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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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86 Ratings
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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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Photo of Calculat0r


3/5  rDev -10.7%

03-02-2012 22:47:06 | More by Calculat0r
Photo of mtrog313


3/5  rDev -10.7%

02-28-2012 00:30:35 | More by mtrog313
Photo of EricCioe


3/5  rDev -10.7%

02-12-2012 06:38:07 | More by EricCioe
Photo of thebfg


4/5  rDev +19%

02-08-2012 20:06:19 | More by thebfg
Photo of scottbrew4u


3.45/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

02-04-2012 23:12:18 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of jbierling


3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-28-2012 18:10:08 | More by jbierling
Photo of tubacharlie


3.53/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

01-26-2012 07:33:40 | More by tubacharlie
Photo of Rostie


4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

01-17-2012 00:28:46 | More by Rostie
Photo of dmorley21


3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

01-14-2012 22:52:53 | More by dmorley21
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5/5  rDev +48.8%

01-14-2012 03:37:54 | More by bsh1166
Photo of lurpy1


3.1/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

01-05-2012 17:46:06 | More by lurpy1
Photo of twkirkby


3/5  rDev -10.7%

12-25-2011 23:43:26 | More by twkirkby
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

12-22-2011 04:18:16 | More by beertasterb
Photo of berserker256


3.7/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

12-21-2011 20:26:30 | More by berserker256
Photo of StoutHunter


3.23/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

12-21-2011 04:55:42 | More by StoutHunter
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-16-2011 03:46:29 | More by TheGr8BeerState
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1/5  rDev -70.2%

12-09-2011 02:14:43 | More by IlPostino
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4/5  rDev +19%

12-08-2011 05:24:32 | More by MacStinson
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4/5  rDev +19%

11-21-2011 01:12:16 | More by rsitarski
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4/5  rDev +19%

11-21-2011 00:02:22 | More by cgrz
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New York

3/5  rDev -10.7%

11-14-2011 18:10:32 | More by JRod1969
Photo of THECPJ


3/5  rDev -10.7%

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.


06-18-2011 02:23:54 | More by THECPJ
Photo of divineaudio


2.55/5  rDev -24.1%

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.

04-23-2011 23:25:10 | More by divineaudio
Photo of AdamMY


2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

04-17-2011 01:43:09 | More by AdamMY
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

2.55/5  rDev -24.1%

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.

04-14-2011 04:11:39 | More by craytonic
Detroit Beer Co. Sanders Chocolate Stout from Detroit Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.