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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout - Bison Brewing

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79
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522 Ratings
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 9
Gots: 27 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

BeerHownd, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Squid55, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

FrankShirley, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Jamstone714, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of seand
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly translucent dark brown, with a fair amount of light tan head. Most of the head dissipates fairly quickly, but enough retains around the edge of the glass to leave decent lacing.

S: Molasses, with light toasted malt. Just a touch of chocolate milk.

T: Light and sweet, with a touch of molasses thickening a bit through the middle. Finishes thicker, and slightly dry. Lingering molasses aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer, but I don't get as much chocolate as I'd expect from a chocolate stout. I'd certainly drink this again, but I probably wouldn't pick it if there were a good selection of alternatives.

seand, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of fox227
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

fox227, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Shoey87
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Shoey87, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Bison Chocolate Stout poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a dark and rich black, nearly opaque with slight blood red hues on the edges of the glass...wispy one finger mocha colored head recedes and leaves behind some lace.

S: Nose unfolds with some rich, complex dark chocolate notes. Roasty, mostly bitter with a slight sweetness...hints of coffee beans in the roast malt character. Underneath that, some dark fruity esters.

T: Decent cocoa flavors, dry bitterness and coffee-like flavors. There is a touch of sweetness on the middle of the tongue...caramel maybe? Dry, fairly flavorless finish...the roast qualities from the nose kind of disappear here.

MF: Slightly chalky light-to-medium mouthfeel. Average carbonation.

O: Overall a decent stout but not as good as I remember...its fairly bland as it warms and it turns into a dry, chalky beer.

Scotchboy, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

mhaugo, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of goff104
5/5  rDev +44.1%

goff104, Nov 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

barnzy78, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

kazmaniac, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

TicoCali, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of TEAMHOLT
4/5  rDev +15.3%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of droomyster
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this beer many times over the years but never had the chance to properly review it. Pours a black body into my snifter with a bit of brown head with decent retention. Aromas of milk chocolate and marker ink, notes that occasionally strike me as similar to the casings of Belgian pralines. The creaminess of the body is rich and thick, asking you to take your time to swish and enjoy your sip for a while. The milkiness runs deep. I like that. Drinks beautifully. This is a beer that everyone who likes "chocolate" to be taken literally should try.

droomyster, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The genuine cocoa powder used really shines with a rich chocolatey flavor. You can smell it, too, but the texture and flavor it adds are fantastic. Looks just like you want a stout to look, as well.

This is distinctly a beer, though. You won't feel like you're drinking a chocolate soda. A good dose of bitterness counteracts the cocoa leading to a dry finish with a subtle tinge of hops.

Solid brew here

McNealc31, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of damndirtyape
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber (no date) poured into two Shaker pint glasses.

Appearance: Black to very dark brown. When held up to the light it's more of a deep and dark ruby red color. 1/4" tan head upon pouring died back to nothing within a few minutes of pouring. No lacing noted either.

Smell: When first poured - definite cocoa smell, but as it warmed up, almost nothing. With a swirl and deep inhale I could just barely make out some cocoa and toasted malt, but it's really faint.

Taste: If I sip this beer, it's dark roast malt + a lot of bitterness and a definite smoky finish - no cocoa at all. With a sizable swallow though, upfront roasty flavor, quick sweet middle with cocoa/bittersweet chocolate towards the back, and then a mild bitter / black coffee-finish with a hint of smoke in there. I think this beer was somewhat designed to be drank quickly in large gulps. It's not a sipping and savoring beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, definitely thicker than water, maybe even a tad bit creamy towards the end.

Overall / Drinkability: Not the world's best stout here. Weak in the appearance and aroma department, and the stout flavor is not outstanding either. It's above average, but for something with a chocolate emphasis in the name, it's quite muted in the chocolate flavors unless you drink it fast or in large gulps in which case the flavor becomes more pronounced. So okay beer, but one is enough.

damndirtyape, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bison Organic Chocolate Stout

Pours a dark brown color, off white head. Aroma is very light, some roasted malts and bread, pretty much it. In the taste, watery, with some faint roasted notes, spent hop bitterness, and a touch of cocoa flavor as it warms. Alittle roasted, small chocolate notes, but mainly carbonated water. It may be organic, but it could stand to have some more lively flavors and a fuller body.

Stinkypuss, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark brown color; almost black. Poured a 3 finger mocha head with fair retention to a thick skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Robust toasted malts. Big chocolate aroma along with coffee, burnt toast and toffee. Wholesome and pleasing.

T: Coffee and burnt toast transitions quickly to rich bitter chocolate. No real finish leaves a thin, watery ending.

M: Light-to-medium body. Starts rich, smooth and creamy, but turns thin in an unassuming finish (not dry, not sweet).

O: The look and the nose were promising, but the beer was a bit wanting.

Haybeerman, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of gatorbreath
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is like the best of everything...i cannot explain..

Just roused a pretty nice looking mocha head that screams chocolate from the pitch black tint and bubbles busting. The nose is all chocolate, malt, no smokiness, I dig..mouth is definitely hit with the malty chocolateyness and some nuttyness, and caramelly notes to well balance this beast. Mouthfeel is full bodied and milky even. Enjoythis

gatorbreath, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Jinholic
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a nice thick black with a bit of ruby red at the bottom, tan rocky 3 finger head that dies down after a bit.

Smell - Deep roasted malts and the chocolate really comes through here very pleasant.

Taste - Right off that bat its nice kick of roasty goodness that fades into the chocolate in the middle, the finish is a bit watery leaving nothing the linger which is a bit sad.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied as I said before a tad watery as it goes down. I'm having this at midnight so its not that hot but this is a bit dry not enough to bother anyone though.

Overall - Not the best stout but by far not the worst one out there I'd have it again over many others. Would love to see an oatmeal stout mixed with this. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

Jinholic, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep coffee like color with a nice light brown cap that leaves a good sheet of lacing.

Smells of some deep roasted notes.

Tastes of the roasted notes with a touch of hops. Notes of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of brown sugar lead the way. A touch of citric hops add in the end along with a bit of acidity to give a more coffee like feel.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised, and this is a beer that contends with some of the second tier stouts.

ocelot2500, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

TheGordianKnot, Jul 22, 2011
Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.