Bison Organic Chocolate Stout | Bison Brewing

Bison Organic Chocolate StoutBison Organic Chocolate Stout
BA SCORE
32.5%
Liked This Beer
3.47 w/ 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:
#40,602
Reviews:
300
Ratings:
600
Liked:
195
Avg:
3.47/5
pDev:
15.27%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
52
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 600 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of Thedrizzle
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of tree777
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of 13wrbwrx
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of TheUpside
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of DaPinsker
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of jcalabre
4.24/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled March 9, 2003. This stout is very well made. It has a nice chocolatey nose; the color is jet black w/ a long lasting brown head. Nice chocolate flavor w/ some roasty notes. Thanks Mitch, this is an excellent brew that I'm enjoying.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
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 pressman57
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review so forgive me if I'm not too fluent.

Poured a thick, opaque black with a brown head and decent lacing.

Smelled of chocolate and malt.

Tasted like it smelled up front, with a peppery, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Good beer.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.21/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark in color, some purple hues. Very small head though and falls quickly leaving little to no lacing.

S - Smells like a porter. Roasted malts and coffee stand out most of all, with chocolate undertones.

T - Very well balanced. Chocolate is not overpowering like some chocolate stouts, but instead is an excellent supplement to the roasted malts and coffee flavors. Hops provide a good balance of undertones.

M - Good, a full feeling beer without being overly carbonated.

D - Great drinkability and would be an excellent session beer.

My first impression of this was uh oh, because the appearance really is not good and looks watered down. But after trying it this beer has a great flavor and is definitely worth a try. overall a well balanced stout and a good after dinner or session beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

OK bought in a 22 oz bomber ,Lovelly black beer with a semi-large brown head..that persists. Aroma is nice mostly of burnt malts with dark chocoalte in the back.Some "milkiness". Very full flavour stout, dark esspresso,burnt embers,unsweet chocolate..also some sweetness right at the start..nice stuff. Very nice and smooth on the palate. Very very drinkable for one so complex..really enjoying this.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/31
Poured into a pint glass

A: this beer pours an opaque black with a one finger of foamy brown head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is nice big chocolate and roasts.

T: Taste is big chocolate notes at the forefront. Nice roast under laying roast notes come in and mingle with a bit if caramel. Caramel continues in to a milk chocolate and coffee flavoring that ties this beer out.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, light but slick.

O:!!goes down easy, tasty as hell, not filling, decent representation of style. I highly enjoyed this beer. I'd passed it over numerous times before - that won't happen again!

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Photo of jayrod20
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pretty decent little stout. Heaps of roasted bitterness, and bitter chocolate. Decent balance and flavour, not particularly complex, but tasty. As with all West Coast beers, theres a fair few hops in here, but it doesn't really unbalance it or anything, a nice stout.

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Photo of Wfl3185
4.2/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Luigi
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black color. The light tan head was sticky and leaves a good amount of lace around the glass. The aroma has a hint of dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and leafy hop. Has a creamy medium-full body. Bitter sweet choclates hit the tounge first. I can really taste the Chocolate they add to the mash. A hint of coffee, bitter hops, and roasted malts. Has a dry slighty bitter finish. This beer pairs nicey with any dark meat. But, I would personally wait until after dinner and drink it for desert.

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Photo of ordybill
4.16/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at a TacoMac in Douglasville, GA. Aroma- Big malt aroma, real good aroma. Appearance- Black with a small tan colored head. Taste- Nice faint chocolate flavor with roasted malt. Palate- This is a medium bodied beer with mild carbonation. it has an oily texture that fits the flavor. Overall- A nice flavored stout for me. I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.16/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a small yellow head. The head never dissipates during the tasting. Decent amount of lacing, but sporadic.

Smell: On the nose expect cocoa, roasted malt, and espresso. Maybe just a hint of hops.

Taste: Chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt develop in the taste as the beer warms. A mild hop presence blends into the taste. The alcohol does not detract but blends into the taste as well. I got a hint of a slight campfire smokiness in the taste that I really enjoyed.

Mouthfeel: Lite carbonation. Not exceptionally smooth over the palate. This beer finishes dry and bitter.

Overall: This beer gets better as it warms and both its flavor and nose fully develops. A beer of the month selection that I would not mind keeping in the refrigerator.

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Photo of ZachT
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerceller99
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Black color with a one finger tan head. Reeks of dark roasted grains, coffee, dark chocolate. Medium bodied for a stout, it has a light smooth mouthfeel. Has a expresso coffee, bakers chocolate bittersweet malty taste.Finishes with a bitter chocolate, toasted grain flavor on the tongue. A most excellent brew.

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Photo of NODAK
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
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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Photo of rayjay
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sierra Brewfest in Grass Valley, CA. Found this one and kept coming back. Deep dark brown with big bubbles and a brownish-white head. Sweet and rich with major chocolate notes, both from chocolate malts and from real chocolate. The sugary sweetness of the malts lingers forever, and it pulls it off without being overly thick or sticky. Refreshing even on this hot sunny day. A real treat for stout and chocolate fans alike. Also good to see an organic brew that fits in and doesn't scream "I'm organic so that's why I taste a little bit different than your favorite beer." This is just a good old beer that *happens* to be organic.

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Photo of felipe2toes
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black in appearance with tan head and nice retention.

Smells of chocolate, smoke, brown sugar, coffee, and roasted malt. Tastes pretty much like it smells, lots of cocoa and coffee. Has a faint hop bitterness in the finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. And at 5% ABV (according to the bottle), this stout is really easy drinking.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with auburn hues. It has a nice mocha colored head.

S-Cocoa powder, coffee, and a hint of hops.

T-Cocoa and fresh brewed coffee dominate at first. The more I drank the more the chocolate dominated and also I noticed some caramel/toffee in the aftertaste.

M-Pretty thick and creamy with a nice carbonation.

D-Highly drinkable. Its abv. is really 5% so it makes for a nice session beer.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and will purchase it again.

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Photo of akopczyk
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle of this from a Roth's in Salem. I saw no freshness or drink by date for this one, but it did have a big sticker advertising its "certified organic." The beer poured a deep, dark brown/black with a foamy, finger or so of head. The beer's aroma hinted at a chocolate flavor, and the beer came through in a big, albeit not overpowering or sweet way. The beer's flavors were of a good coffee flavor with a good chocolate finish. A beer with a thinner mouthfeel than I would have expected, although it can slide I had looked for something slightly more substantial. All and all though, something pretty solid. I've had a few "organic" American, craft beers before and had been pretty dissapointed with the entire experience with most of them up until this point. A good find.

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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
Beer rating: 32.5% out of 100 with 600 ratings
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