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:
599
Reviews:
300
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
15.1%
 
 
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11
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52
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint while on vacation in beautiful Seattle, WA.

Appearance : Dark chocolate black body, 100% opaque, no light penetrating. The head is beautiful and khaki colored, standing at 3 fingers and leaving gracious lace on the sides of the glass as it recedes to a resting 1 finger.

Smell : A prune juice aroma, with soy sauce, blueberry juice, pomegranate and roasted malts. Chocolate can be nosed in a "health store organically bagged powder" kind of way. I guess you'd say it's cacao. Not a bad nose here and pretty unique.

Taste : A fair balance of coffee bean bitterness and roast malts, with a dusting of cocoa in the background. Slight almond. Some vanilla creme lingers on the tongue for the finish.

Feel : Refreshing, which is not something you'd normally associate with a stout. But it is easily drinkable, it's not thick, it's more medium bodied and flirting with the porter style but the creaminess lends it a hand in bringing it back up to a thicker stout like feel. Nice dry bite on the finish yielded from coffee/bean.

Overall : I'd say it's better than the rep it gets overall. I liked it, I thought it was decent and better than some milk stouts I've had. Remember, this is a lighter milk/sweet stout - don't judge it next to an Imperial or Russian Stout and you'll view it more positively.

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a thick obsidian color with a tan head that quickly drops to a ringlet and island; leaves some scattered lacing

Smell: Strong coffee and chocolate aroma; slightly smokey

Taste: Starts out with a hot cocoa flavor that is joined, mid-palate, with some nice coffee bitterness that persists into the finish, as does the cocoa flavor as well as some vanilla; somewhat astringent and acidic at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and surprisingly carbonated for a stout

Drinkability: Taste, but I would prefer less carbonation and a more straightforward stout experience

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with generous head. Nose is incredible on this beer with plenty of coffee & chocolate aromas. On the palate it's a bit thin and watery for a stout, but still has rewarding flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and a healthy balance of hops. Roasty on the finish and very easy drinking.

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Photo of C3likesbeer
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a bottle. Nice tan head.

Aroma is more malty and the chocolate is pretty tame.

Not at all overpowering as some stouts can be. If you think your stout should be closer to "imperial" this is not of you. If you like stouts that are malty and chocolatey this may be a good option. You almost keep looking at it to make sure it is a dark stout which it is. Very drinkable and a little bit of fizzy carbonation. Not overly boozy.

Good middle of the road chocolate stout

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Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black brew with a reddish brown head.

Smell is sweet with lots of chocolate smell. Fruity and malty scents too.

Taste is sweet and bitter with a notable fruitiness to it. Taste smoothes out after a bit and then the fruity nature and some hops really come out in the taste.

Mouthfeel is has a good amount of carbonation to it that makes it have a Coca-Cola drinking quality to it.

A tasty stout with more than one dimension to it. Strong yet refreshing.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - black pour with garnet hues around the edge. A thick and creamy mocha head rests evenly across the top. Lacing is scattered and slightly sticky.

Aroma - the cocoa is immediately evident almost as soon as the first drop hits the glass. A backdrop of raisiny sweetness, lending a somewhat sugary quality to the cocoa. Some alcohol notes come out a little as it warms, like chocolate liqueur. Not much roasted malt character but a nice sniff anyway.

Taste - lots of charred malt, burnt even, rather powerful.Getting past that there is some bitter chocolate presence, oak, and a definite dry bitterness on the swallow, but it's not so much hop related as just the bitterness of the chocolate and charcoal. Once the palate adjusts the flavors fit together better, but it needs to warm to the mid/upper 50s.

Mouthfeel - properly heavy, with much carbonation, rather dry on the finish.

Drinkability - I tend to prefer the smoother, less burnt style of stout, but this is a fine beer nonetheless.

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good Chocolate stout, though not the best ever. I bought a case of 24s for $20, and was very happy with my purchase. I liked this one much better than their Red or Belgian. The Chocolate could be more pronounced if I was to make personal reccomendations.

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Photo of rowew
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. USDA organic symbol on the neck. Label states that this is a "fresh perishable product," yet there is no freshness dating to be found.

Appearance: Poured in my Stone RIS glass. Pours very dark with just the slightest hints of reddish brown around the edges. Decent sized head fades qiuckly to leave a lacing around the edge.

Smell: Lots of roasted aroma with strong expresso dominating the aroma. The chocolate is also there in force however - smells mostly like bittersweet.

Taste: Taste starts with a nice roasted malt feel, and then the chocolate comes in. Slightly bitter - unsweetened bakers chocolate. At the end the hop bitterness comes in, leaving a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth.

Overall impression: Nice drinkable stout with enough hops to keep the chocolate balanced. Much less sweet than I expected from a chocolate stout - which is a good thing in this case.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown that appears black with an espresso head. Good retention; leaves thick lace on the glasswall for quite a while. Midsized carbonation that casacades nicely.

Smell: Truth in advertising -- chocolate bomb. A bit much really; more like a Hershey bar than chocolate malt. Once you get past that, there's the expected roasty edge from the malt, but also an odd grassiness, like lawn clippings. Uh... no idea.

Taste: Excellent. It all comes together beautifully, with roasty, smoky malt holding up a dry, well-blended dark choclate bite. Finishes bitter and dry, with chocolate, smoke and coffee long lingering.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average, medium thin, slightly crisp. It's fine.

Dinkability: Pretty good. Love the flavor, unique, powerful aroma not too heavy. A nice surprise given it's organic, which is usually the kiss of death. I liked it.

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Photo of bobhits
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Black as I’ve seen a non imperial stout. 5% beers don’t get this black, 10% beers rarely do either.

Strong cocoa powered aroma, dark and bitter. Hints of roasted coffee finish things off, there’s some malt here but that doesn’t make much impact.

Opens with coffee, turns to cocoa, and then back to coffee. The finish is rather clean and watery. There is a nice hop profile that finishes this one out. I really can’t believe this is only 5% abv. It clearly has some lighter alcohol notes but this is amazing beer.

Don’t go looking for a thick creamy beer here. There is some carbonation to add some body, but not enough to give this beer the body needed to make up for the impact of lower abv.

This was one of the first “real” beers I ever had. I wasn’t impressed then. Today I am fully impressed at how they’ve managed to craft an amazingly flavorful brew with such a low abv. I often am not impressed with non imperial stouts. I generally feel they’re rather boring and lack luster. I don’t see the point in a stout that isn’t a sipper to warm me in the winter. I mean stouts still don’t make summer drinking. That said, call me impressed. I’d certainly buy this again.

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Photo of TuckerCarlson
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a) nearly opaque with dark amber showing around the edges of the glass; short, dark tan head that doesn't linger; no lacing to speak of

s) immediate cocoa with some dark fruit; coffee and molasses also apparent

t) deep, dark, intense, and bitter (kind of like me); a touch of dark, fruity sweetness; maybe some mild herbal hops coming in at the end, or it could just be more bitterness from the cocoa and roasted barley

m) nice and thick, as it should be

d) it's surprising to drink a chocolate stout that doesn't taste like dessert (I'm looking at you, Young's); this is a unique beer that does a fantastic job putting a new twist on the style

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Photo of mountdew1
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Color was a nice dark brown that was pretty much completely opaque. Very thin head that left lacings. Aroma was definitely of cocoa. Slightly sweet, with a bit of dark cocoa hints. Flavor alternated between espresso and cocoa. Nicely well balanced. Coated the mouth well, but was a bit over carbonated. Overall a very solid beer for the price. And being organic never hurts.

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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 jmbraxton
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep coffee like color with a nice light brown cap that leaves a good sheet of lacing.

Smells of some deep roasted notes.

Tastes of the roasted notes with a touch of hops. Notes of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of brown sugar lead the way. A touch of citric hops add in the end along with a bit of acidity to give a more coffee like feel.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised, and this is a beer that contends with some of the second tier stouts.

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Photo of kazmaniac
4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looked promising with a solid black in color with a half inch of tan colored head.

S - Smells of muted coffee's, a bit of cocoa, and a touch of Hershey's syrup (is that organic?)

T - Wasn't really a let down for the ABV but it definitely could have used more body. Starts with a bit of bitter biting coffee then a kind of artificial Swiss Miss cocoa and finishes bitter again with coffee. As it warmed up (yes I drank it that slow) the bakers chocolate takes over the middle and finish and makes it pretty worthwhile.

M - Medium bodied but really couldn't see more body without more ABV.

Overall you get what you paid for an organic beer with artificial chocolate flavors (mostly cocoa and syrup) Why the hate? Pretty tasty...

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Photo of HavasuDG
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of jlwelsh
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Softestdog
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Glopez
4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of yonnie
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into mug. Opaque dark dark brown, almost black in color. A finger of light brown head on top.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, sweet malt.

T - Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, sweet cream, marshmallow, malt.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, slick and smooth.

O - This is a delicious treat of a beer. It almost qualifies as a dessert to me with its rich chocolatey tones and hints of caramel and even burnt marshmallow.

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Bison Organic Chocolate Stout from Bison Brewing
3.51 out of 5 based on 599 ratings.
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