Review: Organic Chocolate Stout, Bison Brewing

Organic Chocolate Stout
Bison Brewing Co. — Berkeley, CA 

  • Style: Stout
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  5.0%  
  • Malts:  Not specified 
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Special Ingredients: Organic cocoa powder
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle 

Description:  "A richly textured and roasty stout with a boost of bitter and charismatic flavor from the addition of cocoa powder in the mash.— Bison Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  I'm drinking Bison Brewing's Chocolate Stout as part of  my Stout Month series. During the winter, I sampled Bison Brewing's Gingerbread Ale. It's a great winter seasonal that I'm already looking forward to tasting again next winter!

The tasting:  Near black in color with a tan head that dissipates fairly slowly, settling into a ring around the rim of the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, espresso, and light notes of bittersweet chocolate. The flavor mirrors the aroma. In the middle, I tasted a metallic tinge. Hop bitterness is light and alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor. It's light to medium bodied and more highly carbonated than the other stouts I've recently sampled. It finishes dry with roasted malt and a tangy sour note.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  The lighter body and higher level of carbonation in Bison's Organic Chocolate Stout is different from the typical stout. I think it makes an excellent option for those don't like fuller-bodied beers. However, in the end, I found the metallic and sour elements to be distracting.

Have you tasted Organic Chocolate Stout or any other beers from Bison Brewing?

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