mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was expecting this to have more of a sweetness to it. Pitch pour with diminishing brown head. Mild aroma of roasted malt. Flavor is somewhat lacking, pretty bitter with some roast and a bit of smoke. Tastes watered down. Flavor did improve as it warmed though. Definitely needs to be paired with a piece of chocolate or something.
tsd08460 (260) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: roasty, chocolate,
Appearance: clear black, brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
bigericsports (35) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured into a pint, black with a light brown head decent lacing. Chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark fruit, roasted flavor with toast, burnt nut and bitter chocolate notes. A good dose of bitterness counteracts the cocoa leading to a dry finish with a subtle tinge of hops. This stout taste a lot better when served at room temp.
beertholomeus (1240) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a khaki head. Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and earthy aroma and flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a roasted malt and cocoa finish. Kind of watery.
Sledutah (6097) - Utah, USA - JUN 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from The Grapevine
Poursdark brown with a medium sized tan head, some lacing. Aroma of chocolate, dark malts and caramel. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and nutty, dry finish
arbine (8) - Bavaria, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2015 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a ray of light comes through this one, so looks are great. Doesn’t taste very strong at first but intensely bitter when swallowed. I only taste chocolate in the aftertaste. Not my favorite and still not a fan of chocolate in beers, sorry.
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This stout is smooth with a tan head and smell like amazing chocolate. Great aroma. Very dark.
solidfunk (5470) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some sharp bitter chocolate with a hint of roast. OK head and lacing. Black pour. Light bitter finish. Palate is pretty straight forward here, not a lot of complexity. Bottle.
Jabah (217) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Few years ago I brewed a few batches of beer, the first one was a Chocolate Stout where the owner of a brew store helped me with the bottling and fermented it in his stand in fridge. Long story short, that was the best of the 3 or 4 that I brewed...came out something like 8% and very well-balanced. Bison’s stout has been the closest Chocolate Stout that reminded me of that brew. Wasn’t as strong, but the taste was sweet and semi-hoppy. What really dissapointed me though, was that after I decided that this is a beer that I really like, I can’t find it anymore. They usually have their Golden Ale, but for some reason the Chocolate Stout isn’t distributed here anymore.
Updated 6/21/09: Just found a 6’er of this at Whole Foods- Aventura, FL. Was going to buy a bomber in Orlando next month while on vacation to try again, so just went ahead and bought a 6 now. This beer wasn’t as good as I had originally remembered....as the last time I tried it was maybe late 2007. There seemed to be a little less flavor this time, mouthfeel was a bit rusty, slightly bitter flavor with a sweet chocolate finish. Little bit of a mocha head, but not much. Still a decent choco-stout, but wouldn’t say it’s closer to 4 like my original review. Probably will go with Rogue’s Choco or Lost Coast’s 8-Ball Stout next time around.
mbgrayson (628) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown, with an ample tan head. Aroma of cocoa and malt. Taste is of a dry stout, with slight notes of chocolate. This one is a nice ’foreign’ stout, but it is far less complex, with much lower abv than an imperial. Still, thumbs up.
loubar (154) - Los Gatos, California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2015 12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods. Nose of dark chocolate and roasted barley. Taste of black coffee and bittersweet cocoa. Carbonation is spritzy and refreshing. Finish is semi bitter and toasty. Extra points for the awesome balance; lots of flavor, dry finish and mild bitterness make this very drinkable. Outstanding.