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Millstream Schokolade Bock - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

129 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 19
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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ucis

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-28-2011 15:37:54 | More by ucis
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 01:14:56 | More by Pintofbrown
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-14-2011 18:18:24 | More by JRod1969
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rundocrun

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 00:20:48 | More by rundocrun
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 02:12:00 | More by SolomonGrundy
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 23:23:05 | More by mdwalsh
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drizzam

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 21:06:35 | More by drizzam
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 21:50:00 | More by Vdubb86
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 23:18:19 | More by cdkrenz
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 16:52:46 | More by garymuchow
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cpolking

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:53:09 | More by cpolking
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 02:47:15 | More by brewdoc75
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 23:07:09 | More by alleykatking
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:23:11 | More by FreshHawk
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 05:59:30 | More by wagenvolks
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 01:52:11 | More by hoppymcgee
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 01:25:09 | More by TMoney2591
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knight84

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 04:51:00 | More by knight84
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice pour. The color is an attractive ruby/amber brown. Two fingers of head developed and slowly dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and foamy ring.

Smell: Maybe my nose isn't working tonight, but the aromas are very faint and hard to decipher. What I could get was toasted cocoa malts and maybe a touch of coffee. Smells like a hybrid stout/brown ale.

Taste: Very tasty. The toasted cocoa is prominent, and is complimented by coffee and caramel malts as well. A slight bitterness offers a satisfying bite.

Drinkability: Another great brew from Millstream. Schokolade Bock melds the best qualities of stout, brown ale, and amber ale, and makes for a very enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 06:04:49 | More by TheQuietMan22
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NicholasCasber

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 21:30:56 | More by NicholasCasber
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jkwikkel

Iowa

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark red-brown, settles very clear with a huge thick sticky head.
S - Slight hint of chocolate, a few fruit notes.
T - Very clean, chocolate and fruit again. Very low levels of bitterness. Fruity taste lingers for a while.
M - Thin consistency, low carbonation, settles into the cracks in your mouth, finishes clean.
D - Extremely easy to drink, the light feel with the great flavor make the experience nearly effortless. It took me two bottles just to finish this review.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 01:27:25 | More by jkwikkel
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beerbrains

Nebraska

2.45/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 03:59:16 | More by beerbrains
Millstream Schokolade Bock from Millstream Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.