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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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296 Reviews
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Reviews: 296
Hads: 586
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 21.37%
Wants: 10
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of output01x
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of Forb
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
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!

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Photo of TheFlern
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of seand
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of droomyster
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.69/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of gatorbreath
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
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

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Photo of Jinholic
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.