Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale | Atwater Brewery

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Decadent Dark Chocolate AleDecadent Dark Chocolate Ale

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +14%
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 +6.2%
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 -36.9%
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 +17.3%
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 +25.6%
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 +4.9%
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%
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 -3.2%
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 +7.8%
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 +13.5%
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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Photo of StoneTSR
4.64/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown, but “light” for a stout. By light, I mean there is a small amount of light getting through without actually holding it up to the kitchen light or trying to shine the phone’s flashlight through it. A light brown head rests on top as soon as it’s poured and never fully goes away, even after half the glass has been consumed. The lacing is very organized and covers 50% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: Oh wow. This beer smells like hot fudge. Haha. What a delightful aroma! There might be a little roastiness underneath the fudge, but I can’t get anything else. This is awesome.

TASTE: The taste follows the nose, but it isn’t quite as thick and rich as the smell would suggest…which is actually a good thing, because if it was, I’d only be able to drink 4oz. of it. The fudge flavor is still in full effect, the roast, however, is even more subtle than in the nose. A touch of bitterness shows up at the end, but it seems more dark chocolate oriented than hops.

MOUTHFEEL: Somehow, this beer is not too sweet at all. It’s actually kind of a dry, chocolate, which sounds weird, but that’s what it is. The body is medium, maybe leaning towards the light side with a good deal of sparkle, creating a nice cleansing effect on the palate.

OVERALL: This was a pleasant surprise. I knew I wouldn’t dislike it since I typically enjoy stouts, especially those brewed with chocolate, but I did not expect this to blow me away the way it did, particularly with such a low ABV. I will be seeking this out in the future. The smell is one of the best I've ever experienced.

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Photo of VDJ104
2.62/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I love dark chocolate but I was a little disappointed in this. The chocolate tasted fake more like tootsie role or nesquik, and overall it was just way too sweet. I think there are better chocolate porters but if you like overly sweet milk chocolate you will probably like this.

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Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an enjoyable beer all around. Dark chocolate color, vanilla and milk chocolate on the nose, Nice dark roasted malt flavor with a subtle lasting chocolate finish. Smooth feel with the perfect amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.69/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Found this beer at Binny's Beverage Depot in Lincoln Park in Chicago.

With a near-black mahogany color, boasts an impressive vanilla milk chocolate aroma with a balanced milk chocolate taste. It has a very velvety smooth mouthfeel thanks to a low amount of carbonation. A fantastic competitor to Boulevard Brewery’s Chocolate Ale!

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark black color with a minimal head.

As one might expect by the name, the smell is completely dominated by dark chocolate. I also felt an undertone of vanilla. Overall a gorgeously sweet smell, that I would be more akin to expect from a sweet chocolate drink than from beer. The chocolate and vanilla overwhelms basically all the other smell, which I'm a little torn about as far as stouts go. But what is here is delightful.

While I was willing to accept the smell, the taste and feel were sub-par. This is an incredibly light stout, with a very high level of carbonation. The chocolate flavor is surprisingly subtle considering the overwhelming smell. Really no sense of any barley, hops or malt. An earlier reviewer mentioned that it tasted like a carbonated chocolate drink, a sentiment I second.

I say that the Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale is not worth getting, but you might want to talk your friend into getting one just so you can smell it.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a watery stout with cocoa powder added. Barely any smell but I do get cocoa powder. It doesn't taste bad just no depth or complexity. I would not call it dark chocolate, no bitterness at all. More like a thin hot chocolate made from a powder mix and water but it has carbonation. Still for the price it was drinkable and people that have never tasted a really good craft brew would be happy with it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/11/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, vanilla bean, and vanilla frosting aromas. Taste is much the same with chocolate syrup, caramel, and vanilla bean flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice combination of chocolate and vanilla qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear black colored ale with a small brown colored head.

Smells strongly of chocolate. Big chocolate scent smells like a Hershey bar. Scents of sweet and caramel but mostly this is all chocolate.

Starts out sweet with a big chocolate taste with a capital C. Slight bitterness. Little bit of coffee and toasted grain but this is mostly just chocolate.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just a 4.5% chocolate beer. The chocolate here is so big it can't be natural, artificial scent and flavorings were used.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the aroma, you know they weren't kidding about the chocolate. There's a little bit of coffee in it, but the chocolate's front and center. Much better than the Shake Chocolate Porter.

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Photo of Raime
2.49/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

AtWater Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale.

Atwater usually has some pretty good brews for the price range and I'm hoping this one won't be any different.

Look - Pours a transparent black that can easily be pierced by the light with a two finger bubbly mocha head that quickly elects to turn into strong cloud formations amongst the top of the drink. Lacing just isn't there. 3.5

Smell - Ever smell a frozen dark chocolate bar on a late Michigan October morning that you just found but you meant to eat a fee days after you bought it in the middle of June? Well take that along with the freezer burn and put it into the scent of a brew and you have this one wrapped up. 3.25

Taste - Chocolate makes itself known around these parts with a half balance of dark coffee and dark fruit. As great as that sounds there is still something off putting and quite bothering about this one...hmm...let's let it warm a bit. That off putting bit still sticks around despite being at optimal temperature. 2.

Feel - Medium bodied with lacking carbonation. Sits a bit creamy, but not much else to say here. 3.

Overall - Never really had a beer with such an off putting flavor that denied it a chance to shine. I've finally figured it out though. And I must say this guy is just way too watered down to truly be enjoyed for what it's supposed to be. This is to Sweet/milk stouts what Guinness is to Stouts in general. A watered down poor variant made to be ordered by a hipster who feels a touch masculine after a night of drinking PBR. Y'know what I'd rather have a PBR, at least it isn't a pathetic excusd for a style like this onr. 2.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Similar to my recent opining about Horny Goat, I wonder why I keep trying out Atwater beers, especially when I rarely find any real quality peeking out from beneath the piles of mediocrity and terribility (terribleness? hm, that one's recognized by Firefox's spellcheck, anyway...). Regardless of the reason, this stuff is in my glass, and it pours a deep, dark sienna topped by a finger or so of sandstone foam. The nose lives up to the name, bright, rich, downright decadent chocolate cake (that's chocolate cake topped with chocolate icing) filling both nostrils to the point that I fear for my blood sugar levels. The taste then proceeds to alleviate any such fears, as it waters things down considerably, though there's still some latent sweetness hanging around like the guy who just can't take the hint. The result is a strange astringency that slices the sides of my tongue in the way that a bad Highlands scotch can. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a weak, slick-ish feel. Overall, yet another Atwater beer (and yet another rich-chocolate beer) that falls flat on its bleeding face. Not only does the flavor profile break whatever promises made by the smell, but the overly thin body ruins whatever goodness could have come through in spite. Pass, to say the least.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The first thing you will notice about this beer is is is black. Very black. Opaque. Deep crude oil black. It smells of the promised chocolate, reminding me specifically of unsweetened cocoa powder. The taste is of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. It is refreshing to have a nice chocolate beer that is not a stout. Here it is really well done. The inherent bitterness of dark chocolate is well used to prevent this beer from being sweet. In fact is is awesomely dry. Wonderfully beer to contemplate with.

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Photo of TequilaTom
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate (surprise!) with a very thin and quickly dissipating head. Smells of rich dark chocolate and roasted malt. Quite a bit of vanilla as well. Unfortunately that's where the goodness ends. Very thin body, as I suspected from how quickly the head dissapeared. Too watery. And because of that, it is too under flavored. Put a little more in there and this could've been stellar, but it falls short and into the just ok category. Glad I tried it, but unless they come out with an improved or imperial version, I won't revisit.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

BOD 2/15. Pours deep dark brown. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and lacing.

Rich nose of sweet dark chocolate with cocoa overtones with a hint of roast deep in the background. The aroma is very similar to hot chocolate with marshmallows. World Class.

Light body with a texture thicker than water, but not by much. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair amount in the finish.

Compared to the nose, the flavor profile is rather disappointing. The richness of the aroma never materializes on the palate. You get a weak flavor that you can finally identify as a weak somewhat bitter chocolate right before the finish. Sweetness never really delivers either...just subtle hints. The finish has a subtle roast component.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice opaque black. Light to little head. Very minimal lacing. Smells and also Tastes of dark chocolate and vanilla with light smokiness present. Very heavy on the vanilla and chocolate. A very light bodied brew, nothing strong or overwhelming yet so tasty that its awesome. Salute to you Atwater! Did it again.

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