Bison Organic Chocolate Stout | Bison Brewing

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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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Photo of FederalOC
2.69/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

No head whatsoever. Very little carbonation. No bottling date so not sure how old it is. I drank this the day i bought it.
I had higher expectations from a microbrew. Although ive never had a beer from Bison brewery i cannot imagine a microbrew wanting to put their name on a beer like this.

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Photo of scottakelly
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown. Tan head. Good retention.

S: Chocolate. Suprisingly, some hops on the nose.

T: Lots of chocolate. Bitterness balances, but not noticeable. The problem is that the beer is thin, even watery in the middle. This beer has no "uumph." Not what I like in a stout.

D: High, since it's watery. But I won't have it again.

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Photo of Roxie_B
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Appearance: Nice thick tan head, opaque and dark.
Smell: Coco, coffee, lactic notes, licorice and malt.
Taste: Coco, lactic acid, coffee and a slight smokiness. Sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Strangely powdery yet watery.
Overall: I think there has likely been some improvement with the recipe on this since others reviewed this one. Not great but inoffensive.

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Photo of Dlish
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer has a lot of potential for improvements. Smells of rich chocolate, cream, hint of toffee and roasted malts. Taste of sweet milk chocolate, heavy cream, and finishes with lightly roasted malts that do not have a very distinctive or impressionable taste in the mouth. No taste of or smell of any hops.
There is not much of aftertaste after it's down, and the little roast malt and hop flavor combined with the low carbonation makes the mouth-feel lacking and needs to be improved upon. But, for a relatively low price, I'd might buy it again.

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Photo of felipe2toes
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Johnnyramirez
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overall, its disappointing. Super watery for a stout. Very mild chocolate notes in the flavor. The smell makes you think there'd be more chocolate and roasty flavors. The price point is great at $4, but I'd gladly spend more for a better beer next time.

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Photo of jgurley
1.89/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a nice dark almost black with a good looking head which went away quickly. No lacing at all. Smell is a bit metallic. I get a lot of black olive in the nose and no chocolate. Taste is where the biggest letdown comes. Metallic up front. I get some burnt maltiness and bitterness. Chocolate is not very pronounced. The mouthfeel is so thin, it's weird. Feels almost as thin as a light beer. No body, very little stout flavor. I won't buy this again.

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Photo of ztaylor1
2.77/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance- jet black, little head but holds a nice film. Light carbonation

Smell- caramel malts with chocolate.

Taste- bitter malt at entrance carried to a caramel then a weak chocolate ending.

Mouthfeel- not as thick as I had hoped.

Drinkability- wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of gubbt
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black without any light shining through with a very small head even after a relatively hard pour.

Smell is a nice mix of roasted malts, coffee, and a little chocolate.

Taste is mostly roasty barley with some coffee beans and espresso. Not a whole lot of chocolate flavor here. It's kind of milky chocolate, very subtle and is mostly in the finish and aftertaste. Also in the finish is a nice bitterness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is excellent, medium to heavy body with a nice creaminess to it.

This is a very drinkable stout, as I powered through this one pretty fast. It's a solid stout, but I don't know about the chocolate, there just isn't a whole lot there.

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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.

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Photo of loubar
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods. Nose of dark chocolate and roasted barley.Taste of black coffee and bittersweet cocoa. Semi bitter and toasty. Lots of flavor. Good carbonation. Tasty, yet dry. A combination that you don't often find. The dry finish makes it very drinkable. Excellent.

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Photo of nms1987
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle that just arrived in a store a week prior, so it better be fresh. Pairing it with some ice cream.. which I love to do with stouts: )

Black with a tan/light brown/latte colored head showing some good foam-age.

Nice smell. Pleasant and inviting.
It has that gentle creamy, faintly chocolate nose you expect to see out of a "regular" stout. The chocolate coming through on the nose seems authentic.. if I didn't know this beer contained extra cocoa I wouldn't be able to pick it out of a lineup with some of my favorite oatmeal stouts.

Taste isn't coming through. You can definitely tell it was real cocoa power and not chocolate syrup added, which is one of the GOOD things about the taste. But other than that I'm not seeing why I want to get this again. A little watery for a 6+ ABV stout. Not a whole lot of the nice, gentle roasty character and if a stout doesn't bring me that I am at least looking for rich smoothness and this weird, almost sour note in the back of this stuff kind of throws that off.
It isn't a bad beer, it is just very "meh".

As I continue through my glass I keep hoping to discover something about this stuff to change my mind.. and that often happens as I make my way through a glass, I find something to like about a beer but it just isn't happening this time.

Very drinkable but not in a good way. It is quaffable because it is fairly watery. Hides its ABV well I guess if you're looking for a plus.

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Photo of aahynick
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

about 55 degree F into pint glass
A- dark garnet to black with a creamy light tan head

S- aroma of burnt malts and chocolate

T- strong metallic taste that overwhelms all other flavors.

M- light body and acidic.

D- very disappointing. Again the curse of organic=metallic flavor. Too thin and harsh

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Photo of yonnie
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of MufflnMan
2.6/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pitch black body with a thin, off-white to mocha head.

Smells of cocoa with a hint of coffee.

Tastes of sweet malt and cocoa with that coffee in the background giving slight bitterness. Very subdued flavors, nothing bold here.

Mouthfeel is incredibly thin. This is a stout right? Drinks more like a not-so-interesting brown ale.

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Photo of SimplySinister
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The darkest brown possible. Opaque. Nice lacing, 2 finger head, and moderate carbonation. This is a very pretty brew.

S - Roasted malt, sour milk, cocoa.

T - Full bodied, burnt, and bordering on a little too harsh. The brew is not overly bitter; it could contain a lactose sweetener. Severely roasted malts, burnt coffee, and cocoa is apparent. The taste of alcohol is disguised very well.

M - Thin, but slightly sticky.

D - Good drinkability. A little expensive though.

All in all, I think that this stout is slightly above average; though it would be nice to have a "drink by" date etched somewhere on the bottle. Although this beer is not perfected, I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of rokoch27
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time I ever had an organic beer was in New York and they were some offerings from Wollaver's. I had not really begun to appreciate good beers quite yet and this time I feel like there is still something missing. Pours nice and black, but still feels a bit thin. Tastes something like coffee that doesn't have much body. Burnt aroma. The thing is that compared to Rogue's offering in this department, this Bison beer just doesn't measure up. It is a nice beer, don't get me wrong, but I wont' be searchign it out again anytime soon.

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Photo of C3likesbeer
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
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

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Photo of mwearl
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with some head, though not long lasting and lacing was minimal. Very dark in color as expected. Nice aroma with some cacao oder. The chocolate taste was very subtle at finish. Not nearly enough too really be called a chocolate stout but the taste was very good overall. Mouthfeel was medium with nothing irritating on the tongue. A good drinkable chocolate stout actually gains drinkability based on the minimal chocolate taste.

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Photo of Hoopster4hire
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a slightly tannish head that lasts quite well.

Smell: Cocoa is definitely present. Roasted coffee like smell to it with faint sweetness, caramel possibly.

Taste: Cocoa takes over this beer, you can definitely taste the chocolate like influence along with bitterness that accompanies a stout. Roasted like coffee makes an appearance, but undertones of hops and malts should not be discredited, although they are somewhat lacking.

Mouthfeel: Pretty highly carbonated, something which is a little unusual. Not my cup of tea with that.

Drinkability: This is a great beer to try out. Has an interesting take on a "chocolate stout" with the large amount of cocoa flavor, but I would definitely pass if offered a different choice.

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Photo of lynx1245
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer from Berkeley? I could have guessed it would be organic before I saw it on the label.

Appearance: SLAM the beer into the glass and you'll be rewarded with a nice head that bubbles out of the blackness but recedes quickly. A slow pour and you'll get no head to speak of. It's a dark one.

Smell: I really liked the aroma of this one. Sweet and roasted malts. It's pretty pungent and might be a bit overwhelming for some.

Taste: You can really taste the cocoa. I think they went a bit overboard actually. I guess I shouldn't complain since it's a chocolate stout, so I'll say this one is for the cocoa lovers. Also some hops in the aftertaste. More bitter than I expected.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and aftertaste doesn't linger for very long. No carbonation to speak of.

Drinkability: Sure, I could drink some if I didn't have anything else. I probably wouldn't though. The strong cocoa isn't really my cup of tea..err bottle of beer.

I wonder if those tree sitters in Berkeley drink this beer.

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Photo of ubermick
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20oz Imperial pint glass...

A: Poured a jet black, with a dark but small bubbly head, that disippated slowly.

S: Surprising amount of hops for a choccy stout, bitter chocolate and coffee, and decent roasted malt.

T: Hmm. The sweet of the malts is cut nicely with the bitterness of the malts and chocolate/coffee. I certainly didn't find it as sweet as some folks have, certainly not to the level of, say, Rogue's.

MF/D: Drinkable - again not to the level of Rogue's - with a decent mouthfeel. A little much carbonation for me in a stout, but still nice. Great little brew from a great little brewery that gets kudos for being organic!

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Photo of lsrose
2.57/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this out of a bottle. Poured with a decent tan head but disappeared completely after a little bit. At first, it had an ok taste but an off after taste. The more of it I drank the worse this taste got. I didn't even finish it. It was also a pretty watery stout.

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Photo of krausenman
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-The beer pours an opaque black color that is capped with a thin tan foam. The head has little lacing and does not last long.

S-This is the best part of the beer. The beer has a definate chocolate smell. There are roasted coffee-like aromas but it is dominated by the powdered chocolate aroma. I can't detect any hops in the aroma at all.

T-There is a malty/tangy sweetness initially that fades into a coffee-like chocolate flavor. The bitterness is kept at a medium level. There is little to no hop flavor.

M-The beer has a light body with a lower carbonation level.

D-While the beer exhibits no flaws other than the chocolate/roasted flavor it is not too interesting. It is certainly drinkable for a session beer.

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Photo of Pexkool
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick chocolate colored head that leaves a thin lace that stays while you drink your beer. The color is jet black, as you would expect from a good stout, except for the bottom of the glass that shows a dark brown color thanks to the little light that manages to come across the liquid.

S - Delicious dark chocolate scent, like smelling a chocolate bar right out of the wrapping.

T - The first thing you notice is the cocoa, then the hops hit you along with a faint taste of yeast, semi-sweet chocolate and ends with some more cocoa. This brew is all about the chocolate.

M - Unfortunately, this beer is not as smooth as you would think it is. It's a little watery, but smooth nonetheless. The hops and cocoa makes for a very good combination that leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a great choice for a chocolate stout! The only con I found is the mouthfeel, everything else is excellent. Would definitely buy it again and recommend it.

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