redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2013
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Its either the bottle or the beer but this was unpleasant. Upon opening there was a loud “psssst”, to which I immediately put the bottle in the sink, no gusher so I took a sip, my mouth filled up with gas causing me to spit out the beer and again expecting the rest of the bottle to gusher, it did not. Pouring in a glass gave me something I don’t think I have ever seen, 100% head with maybe a 2 oz pour. The persistent over-carbonation makes this acidic and prickly to the taste, not the smooth and creamy characteristics I want in a stout. Nasty and undrinkable.
solidfunk (4904) - 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 (165) - 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 (601) - 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 (144) - 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.
rdixon77 (1409) - Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old rating. Black pour with tan head. Chocolate, earthy presence, hop bite, detracted as it a bit metallic and minerally, not horrible.
ajnepple (3001) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle shared at Cafe Spice in Truckee. Black appearance with a light tan head. Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, mild earthy hop bitterness and light sweetness. Medium body with a smooth, creamy feel and a dry finish. Tasty.
ordybill (520) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at a TacoMac in Douglasville, GA.
Aroma- Big malt aroma, real good aroma.
Appearance- Black with a small tan colored head.
Taste- Nice faint chocolate flavor with roasted malt.
Palate- This is a medium bodied beer with mild carbonation. it has an oily texture that fits the flavor.
Overall- A nice flavored stout for me. I really enjoyed this brew.
Cidertron (30) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my favorite stout to get when I can find it at a local store :) It’s so chocolatey but at the same time the bitterness of it balances very well. It doesn’t run sweet thankfully like some of the chocolate brews I’ve had. The head is creamy and it has a nice toasty aftertaste. It’s one of the most balanced brews I’ve found :)
mcberko (8520) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Nose is subtle, with notes of dry bitter cocoa and light roastiness. Flavour is along the same lines, featuring a dry palate of bitter dry cocoa and medium roasted malt. Pretty gentle and smooth -- could use a thicker mouthfeel and a rounder flavour profile, but for a "smaller" stout, this is quite nice.
mikedevilsfan (223) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
color is black with almost no lacing. Aroma is straight forward roasty malts. Taste is kind of neutral with a very dry finish. In fact the bulk of this beer is the finish, which is pleasantly dry, but doesn’t make up for a lack of anything remotely interesting taste wise. It’s pretty boring actually. I wouldn’t drink this again.