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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout - Bison Brewing

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80
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541 Ratings
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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bison Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-02-2002)
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5/5  rDev +43.7%

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

Photo of imrichbeeeatch
4.95/5  rDev +42.2%
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!

Photo of chris1919
4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
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!

Photo of PorterLambic
4.58/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Photo of Invisoclam
4.55/5  rDev +30.7%
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

Photo of jnoelani
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of jonathaniler
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of Rando23
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of Mappies
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

Photo of deonreds
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of gatorbreath
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
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

Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +25%
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)

Photo of OnTheRoof
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Photo of Pexkool
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Photo of jcalabre
4.28/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of Nage37
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of kurt5316
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of cwkash
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
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