Bison Organic Chocolate Stout | Bison Brewing

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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:
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Added by Todd on 01-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
598
Reviews:
300
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
15.1%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
51
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Photo of Maish
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MFMB
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice, near-opaque chocolate-brown appearance, with good café-au-lait-colored head that subsides to a moderate ghee-tinted rim of foam; solid, dry-sweet nose, though without all that much cacao perfume atop or alongside those sharp, dark-sugar aromas. Very easy-drinking: quite light, and incredibly smooth on the mouth-feel—perhaps excessively so, given it's nominally a stout—this is highly sessionable (especially at 5.0% abv), to the extent it's much more reminiscent of a porter in the manner it operates; indeed, there's almost no heft, thickness, or roundness, and just a scant degree of richness. However, there are good smoky, burnt-sugar notes, and some appreciable creaminess. As the ale releases more of its depth of taste, very mild bittering emerges, but from the organic Peruvian cacao the predominant qualities are brighter, dark fig-and-açai fruity notes. These emanating flavors that build towards the beer's clean, fairly breezy dark-chocolate finish.

In my opinion, a nice cacao-spiked porter miscast as a "stout."

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zdk9
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours solid black with whiffs of cocoa colored head. Some decent streaks of lacing, especially considering that there isn't much foam to stick to the sides.

S- Chocolate, roast, a bit of fireplace burned wood.

T- It's a stout alright- though the taste is a little generic, it fits the bill well. Toasted husky seeds and smoke give way to smoother dark fruit flavors in the middle of the tongue- prune and raisin. Not the strongest flavors but decently complex.

M- A little more carbonated than you'd expect, but otherwise it fits the bill.

O- A nice easy drinking stout. Not too high alcohol- I guess maybe more than a session, but on a colder spring or fall day it would be nice to hang out with a couple of these.

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Photo of rudybanes
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The smell is of something familiar I can't put my finger on. While the taste is slightly different than the smell, with a delicious sweet cocoa flavor.I just got one in a variety 6 pack, but I would be very interested in having a whole six pack of this.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mangoman39
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

historical ratings from personal notes

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Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ALLISON01
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

thin watery no chocolate more coffee

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is coffee up front, some chocolate and cream. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of dipso123
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 bostonryan
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaswilson2
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rscp
2.48/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

All the bitterness of expresso and dark chocolate without much of the flavor.
Pretty expensive beer, wouldn't buy again

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Photo of Nunya
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of everyman
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was sold on the idea that this is the first chocolate Stout. I was also sold on the idea that ancient Aztec culture, Montezuma and his chocolate obsession is upon the label associated with this beer. I expected richly, intense flavors of cocoa and that claim of "Peruvian Coco." By the label, I was led astray. This is an acceptable stout, not exceptional. Moreover, it is really only a mild Stout, not what now would be considered chocolate according to new craft beer standards. I think what bothers me most is the diluted, almost watery mouth feel. Roasted malts mostly dominate the flavor and aroma of this beer. Meaning, the overpowering roastyness works against its purpose as being chocolatey. I can see how in '89 this stout may have seemed game changing. But today the stout and it's recipe are due for some improvement. I will not buy this beer again until the flavor and smell can rightly be boasted of in the context of Peru, ancient Aztecs, and Montezuma serving up chocolate in "goblets of beaten gold."

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Photo of hopspiller
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of NCStateAE
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samtrillo
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Harvest06
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
3.51 out of 5 based on 598 ratings.
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