Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale | Atwater Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States
atwaterbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ShanePB on 02-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
556
Reviews:
122
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
15.9%
 
 
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32
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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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro at Union Jack's in Glendale.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

And decadent it is, especially with its early introductions- Atwater's chocolaty stout seduces the senses with an overwhelming chocolate aroma and a sweeter tone to support. But there's so much more to the ale- more that gives it identity and challenge along the way.

Strong bittersweet chocolate tones strike the olfactory senses and the initial palate with a mouth coating sweetness that's undeniably of bittersweet chocolate, hot cocoa and latte. Once the dark ale settles, it does so with brownie and fudge tones.

Wavering across the middle, its strong chocolate character lifts slightly and reveals the taste of caramel, cream soda, pipe tobacco and vanilla that supports the cocoa-rich overlay. Roasted walnut, strong columbian coffee and french toast follow to chase the taste down the hatch.

It's cola-like finish is a far cry from the promising upstart of lavishness, silkiness or velvety texture that the nose and early taste promises. Light, perhapse thin and on the verge of watering, the beer's structure falls flat and gives its taste a cola-like finish. And that's unfortunate because its upstart is so, so promising.

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Photo of brentk56
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color (what else?) with a beige head that leaves a few streaks of lacing behind

Smell: Smells like a Hershey's dark chocolate bar - not the great depth of a quality chocolate but just a nice commercial chocolatey aroma

Taste: At the outset, the chocolate comes right through on the tastebuds but by mid-palate, the flavor starts to fade and is joined by a chalky/waxy taste; after the swallow, the flavors fade quicky and there is a husky quality to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Promise unfulfilled - after a very nice start, the chocolate was not sustained and ultimately the beer was a disappointment

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled January 2012. Pours slightly hazy dark brown color with a small 1 finger light tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, vanilla, cream, and a touch of herbal hops. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and herbal hops. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Not as much chocolate in the taste as I was hoping, but there is a good flavor balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a nice, pleasant, and enjoyable brew from Atwater. Very smooth and drinkable as well.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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 chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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 jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I'm not expecting a whole lot from this beer, but could be interesting. I love how they have the month and year stamp on the bottom, it's just too bad they didn't actually stamp the date! What a waste.

An aggressive pour yields a small creamy 1/2 finger dark head that fades semi quickly, a little lacing, but most of the lacing is due to long legs on the sides surprisingly, I hope it's not too sweet. Absolutely pitch black, no light coming through this sucker.

Nose pretty much delivers what it promises, dark chocolate, and lots of it. Tons of dark chocolate and fudgey cocoa, an almost chewy oat chocolate mix, with some caramel and black malt notes, but that's about it, just chocolate.

Taste brings lots more chocolate, but seems like a watery chocolate taste, like making a thick hot cocoa but using water, and using too much water, a thin base of the beer. Dark chocolate in there, cocoa and a little fudge note, mild caramel note, as well as some toasty roasty notes, a bit of burnt roast as well. Mild bitter grassy hop comes through late, and that turns to bitter slight spicy hops on the finish, as it dries on the finish, a little powedered cocoa like I just emptied one of those Swiss Miss hot chocolate packs in my mouth and then drank water.

Mouth is lighter bod, lighter carbonation too, not as creamy as I expected it to be.

Overall, not too great. It has chocolate yes, but that's about all it has, and the mouth/body and base malt beer are just sooo thin and watery. It def could have benefited from some oats or creamy feel in general, or even just more body from the malts.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

More bottles from my latest Philly run. I am feeling adventurous today and may try to eradicate the bottle backlog that has been an albatross since school started back.

I got a cap of a finger of dense, deep-tan head with good retention from my pour. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing zero light penetration. Nose smelled like a liquid chocolate bar. I have to admit that I have been underwhelmed by some previous Atwater offerings, but this was showing real promise. Mouthfeel was thin, especially for a stout, but the taste was very chocolaty, although not what I would have expected from dark chocolate. Were they referring to the color? Hmmm. It was quite sweet, but still very chocolaty. Finish remained very sweet and this would be a dessert beer for me. Not bad, but not great, either.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this from the 12oz bottle chilled in a stout glass, review from notes.

The color is black opaque with light beige head with small bead with ok retention and spots of lace stick. The smell has a lot of chocolate in the aroma like sweet baker's chocolate aroma roasty cocoa smell with light malt and yeast esters. The feel has medium body with semi-sweet body with medium carbonation and slightly dry finish with low alcohol and bitterness.

The flavor has a good cocoa flavor with mildly sweet taste and light toasted malt flavor with very light sweetness and yeast in taste. The cocoa carries a light woody accent w/ mostly dry flavor in the finish. Overall a pretty decent chocolate flavor, not as stout as it could be but it is certainly above average w/ enough cocoa to redeem the lack of malt somewhat.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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 WoodBrew
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale is a very interesting beer. The beer poured an opaque black with thin off-white head that is leaving some lacing. The smell is unbelievable...sweet dark chocolate is pronounced. The taste has some chocolate....but would definitely want more...cocoa powder is present. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking....would really like a more creamy body. Overall thou it was amazing...thanks to my BRO IN LAW!!!!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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