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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout - Bison Brewing

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | 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 yemenmocha
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

yemenmocha, May 03, 2010
Photo of bobhits
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

bobhits, May 09, 2011
Photo of TuckerCarlson
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
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

TuckerCarlson, May 24, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

lackenhauser, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of jmbraxton
4/5  rDev +14.9%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

ocelot2500, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of kazmaniac
4/5  rDev +14.9%

kazmaniac, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Fletchorama
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Fletchorama, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

mountdew1, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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...

DrDemento456, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of HavasuDG
4/5  rDev +14.9%

HavasuDG, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of jlwelsh
4/5  rDev +14.9%

jlwelsh, May 14, 2013
Photo of Softestdog
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Softestdog, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Glopez
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Glopez, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of BrewClint
4/5  rDev +14.9%

BrewClint, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of yonnie
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

yonnie, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

WesWes, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of c64person
4/5  rDev +14.9%

c64person, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of pagardner
4/5  rDev +14.9%

pagardner, Nov 27, 2012
4/5  rDev +14.9%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Shasty
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Shasty, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +14.9%

wrightst, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of unclejimbay
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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

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.

unclejimbay, Oct 15, 2009
Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.