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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.91%
Wants: 12
Gots: 47 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DarkLordPsycho, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque deep brown with hazy amber highlights and a foamy half inch tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving no lacing.

Very sweet, low quality chocolate and vanilla dominate the aroma. Coffee and light roast malt notes finish the profile. I've never smelled something so chocolatey and sweet.

Flavor reveals notes of cola, with underpinnings of dark chocolate throughout, accompanying a lightly acrid roast malt body. Initially a little sweet, the finish is pretty dry, bitter, and charred.

Body is slick and moderate, with moderate carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth. Astringency mid palate is offputting.

Definitely chocolatey! A dessert of a beer. Would be more pleasant without that mid palate character and the cola notes. Too charred for my liking.

barczar, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

imperialking, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of farrago
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mild head, maybe half a finger of deep tan which is gone lickety-split, not much stick in the lacing which is more of a thin, slippery sheet than anything else. While the liquid is pure black it doesn’t seem “impenetrably dense” for effect’s sake, thin aura of yellow around the rims, there you can see a blip of carbonation. The nose is extremely creamy, maple syrup, molten milk chocolate, caramel, coffee ice cream, malted milk balls, light cherry fruit, not overtly sugary nor is it lacking posture, simply a one trick pony. It’s light to medium-bodied in the mouth and drier than expected based on the nose, tighter punch to the carbonation too. The chocolate, cocoa, coffee, malt flavors are all there, however, they lack resonance and depth. More grains and oats and a dried to blanched nuttiness as well. Here there’s some herbal hoppy kick. Any fruit gets cloaked by the roast, minor cherry, plum at best. Tacky character, dries onto your tongue. Plenty of retronasal cocoa powder. Unfortunately it is sort of lifeless and turns watery at the end. Ehh, what can you do.

farrago, Jun 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Ballen30, Jun 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

olbubba, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

paulys55, Jun 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

marcb105, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Krakistophales
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours jet black with an off white, almost tan head

S: Milk chocolate, chocolate malts, hints of vanilla/spicy sweetness

T: Huge milk chocolate up front, a hint of bitterness on the end. Honestly, it tastes like chocolate milk without any sugar.

O: A bit thin for a heavy chocolate stout, but it's not bad. Would I buy again? Probably not, but it's definitely not bad.

Krakistophales, Jun 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

brez8791, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Eric1Mess
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For dark chocolate lovers this is the beer you want! Have tried many chocolate beers in the past and Atwater hit it head on. Actually walked into this one blindly having only tried a few other beers by Atwater. starting to become a huge fan of this brand.

Eric1Mess, Jun 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

maxwelldeux, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

pajeff, May 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

klingenator, May 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Mullinger1980, May 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Slay40, May 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

MN_Beerticker, May 10, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

tommyguz, May 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Peanut2074, May 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

drbenderdo, May 06, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Segelstrom, May 02, 2013
Photo of tone77
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.