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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
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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.38/5  rDev -14%

Dark brown that is actually deep ruby when backlit. Clear as a bell with a small number of lazy bubbles rising to the ecru-colored head. The smallish cap is soft and deflates fairly quickly and unimpressively to a thin, spotty film, leaving next to no lace.

The nose consists of roasted, toasted malt, not much else. There's also a subtle mocha scent, but I might be reaching. The flavor is a more aggressive version of the aroma and is of roasted dark malt with an undertow of coffee and a mild nuttiness. The finish is marginally sour and slightly mineral-like.

Disappointing body/mouthfeel; too light and too fizzy. No matter how good the flavor--and this one is barely above average on a good day--I require a better mouth presence in order to enjoy a beer fully. Slightly too light, I can live with. Over-carbonated and too light, I can't.

Because I live in a state that has only one brewery, I'd like to be able to say that I enjoy the hell out of their beer. 'Drink local' and all that. Schokolade Bock doesn't do much for me though. I'd like to think that it's a couple of fixes away from being good so I'll keep trying it year after year and hope that some changes are made. For now though, I think I'll stick with a few of Millstream's other offerings.

05-06-2004 00:36:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a tight, tan head; nice retention and a few shards of lace

Smell: Caramel with dusty chocolate powder

Taste: Opens with a brown bread flavor that grows progressively sweet and malty by mid-palate, when the chocolate becomes most apparent; fruity, too, with date flavors prominent; after the swallow, there is a woody aspect that counterbalances the sweeter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nothing extreme but a subtle difference from the other bocks and so-called bocks out there

Thanks, BuckeyeNation, for the opportunity

10-17-2008 23:51:10 | More by brentk56
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Pours a lovely clear ruby brown, with a nice finger of ecru head that doesn't really lace much at all. The smell is heavy on the syrup, molasses, and chocolate, with some slight plum and fig hints poking through the haze as well. The taste is of darker malts and more of a cocoa than a chocolate flavore. A fine combination of chocolatiness and bockiness! The body is a light medium and runs velvety smooth over the tongue, allowing this brew to be drunk and enjoyed for many an hour.

02-20-2010 01:25:09 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, creamy, bubbly, three-finger head that left small amounts of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel,chocolate and sweet malt.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and a nice blend of sweet caramel and chocolate.

M - It was smooth and crisp. A light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good bock. Great appearance and a good taste.

02-21-2008 01:11:59 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

03-17-2007 16:22:13 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, maple, honey, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, honey, fruit and a touch of chocolate. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character and lager yeast. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

04-24-2012 03:50:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

03-03-2004 05:34:51 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%

Clear, bright ruby/ near brown color, good slab of cocoa-toned foam standing above, slowly thinning.
Chocolatey nose, roasty, hints of espresso and anise.
taste begins fruity, cherries and dates, then gets a little bitter and gritty, roasty,nutty, and it ends about there. Mouthfeel is medium, finish is brief and still chocolatey. A bit fizzy, and a bit more bland. Sorry, to say, ....it's not bad at all, just lacking what we'd really like from a bock. Flavor just leaves a lot to be desired. could be a lot tastier, more rich, full, maltiness is in order.

01-18-2005 04:52:49 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Beer poured into a bock glass. Forms a thin brown head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks fine.

Aroma is nice and subtle, mostly malt, a slight roast.

Beer is medium body, pretty good for a single bock. Some roast in the back, ever so slight and sweetness up front. Nice mouthfeel and good drinkability.

04-28-2010 02:38:34 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

04-28-2010 02:13:06 | More by Mora2000
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours a one-fingered white head that goes quickly and leaves no lace. Deep amber color. Moderate carbonation. Starts with a good mix of malt and hops, finishes on the dry and slightly hoppy side. Described as dark and chewy, its dark but only medium bodied. The ABV is 5.7%.

11-19-2003 23:51:55 | More by jdhilt
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

Pours very little head. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Flavors are rich with notes of molasses and licorice. A lot of nutty flavors with some roasted malts. Lots of caramel and toffee. Chocolate as well. Very malty. Hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: roasted and smooth. Medium bodied.

Overall, a pretty good bock, but it has a bit too much of a roast for me. It is also a bit sweet.

12-01-2013 03:01:06 | More by mothman
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-29-2013 03:11:00 | More by BillRoth
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

Clear garnet tone. Thick and fluffy tan head. Retention is solid as is the lace. Decent nose of bready malts, yeast and a little chocolate. Taste is bready malts, a little raisin, a little cherry and some chocolate malt tones. Agreeable mouthfeel. Body's a little better than medium and the carbanation is appropriate. No signs of alcohol in the taste. I would have no problem kicking a few of these back.

Thanks BIG Ol ZAP...

03-19-2006 05:50:33 | More by Bighuge
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Gusler

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

03-14-2004 22:20:20 | More by Gusler
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-15-2013 20:26:16 | More by harpus
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dirtylou

Washington

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

01-30-2006 01:39:10 | More by dirtylou
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a somewhat muddy amber, cola brown, and ruby color with a quick somewhat yellowish head.

The aroma has loads of bakery fresh, roasted, grainy aromas. Add to that some tame powdered chocolate. Good and malty like a bock should be.

Slightly bitter, medium roasted bread grains at the start. Then a more hearty toasted homemade white bread with some light honey. Then a gristy, somehwhat powderey chocolate malt finish and palate.

This is a good example of bock that isn't overwhelming, flavorful, and a good session bock.

03-24-2010 04:38:01 | More by scruffwhor
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the trade. This Bock pours a dark brown color with a medium light tan head. Thin and spidery lacing. The aroma is lightly malty with chocolate undertones. Medium-bodied and very sweet with chocolate malt, caramel and nut flavors. Some smoke can be detected at times too. The finish is lightly sweet and not very interesting or flavorful but luckily it doesn’t detract too much from the experience. All in all a fair Bock.

08-10-2004 04:48:05 | More by Dogbrick
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +17%

Clear cherrywood, thick, lumpy, and lush finger high beige head, resides down to a moderate skim always present; lacing in thin webby thick sheets.

Aroma is quite nice, very clean and a good malty character with a refined little toasted grain over the top of a whisp of cocoa. A solid smellin' bock.

Taste is somewhat sweet toned in the malts, a bit relaxed, frothy and fluffy feel with a welcoming smoothnesshas touches of toastyness and a pleasant dusting of cocoa in the finish and little bits of bread crust drizzled in toffee. Left over tangy malts last way into the finish after the cocoa fades off. Quite a nice taster.

Regular bocks have always been near the bottom of my list as far as beer styles go. And as I look through the listings here on BA I'm not the only one it seems, as there's barely any over a rating of 4. As with most, I have never really been impressed with many Bocks. Until now. This is a nice step in a direction I could see going in. By far the top of my list for bocks right behind Lakefront's version. Maybe I'll have to dabble in trying other bocks now? Maybe not...but I'd keep this stuff stocked.
Thanks to mentor for sending me a brigade of Iowa brews!

07-23-2004 23:49:56 | More by tavernjef
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Looks the part....nice dark brown with a perfect creamy tan head...initial aroma was sweet and candy like...now getting more of a musty, day old coffee aroma..

Taste is very good....sweet and malty....some mild milk chocolate...and dark fruits like cherries...

Medium bodied...creamy...smooth..perhaps a little thin...

Impressive bock...easy drinking and tasty....worth a try for sure..

03-16-2006 06:34:00 | More by ZAP
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Duff27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-24-2012 15:08:33 | More by Duff27
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cokes

Wisconsin

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.

03-20-2005 06:58:04 | More by cokes
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mynie

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%

Sampled at the brewery, this review is from extensive notes.

Very nice pour. Dark brown. Not dark ruby, dark brown--where light pierces the brew it's just a lesser shade of black, covered with a large tan head all foamy like a bathtub.

Cold, the smell of milk chocolate pierces the nose, incredibly sharp but narrow, like a blade. As it warms, the scent takes on a great complexity, blending sweet bock malts and a couple different types of chocolate malt balancing bitter and sweet. Really wonderful.

Tastes great, too. One of the most complicated malt characters I've ever come across. Starts with a sweeter, Nestle bar chocolate, which moves into a more bitter baking, roasting chocolate, which swings back around, somehow, into a sweet, slightly grainy bock malt. And it all comes with a remarkable smoothness. This has been lagered really well.

Easily the best bock I've ever had. Try it while it's fresh.

05-29-2006 22:05:29 | More by mynie
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -16%

Dark, ruby body with a light-reddish-tan head.
Nose is sweet licorice, cookie, accompanied by subtle, yet spicy hop notes.
Taste is soapy-sweet, rummy malt. Light roasted flavors mingle, paving the way for some spicy hops that gradually come in, resulting in a meaty-homebrew bitterness that lasts long into the finish. Medium-bodied, not cloying or too thick. Not bad, but this doesn’t do a lot for me.

11-06-2004 23:48:33 | More by alexgash
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Millstream Schokolade Bock from Millstream Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.