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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Decadent Dark Chocolate AleDecadent Dark Chocolate Ale

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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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Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stevedore, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Alextricity
4.15/5  rDev +14%

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.

Alextricity, May 26, 2013
Photo of pajeff
3.75/5  rDev +3%

pajeff, May 25, 2013
Photo of klingenator
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

klingenator, May 14, 2013
Photo of Mullinger1980
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Mullinger1980, May 11, 2013
Photo of Slay40
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Slay40, May 11, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

MN_Beerticker, May 10, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

tommyguz, May 07, 2013
Photo of Peanut2074
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Peanut2074, May 07, 2013
Photo of drbenderdo
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

drbenderdo, May 06, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

TheBrewo, May 05, 2013
Photo of Segelstrom
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Segelstrom, May 02, 2013
Photo of tone77
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%

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 t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

t0rin0, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of zerosiah
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

zerosiah, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of capuchinpilates
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

capuchinpilates, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

RedneckBeerz, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of keith_wayne
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from Bottle into my Lagunitas mason jar glass.

A: dark with a 1 finger head. ok lacing.
S: Chcolate, roasted malts, a little coffee and something I can't place
T: Same as smell: Chcolate, roasted malts, a little coffee and something I can't place. Also get a little vanilla. Notes about taste. The chocolate is pretty much up front on the first few drinks. but seems not be as strong half way through the beer, it is still there but not as strong for sure. There is some other taste I am get that I can't place or describe. i like it but don't know what it is.
M: A little thin. somewhere between a light ot medium bodied brew

O: I like this beer. It is not the best chocolate Ale (the label does not say stout but says Ale) but i think it is good. Not exactly what I normally want in a chocolate brew, but this is an easy drinking beer that I could use as a session beer. I will get again.

keith_wayne, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +3%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev 0%

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.

Darkmagus82, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%

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 PorterLambic
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

PorterLambic, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of CHickman
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

CHickman, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

OB1, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

ItsBeer4Me, Mar 18, 2013
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.