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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout - Bison Brewing

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292 Reviews
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Reviews: 292
Hads: 575
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 10
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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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 rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pretty decent little stout. Heaps of roasted bitterness, and bitter chocolate. Decent balance and flavour, not particularly complex, but tasty. As with all West Coast beers, theres a fair few hops in here, but it doesn't really unbalance it or anything, a nice stout. (275 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Black color with a one finger tan head. Reeks of dark roasted grains, coffee, dark chocolate. Medium bodied for a stout, it has a light smooth mouthfeel. Has a expresso coffee, bakers chocolate bittersweet malty taste.Finishes with a bitter chocolate, toasted grain flavor on the tongue. A most excellent brew. (325 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black brew with a reddish brown head.

Smell is sweet with lots of chocolate smell. Fruity and malty scents too.

Taste is sweet and bitter with a notable fruitiness to it. Taste smoothes out after a bit and then the fruity nature and some hops really come out in the taste.

Mouthfeel is has a good amount of carbonation to it that makes it have a Coca-Cola drinking quality to it.

A tasty stout with more than one dimension to it. Strong yet refreshing. (473 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

OK bought in a 22 oz bomber ,Lovelly black beer with a semi-large brown head..that persists. Aroma is nice mostly of burnt malts with dark chocoalte in the back.Some "milkiness". Very full flavour stout, dark esspresso,burnt embers,unsweet chocolate..also some sweetness right at the start..nice stuff. Very nice and smooth on the palate. Very very drinkable for one so complex..really enjoying this. (400 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Black with a nice, tanned head. It didn’t show much retention but, when it was up, this was a real good-looking beer.

Smell – Very dry-smelling burnt malt with some nice chocolate cocoa notes. There’s a bit of coffee in here as well.

Taste – The cocoa comes up front along with an early bitterness. The malt base shows up mid-stream and the Stout finishes with the big West Coast hoppy finish that I just don’t care for.

Mouthfeel – Very bitter and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – This was an easy-drinker. I’m not a fan of the hopped-up Stouts, though. (585 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like chocolate. I like stout. But chocolate stout? Lets just say I’ve never been much of a fan. Still, if it’s good, it’s good. And bison is not so bad.

Bison has a few funky phenols in the nose but also a nice dusting of cocoa. The smell is almost enticing. The brew pours heavy and opaque with slight carbonation and a thin sepia head. The initial taste is inhibited with a regrettable deficit of flavor. But the aftertaste is catchy. It’s as though the flavor profile doesn’t really come alive until making its departure. Here the Dutch cocoa imparts a welcome bitter chocolate statement and scores a point for drinkability. In the end, the flavor transcends novelty and achieves something that is, if not exciting, then at least worthwhile.

The rest of the beer is notable for its organic ingredients and nice glassy mouthfeel. But there’s no lace, no yeast in the bottle, and the carbonation is meek. Bottle fermentation might add some needed vitality here. (980 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
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... (728 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark espresso color with a firm tan head.
The aroma of hot cocoa, malt and light alcohol fume are quite enticing.
The medium body is not as thick as it appears, yet it is solid with rich, sweet flavors. Dark roast coffee and dark bitter sweet chocolate flavors prevail. A mild smokiness lasts throughout. A taste of buttery biscuits appears in the background.
A zesty citrus bitterness and light metallic tang offer some tartness to offset the cocoa and sweetness. (486 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: I have never seen any Bison Brewing beers, or at least if I did I never tried them. So it was a bit of a surprise to come across this one. Looking a bit battered the 22oz Bomber was on sale at $2.69. Best Before April 03, but it has stood up well given it “expiry date”. No strength listed, but described as a “Chocolate Stout – brewed with Cocoa Powder”.

Appearance: Incredibly jet black, not even dark brown as is often found, but certainly black. Large cocoa brown head that has some large bubbles on the surface that creates little to no lacing. The head is a decent 1” to 2” at first, but it slowly settles to a comfortable ½” at the finish. Minimal carbonation.

Nose: Dark chocolates wrapped in a cocoa powder coating that is powdery on the nose at times.

Taste: Roasted malt beginnings, rich and smooth on the palate. The cocoa powder and chocolate malts rise into the middle. Some bitterness in the latter third but it is not really until the beer is swallowed that you get the hop-hit which lend a very dry bitter-chocolate finish. Hop burps certainly are a welcome by-product of this Stout!!!! Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Has a very nice feel on the tongue, smooth, but not creamy, moreover it has a lightly powdered texture that probably comes from the Cocoa Powder.

Drinkability: Some Chocolate Stouts are overtly loaded with Cocoa Powder, Chocolate Malts, or are just too damn sickly for my liking. I certainly do not have a sweet tooth – so I was pleasantly surprised by the balance in this Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing. Nicely balanced with a reasonably good Drinkability.

Overall: A solid Chocolate Stout that was a bargain for $2.69 for the Bomber, a thoroughly enjoyable libation. (1,744 characters)

Photo of Mustard
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; some sort of dating -- whether its "best by" or "bottled on" isn't made clear -- notched on the label's right edge; no ABV%; purchased as part of a ten beer "Winter Brew" (vel sim.) sampler pack from the Cost Plus on Westwood and Santa Monica for $14.99.

Appearance: Completely opaque; no head, even with the roughest of pours; zero-lacing, naturally.

Aroma: Firmly of dark chocolate and roasty, black malt.

Taste: Decidedly like its nose, only more so; large notes of bittersweet chocolate and espresso rule the roost, here; not nearly as sweet as you might imagine; total lack of carbonation left the impression of a somewhat light, thin mouthfeel.

Notes: Above ratings reflect lack of carbonation; hope to retry some day. (770 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black color, small head. Deeply roasted malts, the addition of Dutch cocoa to the mash adds a distinctive bitterness to the beer. Nice hop signature. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Taste improves, as beer gets closer to room temperature. (254 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of Mark
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark black stout. Beautiful tan head that surprisingly left very little lace. stong roasty chocolatey nose. I liked the taste of this stout much more at the beginning than near the end of the glass. It started of nice and roasty but ended up very dry and pretty bitter for a stout. Chocolate taste was bittersweet. A decent beer but it pales next to Young's. (363 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The traditional color on the pour, a pleasant deep brown to black. The head monstrous, chocolate brown in color, the consistency frothy, lace is fine sheets to coat the glass. Nose is as expected chocolate, the bittersweet kind, toasted grain, and maybe even some maple syrup. Front is sweet, the top is middling, the finish is medial on the carbonation, the hops pertinent, the aftertaste bitter chocolate dry. Quite a decent stout, and well worth a sample for those “Corrupted By The Dark Side! (497 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, freshness date not notched- lots of yeast trub in bottom. Label says brewed with Dutch Coco powder in mash. Pours like drained oil with 5K miles on it, high, frothy brown head that receeded reluctantly leaving a caramel lace. Aroma of burnt brown sugar, charcoal and hints of chocolate. First tast is slightly sharp and metalic but softens into big roasty flavors with creamy oat fullness ( not sure about the oats but it tastes like it to me) and coco flavor mingled with alcohol warmth. Solid hop bittering takes over and finishes this one off clean with hoppy dryness and the chocolate hovering in the aftertaste.
Easy to drink big chewy stout with lots of hops and well crafted touch of coco. (717 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Poured black with a thick brown bubbly head. Aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is a full-bodied, dry stout. A lot of bitterness here present from the Dutch cocoa. Coarse texture on tongue. Not a bad chocolate stout, yet not a real great one either. Lacks the sweetness and smoothness of better chocolate stouts such as Youngs. (360 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So thick dark brown that it could pass for black, with a medium brown head and little lace. The flavor is of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee, with a hint of roasted malts on the palate. A has a little sweetness to balance the little bit of bitterness on the finish. This is the best chocolate stout that I've had so far. (320 characters)

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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.