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Millstream Schokolade Bock - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

130 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 20
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 01-08-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

DubbelTrubbel, Jan 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Turbo, Jun 22, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +22.1%

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.

Jason, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of badbeer
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

badbeer, Nov 29, 2007
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Mora2000, Apr 28, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

NicholasCasber, Dec 23, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

schoon, Dec 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

richkrull, Dec 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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!

LordofTime25, Dec 19, 2008
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2.45/5  rDev -37.7%

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.

beerbrains, Sep 01, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

cokes, Mar 20, 2005
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

NeroFiddled, Mar 17, 2007
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3.93/5  rDev 0%

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 one...an enjoyable bock, my first brew from Iowa I think

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

drinkability: pretty drinkable

dirtylou, Jan 30, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

PretzelCity, Apr 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

djschnabel, Feb 11, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -21.6%

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!

PhantomVodoo, Jan 13, 2004
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

BeerZack, May 04, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

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

MuenchenerKindl, Apr 01, 2007
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Moby, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

alleykatking, Nov 30, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

longbongsilver, May 05, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Joey-bags1990, Dec 27, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

hoppymcgee, Mar 04, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

AndrewBV, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

knight84, Feb 05, 2010
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Millstream Schokolade Bock from Millstream Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.