Bison Organic Chocolate Stout | Bison Brewing

Bison Organic Chocolate StoutBison Organic Chocolate Stout
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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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Ratings: 600 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of kirok1999
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark black with a small, clinging head.

S- Super chocolate, as the name implies, some bitter coffee, roasted malts. I know there's some hops there but they're kicked around too much by the chocolate.

T- Too bad the taste doesn't match the smell. Very thin and watery, only given body by the chocolate. Dry, with a bitter aftertaste.

M- Thin and watery, just like the taste.

D- Easy to drink, but there are so many better stouts out there.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown. The head is dark tan. It fades fast leaving a good amount of lacing. It smells of chocolate, which I guess is good since it is a chocolate stout. It has slight sents of malts and coffee. It tastes very chocolatey. There is a coffee taste hidden behind the strong chocolate taste. This beer is full bodied and sweet. It leaves a chocolate taste on the palate. This beer might not make a good session beer because it is too rich. It is very good, but the richness of it will get to be too much. This beer is definately worth a try.

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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The chocolate stout is black as night with a quickly disappearing head. It smells of roasted malts and cocoa. The flavor that hits the palate is deep dark maltiness with chocolate overtones and good alcoholic nature. The mouthfeel is good but a tad bit bitter for my tastes. Not a bad organic beer. The carbonation is low which lets the aftertaste of the cocoa come to play. Up here in the NW I am seeing more organic beers hit the shelf.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, with some garnet and orange highlights. A rough pour produces a nice head, but pouring "properly" will produce little-to-none. Nothing in the way of lacing.

Smell: Lots of cocoa powder, with dark chocolate and coffee notes. Smells good.

Taste: Something of a let-down after the aroma. Do not serve this one cold! It will improve greatly the closer to room temperature it gets. Initially sweet chocolate up front, but then... nothing, very light flavor on the middle, before a swallow and a bitter chocolate aftertaste. As it warms, the flavor stretches out and becomes much more balanced, and other characteristics start to make themselves known, like roast and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than it needed to be, perhaps, but not bad.

Drinkability: When cold? Low. When room temp? Good. Not a chocolate beer to give to a chocolate lover and expect them to like it, though.

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Photo of NODAK
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MFMB
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jredner
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
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 becktone
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: Extremely dark brown in color, almost black. When the light strikes it one can see real nice garnet highlights at to bottom of the brew. Poor head formation, retention and lacing. In color the head is tan, or muddy white..kinda reminds me of chocolate pudding but whiter, much whiter. Not too turned on by this brew's appearance, should have a better head.

Nose: Nose on this brew is of chocolate, ground coffee beans, and roasted grains. Not much more to it than that, pretty standard...nothing new, nothing special.

Tongue: Chocolate notes as well as coffee flavors...very much like the flavor of those starbucks frappuchinos that are sold at gas stations. Overall balance with hops is quite good, though if it weren't for the roasted/burnt grain bitterness it would be a bit unbalanced. Should be called a coffee stout rather than a chocolate stout as there is more emphasis on coffee here. Flavor has a nice lingering characteristic, stays in the mouth quite a while once the beer is gone.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Usually one expects stouts to be full in body, I find this one to be a bit thin. Carbonation is acceptable though. However, the beer is smooth on the palate. All in all this brew's mouthfeel is about average, maybe its just me, but I think that it should have a tiny bit more body....oh well. The beer is easy to drink, though there are much better American Stouts out there. Wouldn't buy it again though, unless this was the only stout I could get my hands on. Really nothing to write home about, just another average stout.

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Photo of WiggyKGB
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jettjon
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Appearance, good mellow stout
Lows: Very little chocolate taste

Pours a nearly opaque brown with no visible carbonation. Head pours into a huge mound of brown foam with nice cascading action for a bit, then settles to a thick, 2-finger head with good lacing. Nice looking beer. Nose is primarily toasted malt, but there’s a hint of alcohol and some hops toward the back. Flavor is rather mild, with roasted malt dominating and some chocolate toward the finish. Finished up on a pleasant roasted malt note. Mouth is watery but not too thin; not as thick as I’d prefer, but it’ll do. Drinkability is pretty good: despite the rather lackluster taste, it’s easy to drink, and it’s fairly enjoyable.

Overall: A decent stout, not too chocolately—nothing close to Rogue’s Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - black in color, with about half a finger's worth of tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very coffee-like and roasted in the aroma's quality. Grains definitely are of the roasted barley and chocolate type.

Taste - much like the smell. The roasted coffee taste is definitely prevelant, but it's not overwhelming. It mellows out in the finish, and isn't too washed out or away in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans a bit on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. Not terribly interesting or thought-provoking, but still good-tasting.

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Photo of GetTheYayo
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of casapy
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of shredder83
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of July2Nov
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: 1/2 a finger head. It was dark like...guess what? Chocolate.
S: Full of the sweet sweet smells of Coco.
T&M: Had a sweet syrup flavor upfront, then a roasted dark-chocolate bitterness, followed by an oversweet acidic bite near the end.
D: I could probably only handle one of these in any given period. One is enough, unless you've got an addiction to chocolate or a major sweet-tooth.

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Photo of Minkybut
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of Mikus
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Nage37
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle label says 5.0% ABV.

Pours dark brown with a moderate thick tan head that quickly dissipates to a fine ring of foam.

Aromas of dark chocolate and sweet roasted malt.

Taste is of chocolate and roasted malt, but the flavor is subdued. I get a bit of a roasted malt zing on the tongue.

Body is light, as is the carbonation. Has a "light beer" mouthfeel.

This is a drinkable stout, and I like that it is all organic. Just wish it had more there there.

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Photo of jriggins6
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of NumberNone
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of GatorCoop
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ssgunbond
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MiScusi
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours like a typical stout. The smell is really weird. It doesn't have too much of a roasted smell, but more of a higher roasted burnt astringent malt. The taste has a god amount of chocolate though it really went well with my rice krispy treats I was eating. Not too highly roasted in the taste but enough to be "stouty." Overall not a bad chocolate beer. If it were a bit more pleasant smelling then it would round out the experience more.

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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
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