Bison Organic Chocolate Stout - Bison Brewing

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Bison Organic Chocolate StoutBison Organic Chocolate Stout

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Reviews: 291
Hads: 572
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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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 magictacosinus
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into my brand new teku glass. Decided to try this one for the Easter weekend!

Pours a dark, truly opaque brown black-brownish color with an off khaki 2 finger head that eventually settles down into a modest ring at the top of the glass. Carbonation does seem plentiful, nevertheless. Not too much stickiness on the glass, and no lacing, but there are some slight alcohol legs overall. It's not very viscous in character, but it definitely looks thickened in the sense of retaining the chocolate backbone that it's aiming for. Almost resembles coffee overall, but there's definitely hefty malts and cocoa nibs at play here.

The aroma, on the other hand, smells absolutely delicious, with a combination of upfront dark chocolate flavors combined with vanilla beans, sugary syrupy texture, and off-flavors that can even be found in bourbon (?!). Don't think it's unbelievably complex, however - it's instead very pleasant and sweetened without being cloying. It resembles a vanilla-coated brownie, actually! There's some roasted barley flavors, as well as a slight hop bitterness, but the chocolate focused flavor is working out really well here.

Rather than get the sweetened vanilla-filled cocoa that was in the aroma, the taste is a little bit more on the bitter, unsweetened side - think baker's chocolate nibs and you're on the right track. It definitely still tastes full-bodied and hearty, despite the change in flavor. There's a roasted malt presence that melds well with the chocolate, as well as slight coffee aromas, but sadly, as this warms up, a bit of a soy saucy finish that can occur with such beers. There's a bit of grassy hop finish too, which balances things out. I must agree with other fellow reviewers that this is a little too watery for a stout that is intended to be this hearty. The flavor is definitely decent, but it lacks the thickness that would otherwise make this resemble a dessert such as pudding. It's not too off-putting, but it's horribly underwhelming.

For a little over $4 a bomber, this is definitely a good budget option for a stout this kind. I wish I'd have someone to split this with, as it's a bit too rich (yet thinned) to make this an easy drinking experience. It's luckily not too sweet, but it's not creamy enough to hold my interest in the long run. I'll definitely be drinking this for the next day... However, when it comes to introducing people to more complex beers, this should do no harm. Not my favorite, but at least there's that. (2,518 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
2.49/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The first thing you notice with this one is the pitch black pour with a great head, from there is it all down hill for me. The chocolate was faint. It got a bit stronger as it warmed but not enough. When I read chocolate on the bottle that is what I want to smell and taste. This one had a very unpleasant aftertaste with really turned me off. Plus there was not a whole lot to chew on for a stout, I felt it was quite thin. I was really disappointed with this beer. It took a lot for me to finish it to keep it from being a drain pour. (536 characters)

Photo of Johnnyramirez
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overall, its disappointing. Super watery for a stout. Very mild chocolate notes in the flavor. The smell makes you think there'd be more chocolate and roasty flavors. The price point is great at $4, but I'd gladly spend more for a better beer next time. (253 characters)

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 (477 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A finger and half of tan head on a pitch black body.
The aroma is roasted malt and a hint of chocolate.
The taste is a robust roasted malt with the chocolate balancing but not surpassing the malt. great balance.
Slick texture with moderate carbonation and medium to heavy body.
A solid stout. (292 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a pint glass at The Green Dragon in SE Portland. Reviewed from notes.

A- One-finger thick mocha head. Thick fluffy lacing. Black, smooth body.

S- Smells like baker's chocolate, smooth and toasty malts. Some toffee and sweet scents.

T- Light flavor in the first third, then rich smoky malts in the second. Finishes clean. Pretty tasty.

M- Overcarbonated, light bodied and wet. Not great.

O- Looks great, but the mouthfeel is totally wrong. (466 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours near black with brown edging. The head is about a finger thick, light cocoa colored, and shows fair retention. Very little, if any, lacing.

Smell - Predominant bittersweet dark cocoa aroma. Notes of earth. Hints of caramel.

Taste - More earthy than chocolate. Dirt. Lightly touches on caramel. Finishes with mild earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light in body. Almost watery. Weak carbonation. Slight tingle on the lips.

Overall - Stout? Hardly. Chocolate? Barely. This is a poor beer, even weaker as a stout, and a shame to be called a chocolate stout. I've had this beer a few times in the past. This will be my final time. (646 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with a little bit of light let through when held up to a light source. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam. An attractive stout.

Smell: very nice chocolatey aroma without any harsh undertones. As smooth and creamy as a smell might be considered to be; I like it.

Taste: chocolate, roastiness and a hint of coffee are present in the flavor. A little bit less chocolate and a little bit more roasty harshness than the aroma, but still a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this is a basic but tasty and overall quite satisfying and drinkable stout. I'd definitely have this again. (763 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a tiny off white head.

The smell is coffee, not much else.

The taste is coffee slightly watery.

The mouthfeel pretty light with medium carbonation.

Overall I'm not impressed at all, very bland and watery. If yhe flavours were stronger this would be so much better.I'm regretting buying 6 of these. (324 characters)

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

Had this bottle sitting around for quite some time so time to give it a try. The color is pretty much solid black. The light brown head is near two fingers high and leaves generous lacing. The nose includes a very nice, deep nutty malt with milk chocolate sweetness. I get some sweet herbal hop and light charcoal-coffee. Very nice by my senses. The first taste brings a fairly tart citrus-grass bite quickly followed by decided charcoal and subtle chocolate. This is medium bodied with a pretty aqueous feel with a chalky edge. It has modest, but adequate carbonation. The flavor leans a little too close to ash tray at times but generally is fine and provides a somewhat bitter malt brew with a chocolate kiss. Not overly sweet, reasonably drinkable if you enjoy the style. Definitely worth trying. (800 characters)

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle beer out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a black 1-finger tan head that ends in a wispy lace with no trail.

S: Chocolate, coffee and toasted malt aroma.

T: Similar to the smell sweet, chocolate, coffee, and malt flavor that finishes dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent stout – slightly astringent buy overall very good. (363 characters)

Photo of roryw
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,201 characters)

Photo of anthonygrg
2.3/5  rDev -34.5%
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! (371 characters)

Photo of Patrick2012
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (1,121 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of yonnie
4/5  rDev +14%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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". (302 characters)

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. (400 characters)

Photo of Pexkool
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick chocolate colored head that leaves a thin lace that stays while you drink your beer. The color is jet black, as you would expect from a good stout, except for the bottom of the glass that shows a dark brown color thanks to the little light that manages to come across the liquid.

S - Delicious dark chocolate scent, like smelling a chocolate bar right out of the wrapping.

T - The first thing you notice is the cocoa, then the hops hit you along with a faint taste of yeast, semi-sweet chocolate and ends with some more cocoa. This brew is all about the chocolate.

M - Unfortunately, this beer is not as smooth as you would think it is. It's a little watery, but smooth nonetheless. The hops and cocoa makes for a very good combination that leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a great choice for a chocolate stout! The only con I found is the mouthfeel, everything else is excellent. Would definitely buy it again and recommend it. (963 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TATURBO for bring this back from a recent trip to the west coast!

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with a easily 2 fingers of light tan colored head. It looks just like the head on a rootbeer float.

Smell: Cocoa and lite roasty notes. Smells a little bit grainy also.

Taste: Nothing mind blowing here. Little cocoa and little roast just like the nose. Mild cocoa, molasses, and hints of nuttiness(like a brown ale) in the aftertaste that pleasantly linger for a little while. Thats about it. A really simple stout that tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Its farly thin. Light boided beer with moderate carbonation. Its a smooth and drinkable session stout that you can crush a bomber of by yourself without regretting it in the morning. The carbonation has a small prickle of eppervescence to it that seems to enhance the cocoa notes in this beer. Wish this beer was a bit thicker and creamier; it would be a game changer/huge improvement.

Overall: Nothing mind blowing here. I think that this beers niche would be an excellant beer to introduce someone to a stout as a new beer style they have not tried yet. But, here the bottom line... $4 for a bomber! Awesome price point for a soild craft beer offering. I would buy this on a regular basis if I had it readily available to me. (1,290 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - black in color, with about half a finger's worth of tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very coffee-like and roasted in the aroma's quality. Grains definitely are of the roasted barley and chocolate type.

Taste - much like the smell. The roasted coffee taste is definitely prevelant, but it's not overwhelming. It mellows out in the finish, and isn't too washed out or away in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans a bit on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. Not terribly interesting or thought-provoking, but still good-tasting. (631 characters)

Photo of tonib2055
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours beautiful and dark with moderate light head.

S - smell is fabulous - coffee and chocolate

T - taste of chocolate and coffee is overcome by the roast of the malt. It is smokey in a not so great way.

M - The first thing that my tongue felt was the carbonation. For a stout this felt over carbonated without any creamy or smooth quality.

O - despite the mouthfeel and taste that was different from what I expected, I really enjoy this beer. I am looking forward to trying out of the bottle. (514 characters)

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color with some amber hues. A one finger, creamy khaki colored head sits on top. Leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Roasted and bitter chocolatey goodness is the backbone of the aroma. Hints of toffee and sweet caramel round it out.

T: The taste is a tad different than the nose with more roasted malts, while the other flavors of chocolate, toffee, and coffee are a bit subdued.

M: It has a light body for a stout, but is adequately carbonated and has a smooth feel.

O: Not a bad, just a bit above an average stout. The body needs some work, but other aspects are solid. (651 characters)

Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.