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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of Ryanm1


4.38/5  rDev +20%

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.

01-04-2013 01:20:12 | More by Ryanm1
Photo of drewber81

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%

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!

01-01-2013 10:26:16 | More by drewber81
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-30-2012 19:31:16 | More by Gehrig13
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-27-2012 16:19:50 | More by alelover
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-26-2012 23:44:45 | More by Trent
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12-24-2012 22:20:52 | More by andruke
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-24-2012 06:09:01 | More by Dope
Photo of WoodBrew


4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

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!!!!

12-23-2012 22:14:27 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

12-23-2012 04:00:58 | More by RblWthACoz
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1/5  rDev -72.6%

12-19-2012 19:08:54 | More by King_KongDCO93
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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.

12-15-2012 21:17:10 | More by woodychandler
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

12-15-2012 02:37:29 | More by jcjerabek
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-10-2012 14:49:31 | More by GeoffreyM
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

12-06-2012 01:43:21 | More by TastingRoomCharNtony
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-06-2012 01:41:59 | More by pogoowner
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-01-2012 21:36:09 | More by KCM
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5/5  rDev +37%

11-30-2012 00:47:13 | More by dswion
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-29-2012 14:32:59 | More by ryser2k
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-24-2012 20:35:06 | More by Dreamer
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-24-2012 03:37:38 | More by Beeradelphia
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-23-2012 02:01:52 | More by dmorgan310
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

11-20-2012 20:39:16 | More by JohnK17
Photo of Andrew61923


2.85/5  rDev -21.9%

Poured from 12 oz bottle from October 2012 into Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Had sat out of fridge for 10 minutes before pouring.

A: Almost black pour with half finger head after vigorous pour. Had expected a bigger head and little to no lacing. I don't care about lacing, but I was a bit surprised there wasn't more going on here.

S: Chocolate, bordering on artificial and/or over-sweetened. A lot of sugar.

T: I didn't realize I poured a Coke into this glass. I'm not picking up on any of the chocolate notes of the nose. No way this is a stout.

M: Way too thin for the style. I'd say this is a confused brown ale if anything. There either needs to be some thickening for the next batch or a reduction of the effect the chocolate has on the beer, as this is way too sweet (and dark) for a brown.

O: I'm let down here. The smell started off pretty strong, but it was all downhill from there. There are better options out there, even if this 6er was right around $10.

11-17-2012 04:32:58 | More by Andrew61923
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1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

11-15-2012 03:00:57 | More by tdmccarthy
Photo of magine


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a near black with lots of bubbles cascading to make up a light brown head. Nice lace coates the glass the whole drink. Layer of lace makes up the head. Good looks.

Brew smells of dark chocolate, hershey syrup almost. Good malty nose here. Good nose.

Brew is balanced; good carbonation adds to the drinkabilty. Dark chocolate and again alsmot the hersheys syrup flavor. Good malts, dark chocolate. Lots of cocoa in here and a fuller flavor and feel than the Harpoon I just sampled (both are good though). Brew finishes creamy and smooth. Good taste and feel here.

Good stuff here. Nice to have a stout that is flavored with chocolate that is sessionable. Good stuff here.

11-11-2012 01:56:38 | More by magine
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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