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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
okay

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of craytonic
2.55/5  rDev -24.1%
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 GRPunk
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.

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

Got this one thanks to erikkoppin in a 2010 Fantasy Football BIF. Thanks, Erik! Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Very stout-like jet black body topped by a huge, creamy head reminiscent of a root beer float. Very slick feel in the glass; no real lacing to speak of.

S: Strong roasted notes and very dark chocolate. Not a whole lot of sweetness apparent in the nose, instead some notes of coffee and bitterness.

T: Unfortunately, not a whole lot of the dark chocolate kicking around in the aroma really comes through in the flavor profile. By no means offensive, but all of the flavors I'd expect in a stout (especially one advertised as a Chocolate stout) feel a little underrepresented. That being said, there is a very good balance despite the muted flavors--not overly sweet and possessing a balancing bitterness. I like it better as it warms, though. No notice of alcohol.

M: Lighter, as stouts go. Neither sticky nor cloying, but still full bodied. Fits well with the flavor profile, honestly. A very easy drinking stout.

D: Fairly high. Easy to get through one, but probably nothing I would reach for time and again.

Thanks for this one, Erik. Much appreciated!

Photo of Bung
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.

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.

Photo of TCgoalie
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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 claminat420
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Kkottonmouthkngz
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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 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.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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 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
http://www.mlive.com/kalamabrew/index.ssf/2010/11/michigans_detroit_brewing_co_a.html

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.

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