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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ShanePB on 02-02-2012)
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Photo of Jvincent2014
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Not what I expected tastes like diet yahoo. Tastes really flat and plain. This brewery usually puts out really solid stuff..

Jvincent2014, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of MButkus
1/5  rDev -72.5%

MButkus, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of King_KongDCO93
1/5  rDev -72.5%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of ANiklaus
1.12/5  rDev -69.1%

ANiklaus, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of tdmccarthy
1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

tdmccarthy, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of tommyguz
1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

tommyguz, May 07, 2013
Photo of donkeyrunner
1.8/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My wife likes chocolate beer. I like my wife. So I bought her some chocolate beer.

Dark brown with a thick cocoa head. Collar retention dots my glass on it's way down.

Smells like maple syrup. I was expecting chocolate.

Tastes like maple syrup with strong bitter vegetable oil in back. Again, for some reason I was expecting chocolate. Chocolate syrup burps though.

This is terrible. I like maple syrup but a) I was expecting chocolate and b) that's a nasty back end. That's yucky two ways.

donkeyrunner, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of krustster
1.93/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I had low expectations for this one, based on Atwater's Vanilla Porter being such a disappointment, but once again I was drawn in by their sharp artwork and the promise of "decadent chocolate".

To my surprise, even with lowered expectations, I was still disappointed! This beer poured very cola-like in appearance, built a nice looking head that disappeared quickly. It's a nice color (but what beer isn't?) but pretty transparent despite its dark brown color. Not a big deal but this turned out to be an indication of things to come.

The nose was the strongest point. Rich chocolate with a touch of vanilla, no indication of malts or whatever but the overall impression I got was closer to a high-level rum than any beer I've tried. There's still a little bit left in my glass and I keep sniffing it even now.
That was about it for the positives. Somehow all the wonderful chocolatey elements were strictly limited to the smell and none are evident in the taste. There's a slight malt character, with a the barest hint of the chocolate that was so "decadent" in the smell, and after that... nothing. It literally tastes like a watered down version of itself, or what I expected based on the intoxicating smell. Just bland, slightly sour, not decadent in the slightest. The mouth feel is similarly poor, just thin and weakly carbonated with no body. It really feels like drinking a Killian's or Bud that had slight chocolate flavor added. As it warms, instead of the flavor opening up, it just gets bland and kind of gross. I'd drink this over something like PBR but what's the point? If not for the delicious aroma, this beer would be a total waste of money. When you consider that a four pack of this costs the same as Founders Breakfast Stout or some of the excellent New Holland High Gravity Series (here in Michigan at least) there is absolutely no reason to buy this.

krustster, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of ThatsThatDude
2/5  rDev -44.9%

ThatsThatDude, May 24, 2014
Photo of Paul_Apsley
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Paul_Apsley, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of jcjerabek
2/5  rDev -44.9%

jcjerabek, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of rheimbro
2/5  rDev -44.9%

rheimbro, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of brutusmuktuk
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Dark brown color, no head. Has an amazing dark chocolate smell, but the taste is underwhelming. Despite the promise of the aroma, I got very little in terms of flavor. Has a watery feel. The taste is strongly reminiscent of a weak Dr. Pepper. Palate is strongly carbonated and comes off a little too harsh.

brutusmuktuk, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Dcunicelli
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Dcunicelli, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of campfirebrew
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

campfirebrew, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of tgates
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

tgates, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of mgroothuis
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

mgroothuis, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of bwarren82
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

bwarren82, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of MCano
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

MCano, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of louisianajones
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Just bought this from Crazy Bruce in Bristol CT as part of a mixed sixer. Aggressively poured into a Guinness glass.

This ale pours a nice dark brown, almost black, with very little head or lacing. Smell is chocolate first and foremost, a hint of bread, and not much else. Heavily, harshly carbonated. Taste begins as chocolate soda; the only clue I have that this is beer is at the finish, which is thin and watery with some nondescript beer flavor. The chocolate flavor reminds me of chocolate NECCO wafers. I've had chocolate stouts that were much better. This tastes more like soda than beer to me. Won't be drinking this again.

louisianajones, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

KevinGordon, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of AndyEdgar
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

If you like Hershey syrup, this is your beer. All other notes are average at best

AndyEdgar, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of tmcarter23
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

tmcarter23, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of carnoustie7
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

carnoustie7, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of therealsikes
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

therealsikes, Aug 06, 2014
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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.