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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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82
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322 Ratings
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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | 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 -10.5%

t0rin0, Apr 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

zerosiah, Apr 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

capuchinpilates, Apr 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

RedneckBeerz, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of keith_wayne
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 +3.3%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

Darkmagus82, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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 PorterLambic
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

PorterLambic, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of CHickman
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

CHickman, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

OB1, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

ItsBeer4Me, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

zonker17, Mar 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

BeerBucks, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of RWLawman
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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 +37.7%

tgavrilos, Mar 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jagada, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Bronson125, Mar 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

calcnerd, Jan 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

tmcarter23, Jan 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

lupercmda, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Ryanm1
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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
Photo of drewber81
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.