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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: 494
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-02-2002)
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Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black color. The light tan head was sticky and leaves a good amount of lace around the glass. The aroma has a hint of dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and leafy hop. Has a creamy medium-full body. Bitter sweet choclates hit the tounge first. I can really taste the Chocolate they add to the mash. A hint of coffee, bitter hops, and roasted malts. Has a dry slighty bitter finish. This beer pairs nicey with any dark meat. But, I would personally wait until after dinner and drink it for desert.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 07:57:59 | More by Luigi
Photo of shredder83


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

10-08-2013 04:28:37 | More by shredder83
Photo of letsgopens


3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is nearly jet black with deep brown highlights. A creamy frothy head diminishes fairly quickly with a bit of lace left behind.

A nice aroma of sweet coffee and earthy cocoa greet the nostrils.

This chocolate stout has expectedly strong chocolate and coffee taste with a surprising amount of hops peaking through. Creamy and delicate with a hint of smokiness.

Silky on the palate, this beer is not as thick/full as expected. Its a great pint, but I wouldn't necessarily want to polish off a six.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 05:22:40 | More by letsgopens
Photo of stephendr


3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle- color dark black – sharp quickly dissipating coffee color head - nose of milk chocolate , vanilla , coffee , and anise – taste of milk chocolate , roasted , and dark berries - body medium , and fizzy almost over carbonated – aftertaste of bitter chocolate , and sour

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 05:47:55 | More by stephendr
Photo of wilfonzo


2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

02-05-2013 02:33:23 | More by wilfonzo
Photo of donteatpoop


3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark as the darkest of nights, a thick cap of milk chocolate-brown head rests atop this thick brew.

Smells of roasted malts and coacoa.

The chocolate is subtle, but present; and manages to mellow the sharpness of the stout.

Nice heavy mouthfeel, not so creamy as other stouts but still thick. A brief waft of the burned malts hits the mouth with a slight but short lived after taste. A bit dry, perhaps.

Unlike most stouts that I've had, this is a very drinkable beverage. I could see myself going through more than one or two of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 03:50:44 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of jpaulsen


2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

02-22-2013 19:16:59 | More by jpaulsen
Photo of rogerthegill


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

04-12-2012 03:23:01 | More by rogerthegill
Photo of cantfindme

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

09-01-2012 20:52:08 | More by cantfindme
Photo of ssgunbond


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

11-21-2013 19:37:48 | More by ssgunbond
Photo of kinger


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unexpected discovery at my favorite store, picked up a couple singles to enjoy. Aroma is very malty and yeasty I like it, the roasted malts dominate the scent, chocolate isn't very detectable. Looks good, typical stout. A trace amount of light shines through when held very close to the lamp. Nice dark tan head that diminishes too soon. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, but a nice smooth finish keeps this category at par. Fantastic flavors are present. Roasted and coffee malt are clearly detectable soon followed by a perfectly blended chocolate taste. Cocoa is added to the mash when this is brewed which is clearly evident. The chocolate tone is that of powdered cocoa, not overdone at all. Nice medium flavored stout very drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 22:11:36 | More by kinger
Photo of rayjay


4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2006 18:25:32 | More by rayjay
Photo of jmbranum


3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First enjoyed while on a trip to San Francisco.

Tonight, I'm drinking it from a very special bottle. It survived my house fire in the fridge. That part of the house didn't burn so hopefully it won't be affected by heat or anything.

Inky black beer with slight mahogony hue when held up to the light. Generous tan head.

Roasted malt aroma with a little bit of cocoa power aroma.

Flavor is pretty decent. As expected a decent amount of roasted malt. Fairly smooth. Some chocolate notes. Overall though, I think it needed some more bitterness to work well. Kinda thin and watery to me. Slight odd aftertaste. Not bad at all, but not great.

Mouthfeel is better than average but still kinda thin. Needs more texture.

Overall, this beer is hurt by being a style that has some amazing beers in competition with it. Compared to the average beer i taste this beer would rank well. Compared to the average chocolate stout, it's only average. And compared to Rogue's interpretation of the style, there is no comparison.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 04:15:55 | More by jmbranum
Photo of GallowsThief


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my trusty Duvel tulip.

A - Deep chocolate look. Think a nice dark chocolate bar. Creamy brownish head poured about an inch. Not much lacing to speak of at all. Just traces.

S - A good bit more subdued that I was expecting. Very light smell.

T - Strange one. It is tasty but not what I expected in a chocolate. It has just light hints of chocolate. Has a good toasty taste to it

M - Light carbonation with a think mouthfeel.

D - Very high. This is a really nice stout.

Nice stout. I was expecting more chocolaty taste but overall it's a good one.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 23:20:36 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of biglite351


3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - tiny bit of light through center of glass. Light tan head falls quickly.

S - roasted malts and chocolate. No bitterness at all.

T - mild dark chocolate flavor. Tiny base of malt. Good, but far too mild.

M - mild coating with only a tiny bit of tingle on the sides a tongue.

D - easily drinkable due to its mildness. However, its mildness is also its problem as there a better flavored choices out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 19:56:19 | More by biglite351
Photo of aepb1


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 16:40:17 | More by aepb1
Photo of TheGordianKnot


2.25/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into stemless chardonnay glass...

A- Pours black with a two finger caramel head. Pretty standard. Nice looking for a stout, but nothing incredible

S- Toasty and roasty. Some awkward charcoal aroma. Sweet chocolate powder smell, definitely natural and organic smelling- I do like that natural aspect of it.

T/M- All iron. Tastes like roasty and thinned down blood in a way. Can't get past the mineral content. Some chocolate right before the iron... In the end just not enjoyable. Thin and watery with little carbonation. Feels gritty on tongue because so thin.

O- Glad I finally tried this beer but it isn't something I will revisit. Taste just didn't have many solid beer/stout qualities. I don't know if it is lack of brewers skills/knowledge or the strict adherence to keeping the beer organic that brought it down? Either way it just doesn't cut it for a beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 18:46:52 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of rkuhnel


3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle this poured very dark back with big tan head and decent lacing. Not a real heavy mouthfeel and flavors of chocolate and roasted malts. Finish is nice with a touch of citrus hops. This is not Rogue Chocolate Stout, but then what is. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 04:52:14 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of baiser


3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque, dark brown, with a very small tan head after a hard pour. Had to force the head, but it had good retention and decent lacing. Aroma of dark, bitter chocolate, dark malt and toffee. Taste of cocoa, coffee, bitterness, rich chocolate malts and a dry finish. Very mellow, not carbonated, smooth, medium bodied. Not quite Rogue chocolate, but still a very good tasting beer. Easy to drink. Chocolate is not over the top, but definitely there.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 07:58:40 | More by baiser
Photo of DaveRinn


3/5  rDev -14%

01-10-2014 05:42:34 | More by DaveRinn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.6%

11-14-2011 16:47:09 | More by TEAMHOLT
Photo of Stoneman78


3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep brown/black hue, head is a thick layer of brown puffiness that dissipates to a thin layer, some thin lacing
S- Subtle variety of roast and cocoa malts, some bitterness too, a bit underwhelming
T- Initial taste is a nice blast of cocoa and roasty coffee, the cocoa pushes through with sweetness that subsides too soon, some earthy tones, there is a touch of bitterness near the end
M- Medium-bodied, thin and watery texture, mild carbonation.. wish this one had a bit more body
D- A nice cocoa-forward stout that is hampered by a thin and watery body and quickly dissipating malt flavors, a decent offering I wouldn't shun in the future

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 05:07:28 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of trytoketchup


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-07-2013 06:30:21 | More by trytoketchup
Photo of Jamstone714


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-30-2011 05:14:01 | More by Jamstone714
Photo of cletusdog


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

02-16-2013 17:34:57 | More by cletusdog
Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.