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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout - Bison Brewing

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565 Ratings
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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 10
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-02-2002

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Ratings: 565 | Reviews: 291
Reviews by bobhits:
Photo of bobhits
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Black as I’ve seen a non imperial stout. 5% beers don’t get this black, 10% beers rarely do either.

Strong cocoa powered aroma, dark and bitter. Hints of roasted coffee finish things off, there’s some malt here but that doesn’t make much impact.

Opens with coffee, turns to cocoa, and then back to coffee. The finish is rather clean and watery. There is a nice hop profile that finishes this one out. I really can’t believe this is only 5% abv. It clearly has some lighter alcohol notes but this is amazing beer.

Don’t go looking for a thick creamy beer here. There is some carbonation to add some body, but not enough to give this beer the body needed to make up for the impact of lower abv.

This was one of the first “real” beers I ever had. I wasn’t impressed then. Today I am fully impressed at how they’ve managed to craft an amazingly flavorful brew with such a low abv. I often am not impressed with non imperial stouts. I generally feel they’re rather boring and lack luster. I don’t see the point in a stout that isn’t a sipper to warm me in the winter. I mean stouts still don’t make summer drinking. That said, call me impressed. I’d certainly buy this again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black as an oil slick with small mocha colored head that is gone pretty fast,love the rich aromas going on deeply roasted malt along a real cocoa presence almost like a mocha coffee with a touch of molasses.A real drawback on this beer is that it seems pretty thin and watery for a stout wich makes it easy going down but Iam not sure if thats what I want in a chocolate stout.Anyways there are some nice flavors roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with a burnt finish.Outside of the mouthfeel this is a real nice offering I would drink again.

Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Black with a nice, tanned head. It didn’t show much retention but, when it was up, this was a real good-looking beer.

Smell – Very dry-smelling burnt malt with some nice chocolate cocoa notes. There’s a bit of coffee in here as well.

Taste – The cocoa comes up front along with an early bitterness. The malt base shows up mid-stream and the Stout finishes with the big West Coast hoppy finish that I just don’t care for.

Mouthfeel – Very bitter and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – This was an easy-drinker. I’m not a fan of the hopped-up Stouts, though.

Photo of TuckerCarlson
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a) nearly opaque with dark amber showing around the edges of the glass; short, dark tan head that doesn't linger; no lacing to speak of

s) immediate cocoa with some dark fruit; coffee and molasses also apparent

t) deep, dark, intense, and bitter (kind of like me); a touch of dark, fruity sweetness; maybe some mild herbal hops coming in at the end, or it could just be more bitterness from the cocoa and roasted barley

m) nice and thick, as it should be

d) it's surprising to drink a chocolate stout that doesn't taste like dessert (I'm looking at you, Young's); this is a unique beer that does a fantastic job putting a new twist on the style

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Black pour with dark brown hues and a light tan head that becomes a ring around the top. Aromas of somewhat roasted malts with a nice big cocoa aroma. Toasted grains and a bit of toffee. There's also a slight coffee bitterness here too.

First sip brings a big roasty malt followed by a rich cocoa flavor. Coffee flavors come through as it moves down with a smoky accent. Not much for hops coming through here at all. Finishes with a touch of lingering chocolate.

Mouthfeel is between medium and light bodied. An easy drinking stout that borders on a porter in body. Either way I thought it was a good beer, but not as robust and flavorful as I expected.

Photo of Billolick
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, pours darkest of browns, not black , with just the slightest bit of line shining through the edges. Low carboantion, minimal head and no lacing. Nose is strongly dark chocolate. Sort of dull flavorwise, chocolate is all over the place, just a hint of snappy hops on the back side. Low complexity, nice if you like dark, gooey and sludgy stouts. Leaves a chalky taste on the palate, cant say I'd look foward to quaffing more then one of this stuff....

Photo of magictrokini
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown pour with a brown ring of bubbles for a head. Cocoa and coffee aroma. Taste is a split between burnt coffee with roasted malt and watery chocolate. Not well balanced. Finish is surprisingly smooth. These organics are always lacking in something, this one being body. Good, not great.

Photo of Thrasher
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A glowing, luminous black (is that even possible?) with a fine drift of foam atop that laces down the glass. Aroma of cocoa. The beer has quite a bite to it, not sweet and buttery and chocolatey as you might expect. Rather, it tastes of unsweetened baker's cocoa powder, not too far from mocha or even espresso. It's a bitter stout with ample hops whose herbalness marries pretty well with the cocoa to obscure the sweet roastiness of the malts. It's good, not great, and leaves an unpleasant chalky bitterness on the tongue.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, slight black appearance, tan head, not much to it, good chocolate presentation in the nose.

Texture is a little thin for a stout, but not to the point of being detrimental. Kind of one dimensional, chocolate, not a lot of roast taste, or coffee to this one. No hops. Just an ample chocolate and chocolate malt feel to it, slightly oily, and not much more to it.

A good introductory level stout, might appeal to those who like Guinness a lot.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark almost black with mahogany brown edges when held toward the light, tan head forms thick and creamy in texture with even fine speckled lacing left behind as it dwindles. Aromatics full of roasted dark chocolate and pseudo coffee notes from the dark roasted malt profile utilized here. Doesn't smell any more chocolate than any other stout but I guess they did add some Danish cocoa, according to the label. Light, herbal, friendly hop profile with creamy milk chocolate in the finish. Flavor brings it altogether seems light and airy in texture but the flavor rides a nice wave over the palate with mildly brash dark roasts finishing into a creamy milk chocolate crescendo, staying semi bitter sweet without going candy on me. Some may ask for more chocolate sweetness I'm cool with the cocoa addition to the boil with just the subtle flow going on and definitely more bitterness from the darker roasts rather than from hops which are evident but more light and herbal than anything else. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but texture wise creamy almost nitro draft feel to it, bitter dry finish with a touch of chocolate sweetness, carbonation is subtle and smooth on the palate finishes with the dark roasted malt bitterness lingering the way it should. Drinkability is definitely better than their IPA, this one brings you on a bit of a journey especially when living in the beer deprived armpit of Ohio where I currently reside.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Unfortunately, the brewers weren't able to get a 22 oz. serving in this bottle even though the label says "1 pint, 6 fl. oz".

Even with a rather gentle pour, I had to wait a few minutes to empty the bottle due to the towering tan head. Head has moderate retention. Liquid is opaque, appearing nearly black but with mahogany highlights at the edges given bright light.

S - appealing mix of cocoa and toasted malt, plus faint hops.

T - IMO, one of the best balanced chocolate stouts I've had, with plenty of cocoa flavor but with more toasted grain flavor than chocolate. Balanced sweetness, with both sweet and bitter components readily detectable. Some coffee notes. A little more richness and complexity and this be a 4.5.

M - exceptionally smooth and creamy; very good carbonation level ... BUT ... I'd like a little more body; beer is a bit watery in the finish.

Photo of OStrungT
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown. The head is dark tan. It fades fast leaving a good amount of lacing. It smells of chocolate, which I guess is good since it is a chocolate stout. It has slight sents of malts and coffee. It tastes very chocolatey. There is a coffee taste hidden behind the strong chocolate taste. This beer is full bodied and sweet. It leaves a chocolate taste on the palate. This beer might not make a good session beer because it is too rich. It is very good, but the richness of it will get to be too much. This beer is definately worth a try.

Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pretty decent little stout. Heaps of roasted bitterness, and bitter chocolate. Decent balance and flavour, not particularly complex, but tasty. As with all West Coast beers, theres a fair few hops in here, but it doesn't really unbalance it or anything, a nice stout.

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown with some clarity around the edges. A brown head forms less than one finger high and dwindles to a layer of foam, albeit thick foam, leaving a moderate amount of thin lacing inside my glass.
There's quite a bit of a smoked malts note in the aroma, with bitter espresso and grains. There's a touch of something sour just detectable that mars an otherwise pleasant aroma. Hints of chocolate lie just underneath.
Chocolate isn't so much king in this one, though a cocoa powder flavor is present. A nice, strong malt with smoke and espresso make up most of the flavor, but this one gets a little too tart, and a sort of acidic flavor pulls through too strongly.
The mouthfeel is pretty full and starts off with some crispness, but doesn't get quite as smooth as I'd like and finishes a touch thinner than a stout should.
This is a decent beer considering, but there's too much tartness that prevails all the way through and it's a bit light in stout character. I'd still try it again.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.71/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours near black with brown edging. The head is about a finger thick, light cocoa colored, and shows fair retention. Very little, if any, lacing.

Smell - Predominant bittersweet dark cocoa aroma. Notes of earth. Hints of caramel.

Taste - More earthy than chocolate. Dirt. Lightly touches on caramel. Finishes with mild earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light in body. Almost watery. Weak carbonation. Slight tingle on the lips.

Overall - Stout? Hardly. Chocolate? Barely. This is a poor beer, even weaker as a stout, and a shame to be called a chocolate stout. I've had this beer a few times in the past. This will be my final time.

Photo of Magpie14
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured very light and boasted only deep browns, not quite black. Not a huge pour and looks more of a porter in the glass. Head fizzed away quickly and left whipped mocha colored blobs around the glass. Initially awash with bubbles and then still as can be

S: chock full of dark roasted sweet smells: coffee, cocoa, and darkened malts 'n' grains. with a earthy woody whiff or two

T: a moderate amount of roasted flavors paired with medium roasted coffee beans and finely ground cocoa powder. The coffee notes have a nice mocha character and the greatest presence in the mix. This brew has a light edge overall and is complimented by a few flaky hops that have a citrus wooded appeal. This beer checks out well with all the flavors

M: medium body and slick down the hatch. Not problems drinking this one

D: on the lighter side for a stout but still deserves a pat on the back. Nice and tasty with good flavors. I like'em a little bit chewier but if the flavors match...I can't complain

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initially chocolate aroma. The taste is a mediocre stout with some chocolate that gets drier and bitter (not from hops). Not very drinkable, though quaffable. Black with some white head. average mouthfeel, and average beer.Not sweet is the best part, but also not that well balanced, chocolate "sells".

Photo of ElGordo
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a midnight black color topped by a thin tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, cocoa, a hint of licorice, and a touch of lactose. Palate is rich roasted malt, dark chocolate, some bittering hops, and some anise and licorice on the finish. Body is a little thin for a stout, but creamy nonetheless and leading to a nice dry finish. Doesn't pair as well with a chocolate orange as I would have hoped. Not particularly special.

Photo of Roguer
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not much of a head, quickly fading.

Slight roast, decent aroma of dark cacao.

Strong notes of chocolate and coffee, with a light roast behind. Bit of a cola flavor, with a similarly light and fizzy mouthfeel. Slightly metallic. Fair bit of cardboard and oxidation as it warms.

Not a bad coffee chocolate stout, but it could use a much smoother mouthfeel and some refinement in the traditional stout profile.

Photo of sfprint
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Stouty, very dark, totally nontransparent. with a quickly dissipating head.

s: weak, dark, dirt smell. There's more coffee than cocoa in the smell.

T: All the flavor is in the middle, with the front and rear being almost watery. But the actual taste is ok. Watery stout, not so chocolatey, not very strong.

M: Not very heavy, quite light and goes down very easy. Slightly sandy.

D: Yea, easy to drink, but not exciting.

This one also says that it's only 5% alcohol, not 6.1

Photo of RickS95
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There isn't much not to like about the appearance of this beer. The slow thin brown pour eventually becomes a dark black with slightly lighter shades around the edges. The head is a dark tan color and resembles an IPA head with its cloud-like features. Decent retention and a nice lace left behind.

You can really pick up the cocoa in the nose. There's a gentle roasty smokey scent that follows. Slight coffee aroma.

The taste is a slight letdown in that the chocolate is of the bittersweet variety when the smells makes you expect a sweetness. Still, it's a stout and there's nice flavor, it's just bittersweet with some roasted grains tossed in.

The feel is similar to Guinness in that it's closer to light-bodied than it is to full-bodied. A lightening, loose, watery feel offsets some of the bitterness, which is actually kind of pleasant. There's no sign of sweetness, just an earthy char and a grainy feel in the swallow. Bitterness lasts throughout and sort of makes your mouth water while you wait for the next sip and because this borders on a session beer at only 5% ABV, you can keep sipping for a while.

Overall, it's very stout-like and reminds me a lot of Guinness. Depending on whether or not you like Guinness, that's either good or bad.

Photo of McNealc31
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The genuine cocoa powder used really shines with a rich chocolatey flavor. You can smell it, too, but the texture and flavor it adds are fantastic. Looks just like you want a stout to look, as well.

This is distinctly a beer, though. You won't feel like you're drinking a chocolate soda. A good dose of bitterness counteracts the cocoa leading to a dry finish with a subtle tinge of hops.

Solid brew here

Photo of Fatehunter
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A finger and half of tan head on a pitch black body.
The aroma is roasted malt and a hint of chocolate.
The taste is a robust roasted malt with the chocolate balancing but not surpassing the malt. great balance.
Slick texture with moderate carbonation and medium to heavy body.
A solid stout.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black with a nice tan head that doesnt retain well at all. The aroma has a big coffee character, roasted malt, dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, and some floral hops. The flavor starts off with expresso, blackstrap molasses, roasted malt, floral hops, and some dutch cocoa in the finish as well as some mild warming alcohol. Pretty good stout, would have thought it was better if they hadnt specifically labeled it a "chocolate stout", as it doesnt have much of a chocolate character. Mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is ok. Dont buy this if you are looking for a big chocolate character (go with rogue chocolate stout or sam adams chocolate bock), but its a good american stout overall.

Photo of MiScusi
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours like a typical stout. The smell is really weird. It doesn't have too much of a roasted smell, but more of a higher roasted burnt astringent malt. The taste has a god amount of chocolate though it really went well with my rice krispy treats I was eating. Not too highly roasted in the taste but enough to be "stouty." Overall not a bad chocolate beer. If it were a bit more pleasant smelling then it would round out the experience more.

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