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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout - Bison Brewing

Bison Organic Chocolate StoutBison Organic Chocolate Stout

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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%


Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-02-2002)
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rowew

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 05:24:37 | More by rowew
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WetCoaster

California

4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown that appears black with an espresso head. Good retention; leaves thick lace on the glasswall for quite a while. Midsized carbonation that casacades nicely.

Smell: Truth in advertising -- chocolate bomb. A bit much really; more like a Hershey bar than chocolate malt. Once you get past that, there's the expected roasty edge from the malt, but also an odd grassiness, like lawn clippings. Uh... no idea.

Taste: Excellent. It all comes together beautifully, with roasty, smoky malt holding up a dry, well-blended dark choclate bite. Finishes bitter and dry, with chocolate, smoke and coffee long lingering.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average, medium thin, slightly crisp. It's fine.

Dinkability: Pretty good. Love the flavor, unique, powerful aroma not too heavy. A nice surprise given it's organic, which is usually the kiss of death. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 05:44:11 | More by WetCoaster
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C3likesbeer

California

4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a bottle. Nice tan head.

Aroma is more malty and the chocolate is pretty tame.

Not at all overpowering as some stouts can be. If you think your stout should be closer to "imperial" this is not of you. If you like stouts that are malty and chocolatey this may be a good option. You almost keep looking at it to make sure it is a dark stout which it is. Very drinkable and a little bit of fizzy carbonation. Not overly boozy.

Good middle of the road chocolate stout

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 03:34:35 | More by C3likesbeer
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Zorro

California

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 22:13:19 | More by Zorro
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a thick obsidian color with a tan head that quickly drops to a ringlet and island; leaves some scattered lacing

Smell: Strong coffee and chocolate aroma; slightly smokey

Taste: Starts out with a hot cocoa flavor that is joined, mid-palate, with some nice coffee bitterness that persists into the finish, as does the cocoa flavor as well as some vanilla; somewhat astringent and acidic at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and surprisingly carbonated for a stout

Drinkability: Taste, but I would prefer less carbonation and a more straightforward stout experience

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 19:44:03 | More by brentk56
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MerkinMan

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good Chocolate stout, though not the best ever. I bought a case of 24s for $20, and was very happy with my purchase. I liked this one much better than their Red or Belgian. The Chocolate could be more pronounced if I was to make personal reccomendations.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 17:32:50 | More by MerkinMan
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with generous head. Nose is incredible on this beer with plenty of coffee & chocolate aromas. On the palate it's a bit thin and watery for a stout, but still has rewarding flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and a healthy balance of hops. Roasty on the finish and very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 03:30:53 | More by yemenmocha
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Black as I’ve seen a non imperial stout. 5% beers don’t get this black, 10% beers rarely do either.

Strong cocoa powered aroma, dark and bitter. Hints of roasted coffee finish things off, there’s some malt here but that doesn’t make much impact.

Opens with coffee, turns to cocoa, and then back to coffee. The finish is rather clean and watery. There is a nice hop profile that finishes this one out. I really can’t believe this is only 5% abv. It clearly has some lighter alcohol notes but this is amazing beer.

Don’t go looking for a thick creamy beer here. There is some carbonation to add some body, but not enough to give this beer the body needed to make up for the impact of lower abv.

This was one of the first “real” beers I ever had. I wasn’t impressed then. Today I am fully impressed at how they’ve managed to craft an amazingly flavorful brew with such a low abv. I often am not impressed with non imperial stouts. I generally feel they’re rather boring and lack luster. I don’t see the point in a stout that isn’t a sipper to warm me in the winter. I mean stouts still don’t make summer drinking. That said, call me impressed. I’d certainly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 23:12:01 | More by bobhits
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 22:08:23 | More by lackenhauser
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - black pour with garnet hues around the edge. A thick and creamy mocha head rests evenly across the top. Lacing is scattered and slightly sticky.

Aroma - the cocoa is immediately evident almost as soon as the first drop hits the glass. A backdrop of raisiny sweetness, lending a somewhat sugary quality to the cocoa. Some alcohol notes come out a little as it warms, like chocolate liqueur. Not much roasted malt character but a nice sniff anyway.

Taste - lots of charred malt, burnt even, rather powerful.Getting past that there is some bitter chocolate presence, oak, and a definite dry bitterness on the swallow, but it's not so much hop related as just the bitterness of the chocolate and charcoal. Once the palate adjusts the flavors fit together better, but it needs to warm to the mid/upper 50s.

Mouthfeel - properly heavy, with much carbonation, rather dry on the finish.

Drinkability - I tend to prefer the smoother, less burnt style of stout, but this is a fine beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 17:49:10 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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TuckerCarlson

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a) nearly opaque with dark amber showing around the edges of the glass; short, dark tan head that doesn't linger; no lacing to speak of

s) immediate cocoa with some dark fruit; coffee and molasses also apparent

t) deep, dark, intense, and bitter (kind of like me); a touch of dark, fruity sweetness; maybe some mild herbal hops coming in at the end, or it could just be more bitterness from the cocoa and roasted barley

m) nice and thick, as it should be

d) it's surprising to drink a chocolate stout that doesn't taste like dessert (I'm looking at you, Young's); this is a unique beer that does a fantastic job putting a new twist on the style

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 02:23:56 | More by TuckerCarlson
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 20:08:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2005 00:30:27 | More by WesWes
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aleyeast

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

dark brown to black in color, brown head

chocolate and roast on the aroma

similiar flavors, a little thinner in body then expected, but very nice flavors, well balanced, and quaffable.

Second time I have had this and I still like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 16:28:39 | More by aleyeast
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Minkybut

Virginia

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. This beer was very black with a very nice tan head. The beer smelled like a big fat Hershey bar. It was kinda burnt sorta roasted taste that I liked very well. I also liked that it was organic as a plus. Very heavy, I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 16:39:15 | More by Minkybut
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark almost black with mahogany brown edges when held toward the light, tan head forms thick and creamy in texture with even fine speckled lacing left behind as it dwindles. Aromatics full of roasted dark chocolate and pseudo coffee notes from the dark roasted malt profile utilized here. Doesn't smell any more chocolate than any other stout but I guess they did add some Danish cocoa, according to the label. Light, herbal, friendly hop profile with creamy milk chocolate in the finish. Flavor brings it altogether seems light and airy in texture but the flavor rides a nice wave over the palate with mildly brash dark roasts finishing into a creamy milk chocolate crescendo, staying semi bitter sweet without going candy on me. Some may ask for more chocolate sweetness I'm cool with the cocoa addition to the boil with just the subtle flow going on and definitely more bitterness from the darker roasts rather than from hops which are evident but more light and herbal than anything else. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but texture wise creamy almost nitro draft feel to it, bitter dry finish with a touch of chocolate sweetness, carbonation is subtle and smooth on the palate finishes with the dark roasted malt bitterness lingering the way it should. Drinkability is definitely better than their IPA, this one brings you on a bit of a journey especially when living in the beer deprived armpit of Ohio where I currently reside.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 06:08:15 | More by WVbeergeek
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this stout..

Poured a jet black with a nice brown head. Nose was of light cocoa not a heavy chocolate like many stouts. Something different and unique to me. The chocolate was vry subtle and smooth. Roasted malts complimented and blended well with the chocolate. Mouthfeel was very roasty and chocolately, seemed pretty complex to me. I enjoyed the Hell out of it. My second favorite behind Rogue Chocolate Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 01:08:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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unclejimbay

Florida

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bison Organic Chocolate Stout
Bison Brewing Co.
Style: American Stout
ABV: 6.10 %

reviewed ~7/2009 during a BCBCS homerew day w/ JH
bottle>mug

4.0 across the board on this brew....

Medium/dark brown in color with a satisfactory head & retention. Light tan creamy head with respectable lace. Smells of dark chocolate malts followed by coffee roasty-ness. Tastes as it smells with a subtle but noticeable hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a thin finish, keeps it easy drinking.

This is a more chocolate suggestive stout for sure, less of a coffee bomb thna some others, and sessionable at 6% abv. I enjoyed this brew and would get it again if the price is right and I want a cold weather sipping stout thats not too boozy.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 21:19:52 | More by unclejimbay
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looked promising with a solid black in color with a half inch of tan colored head.

S - Smells of muted coffee's, a bit of cocoa, and a touch of Hershey's syrup (is that organic?)

T - Wasn't really a let down for the ABV but it definitely could have used more body. Starts with a bit of bitter biting coffee then a kind of artificial Swiss Miss cocoa and finishes bitter again with coffee. As it warmed up (yes I drank it that slow) the bakers chocolate takes over the middle and finish and makes it pretty worthwhile.

M - Medium bodied but really couldn't see more body without more ABV.

Overall you get what you paid for an organic beer with artificial chocolate flavors (mostly cocoa and syrup) Why the hate? Pretty tasty...

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 02:05:31 | More by DrDemento456
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 00:01:25 | More by ocelot2500
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 04:06:03 | More by mountdew1
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yonnie

California

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into mug. Opaque dark dark brown, almost black in color. A finger of light brown head on top.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, sweet malt.

T - Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, sweet cream, marshmallow, malt.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, slick and smooth.

O - This is a delicious treat of a beer. It almost qualifies as a dessert to me with its rich chocolatey tones and hints of caramel and even burnt marshmallow.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 02:15:18 | More by yonnie
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neenerzig

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown/black color that hints at having traces of some deep ruby highlights when held up to the light, but practically lets in no light whatsoever. Has a nice tan/light brown head that is a good 1/3 inch thick when first poured, settling quickly to a nice surface layer of foam along with a good medium to thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Pretty good lacing. Aromas of some roasted/smoked caramel malt sweetness and certainly some hints of cocoa are present. Has a good smokey/roasty caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to cocoa sweetness and hints of black coffee bitterness. Good mix of flavors. No real discernible hop flavors here. Good solid taste profile nonetheless. Has a crisp, yet smooth and frothy, creamy, slightly prickly, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. To be honest I thought the body was a bit too thin for a stout, to me this drinks more like a porter than a stout. I guess if this beer has any real flaw, that'd be it. A good solid beer all around, but not anything super spectacular.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 02:46:27 | More by neenerzig
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Shiredave

New York

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, freshness date not notched- lots of yeast trub in bottom. Label says brewed with Dutch Coco powder in mash. Pours like drained oil with 5K miles on it, high, frothy brown head that receeded reluctantly leaving a caramel lace. Aroma of burnt brown sugar, charcoal and hints of chocolate. First tast is slightly sharp and metalic but softens into big roasty flavors with creamy oat fullness ( not sure about the oats but it tastes like it to me) and coco flavor mingled with alcohol warmth. Solid hop bittering takes over and finishes this one off clean with hoppy dryness and the chocolate hovering in the aftertaste.
Easy to drink big chewy stout with lots of hops and well crafted touch of coco.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 20:51:27 | More by Shiredave
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beersarang

California

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 05:28:32 | More by beersarang
Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.