Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale
Atwater Brewery

Decadent Dark Chocolate AleDecadent Dark Chocolate Ale
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #452
Ranked #32,724
3.74 | pDev: 15.78%
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States
Decadent Dark Chocolate AleDecadent Dark Chocolate Ale
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Photo of JimboBrews54
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured clear dark brown with a thin tan head. Sweet cocoa aroma. Medium body, prickly carbonation, slightly chalky mouthfeel. Flavor of dark roast malts, notes of chocolate, vanilla, some pepper, a bit acidic.

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Photo of Drak-Nib
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste is sweet and somewhat thin, reminding me of the Johnnie Byrd porter. Smells delicious, but taste isn’t as sugary as I expected. The dark flavor comes through, making for a nice subtle choco-ale taste. All in all, this is an excellent ale. 2017/12/24

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Photo of DanBrenda
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a 16 ounce regular beer glass. Dark like a porter, no head.

Smell: The smell is of a wonderful chocolate. Not dark chocolate, not milk chocolate, but more like a Hot cocoa mix. Maybe even with marshmallows. Imagine yourself sitting at the breakfast table with Maple syrup covered pancakes and a cup of hot cocoa. The smell and the taste match that.

Taste: On the front and you get maple syrup and dark chocolate. The chocolate carries through to the end where it almost tastes like vanilla cinnamon French toast because of the maltiness.

Mouthfeel: It’s a little thin, although they do say that it is a brown ale brewed with dark chocolate so it fits that description perfectly.

If you have ever had a Sam Smith organic chocolate Stout, this ranks right up there with it! Excellent beer!

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Black with amber highlights and a big white head with a lot of staying power. Reminds me of root beer.

Smell: A strong chocolate smell with a hint of malt at the back end. Reminds me of Yoo-Hoo.

Taste: Sweet chocolate with almost no malt flavor. A bit too thin with the “empty” aftertaste of Diet Coke.

Mouthfeel: Thick and decently carbonated.

Overall: Pretty far from beer, but still tasty.

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Photo of Sable
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

It was the label I was interested in. Crazy steampunk Willy Wonka with a dash of Twin Peaks Dr. Jacoby thrown in for good measure. I should have read a little more closely. Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale doesn't sound like a bad idea, though ... But that's all it is. Dark chocolate. You open the bottle and you smell chocolate. Pour and you smell chocolate. Smell with focus and you smell chocolate. Drink, and you taste chocolate and a little alcohol. But that's all you get out of this. It's an Ale, so it's way too thin to support all that chocolate. It's not quite as bad as that time you found the bar of baker's chocolate next to the flour in the pantry and chawed down on it without thinking it through, but it's close. That much chocolate needs a lot more body behind it, some creaminess to tone it down to the point of drinkability. Didn't end up in a sink pour, but it wasn't as good an experience as I had hoped.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells of hershey's dark chocolate and it taste just the same as Hershey's special dark chocolate candy bar. Light black in color and no lacing. Perfect chocolate ale too bad this wasnt alcoholic chocolate syrup for ice cream

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12 pack mix from dry tavern for $13. Any beat the price! Nice color, but everything else is under whelming about this. I don't really get much of anything to note here.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BO 11-2-17
Pours very dark brown, almost black. Very little head, no lacing.
Smells like a chocolate porter/stout, with a slight hint of nuts and maltiness. Taste is primarily chocolate. I'm not getting much of the nut vibe, but a strong malt bridge. MF is fairly thin, but not watery. Lightly carbonated and rather smooth.

I was totally caught off-guard with Decadent. I wanted to try a new dark beer, and at 5% ABV (per the label on my bottle), it puts out a very good flavor profile.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle and enjoyed in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy
This ale pours a dark ruby tinged dark brown with a nice head of off white foam that
subsides to a thick big bubbled ring and thin layer with moderate lacing. Nose of chocolate
syrup and dark roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with light exception of chocolate
syrup and mild vanilla with a medium dark roasted malt with subtle malt bitterness
on the rear. Decent mouth feel; medium light body, medium high carbonation that is
definitely lively, and a lightly sweet chocolate finish that is a touch thin.

Overall, a good malt driven brown ale.


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Photo of ovaltine
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark chestnut brown with a tan head on the pour, aromas are chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Taste is obviously chocolate, which is very nice, but it's a bit thin, which is exacerbated by the mouthfeel, which is very "spritzy," and doesn't fit with the style. A little more body and this would be world-class, IMHO.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Atwater Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale, 5% ABV, 11 IBU. Pours black with a thin off-white head. Nose is piles of dark chocolate cocoa. Taste follows with very little bitterness, but not a lot of sweetness either. Decent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. Never though I'd find a beer that smelled more chocolaty than Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout, but this does - and it brings the promised taste that the Sam Smith doesn't. Wow.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown. Short, foamy, light brown head that fades fast.

Smells cocoa, chocolate, malt, roast hints and vanilla

Tastes cocoa, chocolate, light roast malt. Followed by light vanilla, nutty and light chocolate finish dry with chocolate linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance was a nice looking black color with a thin layer of white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds and left no lacing. The smell was awesome as it really lived up to its name, luscious milk chocolate woven between some vanilla and escaping through slight roasty coffee tones. Big wow! The taste seemed more tame and didn’t have as much vanilla and roast. I have to admit that there was something developing that seemed slightly acidic in the flavor. Still, a little bit of milk chocolate leads the charge into the aftertaste. There was no finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable feel to it. The carbonation was pretty tame but that probably had to do with its age. Overall, I like the concept of this beer but honestly don't see myself coming back to this.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow spot on by it's name. This beer pours a dark motor oil color with a small off white head. The smell is cocopuffs right out of the bottle and the flavor does not disappoint. A nice smooth chocolate flavor with an easy swallow only 11 IBU'S. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- a dark chocolate brown color with a finger carbonated foamy head. Hilly lacing on the pint.

S- cocoa powder and chocolate scent with hints of vanilla.

F- chocolate and cocoa powder with vanilla hints.

M- chewy and medium bodied beer with chocolaty goodness

O- a decent stout but have had much better but this one is above average

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong chocolate, strong vanilla, strong sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of alcohol, and syrup. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong chocolate, strong vanilla, strong sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of alcohol, hint of nutmeg, and strong syrup. Overall, good complexity, body, appearance, aroma, and feel, but the body finishes weak in comparison.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours the sure color of dark chocolate bar with 1 finger of mocha head.

Aroma is of dead on hershey's special dark syrup. Fresh cocoa powder and lactose sugars as well.

Flavor is like the aroma but more 2D. Flavors of dry dark cocoa powder, coffee bean, sweet dark chocolate; light tea, some roast barley. Basically a dark Dove chocolate bar dusted in dry cocoa and a sip of tea. As it warms it's pure unsweetened cocoa powder.

Feel is heavily carbonated, with a medium-watery body, slight slight roast on the finish.

Overall, this is a great dessert beer. You really get that dark chocolate as promised on the label. Very nice.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.34/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I had high hopes for this beer. Sounded good, and I liked the idea of a chocolate beer, so I thought I'd give it a try. Whoops.

First, when I poured it there was almost no head. Color was good but that was about it. A nice dark brown stout.

Aroma was pretty much Hershey's chocolate syrup, which I do NOT like. There was a light roasted malt background, but the sweet chocolate overpowered everything.

Taste was like a weak chocolate soda with a coffee aftertaste. Nothing stood out past the sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel was thin, watery, and barely carbonated. Just nasty.

Overall I think the word I am thinking of is horrid. This was a drain pour.

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Photo of Clockwatcher
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic beer that's much better than I expected. The packaging and look of the bottle is great, and is only mirrored by how good the beer looks in the glass (very dark, tan head). The nose is of nice cocoa and heavy vanilla. The taste is phenomenal with that great chocolate flavor coming in strong with some heavy marshmallow and vanilla wafer on the back end. I love the combination of flavors.

The only place where this beer loses points is with the mouthfeel, which tends to be really light. I'd rather have a beer that's a little heftier in this style, but I'll still be buying this one again.

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Photo of ordybill
4.66/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a mug at Taco Mac in Smyrna, GA. The beer has a great dark black color with a small tan head. The taste is an incredible chocolate flavor.

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a beer mug poured from a bottle.
Look - Dark beer with quickly dissolving tan head and near normal on the low side on carbonation
Smell - Vanilla bean and cocoa up front some other spices somewhat like a smore
Taste - Light vanilla and chocolate forward. More a milk chocolate than dark (which has to refer to the beer's color) Some malt backing at the end
Feel - Very clean filtered beer feel but with suspended solids of some kind of flavor or spice that was added. Somewhat dry after feel
Overall - I like this beer. Very decent session beer.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.50] Forms a nice finger of khaki head over a dark brown to black brew. I don't see much light penetration. The bottle lists the ABV (4.5%) and there is a born on notch (10/01/15).

S: [4.00] Dark chocolate and dark fruit aroma. Some marshmallow and vanilla too.

T: [3.25] Charred malts up front. Some vanilla and chalky chocolate flavor in the middle.

M: [3.25] Smooth, with a lo carbonation, but also watery. Hard to build a ton of body at 4.5%

O: [3.50] The nose on this was really promising but the flavor is pretty lacking. Partly under-flavored and partly the chalky feel/taste in the middle.

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Photo of Phoneguy
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet a dark chocolate hue with very little head or lacing. Definite chocolate notes in the aroma and flavor and a hint of nuttiness in the slightly dry finish. Mouth feel was somewhat light and refreshing, which made it easy to drink. Overall, a decent beer. This is a beer which would appeal to those who like flavor but not a heavy body in their beer.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A dense dark brown pour builds a ½” light tan foam collar that descends to a thick film moderately fast.

S: Chocolate and a spice that suggests cinnamon joined by a hint of vanilla.

T: Chocolate, spice, vanilla with malt in the background. The chocolate is sweet with a little spicy astringency in the finish.

F: Very creamy, medium full body and medium carbonation.

O: Like a chocolate truffle in a glass. It’s a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of exposd
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle and poured into a chilled pint glass. This American stout pours a dark brown/black with very light head which is something lacking for me. The aroma is amazing with strong dark chocolate and a little bit of vanilla in there as well. The flavor is dark chocolate again with a bit of coffee in the background. This brew drinks very easy and is a light body, but smooth mouthfeel that I start to question if this is truly a stout. If you like chocolate and darker beers that go down smooth then do yourself a favor and give this a try. I had it on nitro draft while in Detroit and it was even better but still good nonetheless out of a bottle at home.

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