Bison Organic Chocolate Stout | Bison Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bison Brewing
California, United States
bisonbrew.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 01-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
599
Reviews:
300
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
15.1%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
52
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Photo of TheBrewsky
2.47/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of bwbetts
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpenske
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigGold
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, gift from brother, into faceted mug. My first beer from Bison, this beer is rather light in color and body for a stout, but nicely balanced between the roast malts and added cocoa.

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Photo of vladdswrath
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours like black coffee, with almost zero head. What tiny bit of foam that is there though, does sort of lace the glass somehow. Weird. Aroma is nice, dark roast coffee and cocoa, as to be expected. Taste is dark roast malt with some coffee bitterness, not much in the way of chocolate, sweetness or cream. It's other words it is serviceable, but nothing special. Mouthfeel is extremely thin and surprisingly carbonated, considering how little you see when it is poured. All that being said the ABV is quite low for a stout, so the light body would make this a nice session beer for chatting over, in lieu of coffee.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a foamy tan head. It’s very malty with almost unrecognizable hops even for a stout. Has a bit of a burnt flavor with subtle chocolate in the background and a very dry finish. The mouth feel is kind of thin and watery for a stout despite the robust maltiness. The chocolate doesn’t come through as much as with many of the chocolate stouts that I’ve tried, despite it having a chocolate smell, and it also lacks the characteristic chocolate stout sweetness as well. It’s hard to tell that it’s a chocolate stout really. This is not a great stout. It is somewhat similar to the Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin that I recently had. There’s nothing overtly offensive about it, but it’s just underwhelming and not very flavorful to an even greater degree than the aforementioned stout.

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Photo of Kylemif
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of impending
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost black in the middle moving towards dark brown towards the edge of the beer, 1/3" tan head on the top. Standard amount of chocolate aroma for such a label, works nicely.

Taste was good, but the mouthfeel/texture was thin for a stout. And I can like a thin stout. But ultimately, this one lacked in the malt characters, it was essentially the adjunct chocolate that carried the way without much in the power train to move it. Bitterness, roastiness and body held in check.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerTest
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zak333
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thefreakinjman
2.54/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Keeling
2.51/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of elNopalero
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not much aroma even after it warms. I get a chalky chocolate kick, thin finish. Not much going on here. I’d say pass, or avoid, as I couldn’t finish the bottle.

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Photo of Copperstripes
1.91/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Watery. Reminded me of seltzer water with chocolate-y flavoring.

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Photo of runwild99
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akopczyk
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint while on vacation in beautiful Seattle, WA.

Appearance : Dark chocolate black body, 100% opaque, no light penetrating. The head is beautiful and khaki colored, standing at 3 fingers and leaving gracious lace on the sides of the glass as it recedes to a resting 1 finger.

Smell : A prune juice aroma, with soy sauce, blueberry juice, pomegranate and roasted malts. Chocolate can be nosed in a "health store organically bagged powder" kind of way. I guess you'd say it's cacao. Not a bad nose here and pretty unique.

Taste : A fair balance of coffee bean bitterness and roast malts, with a dusting of cocoa in the background. Slight almond. Some vanilla creme lingers on the tongue for the finish.

Feel : Refreshing, which is not something you'd normally associate with a stout. But it is easily drinkable, it's not thick, it's more medium bodied and flirting with the porter style but the creaminess lends it a hand in bringing it back up to a thicker stout like feel. Nice dry bite on the finish yielded from coffee/bean.

Overall : I'd say it's better than the rep it gets overall. I liked it, I thought it was decent and better than some milk stouts I've had. Remember, this is a lighter milk/sweet stout - don't judge it next to an Imperial or Russian Stout and you'll view it more positively.

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Photo of VonMisfit
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pretty generic stout. Pretty thin and bubbly without any real finish to be found. After it warms up a bit the cocoa starts to come through. I understand that there may not be a huge selection of certified organic ingredients to work with and make a stand out stout, but if you've had the Samuel Smith organic chocolate stout you'd know that's not true.

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Photo of aceseth13
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bison Organic Chocolate Stout has a thick, beige head, a very dark brown (almost black) appearance, with heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark coffee, cream, bitter chocolate, and rich, dark-roasted malt. Taste is of acidic, strong coffee, chicory, cream, bitter chocolate nibs, and dark malt. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Bison Organic Chocolate Stout finishes semi-wet and drinkable.

RJT

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Photo of Dainslaif
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I grabbed this as part of a tour de sweet porters/stouts. Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Standard stout black, no noticeable head.

S: Smelled mostly like a standard stout, with a pleasant hint of chocolate.

T: A mild stout flavor with no hoppiness and a bit of maltiness. The chocolate was present, but not overwhelming.

F: Watery, as is expected.

O: Very drinkable, low bitterness and a nice finish. The chocolate is there, but not as strong as I'd hoped given that it didn't have a strong stout flavor.

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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
3.51 out of 5 based on 599 ratings.
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