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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: 556
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 41 | 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 sfprint
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Stouty, very dark, totally nontransparent. with a quickly dissipating head.

s: weak, dark, dirt smell. There's more coffee than cocoa in the smell.

T: All the flavor is in the middle, with the front and rear being almost watery. But the actual taste is ok. Watery stout, not so chocolatey, not very strong.

M: Not very heavy, quite light and goes down very easy. Slightly sandy.

D: Yea, easy to drink, but not exciting.

This one also says that it's only 5% alcohol, not 6.1

Photo of Thrasher
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A glowing, luminous black (is that even possible?) with a fine drift of foam atop that laces down the glass. Aroma of cocoa. The beer has quite a bite to it, not sweet and buttery and chocolatey as you might expect. Rather, it tastes of unsweetened baker's cocoa powder, not too far from mocha or even espresso. It's a bitter stout with ample hops whose herbalness marries pretty well with the cocoa to obscure the sweet roastiness of the malts. It's good, not great, and leaves an unpleasant chalky bitterness on the tongue.

Photo of mzwolinski
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color, with a thin, dark-tan head that quickly disappears into nothingness. The aroma starts quite roasty, and develops a bit of malt sweetness as it sits, but is overall rather light on the chocolate. Big roasty start to the flavor, too, with a malty middle that grows more assertive as the beer sits. Very light bitterness to the finish with a light cocoa flavor in the aftertaste. On the whole, I'm just not happy with the way this beer finishes. At first it seemed to end too quickly, with not much going on on the back of the tongue. This got better as the beer warmed, but then it got *worse* as the beer seemed to leave a bit of a harsh, off taste in its wake. I'm just not sure what to make of this one...

Photo of bh123
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of DaveRinn
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of KFrank729
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Crimsontider22
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of jcalabre
4.24/5  rDev +21.8%
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 LordAdmNelson
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick, opaque black. Hard pour generates small tan head. Decent lacing/retention.

S- Heavy on coffee and molasses. Slight dark chocolate in the background.

T- Big on the coffee. Nice, though. Some dark chocolate finish. A little woodiness in there too. It's pretty one-dimensional, and not very chocolatey.

M- Thin for a big stout. Feels more like an ale.

D- Not bad, but not great, just because it's not amazing.

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of happygnome
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark brown color with about a half inch of brown head that doesnt dissapear too fast leaves a little lacing around the edge of the glass
s: strong aromas of chocolate and roasted malts little hop presence
t: initially strong chocolate taste that evolves into a stronger roasted malt flavor
m: medium bodied beer with average amount of carbonation

overall this is a very nice and enjoiyable beer great taste

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours jet black, impermeable to light. A thin head of mocha foam bubbles up from the depths before fading fairly quickly, leaving behind some icing-like lacing down the glass.

aroma of bittersweet cocoa, a hint of dark roasted malt, a touch of dark chocolate and a bit of hops and bitter roasted coffee. Cocoa is definitely present, but not overwhelmingly chocolaty.

Taste follows the aroma fairly closely. A roasted, almost burnt malt up front is quickly blasted away by strong bittersweet cocoa and baking chocolate. The chocolate up-front fades back into a neutral malt before finishing with a slightly hoppy, bitter chocolate and bitter burnt coffee note.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin with a fair bit of slightly sharp carbonation... maybe a touch over? not bad, but not as rich as I always hope.

Nothing outstanding, but significantly better than some of the other chocolate stout offerings out there. A touch bitter and more cocoa than chocolate, but a nice stout when all is said and done. It doesn't hurt to have a few bottles of this one in the back of the fridge, just in case.

Photo of seand
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly translucent dark brown, with a fair amount of light tan head. Most of the head dissipates fairly quickly, but enough retains around the edge of the glass to leave decent lacing.

S: Molasses, with light toasted malt. Just a touch of chocolate milk.

T: Light and sweet, with a touch of molasses thickening a bit through the middle. Finishes thicker, and slightly dry. Lingering molasses aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer, but I don't get as much chocolate as I'd expect from a chocolate stout. I'd certainly drink this again, but I probably wouldn't pick it if there were a good selection of alternatives.

Photo of mountdew1
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of cletusdog
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of DuffDaddy
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bboven
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black body with a very very thin head that leaves no lacing.

You can certainly smell the chocolate, bu it doesn't overpower; rather it balances quite nicely with the very unmistakably roasty aroma.

Pretty good flavor, the chocolate is the main character, but it plays off the typical stout characteristics very well.

Pretty good carbonation, a bit sticky at the end, though. The hop bitterness at the back is very faint.

This is probably a one and done for me, but not too bad. Bison makes a lot of good stuff and I'm sure someone who really liked this sort of beer would think it quite good.

Photo of Natural510
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This may be quite an old bottle, but the dating on the side is not properly notched so I have no way of knowing.

Pours a very dark brown color into goblet with no head and only the slightest lacing on the edges of the glass.
Smells faintly of cocoa, caramel, coffee & roasted malts.
Taste consists mainly of bitter cocoa, which masks most other aspects of the brew. There are roasted malts hidden underneath, but it takes some detecting. Not much other than bitter powdered cocoa to the flavor.
Despite lack of carbonation, there is a subtle twang in the mouth, likely from the malts.

Likely better when fresh, I purchased this bottle mainly from memories of sneaking into the now-defunct brewpub which was located on Telegraph Ave in Berkeley when I was a teenager.
I gather no how fresh it may be, this will still be too unbalanced with the cocoa to be comparable to the many other options of chocolate stouts out there.

Photo of Magpie14
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured very light and boasted only deep browns, not quite black. Not a huge pour and looks more of a porter in the glass. Head fizzed away quickly and left whipped mocha colored blobs around the glass. Initially awash with bubbles and then still as can be

S: chock full of dark roasted sweet smells: coffee, cocoa, and darkened malts 'n' grains. with a earthy woody whiff or two

T: a moderate amount of roasted flavors paired with medium roasted coffee beans and finely ground cocoa powder. The coffee notes have a nice mocha character and the greatest presence in the mix. This brew has a light edge overall and is complimented by a few flaky hops that have a citrus wooded appeal. This beer checks out well with all the flavors

M: medium body and slick down the hatch. Not problems drinking this one

D: on the lighter side for a stout but still deserves a pat on the back. Nice and tasty with good flavors. I like'em a little bit chewier but if the flavors match...I can't complain

Photo of ssgunbond
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Mikus
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of spicelab
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With thanks to Beermasons for sourcing.

Molasses brown, with a very small latte-coloured head that disappears without a trace.

Coffee, charcoal and some sweetness provided by faint lifted floral notes. Straightforward but sound balance. Don't get much chocolate however.

Lightly charred cocoa and coffee. Period. Maybe a dash of indistinct sweet malt. It works and it's clean.

Very thin on the front palate. Mild bitterness provides some length on the mid-palate. Carbonation is mild and it slides down very easily, nothing unpleasant about it all.
NOTE: seems there may be a fair bit of bottle variation here, because I had another bottle that gushed disastrously and what was salvaged became marinade for hamburger patties.

Despite the simplicity I enjoyed this quite a lot. I can't think of the last beer I had where nothing about it rubbed me the wrong way - this unassuming stout manged to pull it off.

Photo of Zanico
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of John_Beeryman
2.57/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a midnight black with a deep tan head that disappears almost instantly.

S: Weak smell of dark chocolate and coffee.

T: Thin, watery flavor of old coffee. I don't get much in the way of chocolate here. Leaves a sour, coffee-grainy taste.

M: Very little carbonation or body.

O: Weak, thin and sour is all I can say.

Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.