Monday, June 27, 2011

Bison Organic Chocolate Stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (630) - Albany, USA - JUN 26, 2011
I poured a 12oz bottle into a Irish stout glass.

Appearance: Typical stout color of nearly opaque black with ruby red edges. Forms a large, frothy, dark tan head which sticks around and laces very well.

Aroma: Typical stout aroma of roasted malts and a light chocolate, almost candy-like scent.

Taste: Typical stout from beginning with roasted malt, light bitterness, and a quick flavor of chocolate just as it finishes. The chocolate is actually just cocoa powder used in the mash and not any kind of refined chocolate candy. This gives the beer an almost chocolate cereal-like taste in the finish. It’s similar to how the milk tastes after a bowl of Cocoa Krispies or Cocoa Pebbles or any other cereals of the sort. Those looking for an intense richness of a Southern Tier Chocolate shouldn’t have that kind of expectation here. The sweetness is low, but the bitterness is low, too. It’s one of those rare beers that has a mild palate that is still delectable.

Mouthfeel: Medium, soft, tepid, slightly creamy texture.

Drinkability: With a tasty palate and silky mouthfeel, Bison Chocolate Stout is an extremely quaffable beer. At only 5% ABV it’s quite sessionable, too. While not extremely robust, its tasty enough to work as a standalone dessert beer, or paired with any vanilla or chocolate desserts (cookies, cake, ice cream, pie, etc.)

Overall, a very impressive stout in more ways than one. If I was able to get this on a regular basis I would.

Grade: 8/10

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