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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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239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.26%


Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color (what else?) with a beige head that leaves a few streaks of lacing behind

Smell: Smells like a Hershey's dark chocolate bar - not the great depth of a quality chocolate but just a nice commercial chocolatey aroma

Taste: At the outset, the chocolate comes right through on the tastebuds but by mid-palate, the flavor starts to fade and is joined by a chalky/waxy taste; after the swallow, the flavors fade quicky and there is a husky quality to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Promise unfulfilled - after a very nice start, the chocolate was not sustained and ultimately the beer was a disappointment

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 22:17:57 | More by brentk56
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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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

The nose on this one is a very good advertiser. Unfortunately, the rest of the beer doesn't live up to things. Kind of chalky with cocoa or something. Doesn't mesh well with the beer at all. Meh. This is looking quite like a waste of money and something I don't want to finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:00:58 | More by RblWthACoz
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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

More bottles from my latest Philly run. I am feeling adventurous today and may try to eradicate the bottle backlog that has been an albatross since school started back.

I got a cap of a finger of dense, deep-tan head with good retention from my pour. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing zero light penetration. Nose smelled like a liquid chocolate bar. I have to admit that I have been underwhelmed by some previous Atwater offerings, but this was showing real promise. Mouthfeel was thin, especially for a stout, but the taste was very chocolaty, although not what I would have expected from dark chocolate. Were they referring to the color? Hmmm. It was quite sweet, but still very chocolaty. Finish remained very sweet and this would be a dessert beer for me. Not bad, but not great, either.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 21:17:10 | More by woodychandler
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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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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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Brad007

Vermont

4.73/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First ale I've had from this brewery.

Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head into my glass. Dark, rich but not glamorous.

An overwhelming whiff of semi-sweet chocolate greets my nose, followed by cream and a bit of roasted coffee.

Decadent it is with cocoa, coffee, toffee and cream flavors. Very mellow. Extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel consists of lingering flavors with a focus on cream. It's like a liquid goetzes cream candy.

Very nice! Flavors are richer than those of Southern Tier's Choklat and there's a better balance here. I wonder if the ABV affects such flavors?

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 03:00:43 | More by Brad007
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled January 2012. Pours slightly hazy dark brown color with a small 1 finger light tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, vanilla, cream, and a touch of herbal hops. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and herbal hops. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Not as much chocolate in the taste as I was hoping, but there is a good flavor balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a nice, pleasant, and enjoyable brew from Atwater. Very smooth and drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 05:53:48 | More by superspak
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

A - Looks pretty good. Pour is a bit thick and dark with a 1/2 inch of tan colored head.

S - Well it smells quite good mostly bakers chocolate, a touch of roast/coffee, and something that reminds me of tobacco.

T - Damn this is actually quite good. The chocolate flavors are mixed well with the roasty factors of the stout and mild tobacco leaves. Like a lighter version of the VJ imperial stout.

M - Medium and creamy actually goes down quite well.

Overall finally a beer from Atwater that I actually enjoyed! It's no Southern Tier Chocolat but it fills the need for chocolate flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 05:23:58 | More by DrDemento456
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate milkshake, sweet, some hints of vanilla. Taste is very chocolatey, roasted malts, some vanilla, sweet and tasty, lots of flavor here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a quality beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:06:44 | More by tone77
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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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nearly black color with only a bit of light able to get through the brew. Upon serving there is a brown head that sits atop the brew. The head fades rather quickly leaving only a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma on this one is quite potent and can be sensed immediately upon serving. As might be expected for a chocolate porter the aroma is big and robust of dark chocolate mixed with some aromas of coffee and roasted malt. There are lighter notes of vanilla and caramel rounding out the aroma nice with the combination producing a very dessert like and delicious smell.

Taste – The taste begins, as the nose lets on, with a strong dark chocolate flavor as well as a nice roasted malt taste. While it begins big of dark chocolate it is much less sweet then what was originally expected from the nose. The flavor starts out with a little bit of sweetness with flavors of caramel and vanilla present upfront. These flavors largely persist to the end where they are joined by some lighter earthy hop tastes. Along with the hop, a rather strong coffee flavor come to the tongue bittering up the taste and melding with the rest to leave a slightly bitter and chocolaty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of it’s thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. A thicker body and lower carbonation level would have likely suited the dark chocolate flavors of the brew better.

Overall – Not bad, but from the nose I was expecting much more in the taste and the feel, which it fell somewhat short of. Worth a try, but not the best out there.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 00:27:40 | More by Darkmagus82
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. No ingredients or stats on the website or bottle. Pours to a clear dark walnut, forming a small light tan head with poor retention and absent lacing. Mild carbonation. The aroma isvery good. One might even say decadent. It's overwhelmingly chocolate, but not the fake Hershey kiss type milk chocolate, but more of a deep dark chocolate balanced by some nice roasted malt notes. It smells like a touch of coffee too, like a mocha. The mouthfeel is pleasant, something I cannot say for lot of chocolate beers which end up syrupy or overly acidic. Medium bodied. The taste is very good as well. There is a superb balance between the chocolate flavor and the roasted notes which accents the richness without it becoming cloying. It's probably the most drinkable chocolate beer I've had, and a very good representation of the style. No perceptible off flavors. No hop nose. Very mild bitterness keeps the beer nicely balanced and in check.

I really like this beer. Probably the best chocolate beer I've had. I would gladly buy it again and would recommend it. I can't say I've ever had a chocoalte beer as well balanced as this one. Kudos.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 01:15:13 | More by Mitchster
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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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WoodBrew

Illinois

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

The Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale is a very interesting beer. The beer poured an opaque black with thin off-white head that is leaving some lacing. The smell is unbelievable...sweet dark chocolate is pronounced. The taste has some chocolate....but would definitely want more...cocoa powder is present. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking....would really like a more creamy body. Overall thou it was amazing...thanks to my BRO IN LAW!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 22:14:27 | More by WoodBrew
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

1.8/5  rDev -50.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 00:32:44 | More by donkeyrunner
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a scant bubbly off-white head. Gone in a flash. No lace.

I get big dark roast malt, vanilla bean, cocoa up front, with charred notes behind it all.

Not super chocolatey, with a mild presence. I like this. Nice dark roasted malt with a nice balance between rich sweetness and bitterness.

A bit too thin and a little too carbonated. Fizzy water element is not nice.

Overall, not too bad. Good to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 13:42:00 | More by OtherShoe2
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown that is so close to black that we might as well call it that. An espresso-like head over 1/2" thick formed of exquisitely tiny bubbles fades gently but inexorably over several minutes to a thick film. Some scattered lace remains though it isn't a strong point.
Smell is phenomenal. Rich vanilla and dark chocolate notes with a graham cracker sweetness and lightly perceptible roasted malt presence. Very nice.
Taste is similar though the roasted malt shows a bit more. The balance is quite comparable with the vanilla and chocolate leading the parade, so to speak. There is a toasty note that shows up briefly after the swallow with a hint of metallic right at the swallow (the only down side).
Smooth-ish with a drying aspect, the body is only medium and the carbonation is well restrained. It does benefit from some warming.

The only thing about this brew I found odd was on the label:
Dark Chocolate Ale
Malt beverage brewed with chocolate

Malt beverage just sounds... wrong somehow, like Old English 800 or Zima.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 00:13:22 | More by PorterLambic
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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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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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CHickman

New York

3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours motor oil black color with a nice 1 finger foamy brown head that faded extremely slowly, leaving decent lacing; the head was full of tiny bubbles and rather basic looking.

Smells of dark chocolate up front, so strong that the aroma hit my nose a few inches away from the glass; nose also consists of coffee, toffee, cocoa powder, roasted grains, light vanilla and powdered creamer. This smells more like a desert than a beer and is pretty nice to inhale.

Tastes just like it smells, with dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, cocoa powder, roasted grains, vanilla, powdered creamer, herbs, and a slight bitter flavor like a Starbucks coffee aftertaste. Really tasty, the vanilla and charcoal notes linger and trail off dry and leave a cocoa powder taste.

Mouthfeel is light, thin and watery, with very light carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter semi-dry finish.

Overall this was much better that I expected that it would be, with really enjoyable chocolate flavors and notes which mix well with the roasted malts, coffee and vanilla notes. An easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 04:39:35 | More by CHickman
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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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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Atwater's Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I heard about this beer a while ago and i' have been waiting for it show up since, so when I saw it on the shelf at my local store I knew I needed to pick up a bottle. The bottle was notched July 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is pretty plain and pretty much the same as all their other beers, it's not that great looking. It poured a nice dark black color that only had a slight ruby hue at the bottom when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit lacing. I like the look of this beer, it's true to style and I have no complaints.

S- The aroma of this beer is dominated by chocolate aromas, at first I get a little bit of bitter chocolate then there's a huge Hershey syrup aroma that pretty much dominated the aroma of this beer. Towards the end I get some vanilla, cocoa powder, coffee, and a slight brown sugar like aroma that gives the aroma a pretty high amount of sweetness. I liked the aroma of this beer, the aroma is all about the chocolate, but it was a little on the sweet side.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma just a little more watered down, it starts off with a slight grainy roasted malt flavor that is quickly taken over by chocolate flavors, but they aren't as nice as they were in the aroma and seemed watered down with a slight bitter astringency to it. The taste isn't as sweet as the aroma lead to believe and I also pick up a s light maple syrup flavor. Towards the end I get a medium amount of astringent almost coffee like bitterness with a slight coffee like taste and some roasted grains, chocolate, and coffee on the aftertaste. This beer tasted ok, but the chocolate wasn't as full as it was in the aroma and everything didn't come together as well as it could have.

M- Pretty damn smooth, slightly creamy, watery, on the thin side of being medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that great, it was just too thin and that made it feel watery.

Overall I thought this was an ok and an average example of a Chocolate Stout, it was going in the right direction when it came to the aroma but when it came to the taste is felt like a watered down version of the aroma and that was a bit of let down. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down pretty smooth, but the flavors would wear on me quickly so I think one would be enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was nice and dominated by chocolate syrup, the appearance was also wasn't that bad. What I liked least about this beer is how watery it tasted and felt, this beer would be much better if the body was much thicker. I don't think I would buy this beer often, I would much rather have their Vanilla Java Porter, but it is worth trying once to see where you stand with it. All in all I thought this beer had a flavor that's pretty similar to Vanilla Java Porter, but the aroma was dominated by chocolate syrup, it was ok, but it's nothing I feel the need to drink again anytime soon. This was a decent attempt by Atwater but when it came to flavor and mouthfeel it fell short, better luck next time guys.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:54:20 | More by StoutHunter
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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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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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