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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: 517
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.56%
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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Photo of tree777


4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

05-06-2013 19:28:46 | More by tree777
Photo of grahamboudreaux


4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

03-21-2013 07:08:54 | More by grahamboudreaux
Photo of cottonkoozie

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

A - Dark in color, some purple hues. Very small head though and falls quickly leaving little to no lacing.

S - Smells like a porter. Roasted malts and coffee stand out most of all, with chocolate undertones.

T - Very well balanced. Chocolate is not overpowering like some chocolate stouts, but instead is an excellent supplement to the roasted malts and coffee flavors. Hops provide a good balance of undertones.

M - Good, a full feeling beer without being overly carbonated.

D - Great drinkability and would be an excellent session beer.

My first impression of this was uh oh, because the appearance really is not good and looks watered down. But after trying it this beer has a great flavor and is definitely worth a try. overall a well balanced stout and a good after dinner or session beer.

08-30-2010 01:56:31 | More by cottonkoozie
Photo of 13wrbwrx

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

07-23-2014 20:29:16 | More by 13wrbwrx
Photo of TheUpside


4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

11-14-2012 04:32:35 | More by TheUpside
Photo of ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

05-17-2014 03:55:23 | More by ZachT
Photo of pressman57


4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

This is my first review so forgive me if I'm not too fluent.

Poured a thick, opaque black with a brown head and decent lacing.

Smelled of chocolate and malt.

Tasted like it smelled up front, with a peppery, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Good beer.

03-27-2011 00:01:40 | More by pressman57
Photo of Jayli


4.22/5  rDev +21.6%

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!

02-06-2012 04:33:54 | More by Jayli
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +21.6%

Poured a pitch black color. The light tan head was sticky and leaves a good amount of lace around the glass. The aroma has a hint of dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and leafy hop. Has a creamy medium-full body. Bitter sweet choclates hit the tounge first. I can really taste the Chocolate they add to the mash. A hint of coffee, bitter hops, and roasted malts. Has a dry slighty bitter finish. This beer pairs nicey with any dark meat. But, I would personally wait until after dinner and drink it for desert.

06-23-2006 07:57:59 | More by Luigi
Photo of Reidrover


4.2/5  rDev +21%

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 jayrod20


4.18/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

04-05-2008 05:22:16 | More by jayrod20
Photo of MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +19.9%

12 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a small yellow head. The head never dissipates during the tasting. Decent amount of lacing, but sporadic.

Smell: On the nose expect cocoa, roasted malt, and espresso. Maybe just a hint of hops.

Taste: Chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt develop in the taste as the beer warms. A mild hop presence blends into the taste. The alcohol does not detract but blends into the taste as well. I got a hint of a slight campfire smokiness in the taste that I really enjoyed.

Mouthfeel: Lite carbonation. Not exceptionally smooth over the palate. This beer finishes dry and bitter.

Overall: This beer gets better as it warms and both its flavor and nose fully develops. A beer of the month selection that I would not mind keeping in the refrigerator.

09-24-2013 15:20:14 | More by MarvinSnyder
Photo of edmundfitzoil


4.13/5  rDev +19%

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 beerceller99


4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

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 NODAK


4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

Aroma is definitely full of chocolate...however, unlike some other chocolate stouts, the smell seems somewhat sweet. I'll admit I like that. Make no mistake though, some roasted character is there too.

The consistancy is pretty thin. Initial taste is of somewhat sweet chocolate, followed by roasted chocolate notes that one would expect with a smidgen of coffee. Taste doesn't linger long beyond the finish at all. Only a tiny bit of bitterness on the finish. After the swallow, a bit of semi-sweet chocolate sticks around, but not for too long.

If I had to describe this beer, it'd probably be "chocolate stout light". It seems a bit sweeter than others, and less bold in its flavors. That'll disappoint some, but I find it pretty tasty and drinkable. This is also my first organic beer, so there's that.

09-14-2010 01:48:03 | More by NODAK
Photo of rayjay


4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

On tap at the Sierra Brewfest in Grass Valley, CA. Found this one and kept coming back. Deep dark brown with big bubbles and a brownish-white head. Sweet and rich with major chocolate notes, both from chocolate malts and from real chocolate. The sugary sweetness of the malts lingers forever, and it pulls it off without being overly thick or sticky. Refreshing even on this hot sunny day. A real treat for stout and chocolate fans alike. Also good to see an organic brew that fits in and doesn't scream "I'm organic so that's why I taste a little bit different than your favorite beer." This is just a good old beer that *happens* to be organic.

09-14-2006 18:25:32 | More by rayjay
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

A-Black with auburn hues. It has a nice mocha colored head.

S-Cocoa powder, coffee, and a hint of hops.

T-Cocoa and fresh brewed coffee dominate at first. The more I drank the more the chocolate dominated and also I noticed some caramel/toffee in the aftertaste.

M-Pretty thick and creamy with a nice carbonation.

D-Highly drinkable. Its abv. is really 5% so it makes for a nice session beer.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and will purchase it again.

03-11-2010 01:44:31 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of felipe2toes


4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

Deep black in appearance with tan head and nice retention.

Smells of chocolate, smoke, brown sugar, coffee, and roasted malt. Tastes pretty much like it smells, lots of cocoa and coffee. Has a faint hop bitterness in the finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. And at 5% ABV (according to the bottle), this stout is really easy drinking.

05-09-2010 04:49:21 | More by felipe2toes
Photo of WetCoaster


4.08/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

01-24-2007 05:44:11 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of rowew


4.08/5  rDev +17.6%

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 C3likesbeer


4.06/5  rDev +17%

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

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


4.05/5  rDev +16.7%

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
Photo of MerkinMan


4.05/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

10-24-2006 17:32:50 | More by MerkinMan
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +16.7%

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

02-11-2006 19:44:03 | More by brentk56
Photo of yemenmocha


4.05/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

05-03-2010 03:30:53 | More by yemenmocha
Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.