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Detroit Beer Co. Sanders Chocolate Stout - Detroit Beer Co.

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Detroit Beer Co. Sanders Chocolate StoutDetroit Beer Co. Sanders Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
78
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Detroit Beer Co. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-17-2010)
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Reviews by lurpy1:
Photo of lurpy1
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark and dense looking, not a ton of head. The smell comes with malt and a hint of a bitter chocolate undercurrent. The aroma is not sufficiently pronounced. Ditto on taste. Nothing wrong here, just not a big presence. Some chocolate, aggravatingly watery and bland though. It is a falseitude to call this a chocolate stout. Low carbonation, nice for a stout, but again,watery, and thin feeling.

A previous reviewer was correct that slapping Sanders on the label has the feel of a marketing stunt. By the barest of margins I recommend this beer - it is barely good enough to suggest drawing your own conclusions. I on the other hand have drunk this enough to satisfy my curiousity.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle purchased in MI in August 2013 served in a Belgian snifter.

A: Pours very dark mahogany brown, looking near black in the glass; a deep ruby color is visible at the edges of the glass under bright light. The thin tan-colored head soon died down to a partial top coat and left only a bit of lacing.

Aroma: Rather sweet but attractive aroma of caramel and dark roasted malts. The aromas has some complexity as well, with suggestions of stewed raisins and other dark fruits and a hint of dark chocolate.

Flavor: Sweet, with hints of chocolate up front, and plenty of dark fruit mid-taste. Dark and milk chocolate reappear in the semi-sweet finish and lingers on for a while.

M: medium-thin bodied. No dryness; light but adequate carbonation. Smooth

O: No apparent flaws, but rather sweet.

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3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz picked up over Christmas in GR.
Near black pour, thin layer of somewhat frothy beige head. Laces just barely.

Aroma has some roast malt and coffee, but a sour note that kind of looms overall. Almost like cherries or red wine of some sort.

Taste does not really have the sour thankfully. Malty roast and then the chocolates come through. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate. Finishes pleasant but short with some cocoa. I wonder if they used some lactose in this one?

Thin, but almost creamy, an odd combination.

With the mellow flavors and slightly thinner body, this drinks pretty easy. The abv being a little higher hampers that though. In reality a good beginner chocolate stout.

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Color: pours dark brown. sits black with a decent size dark brown rim and two-finger mocha head that dissipates somewhat quick, leaving behind some decent lacing

Smell: clean, mellow roasted character with chocolate and a restrained fruitiness

Taste: great balance of light roast and chocolate flavors. a restrained dark fruitiness can be found underneath. very low bitterness. finish has a very light roast and chocolate character and is slightly dry

Mouthfeel: low-full body with smooth, moderate carbonation. very elegant for a stout

Notes: very approachable stout with mellow, well balanced flavors.

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3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade

A-Black, one finger brown head that doesn't last long.

S-Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Some smokiness in there as well.

T-Dark chocolate, burnt (not roasted) malt tad bit of coffee as well.

M-Light for a stout, not much carbonation.

O-A nice stout, good not great. A nice extra.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up a six pack of Detroit Beer Company's Sanders Chocolate Stout a couple days ago for $10.99 at Meijers. I have never had a beer from Detroit Beer Co. but I have had Sanders Chocolate many times, so I figured I should try a beer that is brewed with it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks OK, but it is quite plain looking, it's got all kind of information about the beer on the label, but no bottling date, I don't get it. It poured a dark brown/black color that had some ruby edges when held to the light with two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing. The color could be a little darker, but the head was nice.

S- The first thing that I pick up is loads of roasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and a slight charred aroma. There is a good amount of chocolate in the aroma that smells pretty similar to cocoa powder. It also had a slight coffee and dark fruit aroma with very light amount of earthy hops. It smells roasty and chocolaty but it's a little sweet.

T- The main player here is the malts that have just the right amount of sweetness and a nice heavy roast that gives this beer a nice roasty flavor, but the chocolate doesn't show up as much as it did in the aroma and takes a back seat to the roasted malts. Just like the aroma there's a slight amount of dark fruits and coffee. The finish has a very low amount of bitterness with a roasty aftertaste. I don't pick up any alcohol in this beer, it is well hidden. The flavors are good for a stout but there isn't enough chocolate for a Chocolate Stout.

M- Smooth, medium bodied, and it had medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is on par for a American Stout.

Overall I thought this was an OK American Stout but it lacked that extra chocolaty flavor that should be in a beer that calls itself a Chocolate Stout, it had all those nice and roasty flavors I would expect from the style but it needs a heavier chocolate flavor to go with its name. This beer had pretty good drinkability, I wouldn't rule out having another one after I finish this one, the alcohol is well hidden and it goes down pretty smooth. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and mouthfeel, the aroma had a nice chocolate presence to it, and the mouthfeel was what it should be for an American Stout. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of chocolate in the flavor, it needed about twice as much chocolate to be on par with Sam Adams Chocolate Bock and live up to it's name. I may buy this beer again when looking for a American Stout, but when I want a chocolaty beer I won't have this one in mind. This beer is worth a try, but don't expect to be wowed by its chocolate flavor. The stout base of this beer was nice but it didn't have enough chocolate in the flavor to do the Sanders name justice, they make some high quality chocolate but the Detroit Beer Co. didn't do a great job at showcasing it. I wasn't wowed by my first beer from Detroit Beer Co., so I don't have the greatest first impression for this brewery but I would still be willing to see what else they got. A much bigger dose of Sanders Chocolate may make this a pretty good beer.

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3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from Fall 2012

A: Pretty much solid black, really dark brown head that disappears almost instantly.

S: Roasted malt, little bit of coffee, maybe a hint of chocolate bar, hint of grains.

T: You really dont get that much chocolate flavor, mostly roasted and darker malts and some graininess.

M: Not bad. Feels maybe like it's just a touch more full than what you would expect out of a porter (but it's a stout). Could use a little more thickness. Kind of flat on carbonation.

O: If you make a chocolate stout, you should use enough chocolate to make the flavor obvious, but that was not done here. Drinks fairly well overall though.

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4/5  rDev +19%

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Detroit Beer Co. Sanders Chocolate Stout from Detroit Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.