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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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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of NClifestyle

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

a decent stout, went well with almond encrusted shrimp last night at fishbone's in greensboro, nc.
was in the mood for something a bit more sweet. stout hit the spot, but the chocolate was almost non-existant. very faint flavor, which was nice, could have been a bit more pronounced. very little head, pitch black (but the restaurant was quite dark). not overly dominating in the smell, flavors were stronger than the aroma. basically, a standard stout, with the slight tinge of dark chocolate. could have drank quite a few, but had to run.


11-03-2005 16:13:27 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of lackenhauser


4.03/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured a deep brown color. More in tune with a porter then a stout. Low roasted aroma. Very slight chocolate coming thru. Big, bold chocolate flavor. Great mix of the chocolate and roasted malt. Nice, slight lingering bitterness. I find the body a tad thin for a stout-just doesnt have the slight "thickness" that other stouts do. A delicious beer overall and quite drinkable.

10-17-2005 22:08:23 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of mattcrill


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%

Label states that it's USDA organic...ok, fine.

Appearance: Pours dark black with brown cola edging. A nice tan head develops and quickly settles to patchy carbonation.

Smell: A mild blend of milk chocolate, cocoa, and cream. Nothing over the top or overpowering.

Taste: Dry roasted grains, wheat bread, rye, chocolate, and a bittering coffee finish. No hop or alcohol presence noted. The chocolate, coffee, and creaminess amplify as the beer warms on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: Very roasty and easy to consume. Nothing off but nothing too exciting either. A fine example of an American Stout...one to go to school on if you've never sampled the style. With all the choices out there, I probably won't be back but you should probably try it once.

10-02-2005 19:36:01 | More by mattcrill
Photo of GClarkage


3.13/5  rDev -10.1%

09/23/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. No dating I could find on label.

Appearance- Very black pour with a very small brown head and light lace.

Smell- Dark as hell. Lots of smoke and burnt malt scents. A touch of chocolate as well.

Taste- This guy is too dark for me. Not even that much chocolate to speak of. Like someone used liquid smoke in the brewing process.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated...far too much.

Drinkability- Not a fine example of a chocolate stout IMO. Looking for Rogue Chocolate stout? Don't come here. If you like tasting blackend smoky malts...come here.

09-30-2005 21:06:51 | More by GClarkage
Photo of edmundfitzoil


4.13/5  rDev +18.7%

I picked up a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle of this from a Roth's in Salem. I saw no freshness or drink by date for this one, but it did have a big sticker advertising its "certified organic." The beer poured a deep, dark brown/black with a foamy, finger or so of head. The beer's aroma hinted at a chocolate flavor, and the beer came through in a big, albeit not overpowering or sweet way. The beer's flavors were of a good coffee flavor with a good chocolate finish. A beer with a thinner mouthfeel than I would have expected, although it can slide I had looked for something slightly more substantial. All and all though, something pretty solid. I've had a few "organic" American, craft beers before and had been pretty dissapointed with the entire experience with most of them up until this point. A good find.

09-20-2005 15:11:29 | More by edmundfitzoil
Photo of beersarang


3.95/5  rDev +13.5%

Pours a nice black brown with a dark tan head. Big bubbles mix with smooth bubbles retention is decent. Minimal lace.

Sweet caramel chocolate aroma, hints of coffee and roasted malt.

Flavor profile is extremely complex, but subtle.
Begins with a fairly thin malt profile, quick hit of bitterness that is actually well balanced. A bit weak. The real complexity and flavor becomes apparant in the exhale. Chocolate and coffee interplay with a sweet slight alcoholic warmth. Finishes with charcoal.

Body is a bit too thin unfortunately. Carbonation might be overcrisp.

Not a bad beer at all, similar to an oatmeal stout in flavor profile, but lacks a strong malt base and a thick stout body.

09-16-2005 05:28:32 | More by beersarang
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours black as an oil slick with small mocha colored head that is gone pretty fast,love the rich aromas going on deeply roasted malt along a real cocoa presence almost like a mocha coffee with a touch of molasses.A real drawback on this beer is that it seems pretty thin and watery for a stout wich makes it easy going down but Iam not sure if thats what I want in a chocolate stout.Anyways there are some nice flavors roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with a burnt finish.Outside of the mouthfeel this is a real nice offering I would drink again.

09-01-2005 22:34:15 | More by oberon
Photo of sulldaddy


4.65/5  rDev +33.6%

I am sampling courtesy of watermelonman. Thanks for hookup!
First of all I was stoked to see the organic sticker. being an environmentalist, that gives the beer more points right off the bat.

This is a chilled bomber poured into an english pint glass.
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with not lite passing through. A tan fluffy, spongy head of 2 cm floats up easily and rests on surface.
The aroma is very chocolatey, like dry cocoa powder and a bit of roasted barley as well. Some general brown sugar sweetness too.
First sip reveals a soft creamy textured body that goes well with the mild almost cask like carbonation.
Flavor is very good!
The beer starts rich and sweet (not sugary) but allows for a nice lingering chocolate covering of my palate. The roasted malt comes through on the finish and gives just a bit of bitterness on the finish like espresso. Very long lingering flavor, makes me think of coffee.
The chocolate flavor is more like a dark chocolate piece than an M&M. A very tasty beer that I am enjoying thoroughly.
The only drawback is the beer is a little bit thinner than I would like, but that only increases the high drinkability. WIsh I had more of this one!

08-09-2005 02:51:49 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +10.1%

The beer poured into the glass black with a ruby highlight and a brown low forming head which rose slightly and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was roasty and toasty with chocolate and strong coffee, expresso, leading the charge. The aroma was like walking into a coffee shop and was very enticing. Also present was a low caramel aspect behind all the roast and chocolate. A slight fruity character emerged as the beer warmed.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee, but not as agressive as in the aroma. The chocolate was dark and bitter with no appreciable hop character, but all the bittering from roasted grains. The beer had a slight caramel flavor, but not at a high level.

The finish was dry, bone dry, with a lasting acidic dark grain aftertaste of chocolate and finally roasted coffee. The body was almost medium, but just a bit lighter than I would have desired. Awesome aroma, missing some complexity in the flavor which could have really made this beer shine.

22 ounce bottle.

07-22-2005 22:16:09 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Pitch black pour with garnet highlights produces thick, 2 finger head the color of chocolate milk. Moderate retention and nice crusty lacing. Looks good.

Aromas are darkly toasted malts, chocolate, dark coffee, scsorched caramel, and a light note of piney hops.

The flavor starts off well, with creamy dark malts, bitter chocolate, strong black coffee, and nuances of smoke and wood. It gets a little too chocolatey as it warms. You can really tell it's made with cocoa, as opposed to getting all the chocolate flavors from the malts. There's a pleasant nip of piney and floral hops in the finish, providing balance.

Big bodied and chewy, with a silky smooth texture and creamy carbonation. The mouthfeel is good enough, yet this beer is not hugely drinkable. One or two would be just fine, tastey in fact. I wouldn't want any more than that however.

07-19-2005 21:04:21 | More by AlexJ
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New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an intense black patent and chocolate malt scent along with a dry, earthy aroma. The taste is good. It has a rich, black patent and chocolate malt flavor. It goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy with a slight chocolate finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good stout. It could use a little more chocolate in the flavor, but it's still a good drinker.

06-10-2005 00:30:27 | More by WesWes
Photo of baiser


3.93/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours an opaque, dark brown, with a very small tan head after a hard pour. Had to force the head, but it had good retention and decent lacing. Aroma of dark, bitter chocolate, dark malt and toffee. Taste of cocoa, coffee, bitterness, rich chocolate malts and a dry finish. Very mellow, not carbonated, smooth, medium bodied. Not quite Rogue chocolate, but still a very good tasting beer. Easy to drink. Chocolate is not over the top, but definitely there.

06-05-2005 07:58:40 | More by baiser
Photo of rowew


4.08/5  rDev +17.2%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. USDA organic symbol on the neck. Label states that this is a "fresh perishable product," yet there is no freshness dating to be found.

Appearance: Poured in my Stone RIS glass. Pours very dark with just the slightest hints of reddish brown around the edges. Decent sized head fades qiuckly to leave a lacing around the edge.

Smell: Lots of roasted aroma with strong expresso dominating the aroma. The chocolate is also there in force however - smells mostly like bittersweet.

Taste: Taste starts with a nice roasted malt feel, and then the chocolate comes in. Slightly bitter - unsweetened bakers chocolate. At the end the hop bitterness comes in, leaving a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth.

Overall impression: Nice drinkable stout with enough hops to keep the chocolate balanced. Much less sweet than I expected from a chocolate stout - which is a good thing in this case.

05-05-2005 05:24:37 | More by rowew
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4/5  rDev +14.9%

Potting soil dark brown with a glimmer of lighter brown at the edges. The cap is golden cocoa powder in color and deflates to a one finger disk after several minutes, leaving thick sheets of periodically broken lace. A classic stout look.

The nose is impressively aromatic and is chock full of ground espresso beans; rich, dark chocolate; and a fair amount of roasted malt. I expected and hoped to be bowled over by a tidal wave of melted chocolate fudge, but coffee has the upper hand here. No worries. Even though I'm not a big fan of coffee or coffee-dominant beer, this one smells too good to nitpick.

The label states that 'fine Dutch cocoa' was added to the mash, but by my nose that should read 'fine ground coffee beans'. An intense mochaplosion hits the palate and stays as long as there's beer in the mouth and beyond. What saves it for me is that there's enough rich cocoa flavor to offset the coffee and make Organic Chocolate Stout one delectable beer.

While the moderate degree of roastedness delivers a biting bitterness and a mild smoky char, there's just enough sweetness to see that things don't get out of hand. This beer is all about checks and balances. I can't forget the citrus zesty hops that crash the party in the second half of each mouthful. The body is medium in heft for a stout, perhaps medium and a half.

Bison Chocolate Stout should be re-named 'Bison Mostly Coffee But Quite A Bit Of Chocolate Too And Some Hops For Good Measure Stout' but that probably wouldn't fit on the label. Putting it into bigger bottles so that a bigger label could be used is one solution. Come to think of it, that ain't a half bad idea given how good it is.

04-06-2005 20:08:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of OStrungT


3.7/5  rDev +6.3%

This beer pours a dark brown. The head is dark tan. It fades fast leaving a good amount of lacing. It smells of chocolate, which I guess is good since it is a chocolate stout. It has slight sents of malts and coffee. It tastes very chocolatey. There is a coffee taste hidden behind the strong chocolate taste. This beer is full bodied and sweet. It leaves a chocolate taste on the palate. This beer might not make a good session beer because it is too rich. It is very good, but the richness of it will get to be too much. This beer is definately worth a try.

03-25-2005 02:42:44 | More by OStrungT
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

12 ounce bottle, pours darkest of browns, not black , with just the slightest bit of line shining through the edges. Low carboantion, minimal head and no lacing. Nose is strongly dark chocolate. Sort of dull flavorwise, chocolate is all over the place, just a hint of snappy hops on the back side. Low complexity, nice if you like dark, gooey and sludgy stouts. Leaves a chalky taste on the palate, cant say I'd look foward to quaffing more then one of this stuff....

03-18-2005 03:54:36 | More by Billolick
Photo of Thrasher


3.2/5  rDev -8%

A glowing, luminous black (is that even possible?) with a fine drift of foam atop that laces down the glass. Aroma of cocoa. The beer has quite a bite to it, not sweet and buttery and chocolatey as you might expect. Rather, it tastes of unsweetened baker's cocoa powder, not too far from mocha or even espresso. It's a bitter stout with ample hops whose herbalness marries pretty well with the cocoa to obscure the sweet roastiness of the malts. It's good, not great, and leaves an unpleasant chalky bitterness on the tongue.

12-22-2004 05:25:26 | More by Thrasher
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4.35/5  rDev +25%

Darkness, utter darkness, black as she gets, with a lush, creamy tan head, very attractive...
deep roastiness, rich and bitersweet, espresso tones, and chocolate all over the place..
huge in the mouth, full bodied, vast mouthfeel, though the chocolate taste is minor, compared to something like Rogue or Young's...wait, I take that back, sorry, it'g getting stronger now...funny how that works...no, it's getting rather thick now...yum, this is quite a delicious choco-stout.
If you can get one near you, what's your excuse? This is bottled ecstacy.
(22ounce bomber, courtesy of weefisheads)

11-22-2004 06:47:15 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of MrNuggets


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

This one's organic, cool!
Pours black from a 22oz bottle with a small head the colour of chocolate. Coco is picked up on first wiff. The coco flavor comes in under the big hops and roasted edges. Mouthfeel is heavy like a good stout should be. Glad I split the bottle because a full one might have been a little much for me. Not in the mood for this sort of beer I suppose.
This is good and I'll most likey drink it again sometime.

10-20-2004 22:39:23 | More by MrNuggets
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev 0%

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.

10-01-2004 17:54:47 | More by rastaman
Photo of beerceller99


4.1/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

10-01-2004 06:34:01 | More by beerceller99
Photo of Zorro


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

09-12-2004 22:13:19 | More by Zorro
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4.2/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

08-18-2004 04:48:35 | More by Reidrover
Photo of RoyalT


3.15/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

08-09-2004 02:03:18 | More by RoyalT
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3.63/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

06-09-2004 19:53:49 | More by RedDiamond
Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.