Temperatures dropped below freezing for the first time this weekend, which means it's officially dark beer season (as if I needed a reason). I stopped in to East Wake Wines & Craft Brew (which added to it's selection in the past week) on Saturday and picked up two varieties of stout and a porter. This is the first...
This is one of five beers produced by Bison Brewing of Berkeley, CA. It's brewed with organic malts and infused with cocoa, and won a Silver Medal at the 2005 Great American Beer Festival. Ken at East Wake highly recommended it.
Like all good stouts, Bison is opaque and black. It appears to have quite a bit of carbonation and forms a dense, mocha head. Doesn't leave much lacing.
Two distinct aromas are very prominent. The first is a rich, roasted malt that has a subtle charcoal character. If the label hasn't already spoiled the surprise, the other standout scent is a heavy, sweet cocoa.
Taste & Feel
The flavors align nicely with the nose... a superb blend of roasted malts and cocoa. The carbonation makes its presence known as a lively burst of bubbles right at the tip of the tongue. That soon subsides, allowing you to enjoy the full, smooth, creamy body before it finishes with a dry, roasty, dark chocolate aftertaste.
This is an excellent, enjoyable stout. The smooth texture, low alcohol content and sweet cocoa flavor combine to make this a very easy-to-drink beer.
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