Bison Organic Chocolate Stout | Bison Brewing

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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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Photo of rossthefireman
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- a nice black with brown tones. Nice brown color to the beer foam.
S- lots of roasty malt smell, some cocoa
T- notes of acrid coffee, black patent, mild hops. Slight flavor of bitter cocoa. Almost to much bite from the roasted malts.
M- way too watery, especially for a stout
D- Its average, not bad but not great.

This beer is way too thin, too watery. Also the cocoa is barley there, it more just tasted like a regular watered down stout. This beer has potential, especially if they give it a little more mouthfeel and a little more cocoa. I wanted to like this beer , I really did, but its just misses for a stout.

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

Dark brown, slight black appearance, tan head, not much to it, good chocolate presentation in the nose.

Texture is a little thin for a stout, but not to the point of being detrimental. Kind of one dimensional, chocolate, not a lot of roast taste, or coffee to this one. No hops. Just an ample chocolate and chocolate malt feel to it, slightly oily, and not much more to it.

A good introductory level stout, might appeal to those who like Guinness a lot.

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

This beer pours a very dark brown with some clarity around the edges. A brown head forms less than one finger high and dwindles to a layer of foam, albeit thick foam, leaving a moderate amount of thin lacing inside my glass.
There's quite a bit of a smoked malts note in the aroma, with bitter espresso and grains. There's a touch of something sour just detectable that mars an otherwise pleasant aroma. Hints of chocolate lie just underneath.
Chocolate isn't so much king in this one, though a cocoa powder flavor is present. A nice, strong malt with smoke and espresso make up most of the flavor, but this one gets a little too tart, and a sort of acidic flavor pulls through too strongly.
The mouthfeel is pretty full and starts off with some crispness, but doesn't get quite as smooth as I'd like and finishes a touch thinner than a stout should.
This is a decent beer considering, but there's too much tartness that prevails all the way through and it's a bit light in stout character. I'd still try it again.

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Photo of Lefty1881
1.72/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark color, good amount of off white head, earthy cocoa aroma yet bland. Tastes like dirt and chalky cocoa. Very watery. Tried to enjoy it, but couldn't . Drain pour, no fun.

I know they went organic with this one, but just bland offering that needs a lot of work.

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Photo of Invisoclam
4.53/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My Wife and I bought several Stouts and Porters recently to taste test - this one was one of the Best - for our tastes.
The clerk at the Store recommended it , and I was actually skeptical as he was pointing out the organic qualities - I am nto sure if it makes any difference but this was a tasty NOT bitter stout

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

Inky black. Mahogany overtones. 3cm head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing.

Cocoa powder. Earthy.

Initial creamy maltiness gives way to bitterness. The acerbic finish is long seems to come both from the hops and the cocoa. I do get a trace metal taste with some swollows.

Medium viscosity. Somewhat watery but I do get a lingering buttery feel.

I enjoyed drinking this stout and appreciate the brewers ability and desire to make this organically. I would happily drink it again if offered but will not be buying any more soon.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark brown with very attractive ruby highlights. Appears clear when held to the light. Tan head that was a bit disappointing as far as size and retention. Did leave a bit of lacing for me though. Settled to a thin ring around the top.

Smell - A very nice freshly ground coffee bean type smell. Picking up a powdered chocolate cocoa note also. I LOVE this smell!!! The coffee aroma seems a bit heavier than the cocoa, but that is quite alright.

Taste - The taste is not quite as robust as the aroma. Still adequate however. Again, the coffee comes forth with the chocolate cocoa. The malt is a bit more earthy in the taste. Must be the organic treatment. Solid. Taste got a bit chalky the longer I sipped.

Mouthfeel. Mouthfeel seemed more medium/thin than medium/full like most Stouts. It was dry and smooth. Didn't cover the palate as well as would have liked, but it did an ok job.

Drinkability - This is a decent little Stout. Not the best, but worth a try I think. I could go for this on occasion without any fuss. I might pick it up again if I see it. I wouldn't mind seeing and trying some of their other brews too. I do really appreciate the smell of this brew though.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this last night with a great beef stew in a McChouffe chalice.

Pours dark chocolate brown thick with a finger of firm brown head. Nose is much more coffee then it is chocolate, and its got a lot of malty character to it. Just not what you'd expect from a chocolate stout.

Taste is much like the nose, not a significant amount of chocolate, but definitely a coffee flavor. I've seen oily mentioned here, and I tend to agree. Body is full, and thick. Its a good one off drink, and it needs to be paired with a food that can stand up to it.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

90th review on BA.
bottle to pint

App- Extremely dark brown and poured very thick with a one finger espresso colored head. Very nice lacing as well.

Smell- Not a big smelling beer but got the customary chocolate, coffee and some roasted smells.

Taste- More of an oily coffee taste than chocolate but was surpisingly pleasant.

Mouth- Very light and not a big stout as I was hoping for.

Drink- Was not what I was hoping for but a nice beer for the 2nd time around with Bison.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into my new belgium tulip glass, dark tan colored head tops the brew, black/dark brown body coloring. Head dissipates quickly leaving thick lacing and retains a thin topper film for a while.

The scent is a sweet chocolate and suprising berry smell accompanied by a hint of dark roasted malt.

The flavor is pretty well balanced, I get the sweeter milk chocolate like flavor in the beginning with a slight blueberry flavor. The aftertaste is all roasted malt, like a creamy coffee flavor with slightly burnt tinges. Not bad at all, it combines two great flavors quite well although I was thinking chocolate would be more prominent due to the name.

The mouthfeel is pretty solid, not too thin and not too thick it keeps you wanting more and doesn't leave your palate saturated like many bigger imperial stouts would.

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Photo of aepb1
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with a small light brown head

S- Sweet chocolate and some coffee bitterness

T- Sweet chocolate again, and some roasted coffee, it really follows the nose

M- Medium bodied, good carb, smooth

D- On the sweeter side of the balance and that's not really to my taste but it's certainly not a bad brew

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Photo of krausenman
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-The beer pours an opaque black color that is capped with a thin tan foam. The head has little lacing and does not last long.

S-This is the best part of the beer. The beer has a definate chocolate smell. There are roasted coffee-like aromas but it is dominated by the powdered chocolate aroma. I can't detect any hops in the aroma at all.

T-There is a malty/tangy sweetness initially that fades into a coffee-like chocolate flavor. The bitterness is kept at a medium level. There is little to no hop flavor.

M-The beer has a light body with a lower carbonation level.

D-While the beer exhibits no flaws other than the chocolate/roasted flavor it is not too interesting. It is certainly drinkable for a session beer.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, unknown date, but believed to be a bit old, 9-12+ months.

Pours thin dark brown/black with a small fizzy head, reminiscent of cola. Fades quickly to a light wispy cap and leaves just a few spots of lacing.

Aroma is on the weak side and features some cocoa and roasted malts.

Flavor is pretty good and has a nice dose of chocolate along with some roasted, almost burnt malt, coffee, and some dark fruit and chocolate sweetness on the finish.

Thin, fizzy mouthfeel.

Lotta cola goin' on here. The chocolate is nice but isn't enough to save an average stout.

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Photo of ztaylor1
2.77/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance- jet black, little head but holds a nice film. Light carbonation

Smell- caramel malts with chocolate.

Taste- bitter malt at entrance carried to a caramel then a weak chocolate ending.

Mouthfeel- not as thick as I had hoped.

Drinkability- wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip glass forma 12 oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice strong brown color that is pretty dark and no light can come through. There is a nice .5 inch head that is nice and light tan with some dense bubbles. The head recedes quite quickly but leaves a nice mat of bubbles.

S - Nice sweet milk chocolate and cocoa powder. Some slight caramel and nice brown sugar. Nice fluffy chocolate cake aromas and some slight roast malts.

T & M - Now the taste is a bit disappointing. Sure there is some chocolate sweetness as well as some roasted malt but the flavor is thin and not lasting. A bit on the watered down side.

D - I dont think ill ever have this again. Its not awful by any means but its not that memorable.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark cola brown into a pint glass with a finger of quick-receding tan head. Pronounced milk chocolate aroma that strikes a nice balance between sweet and roasty.

Moderate carbonation and a relatively light, creamy mouthfeel. Roasty biscuit malt up front that gives way to a mild chocolate character and slightly watery coffee bitterness on the finish.

A light and drinkable stout, but the taste doesn't deliver much complexity or even the chocolate character promised by the aroma.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich aroma has a firm tone of quality roast coffee and a sweet chocolate overtone. It pours a deep bubbly sable with a thick, fluffy, light tan head. Flavor is smoky and chocolaty with an undertone of molasses, slightly sweet, a bit on the thin side but still pleasing. Texture is smooth and fizzy, a bit watery but not too shabby.

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Photo of biglite351
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - tiny bit of light through center of glass. Light tan head falls quickly.

S - roasted malts and chocolate. No bitterness at all.

T - mild dark chocolate flavor. Tiny base of malt. Good, but far too mild.

M - mild coating with only a tiny bit of tingle on the sides a tongue.

D - easily drinkable due to its mildness. However, its mildness is also its problem as there a better flavored choices out there.

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

nice dark amber color with ~1 inch of off white head that hangs out for a bit. minimal lacing

sweet smell with cocoa and that's about all i get.. i was hoping for something a bit more in your face.. and complex

hints of coffee, chocolate and molasses. roasted malts and almost a nutty flavor

a bit thin in the mouth, not bad for a porter, but that's not the style this is listed under

easy to drink, taste good and goes down smooth with no funky lingering after tastes.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Ruby-brown in color, with a thick, two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint cocoa
Taste-Subtle milk chocolate, coffee notes. A bit thin-bodied, seemed more of a porter than a stout. Not too bad overall, but I was left wanting a bit more in the flavor department.

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Photo of Omegabyte
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Head doesn't pour unless you try. Thin, tan head that doesn't retain. Beer is dark brown and almost completely opaque to any light shining through.

Nose: Not a very strong smell. Sweet, almost syrupy like chocolate flavored syrups used in coffee. Easy to pick up on the burnt chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate doesn't come out in the taste very well. Would be better described as raw cacao and not chocolate. Also taste roasted coffee. Has a distinct burnt flavor. A bit bitter as well. Not sweet.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I expected. Hits the tongue well. Bitter plays more on the mouthfeel than the taste.

Drinkability: A little above average for a stout. Would have to say that I might give it a better rating if I had some good food to go with it.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my trusty Duvel tulip.

A - Deep chocolate look. Think a nice dark chocolate bar. Creamy brownish head poured about an inch. Not much lacing to speak of at all. Just traces.

S - A good bit more subdued that I was expecting. Very light smell.

T - Strange one. It is tasty but not what I expected in a chocolate. It has just light hints of chocolate. Has a good toasty taste to it

M - Light carbonation with a think mouthfeel.

D - Very high. This is a really nice stout.

Nice stout. I was expecting more chocolaty taste but overall it's a good one.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First enjoyed while on a trip to San Francisco.

Tonight, I'm drinking it from a very special bottle. It survived my house fire in the fridge. That part of the house didn't burn so hopefully it won't be affected by heat or anything.

Inky black beer with slight mahogony hue when held up to the light. Generous tan head.

Roasted malt aroma with a little bit of cocoa power aroma.

Flavor is pretty decent. As expected a decent amount of roasted malt. Fairly smooth. Some chocolate notes. Overall though, I think it needed some more bitterness to work well. Kinda thin and watery to me. Slight odd aftertaste. Not bad at all, but not great.

Mouthfeel is better than average but still kinda thin. Needs more texture.

Overall, this beer is hurt by being a style that has some amazing beers in competition with it. Compared to the average beer i taste this beer would rank well. Compared to the average chocolate stout, it's only average. And compared to Rogue's interpretation of the style, there is no comparison.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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 NODAK
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
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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