Millstream Schokolade Bock - Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Schokolade BockMillstream Schokolade Bock

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149 Ratings

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 26
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 01-08-2003

Just in time for the holidays is our special treat. A dark and chewy bock beer. Around November you'll find 'chocolate bock' on tap down at the brewery.

No other beer has a more pure and intense malt character as a true Bock. Many large breweries in the U.S. have diluted the original strength of this beer, but we make the real thing. The body of this beer is rich, making it a good beer to warm up to during those "special" Iowa winters. The blackened malt that we use in it gives the brew a slight hint of chocolate. Its a smooth brew, having been lagered for over a month in our cellars, in true bock style.

25 IBU
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Photo of Jason
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with what I presume to be a packaged on date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Three fingers of rough rocky terrain of head. There is some clarity within the deep reddish brown hue.

Smell: Very malty with a baker’s chocolate aroma, perhaps cocoa powder. Clean and malty just the way a bock should be.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a solid malt backbone, malt flavor is all over from start to finish. The sweetness is in balance even with little hop presence, a slight twang from the malt was expected for the style and is present. Finishes a tad sweet with lingering chocolate and bread crust flavors.

Notes: Perhaps one of the best Bocks I have has to date. The taste is flawless and it is so drinkable. A prime example of the style.

Photo of badbeer
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber brown color with a quickly dissipating head; no head retention and no lacing. Smell is pretty nice; some caramel, dark fruit, and some cocoa powder. Taste is fairly sweet with a chocolate-y finish; maybe some caramel in there, too. High side of medium carbonation with heavier than medium body. I could probably see myself having a few of these in an evening. Pretty good beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Barleydine for sending me this beer as an extra. This is my first beer from the great state of Iowa.

The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate and dark fruit (cherries). The flavor is chocolate, caramel and toffee. There is also a little bit of dark fruit and possibly some coffee mixed in to the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer was poured into a pint glass and was a beautiful amber color. I poured a straight pour, and it produced a thin head, which didn't have any staying power, which led me to check the date on the bottle after checking the date on the packaging, didn't have a mark on the date strip, hoping that it's not past its better tasting period.

S: The smell was dark and rich, chocolaty and roasted goodness, however it wasn't strong enough for me.

T: The taste was outstanding, nice and light at the beginning, and then the after taste on the pallet was of the roasted rich goodness that I had described in the smell.

M: Overall, the mouthfeel was watery, and wasn't pleasing.

D: Because of the mouthfeel I rated this low, it's not as good as other bocks that I've had.

Still a decent beer, not my favortie from Millstream. Best of luck in your findings. Cheers.

Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: brilliant chestnut, 1” head, dissipates to thick film, excellent lace
S: chocolate and bread aromas
T: Intense, rich maltiness with more chocolate than expected.
F: Clean, smooth, medium full body and medium low carbonation.
O: An excellent beer with well developed malt flavors that is almost like a cross between a chocolaty south English brown ale and a bock.

Photo of LordofTime25
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours to a dark brownish mahogany with a two finger head that leave nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of chocolate, toffee, roasted barley, raisin, molasses, some spice. Very nice!

Tastes pf mildly bitter chocolate, raisin, molasses, roasted barley. Big malt flavor without being sweet which is also nice.

A smooth drink with a clean finish. Has a decent amount of carbonation.

A very good brew which I could drink many of!

Photo of beerbrains
2.48/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the notebook, drank this in early June. There's no expiration date so it could be past its prime.

Pours the color of newcastle. Thin off white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lace.
Smells malt sweet with some underlying spice and cocoa.
Taste is light for a bock which adds to its drinkability. Malty with some hops at the end. A cocoa flavor I think adds an element to what would very mild hops. The spices in the nose don't come through in the mouth. Most choco beers are very sweet with a big up front chocolate flavor, this one is not, its more cocoa. A little disappointed as this was to compliment my desert for the evening.
I definitely felt the desire to move on to something else after finishing this beer.

Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cherrywood stained with a beige film.
Smells of caramel, burnt berries and roasted grain.
Like any bock worth its salt, this tosses out a thick caramel malt base. Chocolate hovers above, certainly secondary, but is unquestionably present. Well-lagered and brisk through the mouth. A grape essence flows up from the depths, hinting towards berries as it goes along. Ends with a touch of burnt grain, and almost no notable hopping.
It's a bit fuzzy right away with its carbonation, but once it settles down for a few minutes, this becomes the definition of the most hackneyed beer cliche ever: "smooth".
Uncomplicated, easy going, and quick-drinking, not to mention a nice little traditional spin on the bock style.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A short but creamy cap of tan covers a clear reddish-chestnut body in Millstream's Schokolade Bock. The head retention is good and it leaves craggy walls of lace in its wake. The nose is subtly roasty and darkly chocolate-ish. The flavor, however, is fuller. It's gently bready, but with a caramelish side, and there actually is some "schokolade" to this beauty. It's not rich or full, but it does lean towards maltiness, and as it warms it tends to express a fuller character. There's some nuttiness, and the bitterness is reminiscent of walnut skins. It's clean, and it finishes dry with a quick passing notice of the bitterness, followed by some lingering dull caramel and dusty chocolate. Enjoyable!

Photo of dirtylou
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, short stubby little bottle from Brennan's

apearance: pours a dark mahogany, body looks like a cola, foamy beige head forms, fair lacing

smell: sweet smooth caramel, cocoa powder, mostly sweet chocolatey nose, some light espresso, fresh fruit zest

taste: fairly complex...sweet smooth chocolate cocoa powder, light caramel, espresso bean, sweet fruit, raisin, date...big malt backbone is the strength of this enjoyable bock, my first brew from Iowa I think

mouthfeel: strong moderate body, slightly fizzy carbonation factor is present

drinkability: pretty drinkable

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown head sits atop a hazey, deep reddish brown beer.
Aroma of chocolate and roasty malt as well. Somewhat earthy. A hint of sourness.

Taste shows a good dose of chocolate with some roasty malt bitterness mixed in. Hops provide a decent balance. A hefty dose of acidic sourness really detracts from the beer for me. Not sure whether that's part of the beer's typical characteristics or a bad bottle.

Mouthfeel has a good body to it, but acidic astringency detracts a bit.
Drinkability suffers in my book due to the sour character of the beer.
Overall, a decent bock I wouldn't mind trying again to see if this was just a bad bottle or not. However, given this beer's scarcity, that's not likely. Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this difficult to obtain Iowa beer!

Photo of BeerZack
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brownish mahogany with small tan head that leaves some fine lace.

Smells of chocolate, toffee, roasted barley, raisin, molasses, some spice.

Tastes much as the nose indicates. Mildly bitter chocolate, raisin, molasses, roasted barley. Big malt flavor without being sweet.

Smooth full mouthfeel despite somewhat aggressive carbonation. Impressively simple.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall glass mug. The liquid is cloudy brown with good carbonation. The head is a big 2 fingers and dark tan it leaves very little lace.

The smell is good almost very good not real strong but some chocolate malt, and a smoky coffee note.

The taste is good it follows the nose, chocolaty malt and a slight smoky coffee taste, This is very solid. A lot like some very good black lagers but thicker.

The mouthfeel is good better then medium body and ok carbonation,

The drinkability is very good I can see this going down well almost any time. Prosit, MK

Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark amber color. One and a half finger light brown head shows medium retention. Sticky streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- The overall nose is malt forward. Not just one or so but a good blend of caramel, chocolate, and light toffee malts. Some nutty hints here and there with darker fruits coming to the forefront before falling to the backing.

T- Chocoalte from both malts and baker style bitter chocolate comes in the front of the beer. Light nutty flavors toward the middle with some light bready notes. Roasted malts are in the backend with some light darker fruits. Bready caramel malts with spicey hops on the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Chocolate flavors and light darker fruits left on the palate. Roasted malts and light hopping in the aftertaste. Flavors were well put together and clean tasting overall.

D- This beer was very good. The ABV makes this a all night drinker. A nice surprise from this brewery. I would look out for this one if you can.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another brew from the head of the industrial electrical group---Thanks Randy!

This awesome lager pours a deep brownish red with a moderate off white head of foam that dies down to a light layer of foam with a thick ring and light lacing. Nose of sweet chocolates, fresh dark bread, and dark roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with dark chocolate flavors all around blending nicely with dark fruit notes of raspberries and fresh dark bread crust mixing with a dash of spicy hops to round it all together. Finish is sweet and lightly chewy with good carbonation for an excellent representation of a bock done right in America. Better than I had hoped for and would love a 12 pack of these delicious treats. A PLUS!


Photo of longbongsilver
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sampler pack on the way home from an Iowa road trip. This one was the first I opened, so... here goes. Pours brownish-red, head is off-white & resembles the top of a float, sticks around a bit.

Smells like caramel, faintly. Hint of bitterness in the background though, making for an interesting combo. Taste ends up more caramel, w/ a hint of chocolate, very malty also. Not thin in the drinking, kinda comes off stout-like (another shock, considering the style).

Overall, a rather damn good call. It's not a big beer, but the subtleties are nuts.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigDank for this bottle.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle dated Nov. '09 into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: Translucent light brown with swirls throughout. A ring of carbonation sits around the inner wall of the glass.

S: Milk chocolate, dark fruits, and sweet malts.

T: A nice blend of chocolate, malts, and finishes with a yeasty bitterness.

M: Thin, light, decent carbonation levels.

D: Just about right for the ABV. Wish it had a little more body.

Overall, a well-rounded beer that is sort of like the bock version of Southern Tier's Choklat. Nothing too memorable and wish it had a little more to it, but then again everyone needs a good 6-pack beer.

Photo of knight84
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pepsican for sending this as an extra!
A: Deep slightly brown amber with a thick almond white head. Nice lacing on the glass
N: Lots of roasted and chocolate malts. Smell is understated but delicious.
T: Very clean and a little light for the style. Lots of cocoa and a strong malt backbone, with some bitter cocoa and coffee bite, it's a little sweet but not cloying. Very drinkable.
M: Robust with a slight syrupy stickyness, very nice.
Overall I found this to be a very nice take on the style and one of the more drinkable bocks that I've had the pleasure of enjoying.

Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 liter Swing Top Bottle:

The beer as it extravasates the bottle is a deep limpid sanguineous color with the head Bunyanesque in size, spumescent in texture and a beauteous light tan color, the lace forms a silky skirt to surround the glass. Nose is sweet chocolate, caramel, slightly earthy, crisp and clean to the senses. Start is a bit tart with a sweet malt background; the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a delightful acidity, the hops personable in their spicy presence, somewhat vinous aftertaste that is also quite dry, an interesting beer and I was given this beer quite some time ago by BelgiumBum, and I thank him for a chance to sample this most unique beer.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pepsican for this extra in the LIF return!

Pours a dark amber/brown color with a small head.

Strong malty aroma, caramel presence, surprisingly strong chocolate aroma, some molasses

Taste starts out quite dry and chalky with cocoa, strong fizzy carbonation is a bit of a distraction, but once that is over it becomes creamier with some nice roasted malt and more cocoa, slight bitterness from the chocolate. Pretty interesting bock.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber tawny color with an average, maybe slightly above average, sized, foamy, bubbly, slightly sticky, off-white head. Average retention with a nice layer of lace.

S - A little on the faint side. A good amount of powder cocoa and chocolate aroma. Toasted malt with some caramel and bread. Touch of dark fruit, particularly raisin. Also some nuttiness. Fairly sweet aroma.

T - Cocoa powder and Baker's chocolate and toasted nutty flavors dominate the taste. Slightly roasted malt and bitter roasted flavors and bitter chocolate provide some bite. Hints of earthy and spicy hops. Some sweet caramel and bready flavors.

M - Fuller side of light body with a good level of carbonation. Smooth and slick feel.

D - Easy to drink and an enjoyable tasting beer. Lots of chocolate but it is neither overly sweet nor bitter. Enjoyable beer to drink.

Notes: Enjoyable beer. Plenty of cocoa and baker's chocolate as well as nuttiness. Neither overly sweet nor bitter, rather a nice balance. Enjoyable Chocolate lager, although it is not amazing. Nice winter brew worth a try.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer directly from the brewery. Poured into a 20oz tulip glass.

A: Pours a caramel amber with 1 1/2" head reducing to one finger and then none throughout session.

S: Cinnamon with hints of caramel, bittersweet chocolate and allspice

T: Strong roasted malt character which is expected of a bock. Nice bitterness throughout, but lighter than I thought it would be. A slight residual metallic flavor after drink.

M: Thick and smooth filling the mouth nicely.

D: For bock I thought this was a little light adding to its drinkability. Still, it'd be a good short session beer during the colder months.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer as it had some interesting aromas and look, but for a "chocolate" bock I really didn't get much chocolate character. The final few sips there was a strong hint of chocolate but throughout it wasn't noticeable. Still, a fun beer to drink

Photo of TxTechBrewer
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Deep ruby red color with brilliant clarity. Nice active tan head that dissipates into nothing relatively quickly but is aroused with a bit of agitation (aren't we all?)

Smell: Wonderful full aroma of sweet malt and maple tones. Very subtle hop notes and malt dominates the nose.

Taste: Excellent malt flavor permeates the palate from beginning to end. Caramel tones indicate presence of some residual sugars and provide complexity. Very clean throughout and leaves the tongue with a bit of residual sweetness. Very little hop bitterness or flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation that dances off the tongue and accentuates the full malt character. Full bodied beer that really pleases.

Drinkability: An excellent bock that I was quite surprised to encounter. This was brought back from Iowa by a friend and I had left it in my fridge for a couple of months. I will get more if I can find it!

Photo of jkwikkel
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark red-brown, settles very clear with a huge thick sticky head.
S - Slight hint of chocolate, a few fruit notes.
T - Very clean, chocolate and fruit again. Very low levels of bitterness. Fruity taste lingers for a while.
M - Thin consistency, low carbonation, settles into the cracks in your mouth, finishes clean.
D - Extremely easy to drink, the light feel with the great flavor make the experience nearly effortless. It took me two bottles just to finish this review.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very thin, then non-existent head. It seriously fizzled away in seconds. The beer itself is a nice ruby brown, but slightly hazy.

S: Slightly malty sweet but also an off yeast smell.

T: There's some chocolate in there, mild, but it's there, along with some more maltiness. Very bland though, but I recall it being a little bolder the rest of the six pack.

M: Too flat, while the beer isn't fresh, the bottle should hold carbonation better than this. Nothing else is wrong with it.

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Millstream Schokolade Bock from Millstream Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.