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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout - Bison Brewing

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522 Ratings
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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".

Sammy, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some slight coffee aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and some cocoa nibs. There is a mild roasty bitterness and a slightly acidic quality on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout with some nice roasty and cocoa aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schmoopsbeer for sending this bottle my way. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pour is nearly black with a thin light tan head. Not too much lacing, just a few spots here and there. There is a very thin cap with a slight collar to go along with it. The nose bursts with quite a bit of chocolate, mostly of a dark and dry variety. There is also a touch of roasted malt in the background. The flavor disappoints after this, with the dryness of the dark chocolate coming through, but not all that much of the actual chocolate flavor. Some modest roast character in the background. Feel is medium in body and dry in finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though not something I kept coming back for.

Thorpe429, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
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

brentk56, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I appreciate their dedication to organic brewing...though I'm not sure I've ever drank an inorgantic one. Anyhow, the beer is nice. The color, hue, and darkness is typical for good stouts. The aroma is firm with roasted grain, cocoa, espresso, and a fermented sourness. Tastes very agressive with the roasted grains, adding big charcoal-like bitter, roasted, dryness. The cocoa helps to temper the hasrsh burnt flavors and add a faint sweetness. Most sweetness results from a nice malt balance. The feel is moderately heavy, but not thick. Smoothes considerably toward the finish to help with the drinkability. But, still finishes with a chared, roasty bittering that remains a little overbearing.

BEERchitect, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in color, quite a bit of carbonation.

S: Very light on the chocolate, which doesn't really make sense for a chocolate stout. Much more coffee.

T: Similar to the nose, with a watery taste and finish.

M: Very light body, pretty carbonated as well. Not what I was hoping for.

D: Easy drinking stout, I suppose.

womencantsail, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

ygtbsm94, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a standard-issue black body with an inch of light beige foam, though this eventually dissipates entirely.

Smell: Malt-forward nose smelling of generously roasted barley, unused coffee grinds, and dark chocolate. Rather minuscule hint of dates. As it warms, the added Dutch cocoa begins to take over the aroma.

Taste: Roasted barley coated in bittersweet chocolate and backed by lighter tastes of toast and caramel. Modestly sweet. Light dusting of cocoa powder. Very subdued dark fruitiness. Minor bitterness. Finishes dry, lightly roasty and with the cocoa lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Barely squeaks into medium-bodied territory. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a particularly heavy stout, so that certainly aids in the overall drinkability. It's no Southern Tier Choklat or Rogue Chocolate Stout. Heck, it's not even a Clipper City Siren Noire. Still though, it gets the job done for being a chocolaty stout.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black as an oil slick with small mocha colored head that is gone pretty fast,love the rich aromas going on deeply roasted malt along a real cocoa presence almost like a mocha coffee with a touch of molasses.A real drawback on this beer is that it seems pretty thin and watery for a stout wich makes it easy going down but Iam not sure if thats what I want in a chocolate stout.Anyways there are some nice flavors roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with a burnt finish.Outside of the mouthfeel this is a real nice offering I would drink again.

oberon, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of TMoney2591
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

How does he brew with those hooves of his? Anyway, this stuff pours a deep, dark black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, mild roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with the chocolate a tad milder and coming across as dark chocolate powder. There's a light acridity in there, not unlike when you bite into the darkest of chocolates. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth-ish feel. Overall, a solid stout that delivers what it promises without tasting artificial. Not bad.

TMoney2591, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a very thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin but even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a complimentary background of hops.

T: The taste is loaded with chocolate and coffee, which I expected from the reading the label, “Stout brewed with cocoa”. It has the heavy roasted malt character that you expect from a Stout but the sweetness is tempered well. There’s a nice hops presence for the style and although it eventually that typical organic bite comes out in the end. The after-taste is smoky and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good representation of style, a good beer to relax with, but I would want to drink more than a bomber in an evening. I found that the organic beers need to be either really hopped up or a heavy stout to mask whatever causes the nasty bite that always seems to come in organic beers, but this one does the latter very well.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark almost black with mahogany brown edges when held toward the light, tan head forms thick and creamy in texture with even fine speckled lacing left behind as it dwindles. Aromatics full of roasted dark chocolate and pseudo coffee notes from the dark roasted malt profile utilized here. Doesn't smell any more chocolate than any other stout but I guess they did add some Danish cocoa, according to the label. Light, herbal, friendly hop profile with creamy milk chocolate in the finish. Flavor brings it altogether seems light and airy in texture but the flavor rides a nice wave over the palate with mildly brash dark roasts finishing into a creamy milk chocolate crescendo, staying semi bitter sweet without going candy on me. Some may ask for more chocolate sweetness I'm cool with the cocoa addition to the boil with just the subtle flow going on and definitely more bitterness from the darker roasts rather than from hops which are evident but more light and herbal than anything else. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but texture wise creamy almost nitro draft feel to it, bitter dry finish with a touch of chocolate sweetness, carbonation is subtle and smooth on the palate finishes with the dark roasted malt bitterness lingering the way it should. Drinkability is definitely better than their IPA, this one brings you on a bit of a journey especially when living in the beer deprived armpit of Ohio where I currently reside.

WVbeergeek, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

RblWthACoz, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Large, rocky, tan head that settles quite slowly. Dark, brown-black body with ruby highlights.

S - Lots of dark, belgian chocolate up front with a big coffee note as well. Spicy, chicory aroma with a sweet, dairy note in the background.

T - Malty, caramel and coffe notes. The coffee gets stronger in the middle and some spicy notes of pepper, chicory, and clove come in. There is a mild friuty yeast character of banana that fades into a roasty finish.

M - Smooth, creamy body with moderate carbonation.

D - Moderately drinkable, but a bit dissapointing overall. The chocolate character is nice in the nose, but distinctly lacking in the flavor. The finish is kind of dull and lacking in complexity for a chocolate stout.

nickfl, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 1+ finger of fluffy mocha colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Iron & lots of cocoa

T: Cocoa, roasty, malt & baker's chocolate, plus iron up front. Cocoa, ironm & roasty malt dominate as this warms along with some dryness. Finishes with cocoa powder & slight coffee notes

MF: Creamy, smooth & medium bodied. Thinned out a bit as it warmed

Drinks pretty easy, a nice take on the style

russpowell, May 09, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
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)

feloniousmonk, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Slatetank, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

WesWes, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

DrunkinYogi, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick (but only once poured vigorously), brownish, tan colored head. The beer sits in my glass a blackened brown color, but showed a brilliantly clear, dark chocolate color as I poured it. Aromas of chocolate intermingle with darkly toasted malt, bready-espresso aromatics and once you start digging around a significant aroma of smoked malt. That last was a bit surprising, especially since I am sure they don't actually use smoked malt in this beer, but it is quite distinct. The beer does not have an over-the-top chocolate character to it, meaning what is noticeable in the aroma could be attributed to various, dark malt combinations.

Lightly sweet, with a medium-full heft on the palate. The sweet malt notes definitely accentuated a nice chocolate character. Toasted, almost burnt, whole grain bread flavors linger on in the finish. The beer has a touch of roast derived acidity and a definite dark grain bitterness, both of which are in the finish and help to counter-balance the sweeter malt notes and chocolate found up front. It is hard to separate them, but it seems like the hop character is contributing a fair amount of bitterness here as well. Caramelized malt, something like blackened prunes, burnt figs and a touch of chocolate liquor provide some up front sweetness / smoothness to this beer.

This beer tends to thin out as my palate gets used to it and as it warms up. This makes it more drinkable, but I would wish for it to be a touch richer so that it would continue to accentuate the chocolate notes. I also have a minor complaint with the heavy handed dark malt notes; there is a touch too much burnt, slightly acrid, definitely acidic blackened malt character here, or put another way this does not have enough sweet / caramelized malt character to serve as a complete foil for these notes. For all my complaints this beer is quite drinkable and even quite enjoyable; I easily will finish this 22oz bottle, despite my meandering ruminations on how this beer could be better.

Purchased: Bevmo, Pasadena CA

Gueuzedude, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650ml brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $4.49 plus tax and served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given its current ratings. 5% ABV confirmed. "Stout brewed with cocoa."

Served after a brief period of rest following its removal from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger khaki-tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good (4-5 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid dark black; nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not quite a jet black. Generally appealing for the style.

Sm: Cocoa dusting, truffle, chocolate malt, dark malts, and appealing roast. An attractive, inviting aroma - if a simple one. A mild strength aroma. I'm excited to try it.

T: Dark malts, chocolate malt, and thin cocoa. Caramel, poorly executed roast. No floral or yeast character comes through. The third act is weak and bland. Imbalanced. Underwhelming. I'm not big on this one. Boring and poorly put together. Simple. Why brew this?

Mf: Thin and weak. Poor body. Bad presence on the palate. Far too smooth and wet. Borderline watery. Very poorly executed. Doesn't suit the flavour profile hardly at all.

Dr: A poorly executed chocolate stout that likely remains profitable because of nutty California types who only buy organic. Forgettable pedestrian stuff. I wouldn't get it again. I won't be jumping to buy Bison Brewing's beers in the future. Underwhelming but drinkable. I do like some elements of the cocoa flavour.

Low C+

kojevergas, Apr 06, 2013
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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.