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Bison Organic Chocolate StoutBison Organic Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Bison Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 01-02-2002

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Reviews: 300 | Ratings: 598
Photo of Luigi
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

I appreciate their dedication to organic brewing...though I'm not sure I've ever drank an inorgantic one. Anyhow, the beer is nice. The color, hue, and darkness is typical for good stouts. The aroma is firm with roasted grain, cocoa, espresso, and a fermented sourness. Tastes very agressive with the roasted grains, adding big charcoal-like bitter, roasted, dryness. The cocoa helps to temper the hasrsh burnt flavors and add a faint sweetness. Most sweetness results from a nice malt balance. The feel is moderately heavy, but not thick. Smoothes considerably toward the finish to help with the drinkability. But, still finishes with a chared, roasty bittering that remains a little overbearing.

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Photo of clvand0
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark brown color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of chocolate - seems to be the bitter version, not the sweet chocolate. The flavor has some roasted character along with a strong cocoa/bitter chocolate. Very malty with little trace of hops. I enjoyed the flavor, but it could use a little more body to bring it around.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, Ca., in Feb 2006 for approximately $3.50.

Pours a deep dark brown/black as a stout shout. Rich and almost oil-slick in looks. A moderate brown head forms for a few minutes, then dalls to nothing.

Aroma is very pleasant- chocolate for sure, but not sweet. The flavor follows through, but a little more complex, cocoa powder and sharpness that, if eating chocolate, I would call bittersweet. But here, it's not quite that feeling. A coffee-like astringency, definite dark malt roastiness and a touch of hop bitter (although I do not know what kind of hops are speaking out). A fairly dry ending.

Overall, a nice chocolate stout.

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  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

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.77/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a an imperial pint glass. A half finger head forms on top of a not quite opaque, deep, deep, ruby colored beer. The head almost immediately leaves and no lacing is left behind.

Smell is chocolate. Coffee as well. Also some citrusy hops shine through as an afterthought. I tiny bit of dirty diaper jumps in as well, even as the beer is very cool.

This beer tasted weird. No freshness date so I dont think it is a bad bottle. A weird, burnt chocolate taste is followed by lots of astringency. A metallic taste is in there as well. Maybe it was the water. Not very good in my opinion.

As mentioned, astringent mouthfeel. Dry finish with not much body for a stout. I was disappointed with this offering. Probably will not buy this one again.

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Photo of aleyeast
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Darkover for the hookup. Dark brown/black with a thick and foamy dark brown head that lasts a long time. Decent lacing. Very appealing look all around. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Body seems rich at first then suddenly becomes a little watery. Cocoa and chocolatey malt flavors are pretty strong, with a bit of coffee thrown in too. The finish is moderately bitter coffee. All in all above average.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Somewhat dark but definitely not as dark as I'm used to seeing in a stout. Very light carbonation and almost no head.
Aroma - Chocolate and roast with some alcohol making itself obvious.
Taste - Immediately it is very bitter, almost a touch sour. Then this goes away and leaves a dry cocoa aftertaste with hints of coffee and roasted barley.
Mouthfeel - Medium only, actually a bit on the thin side.
Drinkability - a little rough going down. I enjoyed trying this and this was the first organic beer I've had but I don't see myself grabbing for it again.

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

Big coffee and chocolate aroma. I get more coffee notes than chocolate really, but then cocoa powder can do that. Deep black with a slowly diminishing two finger thick mocha head. Taste a little like Count Chocula and beer. Very chalky cocoa fore followed by some roasty malt and an admirably bitter finish though it is a tad watery. But, something just doesn’t work for me here. It’s just forced feeling and while I like the individual tastes there is something about the total effect i don’t like.

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Photo of imrichbeeeatch
4.94/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Deep black color, like motor oil, only not as thick. Nice creamy, frothy head. Aroma exploding with chocolate and roasted malts. Like a nice double mocha from my favorite coffee shop (Tiny’s). As soon as I put the glass up to my mouth, it and my nose are filled with chocolate. But not dark chocolate, rich coco powder. One part Nestle Quick, one part Godiva. Full chewy body, mouth-coating feeling is wiped clean be a balanced carbonation level. This beer kept it’s flavor in my mouth for for a long time after each drink. It was a rich flavor of a dark chocolate truffle rolled in coco powder, then washed down with a shot of esspresso. Highly recommend this beer. Lost a point due to the fact that there were some chunks floating in my glass after the pour. Wow, what a beer!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a midnight black color topped by a thin tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, cocoa, a hint of licorice, and a touch of lactose. Palate is rich roasted malt, dark chocolate, some bittering hops, and some anise and licorice on the finish. Body is a little thin for a stout, but creamy nonetheless and leading to a nice dry finish. Doesn't pair as well with a chocolate orange as I would have hoped. Not particularly special.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black with a nice tan head that doesnt retain well at all. The aroma has a big coffee character, roasted malt, dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, and some floral hops. The flavor starts off with expresso, blackstrap molasses, roasted malt, floral hops, and some dutch cocoa in the finish as well as some mild warming alcohol. Pretty good stout, would have thought it was better if they hadnt specifically labeled it a "chocolate stout", as it doesnt have much of a chocolate character. Mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is ok. Dont buy this if you are looking for a big chocolate character (go with rogue chocolate stout or sam adams chocolate bock), but its a good american stout overall.

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Photo of atigerlife
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle

The appearance was black, black, and more black. A very nice, large brown head. Quite nice appearance.
The aroma was dark chocolate. Taste was coffee, unsweetened chocolate and hops. Rather dry and bitter.
Mouthfeel was mild and flat.
Overall, I was dissappointed. Not really what I want in a chocolate stout. Seemed rather uneven. Of course, it was still good enough to drink!

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a decent stout, went well with almond encrusted shrimp last night at fishbone's in greensboro, nc.
was in the mood for something a bit more sweet. stout hit the spot, but the chocolate was almost non-existant. very faint flavor, which was nice, could have been a bit more pronounced. very little head, pitch black (but the restaurant was quite dark). not overly dominating in the smell, flavors were stronger than the aroma. basically, a standard stout, with the slight tinge of dark chocolate. could have drank quite a few, but had to run.


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Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label states that it's USDA organic...ok, fine.

Appearance: Pours dark black with brown cola edging. A nice tan head develops and quickly settles to patchy carbonation.

Smell: A mild blend of milk chocolate, cocoa, and cream. Nothing over the top or overpowering.

Taste: Dry roasted grains, wheat bread, rye, chocolate, and a bittering coffee finish. No hop or alcohol presence noted. The chocolate, coffee, and creaminess amplify as the beer warms on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: Very roasty and easy to consume. Nothing off but nothing too exciting either. A fine example of an American to go to school on if you've never sampled the style. With all the choices out there, I probably won't be back but you should probably try it once.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

09/23/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. No dating I could find on label.

Appearance- Very black pour with a very small brown head and light lace.

Smell- Dark as hell. Lots of smoke and burnt malt scents. A touch of chocolate as well.

Taste- This guy is too dark for me. Not even that much chocolate to speak of. Like someone used liquid smoke in the brewing process.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated...far too much.

Drinkability- Not a fine example of a chocolate stout IMO. Looking for Rogue Chocolate stout? Don't come here. If you like tasting blackend smoky malts...come here.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beersarang
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black as an oil slick with small mocha colored head that is gone pretty fast,love the rich aromas going on deeply roasted malt along a real cocoa presence almost like a mocha coffee with a touch of molasses.A real drawback on this beer is that it seems pretty thin and watery for a stout wich makes it easy going down but Iam not sure if thats what I want in a chocolate stout.Anyways there are some nice flavors roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with a burnt finish.Outside of the mouthfeel this is a real nice offering I would drink again.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.62/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling courtesy of watermelonman. Thanks for hookup!
First of all I was stoked to see the organic sticker. being an environmentalist, that gives the beer more points right off the bat.

This is a chilled bomber poured into an english pint glass.
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with not lite passing through. A tan fluffy, spongy head of 2 cm floats up easily and rests on surface.
The aroma is very chocolatey, like dry cocoa powder and a bit of roasted barley as well. Some general brown sugar sweetness too.
First sip reveals a soft creamy textured body that goes well with the mild almost cask like carbonation.
Flavor is very good!
The beer starts rich and sweet (not sugary) but allows for a nice lingering chocolate covering of my palate. The roasted malt comes through on the finish and gives just a bit of bitterness on the finish like espresso. Very long lingering flavor, makes me think of coffee.
The chocolate flavor is more like a dark chocolate piece than an M&M. A very tasty beer that I am enjoying thoroughly.
The only drawback is the beer is a little bit thinner than I would like, but that only increases the high drinkability. WIsh I had more of this one!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass black with a ruby highlight and a brown low forming head which rose slightly and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was roasty and toasty with chocolate and strong coffee, expresso, leading the charge. The aroma was like walking into a coffee shop and was very enticing. Also present was a low caramel aspect behind all the roast and chocolate. A slight fruity character emerged as the beer warmed.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee, but not as agressive as in the aroma. The chocolate was dark and bitter with no appreciable hop character, but all the bittering from roasted grains. The beer had a slight caramel flavor, but not at a high level.

The finish was dry, bone dry, with a lasting acidic dark grain aftertaste of chocolate and finally roasted coffee. The body was almost medium, but just a bit lighter than I would have desired. Awesome aroma, missing some complexity in the flavor which could have really made this beer shine.

22 ounce bottle.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black pour with garnet highlights produces thick, 2 finger head the color of chocolate milk. Moderate retention and nice crusty lacing. Looks good.

Aromas are darkly toasted malts, chocolate, dark coffee, scsorched caramel, and a light note of piney hops.

The flavor starts off well, with creamy dark malts, bitter chocolate, strong black coffee, and nuances of smoke and wood. It gets a little too chocolatey as it warms. You can really tell it's made with cocoa, as opposed to getting all the chocolate flavors from the malts. There's a pleasant nip of piney and floral hops in the finish, providing balance.

Big bodied and chewy, with a silky smooth texture and creamy carbonation. The mouthfeel is good enough, yet this beer is not hugely drinkable. One or two would be just fine, tastey in fact. I wouldn't want any more than that however.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

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