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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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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:
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(Beer added by: ShanePB on 02-02-2012)
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

zonker17, Mar 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

BeerBucks, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of RWLawman
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Jet black, with almost no head whatsoever.

S - Dark chocolate, all the way. Cocoa powder is all I'm getting, but with a beer called "decadent chocolate" that's probably how it should be.

T - Heavy dark chocolate presence, with the slightest hint of roasted malts tucked away in there as well. This beer has a delicious chocolate flavor, but due to the next category, it misses it's mark as a phenomenal offering.

M - Thin in terms of texture, but a little too much carbonation. If this beer were made with less carbonation, and a more silky or sticky texture, it would be a home run hit. I could imagine this being absolutely delicious in a nitro-tap.

O - A pretty good beer, which I do recommend at least trying. If nothing else, the chocolate presence is nice, if you're like me, and absolutely love chocolate and beer, and the two together. Just be prepared to be a little disappointed, because this beer had the potential to be great.

RWLawman, Mar 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

tgavrilos, Mar 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

jagada, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Bronson125, Mar 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev +3%

calcnerd, Jan 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

tmcarter23, Jan 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

lupercmda, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Ryanm1
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decadent...it says it all in the name. I've never described a beer as decadent let alone ever heard of a brewery using it in one of it's naming conventions, but it's the perfect description for this brew.

Decadent chocolate. Pours a nightly black color into a glass with substantial dark brown head. You get an overwhelmingly strong caramely, maltly, chocolately smell eminating from the glass. One of the most potent smells, but intoxicating nonetheless. All the normal characteristics of a stout with a slight hint of hops in the brew.

Tart and chocolately on the palate, similar to tasting a dark chocolate made from extremely concentrated cocoa. Excellent beer, slightly sweet on the tounge with a dry finish. On the bottle it says it is made with actual chocolate and I can believe it.

Excellent brew. I recommend grabbing it, but to be enjoyed in limited quantities as they flavor might wear on you after one or two.

Ryanm1, Jan 04, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer on New Years Eve of 2012-13. After having a few different Atwater Brewery bottles, I felt confident in trying something new from them on a whim for a "Special Occasion".

The serving style was a typical 12 oz bottle, in six-pack form.

The appearance was fairly normal for what I expected of a chocolate; ot was fairly dark with a tan colored head. While typical ales are of a lighter color, this was more the color of a stout.

It smelled chocolaty, with some notes of coffee.

The taste was what I expect of a chocolate ale as well. A bit hoppy, which I am not a fan of, but with a heavy chocolate taste and some coffee undertones as well.

For an ale it felt a bit heavy in my mouth, almost to a stout or porter.

On a side note, I would like to note that this could match up amazingly with a nice cigar!

drewber81, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Gehrig13, Dec 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

alelover, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Trent, Dec 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

andruke, Dec 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Dope, Dec 24, 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
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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
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1/5  rDev -72.5%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 19, 2012
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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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2/5  rDev -45.1%

jcjerabek, Dec 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

GeoffreyM, Dec 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

TastingRoomCharNtony, Dec 06, 2012
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.