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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout - Bison Brewing

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562 Ratings
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 44 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-02-2002

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Ratings: 562 | Reviews: 289
Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaswilson2
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sremed60
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rscp
2.48/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

All the bitterness of expresso and dark chocolate without much of the flavor.
Pretty expensive beer, wouldn't buy again

Photo of Nunya
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of everyman
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was sold on the idea that this is the first chocolate Stout. I was also sold on the idea that ancient Aztec culture, Montezuma and his chocolate obsession is upon the label associated with this beer. I expected richly, intense flavors of cocoa and that claim of "Peruvian Coco." By the label, I was led astray. This is an acceptable stout, not exceptional. Moreover, it is really only a mild Stout, not what now would be considered chocolate according to new craft beer standards. I think what bothers me most is the diluted, almost watery mouth feel. Roasted malts mostly dominate the flavor and aroma of this beer. Meaning, the overpowering roastyness works against its purpose as being chocolatey. I can see how in '89 this stout may have seemed game changing. But today the stout and it's recipe are due for some improvement. I will not buy this beer again until the flavor and smell can rightly be boasted of in the context of Peru, ancient Aztecs, and Montezuma serving up chocolate in "goblets of beaten gold."

Photo of hopspiller
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of NCStateAE
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samtrillo
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Harvest06
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Typical black, opaque, light tan head, quick to fade, minimal lacing.

S - Primarily a combination of roasted malts, a hint of ash and certain savory note of soy.

T - Cocoa may be a part of the brew process. Not too much chocolate in the taste. It is backgrounded by the taste of over-roasted malts, producing an ash element. The soy element is present, but mild. A bit of bitterness in the close.

M - There is a slick element, a bit of drying in the close.

O - Nothing here is terribly surprising for a stout. Ash and soy are not my favorite notes, but there is a chocolate component, and a strong roasted grain, and these are always welcome. The main challenge is that it is not terribly cohesive, and ultimately the balance is not what I'd hope.

Photo of NickThePyro
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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 Extol
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
1.48/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Pours a brown color with tan head. Charred cocoa, charred malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very bitter and off-putting.

Photo of Miles228
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FL_Chuck
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerrat
4.64/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another dam good stout to drink.

Photo of KensWorld
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of pbechtel
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of cb2113
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%

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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.