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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout - Bison Brewing

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79
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523 Ratings
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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | 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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4/5  rDev +14.9%

ECT, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of roryw
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black. If I hold it up to some light it turns into a mildy translucent brown. Nice creamy looking head, sort a of a dirty brown, what I would expect from this really. This is a delicious looking chocolate stout.

Smell - The cocoa immediately hits you. It smells just like a bar of chocolate. I am getting a roasted malt hint behind the cocoa.

Taste - Tastes like cocoa, coffee, malts and a little smokiness. Taste isn't as strong and present as I thought it would be. It's very easy on the palette. When you first take a sip it starts out with a nice chocolate rounded flavor and a forward maltiness and ends slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - A light to medium body here. I was expecting it to be thicker. I could drink a few of these back to back and not feel fatigued.

Overall - This is enjoyable, JUST enjoyable. I felt a little something was missing, and I think that something is complexity. For a stout, it's a little light and bland but this also bumps up the drinkability points. I can see myself pulling one or two of these out of the fridge when I'm wanting a decent stout but don't want to feel weighed down. I'd go for something else if I really wanted to treat myself though.

roryw, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of MisterE
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

MisterE, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of DustinPurvis
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

DustinPurvis, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of CMERCE
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

CMERCE, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of anthonygrg
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer was quite disappointing. Although it is very drinkable, the flavor profile is almost non-existent. When I read the words "chocolate stout" I expect deep, rich, and hopefully bold flavors. This brew has none of that. The chocolate/coffeeish aroma is actually stronger than the flavor profile, which is annoying because I keep smelling what I wish I were tasting!

anthonygrg, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Softestdog
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Softestdog, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of cantfindme
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

cantfindme, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Glopez
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Glopez, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Patrick2012
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip glass

A: Motor-oil black with small brown head.

S: Coffee and chocolate malt smell with some hops

T: watered-down coffee and chocolate flavor. Not much taste overall. Bittersweet chocolate. It would have been better if the flavors were stronger.

M: plain, light bitterness. not very exciting to be honest.

Overall a pretty generic tasting stout, nothing exceptional about it. Shouldn't even be called chocolate stout because it's just kind of a side note like the coffee or hops.

Patrick2012, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

jheezee, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of slowdaddy
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

slowdaddy, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a, oh, you know, it's dark brown. It looks like a stout. The body doesn't appear to have a bunch of viscosity to it. The head was over a finger in size, but with loose, large bubbles.

The aroma is, as you might expect, pretty much dominated by chocolate. Milk chocolate mostly. It smells creamier than it looks. There's some vanilla bean here, as well as some generic maltiness. Pretty standard stuff for a sweet stout (not the style, but the description).

The taste follows the nose. You get the chocolate milkshake flavor right away, followed by some grainy malt flavors. Not much depth of malt flavor here, which is most disappointing. It's pretty much a one-trick pony. It tastes good, if you're wanting a sweet chocolatey drink. But it may not totally satisfy your beer needs.

The body is not as creamy as it needs to be for a beer like this. It's not egregiously thin, but the flavors call for a smooth creaminess that this beer doesn't deliver.

Overall, this is a very average chocolate stout. Nothing about it is bad or off-putting, it's just completely innocuous.

Reaper16, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Leonardo
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Leonardo, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Shasty
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Shasty, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, almost black with a small head that dissipates quickly. Smells of dark chocolate. Nice and roasty. Taste is bitter dark chocolate up front. Very roasty, like the smell. A bit of bitter hop taste as well. Good balance. Medium body and carbonation.

A pretty tasty stout that seems to always be in stock at the local Whole Foods, making it a good option for when I'm in the stout mood.

Danny1217, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of jriggins6
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

jriggins6, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Rando23
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Rando23, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of fatbatcat
3/5  rDev -13.8%

fatbatcat, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of yonnie
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into mug. Opaque dark dark brown, almost black in color. A finger of light brown head on top.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, sweet malt.

T - Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, sweet cream, marshmallow, malt.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, slick and smooth.

O - This is a delicious treat of a beer. It almost qualifies as a dessert to me with its rich chocolatey tones and hints of caramel and even burnt marshmallow.

yonnie, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of EigenBeer
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

EigenBeer, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of craigreno
2/5  rDev -42.5%

craigreno, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of StroppyMare
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

StroppyMare, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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 jockpowerviolence1
5/5  rDev +43.7%

jockpowerviolence1, Jun 27, 2012
Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.