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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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an intense black patent and chocolate malt scent along with a dry, earthy aroma. The taste is good. It has a rich, black patent and chocolate malt flavor. It goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy with a slight chocolate finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good stout. It could use a little more chocolate in the flavor, but it's still a good drinker.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bison Organic Chocolate Stout
Bison Brewing Co.
Style: American Stout
ABV: 6.10 %

reviewed ~7/2009 during a BCBCS homerew day w/ JH

4.0 across the board on this brew....

Medium/dark brown in color with a satisfactory head & retention. Light tan creamy head with respectable lace. Smells of dark chocolate malts followed by coffee roasty-ness. Tastes as it smells with a subtle but noticeable hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a thin finish, keeps it easy drinking.

This is a more chocolate suggestive stout for sure, less of a coffee bomb thna some others, and sessionable at 6% abv. I enjoyed this brew and would get it again if the price is right and I want a cold weather sipping stout thats not too boozy.

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Photo of Minkybut
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. This beer was very black with a very nice tan head. The beer smelled like a big fat Hershey bar. It was kinda burnt sorta roasted taste that I liked very well. I also liked that it was organic as a plus. Very heavy, I will buy again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this stout..

Poured a jet black with a nice brown head. Nose was of light cocoa not a heavy chocolate like many stouts. Something different and unique to me. The chocolate was vry subtle and smooth. Roasted malts complimented and blended well with the chocolate. Mouthfeel was very roasty and chocolately, seemed pretty complex to me. I enjoyed the Hell out of it. My second favorite behind Rogue Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of aleyeast
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

dark brown to black in color, brown head

chocolate and roast on the aroma

similiar flavors, a little thinner in body then expected, but very nice flavors, well balanced, and quaffable.

Second time I have had this and I still like it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Potting soil dark brown with a glimmer of lighter brown at the edges. The cap is golden cocoa powder in color and deflates to a one finger disk after several minutes, leaving thick sheets of periodically broken lace. A classic stout look.

The nose is impressively aromatic and is chock full of ground espresso beans; rich, dark chocolate; and a fair amount of roasted malt. I expected and hoped to be bowled over by a tidal wave of melted chocolate fudge, but coffee has the upper hand here. No worries. Even though I'm not a big fan of coffee or coffee-dominant beer, this one smells too good to nitpick.

The label states that 'fine Dutch cocoa' was added to the mash, but by my nose that should read 'fine ground coffee beans'. An intense mochaplosion hits the palate and stays as long as there's beer in the mouth and beyond. What saves it for me is that there's enough rich cocoa flavor to offset the coffee and make Organic Chocolate Stout one delectable beer.

While the moderate degree of roastedness delivers a biting bitterness and a mild smoky char, there's just enough sweetness to see that things don't get out of hand. This beer is all about checks and balances. I can't forget the citrus zesty hops that crash the party in the second half of each mouthful. The body is medium in heft for a stout, perhaps medium and a half.

Bison Chocolate Stout should be re-named 'Bison Mostly Coffee But Quite A Bit Of Chocolate Too And Some Hops For Good Measure Stout' but that probably wouldn't fit on the label. Putting it into bigger bottles so that a bigger label could be used is one solution. Come to think of it, that ain't a half bad idea given how good it is.

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Photo of TuckerCarlson
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
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

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Photo of mountdew1
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Color was a nice dark brown that was pretty much completely opaque. Very thin head that left lacings. Aroma was definitely of cocoa. Slightly sweet, with a bit of dark cocoa hints. Flavor alternated between espresso and cocoa. Nicely well balanced. Coated the mouth well, but was a bit over carbonated. Overall a very solid beer for the price. And being organic never hurts.

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Photo of rudybanes
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The smell is of something familiar I can't put my finger on. While the taste is slightly different than the smell, with a delicious sweet cocoa flavor.I just got one in a variety 6 pack, but I would be very interested in having a whole six pack of this.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown that appears black with an espresso head. Good retention; leaves thick lace on the glasswall for quite a while. Midsized carbonation that casacades nicely.

Smell: Truth in advertising -- chocolate bomb. A bit much really; more like a Hershey bar than chocolate malt. Once you get past that, there's the expected roasty edge from the malt, but also an odd grassiness, like lawn clippings. Uh... no idea.

Taste: Excellent. It all comes together beautifully, with roasty, smoky malt holding up a dry, well-blended dark choclate bite. Finishes bitter and dry, with chocolate, smoke and coffee long lingering.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average, medium thin, slightly crisp. It's fine.

Dinkability: Pretty good. Love the flavor, unique, powerful aroma not too heavy. A nice surprise given it's organic, which is usually the kiss of death. I liked it.

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Photo of bobhits
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - black pour with garnet hues around the edge. A thick and creamy mocha head rests evenly across the top. Lacing is scattered and slightly sticky.

Aroma - the cocoa is immediately evident almost as soon as the first drop hits the glass. A backdrop of raisiny sweetness, lending a somewhat sugary quality to the cocoa. Some alcohol notes come out a little as it warms, like chocolate liqueur. Not much roasted malt character but a nice sniff anyway.

Taste - lots of charred malt, burnt even, rather powerful.Getting past that there is some bitter chocolate presence, oak, and a definite dry bitterness on the swallow, but it's not so much hop related as just the bitterness of the chocolate and charcoal. Once the palate adjusts the flavors fit together better, but it needs to warm to the mid/upper 50s.

Mouthfeel - properly heavy, with much carbonation, rather dry on the finish.

Drinkability - I tend to prefer the smoother, less burnt style of stout, but this is a fine beer nonetheless.

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good Chocolate stout, though not the best ever. I bought a case of 24s for $20, and was very happy with my purchase. I liked this one much better than their Red or Belgian. The Chocolate could be more pronounced if I was to make personal reccomendations.

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Photo of rowew
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. USDA organic symbol on the neck. Label states that this is a "fresh perishable product," yet there is no freshness dating to be found.

Appearance: Poured in my Stone RIS glass. Pours very dark with just the slightest hints of reddish brown around the edges. Decent sized head fades qiuckly to leave a lacing around the edge.

Smell: Lots of roasted aroma with strong expresso dominating the aroma. The chocolate is also there in force however - smells mostly like bittersweet.

Taste: Taste starts with a nice roasted malt feel, and then the chocolate comes in. Slightly bitter - unsweetened bakers chocolate. At the end the hop bitterness comes in, leaving a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth.

Overall impression: Nice drinkable stout with enough hops to keep the chocolate balanced. Much less sweet than I expected from a chocolate stout - which is a good thing in this case.

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Photo of C3likesbeer
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a bottle. Nice tan head.

Aroma is more malty and the chocolate is pretty tame.

Not at all overpowering as some stouts can be. If you think your stout should be closer to "imperial" this is not of you. If you like stouts that are malty and chocolatey this may be a good option. You almost keep looking at it to make sure it is a dark stout which it is. Very drinkable and a little bit of fizzy carbonation. Not overly boozy.

Good middle of the road chocolate stout

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Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black brew with a reddish brown head.

Smell is sweet with lots of chocolate smell. Fruity and malty scents too.

Taste is sweet and bitter with a notable fruitiness to it. Taste smoothes out after a bit and then the fruity nature and some hops really come out in the taste.

Mouthfeel is has a good amount of carbonation to it that makes it have a Coca-Cola drinking quality to it.

A tasty stout with more than one dimension to it. Strong yet refreshing.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint while on vacation in beautiful Seattle, WA.

Appearance : Dark chocolate black body, 100% opaque, no light penetrating. The head is beautiful and khaki colored, standing at 3 fingers and leaving gracious lace on the sides of the glass as it recedes to a resting 1 finger.

Smell : A prune juice aroma, with soy sauce, blueberry juice, pomegranate and roasted malts. Chocolate can be nosed in a "health store organically bagged powder" kind of way. I guess you'd say it's cacao. Not a bad nose here and pretty unique.

Taste : A fair balance of coffee bean bitterness and roast malts, with a dusting of cocoa in the background. Slight almond. Some vanilla creme lingers on the tongue for the finish.

Feel : Refreshing, which is not something you'd normally associate with a stout. But it is easily drinkable, it's not thick, it's more medium bodied and flirting with the porter style but the creaminess lends it a hand in bringing it back up to a thicker stout like feel. Nice dry bite on the finish yielded from coffee/bean.

Overall : I'd say it's better than the rep it gets overall. I liked it, I thought it was decent and better than some milk stouts I've had. Remember, this is a lighter milk/sweet stout - don't judge it next to an Imperial or Russian Stout and you'll view it more positively.

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a thick obsidian color with a tan head that quickly drops to a ringlet and island; leaves some scattered lacing

Smell: Strong coffee and chocolate aroma; slightly smokey

Taste: Starts out with a hot cocoa flavor that is joined, mid-palate, with some nice coffee bitterness that persists into the finish, as does the cocoa flavor as well as some vanilla; somewhat astringent and acidic at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and surprisingly carbonated for a stout

Drinkability: Taste, but I would prefer less carbonation and a more straightforward stout experience

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with generous head. Nose is incredible on this beer with plenty of coffee & chocolate aromas. On the palate it's a bit thin and watery for a stout, but still has rewarding flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and a healthy balance of hops. Roasty on the finish and very easy drinking.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle of this from a Roth's in Salem. I saw no freshness or drink by date for this one, but it did have a big sticker advertising its "certified organic." The beer poured a deep, dark brown/black with a foamy, finger or so of head. The beer's aroma hinted at a chocolate flavor, and the beer came through in a big, albeit not overpowering or sweet way. The beer's flavors were of a good coffee flavor with a good chocolate finish. A beer with a thinner mouthfeel than I would have expected, although it can slide I had looked for something slightly more substantial. All and all though, something pretty solid. I've had a few "organic" American, craft beers before and had been pretty dissapointed with the entire experience with most of them up until this point. A good find.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with auburn hues. It has a nice mocha colored head.

S-Cocoa powder, coffee, and a hint of hops.

T-Cocoa and fresh brewed coffee dominate at first. The more I drank the more the chocolate dominated and also I noticed some caramel/toffee in the aftertaste.

M-Pretty thick and creamy with a nice carbonation.

D-Highly drinkable. Its abv. is really 5% so it makes for a nice session beer.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and will purchase it again.

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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.