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

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 31
Photo of craytonic
2.56/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Jet black pour with an enormous mocha head, no real retention/lacing

Smell: Heavy roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, touch of chocolate. Too much roast, no coffee.

Taste: Too much heavy, bitter acidic roast, also a hint of chocolate and fruit; loads of coffee. Possibly infected.

Mouthfeel: A bit over carbonated and thin.

Overall: I was not impressed with this beer and would not try it agin.

Photo of divineaudio
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz into a wine glass 3.17.11

a - color is medium brown with red highlights, would be transparent if it were lighter. a pinky of tan head forms right away and sticks around for a while. leaves a nice bit of lacing in the glass.

s - chocolate syrup, brown sugar, raisin, slight hop presence. smells really sticky sweet.

t - cloyingly sweet milk chocolate up front, followed by nutty malt character and a slight bitter twang in the back. pretty one dimensional, i was expecting much more here.

m - light in body, though it feels thicker due to the syrupy sweetness, also more carbonation than i prefer in a beer.

d - having a hard time finishing the bottle, can't imagine having a few in a night. way too sweet with little else to offer flavor wise. the sander's chocolate thing seems more like a gimmick than anything else. not recommended.

Photo of AdamMY
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer while not a horrible stout, just does not wow me, and it lacks the umph stouts need to really wow people. The mouth feel is almost powdery, not creamy at all. The taste is good but there is a slight sour taste. I may pick up a batch in the future to see if this one was just a bad batch, but if it fails again then, never again.

Photo of kevinas
2.87/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very average beer for the price. I agree with STOUTHUNTER. The aroma is very good but is not complimentted by the taste. I've had several beers that only mentioned chocolate, that had a more chocolate taste than Sanders Chocolate Stout. It is an O.K. beer, but not for the price of $10.99 a six pack. Detroit brewing company needs to make sure they are holding the standards of other's name sake (SANDERS)... I have bought other beers from the Detroit Brewing Company and have been satisfied. BUT, I WOULD NOT BUY THIS BEER AGAIN. CHOCOLATE SMELL, YES! TASTE, NO!!!

Photo of silentjay
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

typical stout pour dark brown/black with a tan head that doesnt retain or lace very well.

aroma is smoky and meaty reminding me of a backyard barbecue. but not as appetizing. where is the chocolate?

flavor is again smoky and meaty. peppery. chocolate? really? where? no bitter chocolate. no sweet milk chocolate. not bad. chocolate makes a quick and subtle appearance as the beer warms. kinda. im confused.

starts medium, goes watery in the middle, ends watery with little carbonation and a meaty aftertaste.

why did they have to make this taste like meat? i don't quite know what they were going for here, but chocolate meat isn't the best combo i've encountered.

Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger off white head

smell: chocolate, malts, sweet,

taste: chocolate, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not the best stout out there. but it wasn't terrible and I like trying something new.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours with a pretty fluffy mocha colored head that pillows out and leaves chunks of lacing all over the glass.
smells a little muted... light chocolate and roasted malts, not very strong, i feel like this is leading to a mildly watered down chocolate stout.
first few sips yeild what i suspected. its just lacking in real flavor. theres little bits of chocolate and dark malts but not nearly what im looking for.
none of the flavors stick around for very long, and therefore drinkability does nothing for me, ill finish but wouldnt go out looking for it again.

Photo of lurpy1
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of CMUbrew
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of TCgoalie
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Matt!

Pours black with an off white head. A minute or so passes and the head has disappeared except for some on the sides. Lacing tries to stick to the glass, but can't quite do it.

Heavy on the malt in the smell with a touch of chocolate. There is also a strange cleanser smell like Pinesol.

A plastic like malt flavor dominates and takes away from what the stout is creating. Mild milk chocolate and burnt coffee round out the flavors.

I believe this stout has a bit too much carbonation. It is medium in the mouth and doesn't seem near 8%.

This drinks like a lower ABV beer, so I gave it an extra half a point for drinkability. I've had better...

Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of gmfessen
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, Sanders Chocolate Stout appears black in the glass with dark brown highlights when held to the light. Head is thin and quickly dissipates, the lacing slides soapily down the glass. Nose is sweet, roasted barley, burnt chocolate and just a hint of black licorice. Taste is of roasty malt, burnt chocolate and has a slightly acrid finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a smooth slickness and dry finish. Overall, not a bad beer, alcohol is well concealed but if I was in the market for a Chocolate Stout this wouldn't be the first one that comes to mind.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Brian for bringing this back from Detroit.

A: Pours black with no light coming through and a bubbly half inch tan head. Decent lacing as you drink this one down.

S: Char, milk chocolate, roasted and burnt barley, and no trace of hops.

T: Charcoal, chocolate covered raisins, roasted and burnt barley and a bit of brown bread.

M: Medium to full body with light carbonation. A bit watery for the style.

D: It is a decent stout and should be tried if you like chocolate. A bit of a Detroit icon with the Sander's chocolate. It is a worthy stout to try and share with fellow stout lovers.

Photo of tubacharlie
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent tan head slowly collapses to a light ring at the edge of the pint glass as the aroma of cocoa is detected wafting from the brew, with a hint of coffee.

This dark brown, nearly black Stout has a straightforward chocolate presence, with the bittersweet cocoa right up front, in the middle of the palate and lingering at the end. Not much depth of malt, but enough to give it good body in the mouth, and plenty of carbonation. The bitterness from the complimentary hops balances the dry cocoa flavor, for a decent overall result. Not overly sweet as some chocolates seem to be.

Photo of SerialTicker
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Abel25
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a born in Michigan boy I was excited to try a beer made with Sanders fudge. I am afraid my excitement led to some disappointment as it did not live up to expectations, with one exception.

Nice deep cola color with a 1 finger head. Not much carbonation when poured into glass. Initial taste is a little sharp, but mellows. Not a lot of chocolate flavor, more of an espresso flavor.

One great feature to this beer. My friend describes it as almost Willy Wonka-esque. The after burp is a dead on chocolate flavor. Tastes just like the hot fudge topping I wished the beer had on first drink.

Overall, not great. Hard to find and a little pricey, but worth it for the willy Wonka experience.

Photo of GavDomDadGH
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pour - thick three finger head that dissipated quickly leaving thin but decent lacing on the glass. Caramel head, dark, almost black stout.

Smell - heavy malts. Touch of coffee and chocolate. Almost a molasses smell with earth tones.

Taste - again heavy malts which are somewhat expected with a nice stout. A good chocolate aftertaste. Beer almost hasa solid mocha (more coffee than chocolate tho) flavor.

Mouth feel - to much carbonation for a stout. Creamy after carbonation calms down.

Overall - a good beer in my book. Could be more chocolae in this chocolate stout. Drop the carbonation and would be great! Will recommend to friends. (Price must have dropped I only paid 8.49 at Meijer)

Photo of Bung
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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

Look:
Deep brown, almost black. Foamy tan head.

Smell:
Chocolate hits the nose, along with traces of cream and roasted coffee.

Taste:
Chocolate isn't as noticeable as expected. Closer to a milk chocolate than a bitter dark which may have worked better. Hints of cream, caramel, and vanilla as well. Roasted coffee overtones. A faint sourness becomes noticeable as the beer warms.

Feel:
Creamy and frothy, complimenting the style well.

The sourness really hurt this beer. Hopefully they continue to refine it because the potential is there.

Photo of claminat420
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured the normal stout dark color with a tan head. nice tan frothy head. this pint glass could be in a commercial.

S- the normal stout roasted malt with some chocolate. i can detect the slightest gum taste kickin off from the yeast. weird but good.

T- same as smell. roasted chocolate malt with a weird gum taste. alochol is undetected. not too much chocolate tho which is a bummer.

M- medium/ light bodied. has a silky texture to it.

D- i hope i can find another six pack of this but if not i'm not going to cry about it.

Overall- not too shabby of a stout. was expecting more from the chocolate side but what can ya do??

Photo of berserker256
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Mavigo
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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