to have a nice chocolate beer that is not a stout. Here it is really well done. The inherent bitterness of dark chocolate is well used to prevent this beer from being sweet. In fact is is awesomely dry. Wonderfully beer to contemplate with. (507 characters)

Photo of TequilaTom
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate (surprise!) with a very thin and quickly dissipating head. Smells of rich dark chocolate and roasted malt. Quite a bit of vanilla as well. Unfortunately that's where the goodness ends. Very thin body, as I suspected from how quickly the head dissapeared. Too watery. And because of that, it is too under flavored. Put a little more in there and this could've been stellar, but it falls short and into the just ok category. Glad I tried it, but unless they come out with an improved or imperial version, I won't revisit. (547 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

BOD 2/15. Pours deep dark brown. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and lacing.

Rich nose of sweet dark chocolate with cocoa overtones with a hint of roast deep in the background. The aroma is very similar to hot chocolate with marshmallows. World Class.

Light body with a texture thicker than water, but not by much. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair amount in the finish.

Compared to the nose, the flavor profile is rather disappointing. The richness of the aroma never materializes on the palate. You get a weak flavor that you can finally identify as a weak somewhat bitter chocolate right before the finish. Sweetness never really delivers either...just subtle hints. The finish has a subtle roast component. (770 characters)

Photo of drunkenmess
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice opaque black. Light to little head. Very minimal lacing. Smells and also Tastes of dark chocolate and vanilla with light smokiness present. Very heavy on the vanilla and chocolate. A very light bodied brew, nothing strong or overwhelming yet so tasty that its awesome. Salute to you Atwater! Did it again. (318 characters)

Photo of Leo-Dean
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate smell, dark coca cola look with little carbonation but a bit of froth. Sweet smell, very sweet taste. Great beer for dessert and during dinner. (153 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with a cola brown edging where light can penetrate. The head is cocoa powder colored and peaks at a finger's width. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Spotty lacing with decent stick.

Smell - Dark chocolate and heavy maple and molasses sweetness. Pancake syrup, anyone?

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolate notes, light malt roast and maple syrup. I like it, but there's not much else going on here.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with low carbonation. Smooth, but nothing special.

Overall - Not bad, but kinda simple and not much "dark chocolate" character. More so sweet and syrupy. (644 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black pour with a tan head!
Aroma? Well, huge chocolate, malt, coffee and malt.
Taste is right on the money with the aroma. Back taste of alcohol.
Mouth feel is velvety with a pleasant bitterness.
Very nice effort from Atwater. (234 characters)

Photo of bamba415
2.06/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On draft - 5/20/15

Appearance - 4
Dark, but not quite opaque with some nice head that didn't last

Smell - 3
Some chocolate and not much else.

Taste - 1
Sweet fake chocolate. No complexity. Another reviewer mentioned Shock Top. That's what you are getting here.

Mouthfeel - 3
Medium bodied, not terrible but definitely not as robust as what I was expecting

Overall - 2
The taste really killed it. It was a real disappointment. As somewhat of a chocolate snob, this one just didn't do it for me. If you take to chocolate flavored candy, it may not be so bad . If not, but you do enjoy a rich chocolate stout on occasion, I'd pick up a Youngs which is widely available and very tasty (695 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5
Dark muddy red-brown. Totally opaque. About a finger of nice darker tan head.

Smell - 4/5
Extremely strong chocolate syrup aroma, with hints of coffee,

Taste - 3.5/5
Quite sweet. Chocolate syrup, coffee. Perhaps some roasted malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel - 3.25/5
Medium bodied, smooth and fairly creamy. Carbonation is light.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was better than I expected, considering it's from Atwater (they continually let me down), but still it was only a mediochre beer. (500 characters)

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

nice chocolate beer. first chocolate ALE I think I've ever had, and I'm not disappointed.
creamy milk chocolate taste and feel, with roasted nuts on the tongue. head is a one finger light tan that holds for a little bit with medium lacing. roasted malts on the nose. easy to drink. I may buy this again in the future when I'm sick of chocolate stouts...... which may be awhile. home state brew, detroit love. (411 characters)

Photo of dthrift3
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My personal favorite from Atwater. Very silky smooth feel because of the low carbonation. Sweet dark chocolate aromas make the mouth water! Great taste from start to finish. Your typical sweet, not bitter, dark chocolate taste turns almost into a root beer-ish middle, and finishes smooth with more cocoa tastes. Wonderful beer from a wonderful town. (355 characters)

Photo of PhilMiller
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice very dark color with almost no carbonation from a twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Lots of vanilla and chocolate in the smell, and somehow it just smells sweet!

Taste is of course a nice dark chocolate and the vanilla, almost a root beer flavor midway and ending with a distinct tangy edge.

Feel is fine, a little thick as I'd expected from a chocolate stout, but the nearly flat carbonation level lowered my enjoyment.

Overall I would definitely try again, a solid enjoyable beer. (503 characters)

Photo of cserrato02
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Great visual and aroma. Flavor is a little disappointing. It's not as smooth and it lacks body. However, chocolate flavor does come through nicely in the after taste. (166 characters)

Photo of stadmo1
2.51/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Look and smell are excellent. Taste is disappointing. Lacks depth and is over carbonated. Two parts soda water and one part Hershey's syrup about sums it up. (158 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich dark chocolate color and has a minimal tan head that fades to a thin edge layer quickly after the pour.
Aroma is rich and sweet milk chocolate with a bit of brown sugar and just hints of roasted malt. Nose is overwhelmingly sweet, almost too sweet like chocolate milk.
First sip reveals very fine tingly carbonation and a very smooth texture.
Flavor is some roasted malt and a bit of chocolate with some toffee and brown sugar finishing things off. The finish lingers with a chocolate milk sweetness. No hops or booze to be found on this beer. A very rich and malty brew that borders on cloyingly sweet.
I enjoy it but if you dont like chocolate forget this beer. (741 characters)

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: just like diet coke
S: very faint chocolate
T: dark chocolate lots of carbonation with a ssd light alcohol burn
F: bubbly
O: lots of carbonation almost like carbonated chocolate drink with slight vodka burn off (214 characters)

Photo of dryfly24
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you want a true chocolate stout this is the one. Tons of true chocolate and caramel flavors coming though. Wonderful carbonated yet creamy mouthfeel. Nice thin head and lacing retained throughout. Really nice in a tulip glass on a winter day. Will pick up again when I can find it. (284 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head. Smells like a brownie or chocolate cake, tastes like it too. Medium to full bodied, good carbonation. I like. (154 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black, mid-tan head, short and fading quickly, with some lacing.

S - One of the strongest chocolate fragrance coming off this that I've ever found in a beer. Reminds me distinctly of Hersey dark chocolate syrup, with a hint of straight cocoa, as well. Fudge and brownie mix also present.

T - Follows the nose, but not as intense. The fact that this is still a beer is clearer in the taste, though it remains extraordinarily chocolate forward. Lacks hop elements, and also most roast characteristics of a standard stout.

M - Lacking the gravity I associate with stouts. No drying. A bit sticky.

O - It absolutely delivers on the name. Heavy chocolate eclipses most other characteristics. As an exercise of how to amplify chocolate smells and tastes, the exercise is interesting, but ends up feeling a bit one-noted. That is a significant detraction for a beer, even with the spot-on chocolate hit it delivers. (931 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I'm not expecting a whole lot from this beer, but could be interesting. I love how they have the month and year stamp on the bottom, it's just too bad they didn't actually stamp the date! What a waste.

An aggressive pour yields a small creamy 1/2 finger dark head that fades semi quickly, a little lacing, but most of the lacing is due to long legs on the sides surprisingly, I hope it's not too sweet. Absolutely pitch black, no light coming through this sucker.

Nose pretty much delivers what it promises, dark chocolate, and lots of it. Tons of dark chocolate and fudgey cocoa, an almost chewy oat chocolate mix, with some caramel and black malt notes, but that's about it, just chocolate.

Taste brings lots more chocolate, but seems like a watery chocolate taste, like making a thick hot cocoa but using water, and using too much water, a thin base of the beer. Dark chocolate in there, cocoa and a little fudge note, mild caramel note, as well as some toasty roasty notes, a bit of burnt roast as well. Mild bitter grassy hop comes through late, and that turns to bitter slight spicy hops on the finish, as it dries on the finish, a little powedered cocoa like I just emptied one of those Swiss Miss hot chocolate packs in my mouth and then drank water.

Mouth is lighter bod, lighter carbonation too, not as creamy as I expected it to be.

Overall, not too great. It has chocolate yes, but that's about all it has, and the mouth/body and base malt beer are just sooo thin and watery. It def could have benefited from some oats or creamy feel in general, or even just more body from the malts. (1,607 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one's a beaut. Had it in a snifter at a bar and at home from bottle to stout glass.

Both ways, the aroma is incomparable. Dark, bitter chocolate with a little coffee grounds on the nose. Every time I have one of these in front of me, I let it sit for several minutes just enjoy the aroma wafting from the glass. Do the people around me look at me sideways for breathing from the glass? Yup. But not after they get a sniff of this wonderful little brew.

The taste follows through, a nice stout feel more bitter coffee than in the smell. The best part is there isn't any taste of artificial chocolate that infects so many chocolate stouts.

One of my favorite stouts, period. (681 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown in color, with a small tan head, which fades fairly quickly. Thin, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Vanilla and bitter cocoa are prominent in the aroma, along with cold coffee, spicy alcohol and wood.

Taste: Opens with a note of cold coffee, soon followed by bitter cacao, vanilla, wood. Later in the taste, caramel and nutty flavors appear. Towards the finish, the taste is rather sweet, somewhat like vanilla sugar wafers. The vanilla sugar wafer taste lingers on, along with a late wave of cold coffee.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Quite nice, the taste does not quite live up to the lavish opening, but still, a nice dessert beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.


Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant. (909 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another pick from a recent trip to western Pennsylvania. Atwater is not distributed to my state.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a; Black with clear copper highlights when seen through light. Finger thick tan head receded quickly to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild chocolate

t: Light chocolate with some bite from hops and carbonation. sweet to dry finish.

m: Light, occasional watery hints but mostly adequate body. Lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A very drinkable and quite tasty brew, although perhaps too lightweight to justify being called "Decadent." An enjoyable holiday time and/or colder weather beverage. (663 characters)

Photo of BBMuffins
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a similar color to root beer. A mostly opaque deep brown that hesitantly lets the tiniest bit of light in at the edges of the glass.

Smells very chocolaty, a little bit of a nutty essence, but mostly chocolate.

Tastes like what I expect club soda with chocolate syrup mixed in to taste like... as in... it's not good. I've definitely had worse, and this doesn't gross me out with it's flavor, but it's very plain and boring. It doesn't taste enough like chocolate, and the complexity is that I can literally taste the carbonated bubbles as much as the beer. This is lame.

A little thick, with a bit of tangy carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall, it's a very "OK" beer. It isn't quite remarkable in any way, and I think Young's Chocolate Stout beats this in most categories, even if it's a different style. If you're looking for a chocolate stout, definitely go with Young's over this one. If you're looking for something new to try, I recommend trying something else. (982 characters)

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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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