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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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Ratings: 86
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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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

Pillowburn, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of smalenberg
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark, but not as syrupy as you might think. Nice light tan foam persists for a long time, creates a small head during the poor.

S - Wonderful roast with subtle bitter chocolate note coming through, no ester notes.

T - Sweet with strong chocolate and subtler roast coffee-like notes. Definitely calls to mind a Sander's hot fudge sundae. Very slight bitter character that balances the sweet without bringing in any of the tannin qualities that can so easily detract from the flavor of a beer like this.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation with some alcohol tingle. Leaves a pleasant coating on the tongue that lingers long after the beer is swallowed.

O - First rate example of a complex style. It stands well as a dessert on its own, but would probably go very well with many foods.

smalenberg, Nov 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Benny3000, Apr 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

zchops, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Frosty80
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.

Frosty80, Dec 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev +19%

cgrz, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19%

rsitarski, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

MacStinson, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19%

dmorgan310, Nov 23, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- A conservative pour created a thin brown head atop a nearly jet body that sports dark brown/red edges. The head falls quite quickly to a full film that sustains pretty well. There's really good stick left on a glass that doesn't always help in that regard.

S- There's pleasant, sweet chocolate initially (much like a powdered chocolate mix). While a little subtle at first, warmth helps and brings out a roasted, almost smoked, quality.

T- Really nice hit of chocolate mixed with strong brewed coffee from the get-go. It reminds me of a Mackinac Island Fudge coffee my wife gets a lot. There's a bit of a sweet linger. Some roasted, dark malts in there with a hint of fruity sweet in the mix.

M- Light carbonation. Pretty moderate feel just stays on the right side of being too thin. Maybe a touch of chalky feel, though it's not really a knock as a descriptor.

D- It's really a good drinker. It's a very solid stout I could see it in my regular "stout rotation." It's not as chocolate-packed as the SA Chocolate Bock (or Younges/Brookly versions). If the higher ABV is true, it's well hidden, though it kind of went to my head on an empty stomach.

GRPunk, Jan 09, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent chocolate stout. It seems to thin out a bit quicker than I would like. But the character that is there is still pretty nice. Smooth. And overall pretty decent. Probably going to go down as my favorite beer from this brewery. Glad to try it.

RblWthACoz, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Lauthaha
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a straight, unapologetic black color. Absolutely no browns or reds even when held directly to light. Head is one-finger high and milky-tan. Head recedes to about 1/4 finger coating the surface of the beer, but remaining intact at that point. Heavy lacing.

Smell: Bittersweet, dark chocolate, Arabica coffee, direct bitterness and a more-than-slight estery nose. Sadly, the alcohol detracts from the general enjoyment of this beer's smell to give it an "average" rather than "good" rating.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is thick and malty going in, with the sweetness from the chocolate up front. Coffee-like flavors are mild but flavorful. Perhaps aged in a bourbon barrel? There's a nice woodiness to the taste. Swirled upon the tongue, a beautiful bitterness is present, but is quickly put to rest by an uneven alcoholic bite. Beer is nearly chewable, perfect for a stout.

Drinkability: I would definitely recommend this beer as drinkable. It has a plethora of flavors without being too busy, and aside from the peculiar alcohol presence, it's really, really good.

If this were perhaps a percentage point lower in alcohol, it would be nearly perfect. But the higher-than-average ABV seems a little forced here. Nonetheless, a good drink.

Lauthaha, Jan 07, 2011
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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.

rlee1390, Jul 07, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gifted bottle from a college chum in Ann Arbor, MI.

From the bottle: "Chocolate worth sharing Sanders Fine Chocolatiers since 1875"; "Brewed exclusively in Michigan with Sanders fine chocolate"; "In the fall of 2009, Detroit Brewing Company began tinkering with their Pub Classic Smooth Cream Stout. A chance meeting, over a few beers, with the folks from Sanders brought the final sweet ingredient. Our brewer found the best way to combine Stout and Sanders chocolate to create the dark, satisfying aroma and of a fine Stout Ale with the restrained richness and elegance of the hand selected cocoa used by Sanders Fine Chocolatiers in Detroit since 1875."; "Detroit Beer Co.'s Sanders Chocolate Stout is sold from November through March."

The fizzy, foamy finger of deep-tan head did not last long before turning into wisps. Color was a deep, dark-brown with cola highlights at the edges. Nose was sweet chocolate, but nothing near the cloying sweetness of a previous beer. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching a creaminess, but not quite achieving it. The taste was what I would imagine a sweet/chocolate stout to taste like - sweet but not cloying. This was more like a milk chocolate bar in that it was not terribly roasty and not terribly sweet, either. Finish was semi-sweet and very satisfying. A welcome brew on Christmas Eve.

woodychandler, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This is an odd one. On the bottle it says "Brewed and bottled for Detroit Brewing Company by Detroit Rivertown Brewing Company", however, there is no such thing as Detroit Brewing Company..there is only Detroit Beer Company. I think they mislabeled this beer. ABV is not listed on the bottle, however I found a resource that states it's 7.8% ABV

This cost $1.80 for a 12oz single @ Jacks market. Pours out to a clear near black, forming a tall and creamy tan head like espresso crema, with excellent retention and a solid sheet of lace. The aroma is really good...I pick up black walnut, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, almost like a nitro tap, with a medium body. The taste is a recap of the aroma. There is a pleasant chalkiness about midway thru, and it's nicely balanced between the earthy bitterness , the malty sweetness, and the chocolate overtone. It's not a chocolate bomb like Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, but there is enough there to notice. There is a faint suggestion of kiwi fruit acidic tartness that warns of impeding infection as mentioned in the BA forums that some people have tasted. I wouldn't store this one. This peculiar tartness starts to become more noticeable by the middle of the glass and starts to limit it's drinkability.

A decent beer for the price, although I'm not confident of it's ability to last more than a few weeks. One is enough for me.

Mitchster, Dec 17, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this befor in a 4 year vintage from a bottle and I'm having it off tap from the red fox pub in royal oak.

A: pour a dark brown color with a red tinge, has a short tan head with good amounts of lacing.

S: smells earthy and woody, smoky, chocolate, malts, aromaticm

T: has a smoky taste to it, malts, wood, earth, malts, hops, very smoky, a bit dry but well baanced

M: well carbonated but not overly done. good body to it but a bit smoky and dry, still good.

O: Overall its pretty good. Balanced flavors. Maybe it could be a bit more balanced with sweetness but it is still good.

Mavigo, Dec 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

LateComer, May 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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MichPaul, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of berserker256
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown-to-black body with a dense tan head. I pick up smells of chocolate (of course) but also coffee, black licorice, and smoke. The taste directly reflects the aroma but with an added metallic aftertaste similar to how a bottle cap smells. I kind of like it. heavy body with low carbonation and a milky feel. Decent beer that's sort of like a cold chocolate coffee minus the bitterness.

berserker256, Dec 21, 2011
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Detroit Beer Co. Sanders Chocolate Stout from Detroit Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.