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Millstream Schokolade Bock - Millstream Brewing Company

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130 Ratings

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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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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!

NeroFiddled, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a clear cocoa color with a small, creamy tan head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Sweet caramel malty aroma with nice chocolate overtones.

Taste is mildly sweet and caramel malty upfront with a mild cocoa flavor. Finishes sweet with a lingering maltiness.

Medium-light body, light carbonation.

Tasty and drinkable bock. I easily drank the bottle and would like another.

MaltyGoodness, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of terrabyte
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, dark-brown color. I poured it aggressively and only got a small head.

Aroma is very muted. I had a hard time picking anything up at all. Unfortunately it hurts the overall rating.

Flavor has a big caramel and malt base. Chocolate is present but comes in second, which is actually nice for a change. And now for something I’ve never said in a review before, but I want to say the malts are double roasted. Not burned, just heavily roasted. Unique, and very enjoyable.

Mouthful is excellent like almost all Millstream beers. Well carbonated, smooth & mellow.

An excellent drinker!! Why? The texture, weight, and carbonation step aside and allow you to really enjoy the flavor of this beer. And the flavor is very enjoyable. There is nothing here to slow you down. One of my favorites from Millstream, and one of the best bocks I’ve had.

terrabyte, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mynie, May 29, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Dark reddish-brown color with a thin, bubbly tan head. Musty malt & nut aroma. Some fruit notes in the taste, but it's mostly a light roasted malt flavor and bitter nutty aftertaste. A bit thin & oily for my taste, but it's got pretty decent flavor and certainly an easy-drinking bock. Great with chocolate also.

hero27, May 01, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Bighuge, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of ZAP
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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..

ZAP, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a dark brown color with no head. The aroma is chocolate, burnt wood, and a bit of licorice. Caramel flavor, though not overly sweet. Cocoa and berry flavors come in, though they are secondary to the caramel. Finishes slightly spicy and bitter. A bit sour in the finish too. Very smooth mouthfeel, which also makes this beer quite drinkable. Give this a try if you are a fan of the bock style.

beveragecaptain, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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 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
Photo of karst
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label notched November 2004.

Pours a deep chestnut with a durable beige head. Aroma of toffee and herbal fruity hops. Bready sweet toasty dark Munich and soft caramel malt combin in a awesome flavor. Lightly caramelized pecan and cocoa emerge with gentle hop presence to partially offset residual sweetness. Light body with respectable dextrinous viscosity in mouthfeel but not sticky. Some sweet dark fruits emerge with warming 50 - 55 ° F, but still clean and dry finish that has faint pecan and cocoa flashbacks. Yummy!!

Very smooth and drinkable. Thanks to Hopheadken for putting me on to this fine bock.

karst, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, creamy, light brown colored head. Mildly sweet malt aroma. Dark brown beer has a mahogany hue. Chocolate malt flavors up front, sweetens up in the middle before fading into the finish. Body is a bit thing. Smells pretty good, tastes pretty good, but it never quite comes through. Thanks BuckeyeNation.

HappyHourHero, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just found a bottle of one of these in my six pack of Warsh Pail Ale, so I figured I would give it a proper review instead of my tap room sampler. Looks like a proper bock, very dark and caramel-ish with a decent tan head. The smell is a bit grainy and malty with a hint of mocha. Tastes a bit chocolatey as well as sweet and malty. Very good. Almost tasted like a brown ale to me without being out of the bock style. Mouthfeel was perfect, but for some reason I couldn't find myself drinking this in a session, even though the ABV is about within range.

neonbrown82, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

cokes, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of LarryKemp
1.68/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A crystal clear deep amber brown liquid topped with an almost tan fluffly head that lasts for several minutes.

The aroma is disappointing. I can smell a little roasted and as it should be no hops. Nothing bad but nothing all that good either.

I must have gotten some BAD beer here. The taste is sour. So bad that this one is going into the sink. BAD BAD BAD.

Mouthfeel is watery, I think.

This beer is NOT drinkable. I don't know if I can find another one and try it later.

LarryKemp, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist-cap bottle obtained from John's Grocery (a few miles from the brewery) in December, 2004. Bock, eh? Well, I've been to Germany recently--we'll see how it matches up.

Goodness that cap was hard to unscrew! Pours dark red or a nice mohoganey. Not much head, perhaps 1/4th of a finger. Crystal clear with no sediment in the bottle (damn, this beer is clear). Smells of baker's chocolate and little else. Not a sweet Godiva, but a rough bare bones chocolate. Unfortunately, the head has already settled.

Taste: Okay, this is a bock. Dang, I've never had that caramelly bock mixed with chocolate before. That's kinda interesting. In the end, the chocolate dominates. After the chocolate, I get some rebounds of chocolate, but nothing new to really captivate my interest. Medium bodied (bordering on medium-thick) with some sharp carbonation on the tongue piercing home. Boy, I wish there was more to this beer. It's got the sweet to carry things along, but all I get is chocolate and a distant caramel. One dimensional, which could make for a good session beer, but it's just too sweet for that. I'd love to support the home team, but I just can't do it.

mentor, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of alexgash
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

alexgash, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Dogbrick, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

tavernjef, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of Dantes
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12oz. crowned brown “heritage” bottle; somewhere between a stubby and a longneck. Common “date scale” notched at January. No ABV information. Brown label with familiar grist mill logo.

Cost: Acquired via trade

Presentation: Shaker pint at ~45º

Appearance: A somewhat muddy, brown body that generated a voluminous, rocky, off-white head; which dissipated quickly into shreds of skim. Held up to the light, the body. Kind of made me think of pumpernickel bread.

Smell: Weakly malty, with some toasty, nutty aromas. Not very distinguished.

Taste: Nice, bock-like toastiness, with some lightly fruity backnotes. The bread metaphor continues to work here: a good degree of graininess, backed by a definite toasted edge that shades toward the sour. Just like pumpernickel bread! I didn’t detect much of the promised chocolate aroma or taste, but maybe that’s me. I tend not to detect those notes in beers that don’t have actual cacao in them. As seems typical with Millstream’s beers, there is a slight lack of concentration or extraction that lends this a touch of wateriness. Finishes cleanly and lightly.

Mouthfeel: Like the other Millstream beers I’ve had, this was beautifully carbonated, and somewhat light and thin in body. Pleasant.

Drinkability: Another easy-drinking Millstream beer. Not the stoutest or most flavorful bock I’ve had, but a better than average one.

Backwash: Another beer that makes me wonder why Iowans would ever buy a macro beer. Millstream beers remind me a bit of Ithaca Brewing’s offerings (except for the bigger Ithaca beers). They are generally well done, but lack some flavor and body concentration. All-around, a fine effort.

Dantes, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown twist cap. Month notched on label, no indication if its month of bottling, or best buy.

Dark tawny brown in colour. A rough pour produces two fingers of off white foam that retains for a minute, before receding into a thin cap.

Full throtle malt aroma, with great notes of roast, chocolate, & coffee.

Smooth malt driven joy. Nice mix of chocolate & coffee with a slight plum flavour that keeps me on my toes. Finishes with a slight metallic twang, & no significant hop flavours. Medium / full bodied, weak carbonation. Very easy drinking.

xgrigorix, May 20, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, May 06, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Gusler, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a head that goes away quickly. Leaving a thin rim of lace around the glass. Aroma is a nice mellow malt and chocolate. Taste is very nice. Nice dark chocolate and malt bitterness. The bitterness is finely balanced with malt. The mouthfeel and finish are a little dry. That is fine. This is an excellent bock.

daledeee, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Jason, Mar 03, 2004
Millstream Schokolade Bock from Millstream Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.