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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale | Atwater Brewery

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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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113
Ratings:
520
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
34.59%
 
 
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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 520
Photo of tjshippen
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle after trying one of their other beers and felt they definitely deserved another chance!

A- Poured into Big Eddy Snifter deep brown to black in color, thin tan head less than one finger.

S- Exactly as it reads on the bottle DARK CHOCOLATE its the major smell that comes through, a little roasty almost coffee in there.

T taste like bittersweet chocolate with a slight sweet and roast finish

M- medium light body similar mouth feel to a Schwartz beer but instead of the roast chocolate.

O- Good beer very desert esk but easy to drink. I would recommended giving it a try the chocolate isn't overwhelming like some other chocolate ales

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Atwater's Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I heard about this beer a while ago and i' have been waiting for it show up since, so when I saw it on the shelf at my local store I knew I needed to pick up a bottle. The bottle was notched July 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is pretty plain and pretty much the same as all their other beers, it's not that great looking. It poured a nice dark black color that only had a slight ruby hue at the bottom when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit lacing. I like the look of this beer, it's true to style and I have no complaints.

S- The aroma of this beer is dominated by chocolate aromas, at first I get a little bit of bitter chocolate then there's a huge Hershey syrup aroma that pretty much dominated the aroma of this beer. Towards the end I get some vanilla, cocoa powder, coffee, and a slight brown sugar like aroma that gives the aroma a pretty high amount of sweetness. I liked the aroma of this beer, the aroma is all about the chocolate, but it was a little on the sweet side.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma just a little more watered down, it starts off with a slight grainy roasted malt flavor that is quickly taken over by chocolate flavors, but they aren't as nice as they were in the aroma and seemed watered down with a slight bitter astringency to it. The taste isn't as sweet as the aroma lead to believe and I also pick up a s light maple syrup flavor. Towards the end I get a medium amount of astringent almost coffee like bitterness with a slight coffee like taste and some roasted grains, chocolate, and coffee on the aftertaste. This beer tasted ok, but the chocolate wasn't as full as it was in the aroma and everything didn't come together as well as it could have.

M- Pretty damn smooth, slightly creamy, watery, on the thin side of being medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that great, it was just too thin and that made it feel watery.

Overall I thought this was an ok and an average example of a Chocolate Stout, it was going in the right direction when it came to the aroma but when it came to the taste is felt like a watered down version of the aroma and that was a bit of let down. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down pretty smooth, but the flavors would wear on me quickly so I think one would be enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was nice and dominated by chocolate syrup, the appearance was also wasn't that bad. What I liked least about this beer is how watery it tasted and felt, this beer would be much better if the body was much thicker. I don't think I would buy this beer often, I would much rather have their Vanilla Java Porter, but it is worth trying once to see where you stand with it. All in all I thought this beer had a flavor that's pretty similar to Vanilla Java Porter, but the aroma was dominated by chocolate syrup, it was ok, but it's nothing I feel the need to drink again anytime soon. This was a decent attempt by Atwater but when it came to flavor and mouthfeel it fell short, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is rich black with brown notes. Head is thin and tan, with some lacing.

Nose is filled with sweet dark chocolate. There is also some roasted character.

Taste is very chocolately, but not sweet. There is some roastedness and maple. Not especially complex.

Mouthfeel is easygoing with light carbonation. Not a lot of body to back up the flavor.

Overall, this is a successfully drinkable chocolate ale.

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Photo of biglite351
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - considerable light around edges with a short off-white head.

S - Hershey chocolate syrup with a hint of dark chocolate and fruit.

T - generic chocolate syrup and q hint of toasted malt.

M - thin with light coating. Not much feel, almost like an Irish dry stout.

O - not bad but not good enough to break into the rotation.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks pretty good. Pour is a bit thick and dark with a 1/2 inch of tan colored head.

S - Well it smells quite good mostly bakers chocolate, a touch of roast/coffee, and something that reminds me of tobacco.

T - Damn this is actually quite good. The chocolate flavors are mixed well with the roasty factors of the stout and mild tobacco leaves. Like a lighter version of the VJ imperial stout.

M - Medium and creamy actually goes down quite well.

Overall finally a beer from Atwater that I actually enjoyed! It's no Southern Tier Chocolat but it fills the need for chocolate flavored beer.

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Photo of Brad007
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First ale I've had from this brewery.

Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head into my glass. Dark, rich but not glamorous.

An overwhelming whiff of semi-sweet chocolate greets my nose, followed by cream and a bit of roasted coffee.

Decadent it is with cocoa, coffee, toffee and cream flavors. Very mellow. Extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel consists of lingering flavors with a focus on cream. It's like a liquid goetzes cream candy.

Very nice! Flavors are richer than those of Southern Tier's Choklat and there's a better balance here. I wonder if the ABV affects such flavors?

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Photo of gerryf
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Beer pours a deep dark black (or as I told my wife, as dark as her soul ;) ). A slight cloudy sediment appeared at the bottom. Tan head disappears quickly with no lacing.

Smell - A deep, rich satisfying dark chocolate aroma; not milk chocolate, but dark baker's chocolate. I live the style and this is by far the most chocolatey smell. Behind the chocolate, you can detect a roasted malt and hint of vanilla, as well. Not a hint of hops that I could detect in the smell.

Taste - A nice dark chocolate greeting, followed up by a slightly bitter roasted malt after taste that disappears quickly. Only a hint of hop behind the roast, but not too bitter.

Mouthfeel - A creamy mouthfeel, but not chewy--a little thinner than some stouts. Lightly carbonated.

Overall - Delicious. At first I thought it more of a "dessert" beer--the kind where you have just one. By the time I the first though, I found myself wanting another and even a third after that. I will definitely be seeking this beer out in the future.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Wow, my hopes were high when I saw "dark chocolate" in the name. Huge sweet aroma. Chocolate and cocoa, strangely some moderate butterscotch. A nice buttery, oakey bourbon aroma shows up. Haven't smelled a stout anywhere near this one.

Appearance: Pitch black, opaque. Small light brow head. Decent retention, lots of lacing.

Taste: Dark chocolate syrup, vanilla and oak. Some floral and piney hops. Hops taste like a mild English style. Roasty coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Silky and creamy. Slick and oily, but finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: The "dark" chocolate seems a bit forced. I've had several other stouts with a more natural and better quality cocoa flavor. The aroma had my hopes sky high, but the taste didn't quite come though.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. No ingredients or stats on the website or bottle. Pours to a clear dark walnut, forming a small light tan head with poor retention and absent lacing. Mild carbonation. The aroma isvery good. One might even say decadent. It's overwhelmingly chocolate, but not the fake Hershey kiss type milk chocolate, but more of a deep dark chocolate balanced by some nice roasted malt notes. It smells like a touch of coffee too, like a mocha. The mouthfeel is pleasant, something I cannot say for lot of chocolate beers which end up syrupy or overly acidic. Medium bodied. The taste is very good as well. There is a superb balance between the chocolate flavor and the roasted notes which accents the richness without it becoming cloying. It's probably the most drinkable chocolate beer I've had, and a very good representation of the style. No perceptible off flavors. No hop nose. Very mild bitterness keeps the beer nicely balanced and in check.

I really like this beer. Probably the best chocolate beer I've had. I would gladly buy it again and would recommend it. I can't say I've ever had a chocoalte beer as well balanced as this one. Kudos.

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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 CloudStrife
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, split, and poured into a snifter. January 2012 notched on the label.

A: Gently poured this dark black beer, creating a minimal white head. Head remains as a thin film, but bubbles up upon swirling. Not too much lacing on the sides of the glass. Very little carbonation. When held up to the light, the beer is brown with a dark gold around the edges.

S: Very sweet chocolate. Hints of roasted chocolate malts, vanilla, and an alcohol tinge. Smells like a vanilla chocolate truffle. A bit of hops at the end.

T: Not as crazy chocolaty as I expected, judging from the smell. Taste of a lot of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and slight hops on the tongue.

M: Silky smooth palate. Low carbonation. A slight stickiness on the front of the tongue, and a little bit of an alcohol bite at the end. Very drinkable beer.

Overall one of the best chocolate ales I have had. This brewery has exceptional chocolate stouts, I am glad they transferred that knowledge to an ale.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a scant bubbly off-white head. Gone in a flash. No lace.

I get big dark roast malt, vanilla bean, cocoa up front, with charred notes behind it all.

Not super chocolatey, with a mild presence. I like this. Nice dark roasted malt with a nice balance between rich sweetness and bitterness.

A bit too thin and a little too carbonated. Fizzy water element is not nice.

Overall, not too bad. Good to try.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brand new 355 ml bottle of Atwater's Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale. No ABV or style category that I could find, so we'll have to update the listing as necessary. Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep dark brown around the upper edges looking completely black sitting in the glass. A frothy, chocolate milk looking bubbly head formed and settled out rather quickly. Some spotty lacing can be seen, as well as small bubbles around the edges.

S: Buttercream, sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, cream and some milk qualities. Really this smells absolutely wonderful. It's not overly sweet smelling like you might expect but has a great bouquet of aromas coming off.

T: Very generic chocolate malts come first, in a crisp and clean fashion. These trail off quickly through the mid-palate and the burst of flavor comes towards the back of the palate. Huge dark chocolate, buttercream and espresso notes coat the mouth. It's a huge burst of flavor seemingly out of nowhere. The linger has more cream and hints of vanilla.

M: A bit thin and well-carbonated, but it gives it a nice feel. It's somewhat creamy and smooth although I would have preferred a bit more body. Without knowing the ABV and true style, this is mere guess work off potentially false expectations.

What a treat. I thought this was going to be a huge, sweet beer like the Southern Tier Blackwater series but this is quite the opposite. All the flavors of chocolate, cream and vanilla are present without the diabetic shock coming with it. Glad I got to try this one out, worth seeking out to try.

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