Bison Organic Chocolate Stout | Bison Brewing

Bison Organic Chocolate StoutBison Organic Chocolate Stout
BA SCORE
3.47/5
600 Ratings
Bison Organic Chocolate StoutBison Organic Chocolate Stout
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 01-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,957
Reviews:
300
Ratings:
600
pDev:
15.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
53
Trade:
0
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Photo of RickS95
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There isn't much not to like about the appearance of this beer. The slow thin brown pour eventually becomes a dark black with slightly lighter shades around the edges. The head is a dark tan color and resembles an IPA head with its cloud-like features. Decent retention and a nice lace left behind.

You can really pick up the cocoa in the nose. There's a gentle roasty smokey scent that follows. Slight coffee aroma.

The taste is a slight letdown in that the chocolate is of the bittersweet variety when the smells makes you expect a sweetness. Still, it's a stout and there's nice flavor, it's just bittersweet with some roasted grains tossed in.

The feel is similar to Guinness in that it's closer to light-bodied than it is to full-bodied. A lightening, loose, watery feel offsets some of the bitterness, which is actually kind of pleasant. There's no sign of sweetness, just an earthy char and a grainy feel in the swallow. Bitterness lasts throughout and sort of makes your mouth water while you wait for the next sip and because this borders on a session beer at only 5% ABV, you can keep sipping for a while.

Overall, it's very stout-like and reminds me a lot of Guinness. Depending on whether or not you like Guinness, that's either good or bad.

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Photo of Snodman
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of artoolemomo
2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours up a minimal amount of head which seems to have poor retention. The head is a dark golden beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. No lacing is left behind.

Nose- Chocolate and roasted malts. Very strong from the bottle, a little weaker from the glass. The glass, however, shows a bit of nuttiness. Hints of tomato and red wine start to appear.

Taste- Very sour for a beer that isn't really supposed to be sour. It's a blend of tomato juice, white wine with an acerbic finish. Roasted notes intermittently play in the flavor profile but not enough to clean up the all that mess. There is some lemon and an underlying cloying sweetness. Close to a green tea bitterness on the finish. This beer has no integration and no balance and way too much presence. In addition to all this, it is bit thin and watery. The palate is dominated with off flavors. The cocoa is minimal and does little confront the negative aspects of this beer.

Mouthfeel- Very thin and light bodied for a stout. Carbonation is very weak as well.

Drinkability- Almost a drain pour. And I've never drain poured a beer in my life. Enough said.

Overall- This beer is gross. The flavor would have to become a lot smoother to even approach mediocrity. I would probably rather have some BMC. I cannot recommend this beer at all.

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Photo of prock180
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

How does he brew with those hooves of his? Anyway, this stuff pours a deep, dark black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, mild roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with the chocolate a tad milder and coming across as dark chocolate powder. There's a light acridity in there, not unlike when you bite into the darkest of chocolates. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth-ish feel. Overall, a solid stout that delivers what it promises without tasting artificial. Not bad.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Radiosox
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of APH
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Samaurer23
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of SerpentX
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of cwkash
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A: Very dark brown, with just a hint of red-brown on the edges. Head was less than a finger of light-brown froth that faded without a trace of lacing.

S: Less potent than most stouts, but including the familiar burnt grain and dark fruit aromas, plus some white pepper and perhaps cocoa.

T: No malt sweetness here, it's all variations on bitter: acrid, over-toasted grain, a touch of cocoa, some directly, and just a touch of hops at the end to remind you that it's beer.

M: Not good. Pretty flat, and lacks the density of a typical stout.

O: Not quite a drain pour, but way less than I was hoping for. I've had some excellent organic beers, this isn't one of them.

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Photo of KGK
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of JMSiefer
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MichaelProcton
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ryutheblade
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of chris1919
4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

Photo of tazzman
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of bcuz7
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Arsenal0328
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of jlwelsh
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of BMart
1.75/5  rDev -49.6%

Photo of Nage37
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 600 ratings
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