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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
Ranking:
#41,459
Reviews:
300
Ratings:
600
pDev:
15.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of TheFlern
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate/blackish color with tan head that leaves a decent layer. No Lacing.

Smell: Chocolaty smell.

Taste: Nice and chocolaty. Sweet, slight bitterness that is probably from the cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and good amount of carbonation. The cocoa adds a nice tangible distinction.

Overall: Tasty, drinkable and cheap. Just needs bottle dating.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of niceonebro
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Mappies
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of ab39z
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of switzer
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of BeerHownd
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Squid55
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of FrankShirley
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of seand
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly translucent dark brown, with a fair amount of light tan head. Most of the head dissipates fairly quickly, but enough retains around the edge of the glass to leave decent lacing.

S: Molasses, with light toasted malt. Just a touch of chocolate milk.

T: Light and sweet, with a touch of molasses thickening a bit through the middle. Finishes thicker, and slightly dry. Lingering molasses aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer, but I don't get as much chocolate as I'd expect from a chocolate stout. I'd certainly drink this again, but I probably wouldn't pick it if there were a good selection of alternatives.

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Photo of fox227
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Shoey87
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Bison Chocolate Stout poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a dark and rich black, nearly opaque with slight blood red hues on the edges of the glass...wispy one finger mocha colored head recedes and leaves behind some lace.

S: Nose unfolds with some rich, complex dark chocolate notes. Roasty, mostly bitter with a slight sweetness...hints of coffee beans in the roast malt character. Underneath that, some dark fruity esters.

T: Decent cocoa flavors, dry bitterness and coffee-like flavors. There is a touch of sweetness on the middle of the tongue...caramel maybe? Dry, fairly flavorless finish...the roast qualities from the nose kind of disappear here.

MF: Slightly chalky light-to-medium mouthfeel. Average carbonation.

O: Overall a decent stout but not as good as I remember...its fairly bland as it warms and it turns into a dry, chalky beer.

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Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of goff104
5/5  rDev +44.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of kazmaniac
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of TicoCali
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of TEAMHOLT
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of droomyster
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this beer many times over the years but never had the chance to properly review it. Pours a black body into my snifter with a bit of brown head with decent retention. Aromas of milk chocolate and marker ink, notes that occasionally strike me as similar to the casings of Belgian pralines. The creaminess of the body is rich and thick, asking you to take your time to swish and enjoy your sip for a while. The milkiness runs deep. I like that. Drinks beautifully. This is a beer that everyone who likes "chocolate" to be taken literally should try.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The genuine cocoa powder used really shines with a rich chocolatey flavor. You can smell it, too, but the texture and flavor it adds are fantastic. Looks just like you want a stout to look, as well.

This is distinctly a beer, though. You won't feel like you're drinking a chocolate soda. A good dose of bitterness counteracts the cocoa leading to a dry finish with a subtle tinge of hops.

Solid brew here

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber (no date) poured into two Shaker pint glasses.

Appearance: Black to very dark brown. When held up to the light it's more of a deep and dark ruby red color. 1/4" tan head upon pouring died back to nothing within a few minutes of pouring. No lacing noted either.

Smell: When first poured - definite cocoa smell, but as it warmed up, almost nothing. With a swirl and deep inhale I could just barely make out some cocoa and toasted malt, but it's really faint.

Taste: If I sip this beer, it's dark roast malt + a lot of bitterness and a definite smoky finish - no cocoa at all. With a sizable swallow though, upfront roasty flavor, quick sweet middle with cocoa/bittersweet chocolate towards the back, and then a mild bitter / black coffee-finish with a hint of smoke in there. I think this beer was somewhat designed to be drank quickly in large gulps. It's not a sipping and savoring beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, definitely thicker than water, maybe even a tad bit creamy towards the end.

Overall / Drinkability: Not the world's best stout here. Weak in the appearance and aroma department, and the stout flavor is not outstanding either. It's above average, but for something with a chocolate emphasis in the name, it's quite muted in the chocolate flavors unless you drink it fast or in large gulps in which case the flavor becomes more pronounced. So okay beer, but one is enough.

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