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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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310 Ratings
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 18.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

t0rin0, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
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

brentk56, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

And decadent it is, especially with its early introductions- Atwater's chocolaty stout seduces the senses with an overwhelming chocolate aroma and a sweeter tone to support. But there's so much more to the ale- more that gives it identity and challenge along the way.

Strong bittersweet chocolate tones strike the olfactory senses and the initial palate with a mouth coating sweetness that's undeniably of bittersweet chocolate, hot cocoa and latte. Once the dark ale settles, it does so with brownie and fudge tones.

Wavering across the middle, its strong chocolate character lifts slightly and reveals the taste of caramel, cream soda, pipe tobacco and vanilla that supports the cocoa-rich overlay. Roasted walnut, strong columbian coffee and french toast follow to chase the taste down the hatch.

It's cola-like finish is a far cry from the promising upstart of lavishness, silkiness or velvety texture that the nose and early taste promises. Light, perhapse thin and on the verge of watering, the beer's structure falls flat and gives its taste a cola-like finish. And that's unfortunate because its upstart is so, so promising.

BEERchitect, May 19, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

GRG1313, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Slatetank, Sep 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

imperialking, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

woodychandler, Dec 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ejimhof, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

superspak, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

beerthulhu, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

chinchill, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +9.9%

dmorgan310, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brand new 355 ml bottle of Atwater's Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale. No ABV or style category that I could find, so we'll have to update the listing as necessary. Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep dark brown around the upper edges looking completely black sitting in the glass. A frothy, chocolate milk looking bubbly head formed and settled out rather quickly. Some spotty lacing can be seen, as well as small bubbles around the edges.

S: Buttercream, sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, cream and some milk qualities. Really this smells absolutely wonderful. It's not overly sweet smelling like you might expect but has a great bouquet of aromas coming off.

T: Very generic chocolate malts come first, in a crisp and clean fashion. These trail off quickly through the mid-palate and the burst of flavor comes towards the back of the palate. Huge dark chocolate, buttercream and espresso notes coat the mouth. It's a huge burst of flavor seemingly out of nowhere. The linger has more cream and hints of vanilla.

M: A bit thin and well-carbonated, but it gives it a nice feel. It's somewhat creamy and smooth although I would have preferred a bit more body. Without knowing the ABV and true style, this is mere guess work off potentially false expectations.

What a treat. I thought this was going to be a huge, sweet beer like the Southern Tier Blackwater series but this is quite the opposite. All the flavors of chocolate, cream and vanilla are present without the diabetic shock coming with it. Glad I got to try this one out, worth seeking out to try.

ShanePB, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.73/5  rDev +29.9%
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?

Brad007, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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!!!!

WoodBrew, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

KAF, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of tone77
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

tone77, May 01, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

DrDemento456, Aug 03, 2012
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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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