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Millstream Schokolade Bock - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

137 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 21
Gots: 10 | 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 Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of theholdsteady
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of kjyost
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of jsprain1
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of sprucetip
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ucis
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was poured into a glass stein.

Appearance- A nice dark auburn body with ruby-orange highlights has a nice amount of carbonation floating to the top. It only relinquished a pencil-width head on a heavy pour. The beige foam is only a ring on the outside of the glass; no lace.

Smell- Definitely chocolate on the nose. It is a semi-sweet and dark chocolate scent. There is a slight earthy quality to it that may be coming from hops. This is pretty subtle. Will see if anything changes as it warms.

Taste- The chocolate is up front on the tongue and sweetens it up a decent amount. There is some roast and char in the finish, with the earthy hop being more in the middle of the drink than the end of it.

I'm also surprised to sense a little bit of alcohol on the palate. That is unfortunate for a relatively lower abv beer. There is also a slight nuttiness present.

Mouth feel- More of a medium body that is not quite right with the carbonation. It is kind of slick on the tongue, but not creamy at all. There is a little astringency to the beer.

Overall- After hearing such wonderful things about this beer, I am not nearly as impressed as I thought I would be. The chocolate is there in the nose, but not near as much on the palate, and it does not last for long.

It reminds me more of a porter or stout than a bock. This really needs to be sweetened up.

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of rundocrun
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from (very) fresh 12-oz bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled only 6 days ago!

A - Yields a finger and a half of snappy tan head. Beer itself is deep brown with dark red berry-colored highlights. Foam fades to a thin film within a minute or two. No lacing to speak of.

S - Mmmmm... delicious. I get lots of caramely toasted malt, some pungent raspberry-like esters and a good dollop of milk chocolate in the background. There is also possibly some booze in the nose as well. Surprising since this is a 5.7% beer.

T - Deeply toasted and ever so slightly sharp burnt grain taste up front. Hints of bitter cocoa, black licorice and a slightly tart yeasty character are noticeable through the middle. There is just enough hop bitterness to balance out the surprisingly complex malt profile of this beer. Finishes with a flavor of extra dark caramel and some burnt sugar accompanied by some alcohol bitterness.

M - This beer has a medium body with an excellent level of carbonation. Very balanced beer with a somewhat sticky and sugary residual feel. Great winter beer.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Super stoked: received my trade from Oz that contained none other than Westvleteren 12!!! My project will now be complete, in only 9 more days!!!

I want to finish this review up quick, so here goes...

Thanks to GraniteSkunk for this extra. Cheers!!

Pours a weird dark, reddish amber. A short head. Decently carbonated. Not a lot of lacing.

Strong, malty aromas. I get a hint of chocolate, but mostly a massive amount of caramel malt. It's super malty. Short bit of sweetness. Some slightly boozy characteristics. Overall strong and sweet.

Flavor is dominated by carbonation. It's very fizzy. Upfront it's almost overpowering. It dies off slowly, revealing a nice malt backbone. Some nicely toasted/roasted flavors in here also. Finish has a touch of sweetness and a long, lingering malt component. Decent beer, but I wouldn't bother unless it was priced to sell...

What I like most: The wonderfully roasty components in the flavor profile.

What I like least: The huge carbonation, and how spritzy it is overall.

Verdict: decent and flavorful, it's unique and worth trying if it's priced well.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of drizzam
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my good buddy cdkrenz for this generous offering! Poured from the bottle into my new favorite glass, my Central Waters tulip.

A - Deep, dark ruby in color when held up to a bright light source. The body is topped by a thin cap of white head, which didn't leave much for lacing.

S - Toasted malt aroma with a touch of cocoa powder.

T & M - The toasted malt provides a backbone with accenting bready and dry bitter chocolate flavors providing balance to the malt. Seems like I'm picking up a nutty character as well, almond I think. Light bodied mouthfeel, finishes very crisply.

D - This is an easy drinking brew...dare I say sessionable? My first foray into the world of Millstream, and I wasn't disappointed in the least. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a FFF pint glass

Thanks to GraniteSkunk for this bottle, and the Iowa tick that goes with it.

This beer looks like a damn good bock, it's got a beautiful deep amber color with a beige head on the surface. The smell leaves much to the imagination as it doesn't follow the color in quality. The aroma consists mainly of woodsy notes and light malt tones. The overall nose isn't very strong. The flavor has a very woodsy taste. It tastes identical to a homebrew that my friends and I made, that was a failed attempt at a regular stout. We did use Ringwood ale and I am certain this is responsible for the similarities in flavor. The mouthfeel is a tad on the acrid side due to the woodsy taste. There should be chocolate in the flavor of this beer (Schokolade = german for chocolate), but I sure as heck don't taste it. This still is pretty easy to drink, though as I thought my stout was a failure, I think the same of this beer. It's pretty good but nothing special in the slightest.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown colored body with a nice light tan head with good stamina.

S - Rich and potent in the aroma. Raisin, caramel malts, molasses, and cereal.

T - Grape Nuts cereal as a kick right in the beginning but then quickly covered by slightly bitter, caramel flavored malts. The flavor of pungent plums accent a firm malty base alongside a hint of smokiness. This is a very good tasting bock.

M - Slightly coarse on the tongue but relatively easy to put pack. Above the coarse texture there's watery wash.

~ This is solid bock. I'm very impressed with the overall drinkability and am glad I nabbed a sixer.

Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice malt aroma, clean, slight caramel, slight burnt.
Very clear, dark red, smallish head but dense.
clearly malty character, clean flavors, malty dryness, slightly caramelized, slight burnt.
smooth lager feel with a heavy enough body.
Not too sweet with subdued richness that helps drinkability.
Thanks Bry.

Photo of cpolking
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very dark brown and is translucent only around the edges. It has a quarter-inch of very light brown head. The aroma is dark cocoa and coffee. The taste is deep, rich, dark, roasted coffee and chocolate. The taste is big, but the beer drinks light and is much more dry than sweet. This beer is a delight.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber-mahogany, crystal clear. Carbonation is moderately strong. Supple, white head dies to a light lace on top.

S: strong aromas of toasted chocolate malt at first. In the background there is some dark fruit aromas with plum being most prominent. Rich caramel notes too. Not your typical bock.

T: More of that toasted chocolate flavor at first. The melanoidans are fairly weak in this bock. You do get some plum and fig malty flavors but not much. The toasted chocolate character kind of dominates. This isn't a bad thing but also doesn't seem to fit the style. There is some rich caramel character in the background. Lots of toast and breadiness. Solid hop bitterness.

M: Light-medium bodied. Crisp on the tongue. Finishes reasonbly dry.

D: An interesting bock. I felt the chocolate malt flavors overwhelmed the lovely traditional bock flavors. It was a solid beer, but not what I expected when looking for a bock. I would drink it again, but prefer a traditional bock with traditional flavors.

Photo of alleykatking
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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 FreshHawk
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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 wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. stubby bottle courtesy of a recent trade with ballz50401. Thanks for the extra, homie!

Pours with a rustic mahogany color, clear and bright. Scant sawdust head of big bubbles that pop and retreat quickly after each swirl of the pint glass. Great aroma, true to the style with an earthy chocolate tone backed by caramel and toffee malts. Hops are both spicy and grassy, and add a superb balance. Hints of fig and prune from the yeast.

Tastes very similar to the aroma, with a hefty dose of bittersweet toffee and butterscotch candy. Hops add notes of grass and peppery spice. Schokolade sits well on the tongue--medium body with a creamy, well-carbonated body and a lasting semi-bitter finish. An impressive Bock, and easily one of the better American-brewed versions of the style I've encountered. Give this one a try.

Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Millstream Schokolade Bock from Millstream Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.