Bison Organic Chocolate Stout - Bison Brewing

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Bison Organic Chocolate StoutBison Organic Chocolate Stout

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Reviews: 291
Hads: 572
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 10
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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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 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. (439 characters)

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. (525 characters)

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. (712 characters)

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. (1,161 characters)

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. (261 characters)

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. (648 characters)

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. (406 characters)

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! (677 characters)

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. (376 characters)

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. (664 characters)

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. (877 characters)

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. (560 characters)

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 (407 characters)

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. (1,408 characters)

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. (414 characters)

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. (551 characters)

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 (404 characters)

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. (774 characters)

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. (526 characters)

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.31/5  rDev -34.2%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a dark, opaque black with ruby highlights when held to light, the head pours about 2 fingers thick and is creamy and tan, eventually it settles down to about a half-finger.

S- Roasted malts, powdered chocolate, some hints of light, milky coffee.

T- Roasted malts, coffee beans, some relatively light, powdery chocolate. Finishes with coffee and more roasted flavors.

M- Medium bodied, creamy and smooth, not bad for only 5.00% ABV.

O- Not a terrible beer, the roasted malt flavors are nice but I would have liked to see some more powerful chocolate on this one. (576 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet kola hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing one finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is cocoa,dark chocolate and dark fruity hops,the mouthfeel is abit lacklustre and only light bodied and has tastes of dutch cocoa,dark bitter chocolate,truffles and finished with a dark fruity hoppiness and overall its alright and another drinkable brew thats just not that memorable cheers. (419 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a good solid black, light tan head, light lacing. Aroma is sparse, some roasted malts, and some bittersweet light chocolate malts. Light roasted malts in the taste, slight sweetness. Feels lighter in body, not very thick. Carbonation is good, but just doesnt have that stout feel.

Overall, I guess I'm glad I gave it a shot, but I think that I won't give anything else a try. (383 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With thanks to Beermasons for sourcing.

Molasses brown, with a very small latte-coloured head that disappears without a trace.

Coffee, charcoal and some sweetness provided by faint lifted floral notes. Straightforward but sound balance. Don't get much chocolate however.

Lightly charred cocoa and coffee. Period. Maybe a dash of indistinct sweet malt. It works and it's clean.

Very thin on the front palate. Mild bitterness provides some length on the mid-palate. Carbonation is mild and it slides down very easily, nothing unpleasant about it all.
NOTE: seems there may be a fair bit of bottle variation here, because I had another bottle that gushed disastrously and what was salvaged became marinade for hamburger patties.

Despite the simplicity I enjoyed this quite a lot. I can't think of the last beer I had where nothing about it rubbed me the wrong way - this unassuming stout manged to pull it off. (913 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into an English stout glass.

This beer’s a stout from Bison, brewers of organic beers, and gets its flavor from organic cocoa powder added to the mash.

Black as the ocean at night. This thing is matte, giving off zero reflection and stopping highlight-producing light in its tracks. The inky liquid’s topped with a runty half-finger head the color of cocoa powder that , while minuscule, decides to hang out long after the pour as a thin, silky top layer. Some scattered strands of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

Deeply roasty nose, nearly smoky. I get burnt bread, toasted peanuts and a blend of coffee and dark chocolate I suppose you could call mocha.

The flavor’s far more standard: bitter dark chocolate blended with espresso and bread that’s been scorched. Finishes quite dry. The flavor’s a bit more subdued than I’d like, and I don’t get any more chocolate here than I do from your average stout.

Carbonation is a peppery medium amidst a steadily thinning, watery body. The high carbonation and corresponding fizziness are a few more qualities I feel detract from the stout.

I remember enjoying this beer much more from the tap at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. From the bottle, it’s just another stout. (1,270 characters)

Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.