RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
A traditional Irish style commercial stout (with a touch of acidic twang and at 12° Plato OG) with about 1.5 pounds of pure process cocoa/BBL added in the brewing process. Sanders Fine Chocolatiers are a fixture of the Detroit community, but also some real beer fans. For that reason, they wanted the beer to taste like stout first, and chocolate second. The beer ends up coming off as a great traditional commercial stout, with some subtle and complex cocoa notes.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmschefke (583) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Maybe I just had higher hopes for this because Sanders is such a Detroit staple, but it just didn’t have any complexity beyond a sweet chocolate malt.

Tessic (1253) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2017
This stout poured a deep black colour with a creamy tan coloured head. Minimal lacing. Scents include cocoa, wieners, light coffee and a little burnt toast. First swig was quite smooth but a tad bit watery. Flavours of cocoa and coffee are most prominent. Finish is lightly sweet with cocoa flavours lingering. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

hopdog (13267) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2016
12oz bottle. Poured a near black with a tan head. Chocolate, roast, some coffee, and cocoa. A bit on the thin side.

Learninbeer (672) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2014
The aroma is malt - roasty, chocolate, coffee. Pours a dark brown almost black with light brown head fully diminishing and no lacing. The taste is light bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. Finally rating this - Not bad but haven’t bought more as I’m not truly impressed.

blackflag321 (705) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Shared bottle, pint glass. Blackish, dark brown. Dry bitter cocoa taste. Lacks smoothness of a milk or sweet stout. Not sure what they were going for but they missed.

chinchill (5397) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2014
12 oz bottle purchased in MI in August 2013 served in a Belgian snifter. A: The beer 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 chocolate reappears in the finish. M: near medium bodied: about as expected. No dryness; light but adeqquate carbonation. O: No apparent flaws, but rather sweet and slightly unbalanced.

tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Tap: very dark, nearly black with a nice, foamy, light-tan colored foam on tap that settles nice & slow. Aroma is a little vapid; notes & reminders of the usually stout-y things... roasted barley, bitter cocoa, a touch of coffee. But none of them really stands out, so it seems somewhat generic. Taste follows in the same vein - very light & thin bodied with light chocolate & roasted malt flavor. Nothing distinguishable above the other, just a fairly generic stout all around. Not bad, but quite boring.

SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
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 (2461) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2013
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 (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
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.

DialSquare (5188) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
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.

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