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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale | Atwater Brewery

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Decadent Dark Chocolate AleDecadent Dark Chocolate Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ShanePB on 02-02-2012

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle picked up at a shop in Port Huron; no 'bottled on' date marked on the label. Served well-chilled.

Pours a deep mahogany colour, not quite opaque as I can make out some reddish tinges under the light. Atop the liquid is seated one finger of frothy, light beige-coloured head that soon wilts into a soapy cap and collar. Modest lacing. The aroma is quite enticing, with lots of chocolate syrup in addition to notes of roasted malts, brown sugar and Bailey's liqueur. No complaints so far.

A little more balanced than the nose suggested; this is a fairly chocolatey beer, but not overbearingly so. A touch of roasted malt blends nicely with the milk chocolate and Hershey's syrup vibes. It dries out a little toward the finish, with some nutty notes and mild coffee and roasted cocoa bean. Milk chocolate in the aftertaste, lingering only briefly. A little thin-bodied, with moderate carbonation that provides a little more pep than I'd prefer from this sort of ale. Easy to drink rapidly, but not something I'd want to stick with all night. Improves greatly as it warms.

Final Grade: 3.84, a B+. Atwater Brewery's Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale delivers as advertised - anyone looking for an affordable, sessionable chocolate stout should consider giving this one a try. My only real complaint with this one is the weak mouthfeel, but other than that it's getting the job done. Tasty stuff; I'll have to keep an eye out for more Atwater products in the future.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adam for gifting me this and other Michigan beers. the beer is near black (the lighting was low) with a small tan head. This beer is all about the chocolate. The scent and the flavor are rich, dark, chocolates. A hint of espresso bean, cocoa. medium bodied with a light sweetness. perhaps I was in a chocolate mood. This was delicious.

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Photo of SlickHick740
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As advertised.

Starts like a medium roast/nut-ale. Finishes with a hint of chocolate.

All in all I really liked the beer. It wasn't like washing down a bottle of chocolate milk but you do get a distinct flavor and smell of chocolate.

Good winter beer (or unless you live in Ohio, an early March beer when winter still has us firmly in its grass).

Was slightly disappointed with the ABV. At only about 5% it is fairly weak.

Was a big fan of the "bottled on" date at the bottom of the sticker. Got a fairly old batch (bottled Jan, 2014) but it was still good beer.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
2.54/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Dark brown color, no head. Has an amazing dark chocolate smell, but the taste is underwhelming. Despite the promise of the aroma, I got very little in terms of flavor. Has a watery feel. The taste is strongly reminiscent of a weak Dr. Pepper. Palate is strongly carbonated and comes off a little too harsh.

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Photo of MECove
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich color with red undertones, but when you drink it, it doesn't feel heavy or thick. I like the subtle bubble, almost like soda, but not too much carbonation so it's still smooth and not airy. The aroma of dark chocolate is stronger than the flavor (unfortunately), and the after taste is a bit bitter, which takes away from upcoming sips, so the first swallow is the best. I would enjoy this beer as a snack or dessert rather than with a meal because it is so delicious on its own merit. It's bright enough that you can drink several and not get tired or overwhelmed by its sweetness. Atwater Brewery can claim a degree of pride despite the low reputation of Detroit. My only other suggestion is a slightly higher alcoholic content. If you're looking to enjoy such a wealth of flavor and texture, you might as well get a buzz while you're at it. :)

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Photo of zeledonia
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tasted 13 November 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours dark brown. With light behind it, I can make out clarity and some reddish tones at the edges. One finger of medium-tan head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is interesting. Reminds me of something, but I can't quite put my finger on it. The chocolate is more like carob chips or something. It's a nutty, pale chocolate, sweet and milky rich. I finally placed it; it smells like the fake mochas you get from coffee vending machine. But here I actually like it; wish the stout were a little more present.

Taste is much more like a typical stout, though kinda dull. Mostly roasty; want more roast. That blast of sweetness and nice weirdness in the smell is only there a little bit. No problems, but nothing to impress me.

Feel is okay. Medium-bodied, a little light. Carbonation is fine. I want more body, more fullness.

I could like this beer. But at every step, I'm left wanting more. More flavor, more richness, more body. It's not bad, it's just not enough.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.91/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark Chocolate Ale pours a black color with a very small head. There is a strong dark semi-sweet chocolate flavor. The taste has a semi-sweet dark chocolate flavoring. Very nice bold chocolate flavors, and very easy to drink, with a nice body. Overall WOW, a very strong dark-chocolate bomb.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed: 4/15/14
Previous quick rating of 3.75 on12/31/13

Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale by Atwater
poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a beer mug

P- reminds me of Soviet Russian art, worker drinking and skyline. unusual 3.5

A- dark almost black, very small khaki head no movement or lacing 3.75

S- cocoa chocolate and coffee 4.25

T- transparent at the front then toasted malt, chocolate cocoa and faint marshmallow 3.75

M- thin start, building sweet chocolate to bitter cocoa 3.5

D- move of a specialty thing, like it but not for everyday use 3.5

O- a little gimmick here bet glad I tried 3.75

revisited this to make sure I reviewed, kinda self promoting, if you think chocolate beer is your thing, you will probably like . Not your thing, well you get the idea
(2 of 16 special reviews for my Holiday)

Very Interesting Pick---- J

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Atwater Brewery Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale
12 oz. bottle, notched as bottled in December 2013
$1.99 @ Wegman's, Collegeville, PA

Appearance: Stout-like appearance with a brown-black body and tan head. Good head retention and very nice lacing.

Aroma: Cocoa, golden caramel, fudge, roasty, dark chocolate, sweet cream.

Taste: Chocolate and malt upfront. A distinct Hershey's syrup flavor as it warms. All of the flavors found in the aroma appear at some point. Roastiness. Light coffee. Its mild bitterness becomes firm and dry in the lingering finish with some residual roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: Interesting and somewhat complex. Not overdone with chocolate so you could have a few, just as if you were drinking a straight-forward stout. Worth trying.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- Bot. 6/13. Consumed 11/13.

A: Rich chocolate pour produces a modest, khaki head with a mildly good retention rate. Milky film lacing coats the vessel with a decent rate of coverage.

S: The freshest of cocoa powder arrives on the nose, probably the freshest of which i think i ever experienced. Rich wet chocolate, sweet, arrives with a big initial burst. Kit kat chocolate scent, fresh hot chocolate with a hint of marshmellow finishes things out.

T: The flavor was milky chocolate, cocoa powder, soft coffee. Flavor seems a bit thin when compared to the full robust nose and expecations of the label. Light coffee, somewhat bitter chocolate roast is followed by a slight mention of creamer.

M: soft and creamy, milky textured, with a light-medium body ahs some cocoa powder texture to it. Carbonation feels about right, doesnt get in the way of itself, but hardly is a figure of strong point.

O: Overall the nose is the best aspect here, fresh, strong and powdery, the flavor falls off a bit, decent but a bit disappointing when compared to the nose, and the mouthful is okay, but could of been more lush and full. Drinks more like a milk stout imho with a nice chocolate aspect.

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Photo of Drk93TT
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint served on tap at california pizza kitchen bar novi ,mi

A: dark brown to black with a 2 finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Slight lacing throughout
S: best part of the beer! Wow. chocolate and maple syrup up font with cocoa powder
T: rush of milk chocolate and heavy carbonation that doesnt stick around the pallet for long .. Finishes nice an clean very sessionable
M: watery ... Mostly laking the chewiness i expected with the name of the brew yet very quaffable and pleasant chocolatey taste
O: solid brew. Kind of like the bud light of american chocolate stouts . Liked it!

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Photo of krustster
2.05/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I had low expectations for this one, based on Atwater's Vanilla Porter being such a disappointment, but once again I was drawn in by their sharp artwork and the promise of "decadent chocolate".

To my surprise, even with lowered expectations, I was still disappointed! This beer poured very cola-like in appearance, built a nice looking head that disappeared quickly. It's a nice color (but what beer isn't?) but pretty transparent despite its dark brown color. Not a big deal but this turned out to be an indication of things to come.

The nose was the strongest point. Rich chocolate with a touch of vanilla, no indication of malts or whatever but the overall impression I got was closer to a high-level rum than any beer I've tried. There's still a little bit left in my glass and I keep sniffing it even now.
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That was about it for the positives. Somehow all the wonderful chocolatey elements were strictly limited to the smell and none are evident in the taste. There's a slight malt character, with a the barest hint of the chocolate that was so "decadent" in the smell, and after that... nothing. It literally tastes like a watered down version of itself, or what I expected based on the intoxicating smell. Just bland, slightly sour, not decadent in the slightest. The mouth feel is similarly poor, just thin and weakly carbonated with no body. It really feels like drinking a Killian's or Bud that had slight chocolate flavor added. As it warms, instead of the flavor opening up, it just gets bland and kind of gross. I'd drink this over something like PBR but what's the point? If not for the delicious aroma, this beer would be a total waste of money. When you consider that a four pack of this costs the same as Founders Breakfast Stout or some of the excellent New Holland High Gravity Series (here in Michigan at least) there is absolutely no reason to buy this.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a notched date of 03/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a one-finger head
S: Tons of milk chocolate, chocolate truffle & vanilla maybe with a hint of bourbon
T: Dark malt, some cocoa but lacks the complexity/intensity of the nose. Finish tastes a bit off
M: Medium-bodied, a touch thin
O: A decent beer for sure, worth trying especially for the nose but won't be added to the regular lineup

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Photo of keithmurray
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - very dark brown liquid with an head

Smell - smell is very rich and sweet chocolate, reminiscent of Hershey's syrup

Taste - not as enticing as the smell would lead you to believe, the chocolate is there, but there isn't a lot of complexity going on here

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, body is coming in light for a stout, there is some hop bitterness at the back of this, but the flavor comes in tasting a bit artificial

Overall - this would serve as a good gateway beer for converting beer drinkers over to craft. For the seasoned palate, this may be a letdown. Okay beer that lacks the complexity or the heft of body that I normally associate with stouts.

Price Point - ~$2.25/12oz single

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola hue nearly black with ruby highlights, thin tan head texture seems a bit flimsy for a big chocolate stout. Aroma is sick with chocolate syrup, perfume laden caramelized sugars, with a hint of roasted coffee. It could induce diabetes just by smelling it, but seriously the perceived sweetness on the nose if off the charts think Hershey syrup. Flavor how does that sweetness the nose derives to the senses play out on the palate? Actually somewhat balanced think dry cocoa powder in a very much bitter dark roasted base stout, enough creamy bitterness with a bit of lactose and coffee roasts pleasantly blends the flavor into something much more enjoyable than the initial aromatics. Expansive creamy dark chocolate fades away to let the lactose milk sugars take stride, leaving a bit of an interesting creamy texture to the medium to full bodied stout. Carbonation level is natural and smooth on the palate finishes pretty clean with minimal acrid notes of acidity from the dark notes. Overall a complex stout that I was thinking was going to be a train wreck, ended up being pretty much a win in my book. Only 2.50 for a single definitely worth the experience but in truth I'm glad I didn't invest any more, it doesn't seem to be the type of beer that I would drink in number.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark and mucky chocolate brown. Looks like a porter. Head has a good earthy tan color.

Dark chocolate syrup, sweet roast, presence of lactose, caramel, and hints of French roast coffee. Sweet and indulgent.

Some attenuation comes between good bitter cocoa and dark chocolate flavors. Aided by a deep roast, barley grain reveals wort-y maltose and slight char. Caramel and demerara sugar notes come through, also. Happy that the sweetness is actually well job that is well-maintained.

Feels a tad thin. Nice whoosh feel from the tightly-wound carbonation. Gruff, in a good way.

Decent little beer. Good flavor. Worthy.

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Photo of louisianajones
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Just bought this from Crazy Bruce in Bristol CT as part of a mixed sixer. Aggressively poured into a Guinness glass.

This ale pours a nice dark brown, almost black, with very little head or lacing. Smell is chocolate first and foremost, a hint of bread, and not much else. Heavily, harshly carbonated. Taste begins as chocolate soda; the only clue I have that this is beer is at the finish, which is thin and watery with some nondescript beer flavor. The chocolate flavor reminds me of chocolate NECCO wafers. I've had chocolate stouts that were much better. This tastes more like soda than beer to me. Won't be drinking this again.

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Photo of json83
4.92/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tastes very similar, if not exactly, like the Vanilla Java Porter that Atwater also makes. This flavor was great excellent - you can sense a medium coffee taste hinted with a vanilla creamer. I would rank this in my top 5 because it's such a great combination of everything intertwined together. I could drink this pretty steady. Est. 168 calories per bottle at 5.5% ABV.

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle is notch dated March 2013.

Aroma: Chocolate! ... but more milk and medium chocolate and chocolate topping than dark chocolate. Hints of coffee and toasted grains.

Pours a dark reddish-brown, near black in the glass, with a small tan head that soon dissipates into a thin ring.

T: Sweet and chocolatey, as the nose suggests. Probably better categorized as a milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Feels too thin. Light carbonation.

Overall: Delivers on the promised chocolate, but sweet balance, thin body, and a lack of complexity limit its appeal. Still, woth trying.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer appears black at first glance. When held to the light it is dark brown with ruby light barely getting through. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head that leaves basically no lacing.

Chocolate is a dominant aroma. It is complimented by deep roasted malt.

It has lots of milk chocolate flavor. It is pretty sweet. It is definitely a dessert beer.

Medium to full mouthfeel with low carbonation.

It is an okay beer. The sweetness is a little much after awhile. If you are in the mood for chocolate syrup, then you may want to give this beer a shot.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The BA listing as American Stout does not seem correct. It is a unique chocolate ale, but it seems far from a stout.

The color is stout. Very black and opaque. The nose is a chocolaty ale. The taste is a light chocolaty ale. The chocolate flavor really dominates a bit too much, but I was in the mood for such a thing, and it really is refreshing.

It leaves a light stout like aftertaste, with chocolate.

Overall, this is not as good as it should be, but the misclassifying does not help. I guess you do have to call it something, and I don't know what it should be called. American dark ale with flavoring maybe.

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Photo of Rick
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

It pours dark black with a thin head that quickly disappears.
The smell hits you like a bag full of Hershey's Kisses and stays until the last sip.
The taste is slightly dry with plenty of roasty, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee.

The only thing that keeps this from being an outstanding beer is the mouthfeel. At the same time I've come to like it for the same reason. Like others have said, it's a little watery but comes off as refreshing to me and goes down great on a hot day. I think I may have stumbled on a "sessionable" stout. It may not satisfy the need for a nice, hefty, dessert beer but might cure the urge for stout on a summer day without the "big" beer commitment.

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Photo of barczar
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.