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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Added by ShanePB on 02-02-2012

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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 FrankShirley
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of npendres
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dewsby
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 Zatch90
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wafe
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lzepplin01
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of CorknCapSouthingtonCT
4.82/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 joeroma5
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 jakea
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 indianabeerman
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nyskizy
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Dactrius
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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