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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout | Bison Brewing

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Bison Organic Chocolate StoutBison Organic Chocolate Stout

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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 hosehead83
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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 samtrillo
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of silver0rlead
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black with a nice tan head that doesnt retain well at all. The aroma has a big coffee character, roasted malt, dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, and some floral hops. The flavor starts off with expresso, blackstrap molasses, roasted malt, floral hops, and some dutch cocoa in the finish as well as some mild warming alcohol. Pretty good stout, would have thought it was better if they hadnt specifically labeled it a "chocolate stout", as it doesnt have much of a chocolate character. Mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is ok. Dont buy this if you are looking for a big chocolate character (go with rogue chocolate stout or sam adams chocolate bock), but its a good american stout overall.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mralphabet
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Iced Pint Glass

A: Deep brown almost black, Very little head, but what is there is very brown, very little lacing throughtout.

S: Chocolate right of the bat.... hints of roasted malt, coffee and some mild bitterness... Very nice...

T: The taste is like the smell.... Chocolate right up front, then a little roasted coffee, but the cocoa pushes through with sweetness that subsides with a touch of bitterness near the end.

M: A little lighter than Medium-bodied, with a mild carbonation.. Not as Creamy as I had thought I wish it had a little more body.

D: A very nice Chocolate stout, the only think holding it back it the lack of a little more creamyness and body... If you like a Chocolate beer that is not to much like a Stout then this is you beer... I would try again....

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Photo of Kylemif
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of roryw
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black. If I hold it up to some light it turns into a mildy translucent brown. Nice creamy looking head, sort a of a dirty brown, what I would expect from this really. This is a delicious looking chocolate stout.

Smell - The cocoa immediately hits you. It smells just like a bar of chocolate. I am getting a roasted malt hint behind the cocoa.

Taste - Tastes like cocoa, coffee, malts and a little smokiness. Taste isn't as strong and present as I thought it would be. It's very easy on the palette. When you first take a sip it starts out with a nice chocolate rounded flavor and a forward maltiness and ends slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - A light to medium body here. I was expecting it to be thicker. I could drink a few of these back to back and not feel fatigued.

Overall - This is enjoyable, JUST enjoyable. I felt a little something was missing, and I think that something is complexity. For a stout, it's a little light and bland but this also bumps up the drinkability points. I can see myself pulling one or two of these out of the fridge when I'm wanting a decent stout but don't want to feel weighed down. I'd go for something else if I really wanted to treat myself though.

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Photo of Forb
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle...

Appearance: Pure darkness with hints of brown cocoa around the edges. Pours with a minor head and nice lacing. Plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Cocoa and chocolate amid the fundamentally roasted malt aromas.

Taste: A dark chocolate molasses is extremely prevalent in the taste among the roast here. Hop bitterness is there giving it some coffee elements of bitterness as well, but overall a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation keeps this stout real light and with the low ABV at 5% it doesn't overpower in any way.

Overall: Taste could be more assertive here but overall a light, crisp, refreshing chocolate stout.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color with some amber hues. A one finger, creamy khaki colored head sits on top. Leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Roasted and bitter chocolatey goodness is the backbone of the aroma. Hints of toffee and sweet caramel round it out.

T: The taste is a tad different than the nose with more roasted malts, while the other flavors of chocolate, toffee, and coffee are a bit subdued.

M: It has a light body for a stout, but is adequately carbonated and has a smooth feel.

O: Not a bad, just a bit above an average stout. The body needs some work, but other aspects are solid.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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 czfreeman
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first offering from Bison, I really like the concept of their brews, in the culinary concept.
Initial impression of the apperance is a deep brown/black tone, lightly tan head. Foam slowly settles,leaving a rather carbonated stout/
Smell is suprisingly light on chocolate and heavy on coffee. Roasted espresso, java coffee, a bit watery on the finish, roasted malts, caramelized sugar.
Flavor is again coffee. I was hoping for a chocolaty-coffeeish brew, but a coffeestout with a touch of cocoa is what I have here. Roasted caramelized malt sugar, coffee beans, a touch of smokiness, cocoa but in a more bitter sense does become more apparent.
When their are brews like Southern Tier Choklat and Mokah on the market, this brew can't really hold it's own as a chocolate-stout any more.
Although the chocolate didn't come through in this brew as I had hoped, it is a versitile beer. I think this paired with nicely seared scallops would pair immensely well, as the medium body of the beer would not overwhelm the seafood, and ther malty flavor of caramelized sugar would reflectnicely off of each other. This beer doesn't quite deliver what was expected, but food pairings woulkd benefit nicely

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Photo of laintringulis
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pub glass. Pours dark black with a large fluffy beige head that turns to a thin beige film very quickly. Little carbonation.

Smell: Smells of charred/baked granny smith apples, smoky bourbon smell, strong coffee smell, semi dark chocolate

Taste: I wish it tasted as good as it smells. Very little hops, over-roasted coffee taste with semi bitter chocolate taste in the back. Slight maltiness and brief fruitiness in the middle. It should have been stronger in flavor. I was disappointed, especially compared to the smell.

mouthfeel/drinkability: Pleasantly more dry in the finish than I expected; however, it has a powdery finish to it. Almost, like undissolved jello granules in your jello. Maybe this would be good for a beginner to stouts. I thought it needed more kick.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark brown color; almost black. Poured a 3 finger mocha head with fair retention to a thick skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Robust toasted malts. Big chocolate aroma along with coffee, burnt toast and toffee. Wholesome and pleasing.

T: Coffee and burnt toast transitions quickly to rich bitter chocolate. No real finish leaves a thin, watery ending.

M: Light-to-medium body. Starts rich, smooth and creamy, but turns thin in an unassuming finish (not dry, not sweet).

O: The look and the nose were promising, but the beer was a bit wanting.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into my brand new teku glass. Decided to try this one for the Easter weekend!

Pours a dark, truly opaque brown black-brownish color with an off khaki 2 finger head that eventually settles down into a modest ring at the top of the glass. Carbonation does seem plentiful, nevertheless. Not too much stickiness on the glass, and no lacing, but there are some slight alcohol legs overall. It's not very viscous in character, but it definitely looks thickened in the sense of retaining the chocolate backbone that it's aiming for. Almost resembles coffee overall, but there's definitely hefty malts and cocoa nibs at play here.

The aroma, on the other hand, smells absolutely delicious, with a combination of upfront dark chocolate flavors combined with vanilla beans, sugary syrupy texture, and off-flavors that can even be found in bourbon (?!). Don't think it's unbelievably complex, however - it's instead very pleasant and sweetened without being cloying. It resembles a vanilla-coated brownie, actually! There's some roasted barley flavors, as well as a slight hop bitterness, but the chocolate focused flavor is working out really well here.

Rather than get the sweetened vanilla-filled cocoa that was in the aroma, the taste is a little bit more on the bitter, unsweetened side - think baker's chocolate nibs and you're on the right track. It definitely still tastes full-bodied and hearty, despite the change in flavor. There's a roasted malt presence that melds well with the chocolate, as well as slight coffee aromas, but sadly, as this warms up, a bit of a soy saucy finish that can occur with such beers. There's a bit of grassy hop finish too, which balances things out. I must agree with other fellow reviewers that this is a little too watery for a stout that is intended to be this hearty. The flavor is definitely decent, but it lacks the thickness that would otherwise make this resemble a dessert such as pudding. It's not too off-putting, but it's horribly underwhelming.

For a little over $4 a bomber, this is definitely a good budget option for a stout this kind. I wish I'd have someone to split this with, as it's a bit too rich (yet thinned) to make this an easy drinking experience. It's luckily not too sweet, but it's not creamy enough to hold my interest in the long run. I'll definitely be drinking this for the next day... However, when it comes to introducing people to more complex beers, this should do no harm. Not my favorite, but at least there's that.

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Photo of bb-magic
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Large, rocky, tan head that settles quite slowly. Dark, brown-black body with ruby highlights.

S - Lots of dark, belgian chocolate up front with a big coffee note as well. Spicy, chicory aroma with a sweet, dairy note in the background.

T - Malty, caramel and coffe notes. The coffee gets stronger in the middle and some spicy notes of pepper, chicory, and clove come in. There is a mild friuty yeast character of banana that fades into a roasty finish.

M - Smooth, creamy body with moderate carbonation.

D - Moderately drinkable, but a bit dissapointing overall. The chocolate character is nice in the nose, but distinctly lacking in the flavor. The finish is kind of dull and lacking in complexity for a chocolate stout.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Black pour with dark brown hues and a light tan head that becomes a ring around the top. Aromas of somewhat roasted malts with a nice big cocoa aroma. Toasted grains and a bit of toffee. There's also a slight coffee bitterness here too.

First sip brings a big roasty malt followed by a rich cocoa flavor. Coffee flavors come through as it moves down with a smoky accent. Not much for hops coming through here at all. Finishes with a touch of lingering chocolate.

Mouthfeel is between medium and light bodied. An easy drinking stout that borders on a porter in body. Either way I thought it was a good beer, but not as robust and flavorful as I expected.

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

The traditional color on the pour, a pleasant deep brown to black. The head monstrous, chocolate brown in color, the consistency frothy, lace is fine sheets to coat the glass. Nose is as expected chocolate, the bittersweet kind, toasted grain, and maybe even some maple syrup. Front is sweet, the top is middling, the finish is medial on the carbonation, the hops pertinent, the aftertaste bitter chocolate dry. Quite a decent stout, and well worth a sample for those “Corrupted By The Dark Side!

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

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Small tan head. Smell is a light presence of cocoa powder. Taste is a hint of tobacco up front, dark chocolate in the middle, and a tart, slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is average, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is good, I could drink 2 of these in a row. A good stout to try.

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Photo of Shaw
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours totally black -- like ink -- with a tan head. Nice.

The smell is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and molasses.

I'm a little sad that this beer doesn't taste more of chocolate. Since they mention the addition of real chocolate, I was expecting a flavor closer to Rogue's Chocolate Stout. Instead this tastes more like a regular stout. The roasted flavors mix with a nice creamy body. The tannin flavors are very muted, which is good.

Overall this is a decent stout.

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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 cb2113
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dipso123
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VA090125
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%

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