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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout - Bison Brewing

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Bison Organic Chocolate StoutBison Organic Chocolate Stout

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296 Reviews
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Reviews: 296
Hads: 586
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 21.37%
Wants: 10
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bison Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-02-2002

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Photo of imrichbeeeatch
4.94/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Deep black color, like motor oil, only not as thick. Nice creamy, frothy head. Aroma exploding with chocolate and roasted malts. Like a nice double mocha from my favorite coffee shop (Tiny’s). As soon as I put the glass up to my mouth, it and my nose are filled with chocolate. But not dark chocolate, rich coco powder. One part Nestle Quick, one part Godiva. Full chewy body, mouth-coating feeling is wiped clean be a balanced carbonation level. This beer kept it’s flavor in my mouth for for a long time after each drink. It was a rich flavor of a dark chocolate truffle rolled in coco powder, then washed down with a shot of esspresso. Highly recommend this beer. Lost a point due to the fact that there were some chunks floating in my glass after the pour. Wow, what a beer!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.62/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling courtesy of watermelonman. Thanks for hookup!
First of all I was stoked to see the organic sticker. being an environmentalist, that gives the beer more points right off the bat.

This is a chilled bomber poured into an english pint glass.
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with not lite passing through. A tan fluffy, spongy head of 2 cm floats up easily and rests on surface.
The aroma is very chocolatey, like dry cocoa powder and a bit of roasted barley as well. Some general brown sugar sweetness too.
First sip reveals a soft creamy textured body that goes well with the mild almost cask like carbonation.
Flavor is very good!
The beer starts rich and sweet (not sugary) but allows for a nice lingering chocolate covering of my palate. The roasted malt comes through on the finish and gives just a bit of bitterness on the finish like espresso. Very long lingering flavor, makes me think of coffee.
The chocolate flavor is more like a dark chocolate piece than an M&M. A very tasty beer that I am enjoying thoroughly.
The only drawback is the beer is a little bit thinner than I would like, but that only increases the high drinkability. WIsh I had more of this one!

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.57/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a chestnut tinge at the fringe. Dark brownish-tan head. Big and fluffy with great retention, eventually forms a nice, thick film (about 1/4").
Smell is rich with malt, chocolate, smoke, vanilla, hints of beef jerky and soy - it works - and a touch of hops way in the back. Great balance and nice complexity.
Taste is more of the same, smoky, dark chocolate malts, soy, hops with the same terrific balance.
Smooth with a slightly tingly astringency. A nice chocolate & smoke aftertate lingers all over the palate and just slowly, very slowly, fades. In no way overbearing. Could be a bit chewier, the medium body is really the only thing I can knock here.
An absolutely excellent brew. You would be fool not to have one - or more - of these. An awesome example for the style. Now, if you will excuse me, I'm gonna go get some Oreos and finish this 22 oz. bad boy.

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Photo of Invisoclam
4.53/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My Wife and I bought several Stouts and Porters recently to taste test - this one was one of the Best - for our tastes.
The clerk at the Store recommended it , and I was actually skeptical as he was pointing out the organic qualities - I am nto sure if it makes any difference but this was a tasty NOT bitter stout

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Photo of gatorbreath
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is like the best of everything...i cannot explain..

Just roused a pretty nice looking mocha head that screams chocolate from the pitch black tint and bubbles busting. The nose is all chocolate, malt, no smokiness, I dig..mouth is definitely hit with the malty chocolateyness and some nuttyness, and caramelly notes to well balance this beast. Mouthfeel is full bodied and milky even. Enjoythis

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.49/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep tan head with strong retention into its foamy formy former self. Deep black/brown color. No lacing left. Great bitter chocolate nose with roasted and very lightly smoked malts. By bitter chocolate nose I mean bakers chocolate, straight up cacao. The cacao bitterness blends with the more subtle hop to creat a great bitter palate. Blend this with the great dark malts giving off hints of toffee and coffee. Smooth palate, but a little chewy at the end. Great beer though. Will purchase again if they start distributing to IL. Had to go to IN to buy.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So thick dark brown that it could pass for black, with a medium brown head and little lace. The flavor is of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee, with a hint of roasted malts on the palate. A has a little sweetness to balance the little bit of bitterness on the finish. This is the best chocolate stout that I've had so far.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black & opaque w/ a frothy tan head. that makes swiss cheese type lace.

S - Malty, rich, roasty and sweet chocolate with a citrus hop note. Smells Rich!

M - Creamy smooth malt and roasted. A pleasant dry bittersweet cocoa w/ nutty coffee that settles on the roof of the mouth. Nice gentle tinge of carbonation with a full rich finish.

T - I really dug into this one. It was the aroma that got me at first, but as I sipped it the brownie in beer form I expected transitioned. Sweet, but a very well made stout that is not syrupy or choco-cereal tasting w/ a pleasant baking chocolate with deep cocoa + dry nutty almost hazelnut notes. A citrus hop flavor that doesn't interfere, but rather helps to balance the big roasted chocolate flavors w/ a little herbal goodness shines in the finish.

D - Highly drinkable, flavorful, Robust. As many extremes as I can think of and more. This is probably not recommended for those who want a chocolate malt flavor, since it tastes like real chocolate combined w/ a very smooth stout. Not over the top or extreme, but it doesn't need to be. It hands out a gentle punch and makes you want to continue tasting long after the first pint is gone.

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Photo of loubar
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods. Nose of dark chocolate and roasted barley.Taste of black coffee and bittersweet cocoa. Semi bitter and toasty. Lots of flavor. Good carbonation. Tasty, yet dry. A combination that you don't often find. The dry finish makes it very drinkable. Excellent.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkness, utter darkness, black as she gets, with a lush, creamy tan head, very attractive...
deep roastiness, rich and bitersweet, espresso tones, and chocolate all over the place..
huge in the mouth, full bodied, vast mouthfeel, though the chocolate taste is minor, compared to something like Rogue or Young's...wait, I take that back, sorry, it'g getting stronger now...funny how that works...no, it's getting rather thick now...yum, this is quite a delicious choco-stout.
If you can get one near you, what's your excuse? This is bottled ecstacy.
(22ounce bomber, courtesy of weefisheads)

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Photo of OnTheRoof
4.31/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I am a big fan of darker and stronger beers. Fall &/or Winter call for Porters and stouts in my opinion. My first coffee porter being pipeline porter it was love at first taste. This beer was in the case and my beloved Pipeline was not. A bomber for $3.19 is in my opinion a very good value for this beer. I will most certainly buy it again.

Appearance is that of a stout dark the head is a medium white and limited.

Smell smells like a malty roasted chocolate. Very seductive could be used as effective cologne

Taste like bitter dark chocolate stout as the name implies. very good easy to convert non beer drinkers with. Complements other flavors and foods well as it's taste is not overpowering

Mouthfeel very good but not amazing

Drinkability Excellent goes very well with steak and potatoes does not detract from the intrinsic glory of these marvelous foods. alone it is as easy as water to drink. no hint's of alcohol that I noticed.

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Photo of Pexkool
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick chocolate colored head that leaves a thin lace that stays while you drink your beer. The color is jet black, as you would expect from a good stout, except for the bottom of the glass that shows a dark brown color thanks to the little light that manages to come across the liquid.

S - Delicious dark chocolate scent, like smelling a chocolate bar right out of the wrapping.

T - The first thing you notice is the cocoa, then the hops hit you along with a faint taste of yeast, semi-sweet chocolate and ends with some more cocoa. This brew is all about the chocolate.

M - Unfortunately, this beer is not as smooth as you would think it is. It's a little watery, but smooth nonetheless. The hops and cocoa makes for a very good combination that leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a great choice for a chocolate stout! The only con I found is the mouthfeel, everything else is excellent. Would definitely buy it again and recommend it.

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Photo of jcalabre
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled March 9, 2003. This stout is very well made. It has a nice chocolatey nose; the color is jet black w/ a long lasting brown head. Nice chocolate flavor w/ some roasty notes. Thanks Mitch, this is an excellent brew that I'm enjoying.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bison Organic Chocolate Stout has a thick, beige head, a very dark brown (almost black) appearance, with heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark coffee, cream, bitter chocolate, and rich, dark-roasted malt. Taste is of acidic, strong coffee, chicory, cream, bitter chocolate nibs, and dark malt. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Bison Organic Chocolate Stout finishes semi-wet and drinkable.


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Photo of pressman57
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review so forgive me if I'm not too fluent.

Poured a thick, opaque black with a brown head and decent lacing.

Smelled of chocolate and malt.

Tasted like it smelled up front, with a peppery, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Good beer.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.21/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark in color, some purple hues. Very small head though and falls quickly leaving little to no lacing.

S - Smells like a porter. Roasted malts and coffee stand out most of all, with chocolate undertones.

T - Very well balanced. Chocolate is not overpowering like some chocolate stouts, but instead is an excellent supplement to the roasted malts and coffee flavors. Hops provide a good balance of undertones.

M - Good, a full feeling beer without being overly carbonated.

D - Great drinkability and would be an excellent session beer.

My first impression of this was uh oh, because the appearance really is not good and looks watered down. But after trying it this beer has a great flavor and is definitely worth a try. overall a well balanced stout and a good after dinner or session beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

OK bought in a 22 oz bomber ,Lovelly black beer with a semi-large brown head..that persists. Aroma is nice mostly of burnt malts with dark chocoalte in the back.Some "milkiness". Very full flavour stout, dark esspresso,burnt embers,unsweet chocolate..also some sweetness right at the start..nice stuff. Very nice and smooth on the palate. Very very drinkable for one so complex..really enjoying this.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/31
Poured into a pint glass

A: this beer pours an opaque black with a one finger of foamy brown head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is nice big chocolate and roasts.

T: Taste is big chocolate notes at the forefront. Nice roast under laying roast notes come in and mingle with a bit if caramel. Caramel continues in to a milk chocolate and coffee flavoring that ties this beer out.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, light but slick.

O:!!goes down easy, tasty as hell, not filling, decent representation of style. I highly enjoyed this beer. I'd passed it over numerous times before - that won't happen again!

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Photo of jayrod20
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Luigi
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black color. The light tan head was sticky and leaves a good amount of lace around the glass. The aroma has a hint of dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and leafy hop. Has a creamy medium-full body. Bitter sweet choclates hit the tounge first. I can really taste the Chocolate they add to the mash. A hint of coffee, bitter hops, and roasted malts. Has a dry slighty bitter finish. This beer pairs nicey with any dark meat. But, I would personally wait until after dinner and drink it for desert.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a small yellow head. The head never dissipates during the tasting. Decent amount of lacing, but sporadic.

Smell: On the nose expect cocoa, roasted malt, and espresso. Maybe just a hint of hops.

Taste: Chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt develop in the taste as the beer warms. A mild hop presence blends into the taste. The alcohol does not detract but blends into the taste as well. I got a hint of a slight campfire smokiness in the taste that I really enjoyed.

Mouthfeel: Lite carbonation. Not exceptionally smooth over the palate. This beer finishes dry and bitter.

Overall: This beer gets better as it warms and both its flavor and nose fully develops. A beer of the month selection that I would not mind keeping in the refrigerator.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Black color with a one finger tan head. Reeks of dark roasted grains, coffee, dark chocolate. Medium bodied for a stout, it has a light smooth mouthfeel. Has a expresso coffee, bakers chocolate bittersweet malty taste.Finishes with a bitter chocolate, toasted grain flavor on the tongue. A most excellent brew.

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Photo of NODAK
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is definitely full of chocolate...however, unlike some other chocolate stouts, the smell seems somewhat sweet. I'll admit I like that. Make no mistake though, some roasted character is there too.

The consistancy is pretty thin. Initial taste is of somewhat sweet chocolate, followed by roasted chocolate notes that one would expect with a smidgen of coffee. Taste doesn't linger long beyond the finish at all. Only a tiny bit of bitterness on the finish. After the swallow, a bit of semi-sweet chocolate sticks around, but not for too long.

If I had to describe this beer, it'd probably be "chocolate stout light". It seems a bit sweeter than others, and less bold in its flavors. That'll disappoint some, but I find it pretty tasty and drinkable. This is also my first organic beer, so there's that.

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Photo of rayjay
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sierra Brewfest in Grass Valley, CA. Found this one and kept coming back. Deep dark brown with big bubbles and a brownish-white head. Sweet and rich with major chocolate notes, both from chocolate malts and from real chocolate. The sugary sweetness of the malts lingers forever, and it pulls it off without being overly thick or sticky. Refreshing even on this hot sunny day. A real treat for stout and chocolate fans alike. Also good to see an organic brew that fits in and doesn't scream "I'm organic so that's why I taste a little bit different than your favorite beer." This is just a good old beer that *happens* to be organic.

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Photo of felipe2toes
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black in appearance with tan head and nice retention.

Smells of chocolate, smoke, brown sugar, coffee, and roasted malt. Tastes pretty much like it smells, lots of cocoa and coffee. Has a faint hop bitterness in the finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. And at 5% ABV (according to the bottle), this stout is really easy drinking.

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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.