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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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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 39 | 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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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Small tan head. Smell is a light presence of cocoa powder. Taste is a hint of tobacco up front, dark chocolate in the middle, and a tart, slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is average, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is good, I could drink 2 of these in a row. A good stout to try.

Photo of Shaw
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours totally black -- like ink -- with a tan head. Nice.

The smell is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and molasses.

I'm a little sad that this beer doesn't taste more of chocolate. Since they mention the addition of real chocolate, I was expecting a flavor closer to Rogue's Chocolate Stout. Instead this tastes more like a regular stout. The roasted flavors mix with a nice creamy body. The tannin flavors are very muted, which is good.

Overall this is a decent stout.

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

From notes.

Bison Chocolate Stout poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a dark and rich black, nearly opaque with slight blood red hues on the edges of the glass...wispy one finger mocha colored head recedes and leaves behind some lace.

S: Nose unfolds with some rich, complex dark chocolate notes. Roasty, mostly bitter with a slight sweetness...hints of coffee beans in the roast malt character. Underneath that, some dark fruity esters.

T: Decent cocoa flavors, dry bitterness and coffee-like flavors. There is a touch of sweetness on the middle of the tongue...caramel maybe? Dry, fairly flavorless finish...the roast qualities from the nose kind of disappear here.

MF: Slightly chalky light-to-medium mouthfeel. Average carbonation.

O: Overall a decent stout but not as good as I remember...its fairly bland as it warms and it turns into a dry, chalky beer.

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3.52/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.52/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jrouly
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of AltBock
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with just a simple black label with the Bison Brewing Co. symbol of a shadowy Bison or what people call the American Buffalo. Below the shadowy Bison is another picture (it's also on the cap) that looks a lot like a cave drawing depicting a Native American hunting a Bison. To the far right of the label is a short blurb telling the consumer about the beer. If you look hard enough, you will find a bottling date. It's right below the small blurb and next to the barcode. That's all good, but they didn't bother to notch it, so I don't know how old it is. Bison Brewing really wants to tell you that it's organic because they have a big neck label stating that and there's another one above the small blurb. Poured into a simple and plain mug.

The beer was as dark as a 89% cocoa chocolate bar. It had a massive mocha head of foam to it, but I think it was too big. The first time I poured it, this mocha head of foam came out of nowhere and made the mug look like an erupting volcano of black beer. After it overflowed the glass, it looked like the mug was leaking oil all over the place. After it settled, I tried to pour it a second time and it did it again. So after it settled down for the second time, I poured the beer a third time and it didn't do it again. I finally got the entire bottle into the glass and it only took three tries. It had a rich aroma of old dark chocolate, roasted chocolate malt, a hint of chocolate covered cherries, and a pinch of chocolate covered hops at the end. The taste was a lot like the aroma, but it had a few subtle differences. It tasted like a bar of dark chocolate was infused with chocolate malt, chocolate covered hops, and with a pinch of chocolate covered cherries. It wasn't just one taste after another, it was just one big organic chocolate punch to the tastebuds. It was medium bodied with an aftertaste of a watered down Hershey's milk chocolate bar with a dash of bitter hops added into the mix. It was just an OK beer and probably is the best organic beer I've had. If you love drinking organic alcoholic chocolate, then by all means, try this one.

Photo of DuckDodgers
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of BeerHownd
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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 cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of zillo043068
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of aepb1
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with a small light brown head

S- Sweet chocolate and some coffee bitterness

T- Sweet chocolate again, and some roasted coffee, it really follows the nose

M- Medium bodied, good carb, smooth

D- On the sweeter side of the balance and that's not really to my taste but it's certainly not a bad brew

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.