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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

Decadent Dark Chocolate AleDecadent Dark Chocolate Ale

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BA SCORE
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238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.53%


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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ShanePB on 02-02-2012)
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adam for gifting me this and other Michigan beers. the beer is near black (the lighting was low) with a small tan head. This beer is all about the chocolate. The scent and the flavor are rich, dark, chocolates. A hint of espresso bean, cocoa. medium bodied with a light sweetness. perhaps I was in a chocolate mood. This was delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 02:28:12 | More by Huhzubendah
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SlickHick740

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As advertised.

Starts like a medium roast/nut-ale. Finishes with a hint of chocolate.

All in all I really liked the beer. It wasn't like washing down a bottle of chocolate milk but you do get a distinct flavor and smell of chocolate.

Good winter beer (or unless you live in Ohio, an early March beer when winter still has us firmly in its grass).

Was slightly disappointed with the ABV. At only about 5% it is fairly weak.

Was a big fan of the "bottled on" date at the bottom of the sticker. Got a fairly old batch (bottled Jan, 2014) but it was still good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 03:14:19 | More by SlickHick740
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 22:32:50 | More by brutusmuktuk
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MECove

North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich color with red undertones, but when you drink it, it doesn't feel heavy or thick. I like the subtle bubble, almost like soda, but not too much carbonation so it's still smooth and not airy. The aroma of dark chocolate is stronger than the flavor (unfortunately), and the after taste is a bit bitter, which takes away from upcoming sips, so the first swallow is the best. I would enjoy this beer as a snack or dessert rather than with a meal because it is so delicious on its own merit. It's bright enough that you can drink several and not get tired or overwhelmed by its sweetness. Atwater Brewery can claim a degree of pride despite the low reputation of Detroit. My only other suggestion is a slightly higher alcoholic content. If you're looking to enjoy such a wealth of flavor and texture, you might as well get a buzz while you're at it. :)

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 21:45:19 | More by MECove
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tasted 13 November 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours dark brown. With light behind it, I can make out clarity and some reddish tones at the edges. One finger of medium-tan head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is interesting. Reminds me of something, but I can't quite put my finger on it. The chocolate is more like carob chips or something. It's a nutty, pale chocolate, sweet and milky rich. I finally placed it; it smells like the fake mochas you get from coffee vending machine. But here I actually like it; wish the stout were a little more present.

Taste is much more like a typical stout, though kinda dull. Mostly roasty; want more roast. That blast of sweetness and nice weirdness in the smell is only there a little bit. No problems, but nothing to impress me.

Feel is okay. Medium-bodied, a little light. Carbonation is fine. I want more body, more fullness.

I could like this beer. But at every step, I'm left wanting more. More flavor, more richness, more body. It's not bad, it's just not enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 15:58:11 | More by zeledonia
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark Chocolate Ale pours a black color with a very small head. There is a strong dark semi-sweet chocolate flavor. The taste has a semi-sweet dark chocolate flavoring. Very nice bold chocolate flavors, and very easy to drink, with a nice body. Overall WOW, a very strong dark-chocolate bomb.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:49:00 | More by vette2006c5r
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Atwater Brewery Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale
12 oz. bottle, notched as bottled in December 2013
$1.99 @ Wegman's, Collegeville, PA

Appearance: Stout-like appearance with a brown-black body and tan head. Good head retention and very nice lacing.

Aroma: Cocoa, golden caramel, fudge, roasty, dark chocolate, sweet cream.

Taste: Chocolate and malt upfront. A distinct Hershey's syrup flavor as it warms. All of the flavors found in the aroma appear at some point. Roastiness. Light coffee. Its mild bitterness becomes firm and dry in the lingering finish with some residual roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: Interesting and somewhat complex. Not overdone with chocolate so you could have a few, just as if you were drinking a straight-forward stout. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 22:48:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- Bot. 6/13. Consumed 11/13.

A: Rich chocolate pour produces a modest, khaki head with a mildly good retention rate. Milky film lacing coats the vessel with a decent rate of coverage.

S: The freshest of cocoa powder arrives on the nose, probably the freshest of which i think i ever experienced. Rich wet chocolate, sweet, arrives with a big initial burst. Kit kat chocolate scent, fresh hot chocolate with a hint of marshmellow finishes things out.

T: The flavor was milky chocolate, cocoa powder, soft coffee. Flavor seems a bit thin when compared to the full robust nose and expecations of the label. Light coffee, somewhat bitter chocolate roast is followed by a slight mention of creamer.

M: soft and creamy, milky textured, with a light-medium body ahs some cocoa powder texture to it. Carbonation feels about right, doesnt get in the way of itself, but hardly is a figure of strong point.

O: Overall the nose is the best aspect here, fresh, strong and powdery, the flavor falls off a bit, decent but a bit disappointing when compared to the nose, and the mouthful is okay, but could of been more lush and full. Drinks more like a milk stout imho with a nice chocolate aspect.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 02:10:42 | More by beerthulhu
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krustster

Michigan

1.93/5  rDev -47.1%
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.
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:20:31 | More by krustster
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a notched date of 03/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a one-finger head
S: Tons of milk chocolate, chocolate truffle & vanilla maybe with a hint of bourbon
T: Dark malt, some cocoa but lacks the complexity/intensity of the nose. Finish tastes a bit off
M: Medium-bodied, a touch thin
O: A decent beer for sure, worth trying especially for the nose but won't be added to the regular lineup

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 17:09:41 | More by ONUMello
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keithmurray

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - very dark brown liquid with an head

Smell - smell is very rich and sweet chocolate, reminiscent of Hershey's syrup

Taste - not as enticing as the smell would lead you to believe, the chocolate is there, but there isn't a lot of complexity going on here

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, body is coming in light for a stout, there is some hop bitterness at the back of this, but the flavor comes in tasting a bit artificial

Overall - this would serve as a good gateway beer for converting beer drinkers over to craft. For the seasoned palate, this may be a letdown. Okay beer that lacks the complexity or the heft of body that I normally associate with stouts.

Price Point - ~$2.25/12oz single

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 00:27:35 | More by keithmurray
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola hue nearly black with ruby highlights, thin tan head texture seems a bit flimsy for a big chocolate stout. Aroma is sick with chocolate syrup, perfume laden caramelized sugars, with a hint of roasted coffee. It could induce diabetes just by smelling it, but seriously the perceived sweetness on the nose if off the charts think Hershey syrup. Flavor how does that sweetness the nose derives to the senses play out on the palate? Actually somewhat balanced think dry cocoa powder in a very much bitter dark roasted base stout, enough creamy bitterness with a bit of lactose and coffee roasts pleasantly blends the flavor into something much more enjoyable than the initial aromatics. Expansive creamy dark chocolate fades away to let the lactose milk sugars take stride, leaving a bit of an interesting creamy texture to the medium to full bodied stout. Carbonation level is natural and smooth on the palate finishes pretty clean with minimal acrid notes of acidity from the dark notes. Overall a complex stout that I was thinking was going to be a train wreck, ended up being pretty much a win in my book. Only 2.50 for a single definitely worth the experience but in truth I'm glad I didn't invest any more, it doesn't seem to be the type of beer that I would drink in number.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 04:07:03 | More by WVbeergeek
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark and mucky chocolate brown. Looks like a porter. Head has a good earthy tan color.

Dark chocolate syrup, sweet roast, presence of lactose, caramel, and hints of French roast coffee. Sweet and indulgent.

Some attenuation comes between good bitter cocoa and dark chocolate flavors. Aided by a deep roast, barley grain reveals wort-y maltose and slight char. Caramel and demerara sugar notes come through, also. Happy that the sweetness is actually well job that is well-maintained.

Feels a tad thin. Nice whoosh feel from the tightly-wound carbonation. Gruff, in a good way.

Decent little beer. Good flavor. Worthy.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 17:17:29 | More by thecheapies
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louisianajones

Connecticut

2.61/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 00:28:10 | More by louisianajones
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json83

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tastes very similar, if not exactly, like the Vanilla Java Porter that Atwater also makes. This flavor was great excellent - you can sense a medium coffee taste hinted with a vanilla creamer. I would rank this in my top 5 because it's such a great combination of everything intertwined together. I could drink this pretty steady. Est. 168 calories per bottle at 5.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 23:41:42 | More by json83
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle is notch dated March 2013.

Aroma: Chocolate! ... but more milk and medium chocolate and chocolate topping than dark chocolate. Hints of coffee and toasted grains.

Pours a dark reddish-brown, near black in the glass, with a small tan head that soon dissipates into a thin ring.

T: Sweet and chocolatey, as the nose suggests. Probably better categorized as a milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Feels too thin. Light carbonation.

Overall: Delivers on the promised chocolate, but sweet balance, thin body, and a lack of complexity limit its appeal. Still, woth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 01:51:07 | More by chinchill
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The BA listing as American Stout does not seem correct. It is a unique chocolate ale, but it seems far from a stout.

The color is stout. Very black and opaque. The nose is a chocolaty ale. The taste is a light chocolaty ale. The chocolate flavor really dominates a bit too much, but I was in the mood for such a thing, and it really is refreshing.

It leaves a light stout like aftertaste, with chocolate.

Overall, this is not as good as it should be, but the misclassifying does not help. I guess you do have to call it something, and I don't know what it should be called. American dark ale with flavoring maybe.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 23:55:51 | More by schoolboy
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Rick

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

It pours dark black with a thin head that quickly disappears.
The smell hits you like a bag full of Hershey's Kisses and stays until the last sip.
The taste is slightly dry with plenty of roasty, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee.

The only thing that keeps this from being an outstanding beer is the mouthfeel. At the same time I've come to like it for the same reason. Like others have said, it's a little watery but comes off as refreshing to me and goes down great on a hot day. I think I may have stumbled on a "sessionable" stout. It may not satisfy the need for a nice, hefty, dessert beer but might cure the urge for stout on a summer day without the "big" beer commitment.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 05:23:04 | More by Rick
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barczar

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque deep brown with hazy amber highlights and a foamy half inch tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving no lacing.

Very sweet, low quality chocolate and vanilla dominate the aroma. Coffee and light roast malt notes finish the profile. I've never smelled something so chocolatey and sweet.

Flavor reveals notes of cola, with underpinnings of dark chocolate throughout, accompanying a lightly acrid roast malt body. Initially a little sweet, the finish is pretty dry, bitter, and charred.

Body is slick and moderate, with moderate carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth. Astringency mid palate is offputting.

Definitely chocolatey! A dessert of a beer. Would be more pleasant without that mid palate character and the cola notes. Too charred for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 22:29:38 | More by barczar
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farrago

New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mild head, maybe half a finger of deep tan which is gone lickety-split, not much stick in the lacing which is more of a thin, slippery sheet than anything else. While the liquid is pure black it doesn’t seem “impenetrably dense” for effect’s sake, thin aura of yellow around the rims, there you can see a blip of carbonation. The nose is extremely creamy, maple syrup, molten milk chocolate, caramel, coffee ice cream, malted milk balls, light cherry fruit, not overtly sugary nor is it lacking posture, simply a one trick pony. It’s light to medium-bodied in the mouth and drier than expected based on the nose, tighter punch to the carbonation too. The chocolate, cocoa, coffee, malt flavors are all there, however, they lack resonance and depth. More grains and oats and a dried to blanched nuttiness as well. Here there’s some herbal hoppy kick. Any fruit gets cloaked by the roast, minor cherry, plum at best. Tacky character, dries onto your tongue. Plenty of retronasal cocoa powder. Unfortunately it is sort of lifeless and turns watery at the end. Ehh, what can you do.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 22:23:11 | More by farrago
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Krakistophales

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours jet black with an off white, almost tan head

S: Milk chocolate, chocolate malts, hints of vanilla/spicy sweetness

T: Huge milk chocolate up front, a hint of bitterness on the end. Honestly, it tastes like chocolate milk without any sugar.

O: A bit thin for a heavy chocolate stout, but it's not bad. Would I buy again? Probably not, but it's definitely not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:56:03 | More by Krakistophales
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Eric1Mess

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For dark chocolate lovers this is the beer you want! Have tried many chocolate beers in the past and Atwater hit it head on. Actually walked into this one blindly having only tried a few other beers by Atwater. starting to become a huge fan of this brand.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 00:14:36 | More by Eric1Mess
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's snifter glass and consumed 6/2/2013. Seems to be dated January 2013, but there is also a notch under May 2013. Its probably January 2013.

Aroma: Weird, it definitely smells like thick chocolate fudge. Pure chocolate fudge. Not a very complex nose but definitely one of the more interesting ones I've had in a long time. (4.5)

Colour: Pours a dark brown, nearly black body with a small <1cm tan head that dissipates into nearly nothing, leaving a small thin film at the center of the beer. If I just leave it in the glass and stare at it, it looks like it could be Hershey chocolate fudge. (4)

Flavour: Not as chocolatey as the nose, and feels quite a bit watered down. But its definitely got a lot of cocoa in it, starting with a sweet chocolate flavour, transitioning to a mild roast maltiness that subsides into a cocoa bitterness. Interesting taste but overall it is watery and gets old pretty quickly; again not the most complex beer. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Feels thin bodied, OK carbonation. Finish is dry and a bit bitter from the cocoa finish. Aftertaste is mostly the bitter cocoa nibs and lingers a while. Nothing super special or great, definitely no heat behind this one. (3.5)

Overall: Tasty, sort of a gimmicky beer that I probably won't buy a six pack of. That being said it was an interesting experience that got old a bit fast. The nose is definitely its strongest attribute but the thin mouthfeel and relative lack of complexity are definitely its weaknesses. That being said its not a terrible beer so if you're thinking about trying one in a mix-a-six, I definitely encourage you to try it. (3.5)

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:09:48 | More by Stevedore
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle strangely bottled January AND March 2013 ... I don't know which, but whatever. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Very, very deep black color, but a good amount of ruby coloring when held up to light. Two finger head goes down to a tan ring. Looks pretty good.

Smell: INSANE aroma. Massive amounts of chocolate... this beer seriously smells like Cocoa Puffs. Impossible to NOT give this beer a 5. It's supposed to be chocolatey, and the smell certainly gives you that.

Taste/feel: Gotta admit that I'm surprised this beer only has an 82 rating. The beer is dubbed "Decadent", and it really is ... maybe not so much in the mouthfeel, but the taste and smell? Most definitely on point. Massive cocoa on the start and through the sip, but then the finish has a roasty malt characteristic to give it another dimension... I was scared that this might just taste like chocolate through-and-through. Decadent's most definitely heavy on the cocoa/chocolate, but that's what I wanted. The mouthfeel is relatively thin, which is a definite bummer, but it DOES help to make the beer more drinkable. And considering it's 5.5% ABV, you could enjoy two or three without feeling like you're going to fall over.

Very enjoyable, and this has to be my favorite beer from Atwater, which is a brewery that tends to underwhelm me. If the feel on this one were to be a little bit creamier, and the aftertaste was more like the taste is on the front, this could be my favorite chocolate-forward stout. Regardless, a shockingly tasty beer... and the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 16:50:36 | More by Alextricity
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TheBrewo

Michigan

2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

We pour a brew of the darkest mahogany brown coloring, holding a half finger tall head of light tan bubbles showing okay retention. Spotty lacing is left clinging around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose gives big milk chocolates off the bat, bringing memories of sipping on hot cocoa by a roaring fire. Toffee, Tootsie Roll, white sugar, and fatty whole milk add creamy sweetness. Mixing to fill are notes of banana fruitiness, raw coffee malts, coiny metallics, general roastiness, marshmallow, and faint boozy bite. Our first impression is that there is less bold balancing sweetness than expected, with a decently robust start, but a rather watered finish. As we sip, the taste opens with straight chocolate milk smoothness, lightly roasted coffee and chocolate malts, lactic sourness, lipid, mineral water, and very faint plastic phenols. Gas station hazelnut coffee pulls us to the peak, where a blend of soured roasted coffee malts, white flour, metallics, corny adjuncts, and overly sweet German Kinder chocolates meet for the attempted balance. The finishing wash comes across as severely watered through, with sweetness of white sugars and stale marshmallow, along with weak milk chocolate, banana mash, metallics, and lightly soured lactics. The aftertaste breathes of that soured grain, even milkiness, banana milkshake, cinnamon essence, mineral, sweeter whipped cream, and lightly adjuncty filler grain. The body is on the lighter side, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is cooled and thinly coated, with eventual faint dryness down the center of the hard palate. Each sip gives nice slurp, froth, cream, sip, pop, and glug. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, the strongest aspect of this beer was its aroma. This showed big chocolates, brown malts, sugars, vanillas, and general sweetness, certainly deserving of the title of “decadence”. Where we lost points was through the end of the sip, where the flavoring was almost entirely washed out with watery grain, affecting not only the taste, but also the feel. Atwater has continued to disappoint us in cohesion and final execution of their styles, so I guess we’ll have to wait for the next one in hopes of finding something that is worth coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 00:38:25 | More by TheBrewo
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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.