Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale
Atwater Brewery

Decadent Dark Chocolate AleDecadent Dark Chocolate Ale
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Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #242
Ranked #24,263
3.72 | pDev: 15.86%
Jul 31, 2021
Feb 02, 2012
Decadent Dark Chocolate AleDecadent Dark Chocolate Ale
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2.89 by sbuck from New Mexico on Jul 31, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

I bought this not knowing what to expect. The reviews were mixed, but I love a good chocolate beer.. I couldn't resist trying it. So.. before I poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, I took a whiff. A lovely, cocoa, malted chocolate smell teased the nostrils. The pour produced a half inch head that quickly faded into obscurity, but the color was a strong dark brown.. nice appearance. The taste is.. good, but strange, and disconcerting. I immediately thought of the NJ and NY soda fountains of my youth, and imagined Shemp Howard mixing a couple of pumps of chocolate syrup into a tall fountain cup of seltzer, then adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and a cherry on top. Yes, this beer makes me think of a 'black and white' ice cream soda. Beer? What beer? Yeah, there's a malty taste under the chocolate, but malt is found in chocolate almost as often as beer. This is absolutely tasty, but at 5.0% ABV, it barely gives a shadow of an iota of being a brew. I Imagine I will enjoy this more in the hot sun, it is light enough to be a summer beer. If you want a yummy chocolate seltzer, here it is. If you are a serious beer drinker, this is probably not your cup of tea.

Mar 19, 2021
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3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz bottle

Pours very dark brown but not quite black, thin cream colored head that fadss. Aroma is definitely chocolatey, fairly sweet. Similar taste, but overall the depth of flavor is lacking.and fairly thin. So overall a bit disapointing.

Mar 03, 2021
4.11 by Danzifer from Ohio on Sep 19, 2020
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5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by DoubleDown248 from Michigan

I really enjoy a variety of beer more than having one go-to, however, if I were to be on a desert island, or death row, etc and could have just one last beer, it would be my favorite, the Atwater Decadent dark chocolate ale. unlike many of my other favorites--porters and stouts---the DDCA is not as heavy/thick and so easier to put more than 2 down. I have noticed that some six packs are a little better than others--maybe its the pairing, maybe its the brewing, but all are still really darn good.

Sep 12, 2020
3 by n2492004 from Michigan on Jul 03, 2020
3.85 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Aug 03, 2019
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3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

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.

Mar 31, 2019
3.75 by freewill35 from Indiana on Feb 27, 2019
3.73 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Feb 13, 2019
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Drak-Nib from Nebraska

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

Nov 19, 2018
3.85 by tylerjin from Michigan on Nov 12, 2018
4 by MorbidKingCrab from Pennsylvania on Sep 15, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dd53grif from Michigan

Pours a dark brown color with a minimal tan head that disappears quickly. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla and spice. Tastes of sweet chocolate and vanilla with a spicy finish. Creamy mouth feel.

Aug 27, 2018
4.04 by PackenGreen from Michigan on Aug 22, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by DanBrenda from Washington

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!

Aug 20, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by chitoryu12 from Florida

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.

Jun 05, 2018
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2.71/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75
by Sable from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 03, 2018
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5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

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

Mar 19, 2018
3.99 by CreightonSM from New York on Mar 11, 2018
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3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 20, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

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.

Feb 17, 2018
4.23 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Feb 04, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

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.


Dec 16, 2017
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3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by ovaltine from Indiana

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.

Dec 01, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by bbtkd from South Dakota

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.

Nov 10, 2017
3.79 by bcsbeer from Florida on Nov 02, 2017
4.25 by C_Adams from Ohio on Oct 20, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Ickiwotog from Tennessee

Love this beer. Nice full flavor saturated with chocolate notes.

Jul 26, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Blackop555 from Michigan

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

Jun 18, 2017
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3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 10, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MinerBob from Oklahoma

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.

May 30, 2017
4.14 by deebo from Michigan on May 28, 2017
4.25 by Zach136 from Georgia on Apr 21, 2017
3.12 by MacStinson from Michigan on Apr 20, 2017
3.82 by Cody_k_53 from Ohio on Apr 12, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 31, 2017
3.01 by skaboom420 from Pennsylvania on Mar 24, 2017
3.81 by Georgiabeer from Georgia on Mar 04, 2017
3.75 by Timc32 from Michigan on Mar 02, 2017
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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