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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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79
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550 Ratings
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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 39 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-02-2002

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of jmbraxton
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of deonreds
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A stiff pour left me with half a finger of light brown head. Body is black, no lacing noted.

The aromas of roast coffee, malt and chocolate mingle to create a nice nose on this one.

Roasted coffee, roasted malt and chocolate co-habitate in your mouth rather well. As it warms it also takes on roasted nut tones.

Carbonation on this is heavy. It bites the tongue, but keeps the beer flowing. It would likely be sludgy without the help.

Photo of creez
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of chickenflea
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with mahogany brown edges when held toward the light, thin tan head forms leaves speckled lacing left behind. Fair retention. Aromatics full of roasted dark chocolate and coffee notes from the dark roasted malt profile utilized here. This is weird, but also a hint of watermelon. Light, herbal, hop profile. Texture is light, watery, and slippery (again, like watermelon juice). Very low carbonation. Finish is like a milk stout with some sourness. No unpleasant detractors in the aftertaste. A nice stout.

Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BillHem
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of lurpy1
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed with a kobe beef burger at the Flamin' Grill in Sacramento, heck of a place by the way. The organic label is lost on me, I care about my beer being organic about as much as I care about it being free-range or vegan. Whatev'

Pours a nice dark, albeit thin, black, with not much head. The smell comes through with chocolate, roasted notes, a little bit of coffee. The taste is strong with nice bittering chocolate, however, it is conflicted with an overly metallic taste. Really not all that great. Would have preferred a lot more thickness, and frankly a little more alcoholic substantiation.

Not a bad beer, not that good either though, but still worth a try. Without the metal it would be pretty good.

Photo of friedpotatoes
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of output01x
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thin, even dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a rich, near-black mahogany that permits no light to pass through it. Great lacing can be seen throughout consumption but only a little bit sticks around.

As is to be expected, dark malts aromas dominate the nose entirely. Notes of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, brown sugar, and burnt caramel are all discernible.

Just like the nose, each sip contains flavors of dark malts with notes of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and roasted coffee. The swallow intensifies the flavors of coffee and milk chocolate, creating an espresso-like flavor. As these flavors fade, a light, dry coffee flavor lingers on the palate.

Light to medium bodied with good carbonation, this is a very drinkable stout (especially at only 5% ABV). The body is light and easily flows over the tongue but still offers a big flavor impact. The carbonation is a bit unnecessarily fizzy but does not seem to detract from the flavors or experience much.

Photo of kylemckinnis
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: very dark brown. The head, the carbonation is almost like a soda. Very slight head left after the pour?
Smell: cocoa and roastiness. Nothing very prominent.
Taste: some chocolate and roastiness. Dry finish.
Overall: not a bad beer but quite average.

Photo of Forb
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle...

Appearance: Pure darkness with hints of brown cocoa around the edges. Pours with a minor head and nice lacing. Plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Cocoa and chocolate amid the fundamentally roasted malt aromas.

Taste: A dark chocolate molasses is extremely prevalent in the taste among the roast here. Hop bitterness is there giving it some coffee elements of bitterness as well, but overall a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation keeps this stout real light and with the low ABV at 5% it doesn't overpower in any way.

Overall: Taste could be more assertive here but overall a light, crisp, refreshing chocolate stout.

Photo of khargro2
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of dorianmarley
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is black, with hints of brown. Tan head that fades to a pancake with good lacing.

Nose is very roasted malt, with a dash of cocoa.

Taste is surprisingly sour. It does not mesh well with the rich, roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel is easygoing with medium carbonation.

Overall, the sour flavor is put-off. But there are some redeeming elements, i.e. the roastiness and cocoa.

Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/31
Poured into a pint glass

A: this beer pours an opaque black with a one finger of foamy brown head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is nice big chocolate and roasts.

T: Taste is big chocolate notes at the forefront. Nice roast under laying roast notes come in and mingle with a bit if caramel. Caramel continues in to a milk chocolate and coffee flavoring that ties this beer out.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, light but slick.

O:!!goes down easy, tasty as hell, not filling, decent representation of style. I highly enjoyed this beer. I'd passed it over numerous times before - that won't happen again!

Photo of phdirksen
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of kchannel9
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of TheFlern
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate/blackish color with tan head that leaves a decent layer. No Lacing.

Smell: Chocolaty smell.

Taste: Nice and chocolaty. Sweet, slight bitterness that is probably from the cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and good amount of carbonation. The cocoa adds a nice tangible distinction.

Overall: Tasty, drinkable and cheap. Just needs bottle dating.

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
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