dmschefke (565) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Maybe I just had higher hopes for this because Sanders is such a Detroit staple, but it just didnít have any complexity beyond a sweet chocolate malt.
SpongeRuiner (422) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap at Red Robin. Tasted very cheap and artificial. You can tell they didnt know what they were doing when they brewed this. Heavy on the chocolate in a bad way. Just overall weak.
fluffy (1048) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
surprised by the low score, this one was actually pretty tasty. aroma is slightly musty, with a bit of smoke and a lot of malt. flavor is brighter than expected, cocoa with a bit of leather and diner coffee. maybe just a bit of soy sauce in the background. finish is barely oily with a hint of metallic. honestly, i like it.
Alextricity (373) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 donít 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 itís really not sweet, doesnít have that silky mouthfeel Iíve come to expect from a milk/sweet stout (itís somewhere in the middle with a somewhat prickly carbonation), and itís 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, thatíd be fine. Maybe Iím just splitting hairs, but oh well.
Sanders Chocolate Stout isnít at all a bad beer, but itís quite disappointing, given the name. Iím scoring the beer based on what I think of it, rather than the classified style or its name.
DialSquare (2042) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from ABC on Betton. Near black pour with a tan ring. Aroma is leathery and chocolate malts. Tastes are roasty, grain, coffee, chocolate, acidic, burnt, caramel. Dries out in the finish. Ok.
ExpendableHero (704) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cola colored brew with a thin, tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate and something earthy. Tastes of bittersweet dark chocolate, earthy notes, and some dark coffee. Sweeter than it is bitter. Bittersweet chocolate flavor in finish. A bit chalky/dry, yet thin. Light bodied for a stout, but it works. I enjoyed this beer.
burg326 (2723) - Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle pours a thin black color with aromas of chocolate, malt, ligt vanilla, and some earthy hops. Flavors are the same but watered down, not as chocolaty as expected and thin on the palate for a stout.
oyamac (30) - Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells of chocolate with a bready note and slight alcohol. Thin looking stout. Fast moving beer, very little taste. Leaves palate almost instantly. What taste there is is coffee and dark chocolate. Ok beer. When you taste it it is not bad, but it is gone so fast and feels super light for a stout.
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beastmaster (155) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, toffee aroma. Coffee flavors, watery, easy to drink. Coloration isnít as dark as Iíd like. Commercial beer.
Sikash (208) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Arooma is chocolate but minor with notes of malt and coffe. Flavor is kind of light but silky smooth with notes of chocolate and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and full and carbonation is average. Overall a good beer but not very complex for a stout.
ColovianTrader (72) - - FEB 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy roasted chocolate flavors, toffee and toasted bread. Hints of sweet cream. A bit acidic but plenty smooth.