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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 488
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 34.77%
Wants: 22
Gots: 107 | 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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Reviews: 108 | Hads: 488
Photo of Brad007
4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
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?

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Photo of gerryf
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Beer pours a deep dark black (or as I told my wife, as dark as her soul ;) ). A slight cloudy sediment appeared at the bottom. Tan head disappears quickly with no lacing.

Smell - A deep, rich satisfying dark chocolate aroma; not milk chocolate, but dark baker's chocolate. I live the style and this is by far the most chocolatey smell. Behind the chocolate, you can detect a roasted malt and hint of vanilla, as well. Not a hint of hops that I could detect in the smell.

Taste - A nice dark chocolate greeting, followed up by a slightly bitter roasted malt after taste that disappears quickly. Only a hint of hop behind the roast, but not too bitter.

Mouthfeel - A creamy mouthfeel, but not chewy--a little thinner than some stouts. Lightly carbonated.

Overall - Delicious. At first I thought it more of a "dessert" beer--the kind where you have just one. By the time I the first though, I found myself wanting another and even a third after that. I will definitely be seeking this beer out in the future.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Wow, my hopes were high when I saw "dark chocolate" in the name. Huge sweet aroma. Chocolate and cocoa, strangely some moderate butterscotch. A nice buttery, oakey bourbon aroma shows up. Haven't smelled a stout anywhere near this one.

Appearance: Pitch black, opaque. Small light brow head. Decent retention, lots of lacing.

Taste: Dark chocolate syrup, vanilla and oak. Some floral and piney hops. Hops taste like a mild English style. Roasty coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Silky and creamy. Slick and oily, but finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: The "dark" chocolate seems a bit forced. I've had several other stouts with a more natural and better quality cocoa flavor. The aroma had my hopes sky high, but the taste didn't quite come though.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.51/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, split, and poured into a snifter. January 2012 notched on the label.

A: Gently poured this dark black beer, creating a minimal white head. Head remains as a thin film, but bubbles up upon swirling. Not too much lacing on the sides of the glass. Very little carbonation. When held up to the light, the beer is brown with a dark gold around the edges.

S: Very sweet chocolate. Hints of roasted chocolate malts, vanilla, and an alcohol tinge. Smells like a vanilla chocolate truffle. A bit of hops at the end.

T: Not as crazy chocolaty as I expected, judging from the smell. Taste of a lot of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and slight hops on the tongue.

M: Silky smooth palate. Low carbonation. A slight stickiness on the front of the tongue, and a little bit of an alcohol bite at the end. Very drinkable beer.

Overall one of the best chocolate ales I have had. This brewery has exceptional chocolate stouts, I am glad they transferred that knowledge to an ale.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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