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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 WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark almost black with mahogany brown edges when held toward the light, tan head forms thick and creamy in texture with even fine speckled lacing left behind as it dwindles. Aromatics full of roasted dark chocolate and pseudo coffee notes from the dark roasted malt profile utilized here. Doesn't smell any more chocolate than any other stout but I guess they did add some Danish cocoa, according to the label. Light, herbal, friendly hop profile with creamy milk chocolate in the finish. Flavor brings it altogether seems light and airy in texture but the flavor rides a nice wave over the palate with mildly brash dark roasts finishing into a creamy milk chocolate crescendo, staying semi bitter sweet without going candy on me. Some may ask for more chocolate sweetness I'm cool with the cocoa addition to the boil with just the subtle flow going on and definitely more bitterness from the darker roasts rather than from hops which are evident but more light and herbal than anything else. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but texture wise creamy almost nitro draft feel to it, bitter dry finish with a touch of chocolate sweetness, carbonation is subtle and smooth on the palate finishes with the dark roasted malt bitterness lingering the way it should. Drinkability is definitely better than their IPA, this one brings you on a bit of a journey especially when living in the beer deprived armpit of Ohio where I currently reside.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown/black color that hints at having traces of some deep ruby highlights when held up to the light, but practically lets in no light whatsoever. Has a nice tan/light brown head that is a good 1/3 inch thick when first poured, settling quickly to a nice surface layer of foam along with a good medium to thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Pretty good lacing. Aromas of some roasted/smoked caramel malt sweetness and certainly some hints of cocoa are present. Has a good smokey/roasty caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to cocoa sweetness and hints of black coffee bitterness. Good mix of flavors. No real discernible hop flavors here. Good solid taste profile nonetheless. Has a crisp, yet smooth and frothy, creamy, slightly prickly, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. To be honest I thought the body was a bit too thin for a stout, to me this drinks more like a porter than a stout. I guess if this beer has any real flaw, that'd be it. A good solid beer all around, but not anything super spectacular.


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Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color. More in tune with a porter then a stout. Low roasted aroma. Very slight chocolate coming thru. Big, bold chocolate flavor. Great mix of the chocolate and roasted malt. Nice, slight lingering bitterness. I find the body a tad thin for a stout-just doesnt have the slight "thickness" that other stouts do. A delicious beer overall and quite drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Unfortunately, the brewers weren't able to get a 22 oz. serving in this bottle even though the label says "1 pint, 6 fl. oz".

Even with a rather gentle pour, I had to wait a few minutes to empty the bottle due to the towering tan head. Head has moderate retention. Liquid is opaque, appearing nearly black but with mahogany highlights at the edges given bright light.

S - appealing mix of cocoa and toasted malt, plus faint hops.

T - IMO, one of the best balanced chocolate stouts I've had, with plenty of cocoa flavor but with more toasted grain flavor than chocolate. Balanced sweetness, with both sweet and bitter components readily detectable. Some coffee notes. A little more richness and complexity and this be a 4.5.

M - exceptionally smooth and creamy; very good carbonation level ... BUT ... I'd like a little more body; beer is a bit watery in the finish.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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 bamadog
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up on a whim -- I saw it at The Party Source and thought it sounded pretty good. I've been drinking a lot of stouts lately and a nice chocolately one typically sounds good, and well, this one is called "Chocolate Stout." However, sometimes we don't always get what we pay for.

Appearance: Well, it started out pretty strong for me -- a nice dark, thick pour that was near black. Like most stouts, completely opaque. A nice two finger tan head was present, but quickly dwindled to just a thin layer on top that left a slight lacing at the top of the glass as it trailed down.

Smell: Called Chocolate Stout for a reason - very strong presence of it right up front and made me very excited to dive into it. A little malty and slight bitter/roasty scent in the back of it too. Again, started nice and strong.

Taste: OK -- still not too bad, and actually pretty fair. Not as sweet as I thought it would be based upon the smell. More the semi-sweet/bitter presence right up front, followed by the roasty back.

Mouthfeel: Meh. Let down. Very watery and not as thick as I would have at all wanted or expected. All in all though, it still goes down pretty smooth and leaves a fair coating on the tongue, but man, I really expected a little more substance.

Drinkability: While the appearance, smell and taste were pretty decent, the mouthfeel really let me down. To me, that's half the fun of a nice stout and I was just let down by this. I have 5 left, and it won't bother me to drink them over the next week or so, but I don't think I'll be purchasing any more of it.

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Photo of beersarang
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black brown with a dark tan head. Big bubbles mix with smooth bubbles retention is decent. Minimal lace.

Sweet caramel chocolate aroma, hints of coffee and roasted malt.

Flavor profile is extremely complex, but subtle.
Begins with a fairly thin malt profile, quick hit of bitterness that is actually well balanced. A bit weak. The real complexity and flavor becomes apparant in the exhale. Chocolate and coffee interplay with a sweet slight alcoholic warmth. Finishes with charcoal.

Body is a bit too thin unfortunately. Carbonation might be overcrisp.

Not a bad beer at all, similar to an oatmeal stout in flavor profile, but lacks a strong malt base and a thick stout body.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a standard-issue black body with an inch of light beige foam, though this eventually dissipates entirely.

Smell: Malt-forward nose smelling of generously roasted barley, unused coffee grinds, and dark chocolate. Rather minuscule hint of dates. As it warms, the added Dutch cocoa begins to take over the aroma.

Taste: Roasted barley coated in bittersweet chocolate and backed by lighter tastes of toast and caramel. Modestly sweet. Light dusting of cocoa powder. Very subdued dark fruitiness. Minor bitterness. Finishes dry, lightly roasty and with the cocoa lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Barely squeaks into medium-bodied territory. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a particularly heavy stout, so that certainly aids in the overall drinkability. It's no Southern Tier Choklat or Rogue Chocolate Stout. Heck, it's not even a Clipper City Siren Noire. Still though, it gets the job done for being a chocolaty stout.

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Photo of Dainslaif
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I grabbed this as part of a tour de sweet porters/stouts. Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Standard stout black, no noticeable head.

S: Smelled mostly like a standard stout, with a pleasant hint of chocolate.

T: A mild stout flavor with no hoppiness and a bit of maltiness. The chocolate was present, but not overwhelming.

F: Watery, as is expected.

O: Very drinkable, low bitterness and a nice finish. The chocolate is there, but not as strong as I'd hoped given that it didn't have a strong stout flavor.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, freshness date not notched- lots of yeast trub in bottom. Label says brewed with Dutch Coco powder in mash. Pours like drained oil with 5K miles on it, high, frothy brown head that receeded reluctantly leaving a caramel lace. Aroma of burnt brown sugar, charcoal and hints of chocolate. First tast is slightly sharp and metalic but softens into big roasty flavors with creamy oat fullness ( not sure about the oats but it tastes like it to me) and coco flavor mingled with alcohol warmth. Solid hop bittering takes over and finishes this one off clean with hoppy dryness and the chocolate hovering in the aftertaste.
Easy to drink big chewy stout with lots of hops and well crafted touch of coco.

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Photo of colts9016
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A solid one finger medium brown foamy, creamy, head. The color of the beer is dark brown to opaque. Clarity of the beer is opaque also.

Nose: Rich dark roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, toffee, dark fruit, oatmeal, and cream. There are notes of wood, phenols, and floral esters.

Taste: A very rich roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, molasses, oatmeal, toffee, oak, floral esters, phenols, and some figs.

The mouth feel is creamy, rich, coating and slightly dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium thick and the finish is medium full. The nose on this beer just doesn't match the taste. The nose is a rich vibrant fudge like and the taste is like bland cocoa. It is a good beer and I enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves less than one finger of a tan head that does not have much retention, and leaves only isolated spots of lacing. Body is black.

Smell - lapsang suchong tea, roasted malt, burnt crust malt bread, and hints of chocolate and caramel.

Taste - like the smell. Roasted malt and burnt crust malt bread with some chocolate and caramel, as well as some dark fruit like rasins, plums, and prunes in the middle. There is some roasted malt and smokiness on the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and semi-dry at times.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, and it is very sessionable.

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

Pours an opaque, dark brown, with a very small tan head after a hard pour. Had to force the head, but it had good retention and decent lacing. Aroma of dark, bitter chocolate, dark malt and toffee. Taste of cocoa, coffee, bitterness, rich chocolate malts and a dry finish. Very mellow, not carbonated, smooth, medium bodied. Not quite Rogue chocolate, but still a very good tasting beer. Easy to drink. Chocolate is not over the top, but definitely there.

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Photo of zdk9
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours solid black with whiffs of cocoa colored head. Some decent streaks of lacing, especially considering that there isn't much foam to stick to the sides.

S- Chocolate, roast, a bit of fireplace burned wood.

T- It's a stout alright- though the taste is a little generic, it fits the bill well. Toasted husky seeds and smoke give way to smoother dark fruit flavors in the middle of the tongue- prune and raisin. Not the strongest flavors but decently complex.

M- A little more carbonated than you'd expect, but otherwise it fits the bill.

O- A nice easy drinking stout. Not too high alcohol- I guess maybe more than a session, but on a colder spring or fall day it would be nice to hang out with a couple of these.

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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 TheFlern
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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 flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with a little bit of light let through when held up to a light source. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam. An attractive stout.

Smell: very nice chocolatey aroma without any harsh undertones. As smooth and creamy as a smell might be considered to be; I like it.

Taste: chocolate, roastiness and a hint of coffee are present in the flavor. A little bit less chocolate and a little bit more roasty harshness than the aroma, but still a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this is a basic but tasty and overall quite satisfying and drinkable stout. I'd definitely have this again.

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

Poured with some head, though not long lasting and lacing was minimal. Very dark in color as expected. Nice aroma with some cacao oder. The chocolate taste was very subtle at finish. Not nearly enough too really be called a chocolate stout but the taste was very good overall. Mouthfeel was medium with nothing irritating on the tongue. A good drinkable chocolate stout actually gains drinkability based on the minimal chocolate taste.

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Photo of droomyster
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass black with a ruby highlight and a brown low forming head which rose slightly and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was roasty and toasty with chocolate and strong coffee, expresso, leading the charge. The aroma was like walking into a coffee shop and was very enticing. Also present was a low caramel aspect behind all the roast and chocolate. A slight fruity character emerged as the beer warmed.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee, but not as agressive as in the aroma. The chocolate was dark and bitter with no appreciable hop character, but all the bittering from roasted grains. The beer had a slight caramel flavor, but not at a high level.

The finish was dry, bone dry, with a lasting acidic dark grain aftertaste of chocolate and finally roasted coffee. The body was almost medium, but just a bit lighter than I would have desired. Awesome aroma, missing some complexity in the flavor which could have really made this beer shine.

22 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer. Brackish black pour as it should. Dark tan head. Heavy roasty malt and chocolate/coffee nose. Flavors match similarly to the nose. Reminds me more of a milk stout, maybe a chocolate milk stout, if there was such a thing. On the border of being quite sessionable. Would drink this one again.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fascinating beer. pours a pitch black color with a nice dark brown head. Aromas and taste center around cocoa, dark malts, coffee. silky smooth mouthfeel, nice carbonation and easily quaffable. a light interesting take on the non-existant chocolate stout style.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is nearly jet black with deep brown highlights. A creamy frothy head diminishes fairly quickly with a bit of lace left behind.

A nice aroma of sweet coffee and earthy cocoa greet the nostrils.

This chocolate stout has expectedly strong chocolate and coffee taste with a surprising amount of hops peaking through. Creamy and delicate with a hint of smokiness.

Silky on the palate, this beer is not as thick/full as expected. Its a great pint, but I wouldn't necessarily want to polish off a six.

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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 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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