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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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Tjvan2, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of arc3636
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - deep reddish brown color with very little head

S - faint, sweet smell of chocolate

T - coffee, chocolate, carmel

M - very good mouthfeel, the thick chocolately flavor sticks around in your mouth

O - darker beer with good flavor, but not overpowering. Would buy again

arc3636, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of architects
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

architects, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Herky21, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of djschnabel
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

djschnabel, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of redblacks75
4/5  rDev +1.8%

redblacks75, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of tgraven
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

tgraven, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of AndrewBV
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

AndrewBV, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of DubbelTrubbel
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

DubbelTrubbel, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

MN_Beerticker, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of schoon
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

schoon, Dec 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Davintosh, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of kthing
4/5  rDev +1.8%

kthing, Sep 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

dmilewsk, Jul 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

egrace84, Jun 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

bismarksays, May 12, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Iowacraft
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Iowacraft, Apr 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Duff27, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

theholdsteady, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of kjyost
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle acquired as part of a mixed 12 pack from Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Poured ~4C into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Hazy brown / red body with a light tan head that drops quickly to a ring with little lacing.
S: An incredibly intriguing nose. Definite roasted malts, light sweetness with almost a smokiness about it. Cocoa powder, hint of earth... Mmm...
T: Incredibly nuanced. Tons of things going in here, while being well balanced. Coffee, chocolate, caramel sweetness. Some Ritz crackers and bread. The bitterness comes off as earthy with a spicy note.
M: Super well balanced, with bright carbonation and a very light lingering bitterness.
O: Not what I was expecting at all. This beer has made my day, too bad it is my last one as I gave some away and drank a few when I had drank a few too many so I didn't realize its sheer awesomeness. An amazing amount of flavours and nuance for a smaller beer.

kjyost, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
Bottled in November, notched on label
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Millstream's Schokolade Bock is an acceptable bock bier with a strongly pleasing feel on the palate and notable elements used in the recipe. That being said, I thought the use of chocolate was somewhat gimmicky and acted against the beer's potential interesting malt combinations. While a drinkable beer, this wasn't a bock that really had what I would want in a representation of the style; instead, it is like a gimmick beer to me.

After pouring, the 1cm light tan head I was able to produce collapsed very quickly, leaving no lacing or spots. Eventually, I am left with a thin ring around the glass. A beer with an ethanol content in the 5% range should not have such a hard time maintaining a head. Beer's body is a very dark ruby-brown color out of light, amber chocolate brown when in it. Body is nearly opaque, but I can see slightly through it

Aroma is of lightly roasted malt, sweetish toasted or brown malt, and modest milk chocolate or chocolate powder; slight raisin scent. Overall, scent is fairly straightfoward and not particularly enticing or signaling me to partake of it.

Front of palate picks up toasted or brown malt aspects combined with light milk chocolate or chocolate powder. This becomes more pronounced mid-palate, with roasted malt characters becoming noticeable along with an increased chocolate presence. Some spiciness is present mid-palate, and ethanol actually makes it through as well, particularly when slightly warm, which is disappointing. Closes out with a flash of sugary sweetness, leading to an aftertaste of slightly roasted, slightly tart malt characters. Good, but the alcohol noticeability in a bock detracts somewhat.

Beer is medium bodied with ample carbonation to make this foam up on the palate, creating a smooth and pillowy mouthfeel. Seems about right for a bock. Closes out with a dry finish.

falloutsnow, Feb 21, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Garnet, slightly brown. The head retention is quite poor.
S- Brown bread, a bit of caramel, and some raisens.
T- Complex flavor here. It is almost a like a light quad. Big raisen flavor with some dark bread, and a bit of toffee lingering. Lots of malty flavor.
M- Medium body, almost creamy carb. Long finish.
O- A very delicious beer that has a good mouthfeel. Far and away the best beer I've had from Millstream.

jsprain1, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of sprucetip
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with good activity, clarity, red highlights when backlit, and a thin finger of tan foam that fades fast and leaves no lacing.

Yeasty with a bit of malty sweetness and dark fruit initially. A wee nip of booze later, and not much else. And it's faint overall.

Tastes like the smell but better and stronger. Malty sweet, dark fruit, light hop bitterness, very mild roast, and German yeast character play well together and combine to make a pretty tasty beer.

Strong carbonation with a bit of a bite, the body is on the thin side of medium, and it is pretty smooth overall.

This is a pretty good beer. I'd be proud of it if I made it. But it's not amazing and doubt it will be memorable.

sprucetip, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a dark brown color with thin, pale tan head. No retention and little lace.

S: Roasted malt, a little chocolate and chicory.

T: Leads with mellow, nutty roast, turns dry in the middle, then slowly sweetens into chocolate and berries on the finish. Nice complexity and no flaws. Quite yummy. As the beer warms, some tea and leather join in.

M: Medium body, quite smooth, no complaints here.

O: I am liking this a lot. Great flavors and hits the spot on a cold day. Millstream really knows how to do the German styles, and this is no exception. Worth seeking out.

AmericanGothic, Dec 22, 2011
Millstream Schokolade Bock from Millstream Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.