Detroit Beer Co. Sanders Chocolate Stout - Detroit Beer Co.
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3.33/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
01-10-2014 01:34:41 | More by chinchill
3.55/5 rDev +5.7%
Bottled 12/5/12. Poured 5/22/13.
Appearance: Aggressive pour yielded a three finger head that had an audible carbonation that died down pretty quickly to nothingness. Pitch black with tan bubbles and no lacing.
Smell: As the head was bubbling away, I got some really nice aromas that included a lot of caramel and cinnamon. As soon as the head was gone, mostly really dark malt aromas, and nothing too interesting.
Taste: As many others have said, disappointing. A roasted malt character is byfar the most noticeable taste, and one of the only ones. I don't really pick up any sort of coffee flavors, and no significant chocolate flavor, which is a bummer. Additionally, this drink more like a normal stout than a sweet stout, as it's really not sweet, doesn't have that silky mouthfeel I've come to expect from a milk/sweet stout (it's somewhere in the middle with a somewhat prickly carbonation), and it's just average.
For the style, this beer is all wrong. For the name of the beer itself, this beer is all wrong. If this were to have a different name (without "CHOCOLATE" in the title) and be classified as a normal stout, that'd be fine. Maybe I'm just splitting hairs, but oh well.
Sanders Chocolate Stout isn't at all a bad beer, but it's quite disappointing, given the name. I'm scoring the beer based on what I think of it, rather than the classified style or its name.
05-22-2013 16:40:13 | More by Alextricity
3.2/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
04-14-2013 20:04:40 | More by CMUbrew
3.83/5 rDev +14%
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.
12-24-2012 22:49:53 | More by woodychandler
3.78/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
12-21-2012 04:07:58 | More by Mavigo
Detroit Beer Co. Sanders Chocolate Stout from Detroit Beer Co.
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