25th Anniversary Dopplebock | Millstream Brewing Company

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25th Anniversary Dopplebock25th Anniversary Dopplebock

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by daledeee on 05-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by brewdoc75:
Photo of brewdoc75
3.07/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown/mahogany with amber highlights. Somewhat murky. Literally no head at all. Low to moderate carbonation. This doesn't really look that great. I love a good bock (dopplebock). This doesn't look like one.

S: Some dark fruits in the nose with plum and fig. There is a touch of melanoidins in the aroma but that is about it. Very muted aromas overall.

T: The flavors are all here. Moderate-heavy melanoidin character. Lots of plum, fig and rich caramel. A hint of chocolate. Great munich malt flavor with some breadiness in the background. Very rich flavors overall. The hops provide reasonable bitterness.

M: Pretty thin on the tongue. Not enough carbonation. Finishes a little astringent.

D: This is a suboptimal dopplebock. I love a good bock and am always in the search for a great one. I was excited to find this "Anniversary Edition" dopplebock from a brewery that I feel is pretty solid. This one definitely misses the mark.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FreshHawk
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark raisin with an orange hue on the edges, a little lighter color for the style. Slightly below average sized, creamy, smooth, frothy, toasted marshmallow colored head. Reduces down pretty fast settling into thin creamy layer of lace.

S - Typical doppelbock aroma with some dark fruit (raisin, date, and a touch of plum). Some cocoa and sweet malt. Pretty sweet. The problem is that this is just too weak and faint.

T - Toasted dark bread provides a lot of the flavor. Some earthiness and maybe just a hint of nut flavor coming out fairly strong in the background. Slightly burnt brown sugar and just a slight hint of spice. A faint flavor of dark fruit as well. Just a little too light and faint.

M - Lighter side of medium body with slightly below average carbonation. Smooth, but just too thin and watery.

D - Flavors are alright and it is easy to drink, but everything is just too faint, light, or thin. It doesn't necessarily inspire me to drink more.

Notes: Not a bad beer, but it is just too faint, light, thin, and just falls short and leaves me feel lacking. What is there is pretty nice, I was just hoping for more. Probably not worth the price, just not enough unfortunately.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight pour into a tall Hobgoblin glass (I can’t remember the name). The color is a deep brown with ruby tones. I screwed up the pour so only a small, slightly tan head developed and dissipated very quickly to leave a thin film and bubbly lacing around the edge. It took a while for the head to develop, which made me wonder if there was any carbonation at all.

Smell: Lots of lightly toasted chocolate and caramel. There is also dark fruit: raisin, cherry, plum, and also maybe a little bit of raspberry.

Taste: Though this bottle is probably a year old, I am not sure how much the beer has deteriorated. Flavors of toasted malts (caramel and a little chocolate) and toasted wheat bread (with singed edges) dominate. After the top flavors are the dark fruits: plum, cherry, and a little of the raspberry from the smell. The end of each sip has a barrel-aged woodiness to it, but it is very slight, as is a brandy-like alcohol sharpness.

Drinkability: It’s good, but I would expect more from Millstream for such a momentous occasion. Though disappointing, it is drinkable.

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Photo of Duff27
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rundocrun
2.46/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a deep ruby-brown. Absolutely no head formation whatsoever--even after a (very) rough pour. It's like this stuff isn't carbonated at all...

S - Smells of rich, toasted, nutty malt. Lots of smooth, sweet chocolate. Interestingly, some very mild grape juice-like aromas too.

T - And my fears are confirmed. Hardly carbonated. Generically sweet up front. Sweetness fades through the middle and takes on a very lightly sweetened cocoa powder flavor. Has a dry, wine-like acidity through the finish mixed with mild hop bitterness. Nothing stands out to me about the flavor of this beer. Overall, quite "meh".

M - As I stated above, this doppelbock is severely under-carbonated. Aside from that glaring deficiency, the mouthfeel is about what you'd expect of the style. Medium-to-thick body with a sweet maltiness that sticks around long after each sip.

Overall- Quite disappointed with this beer to be honest. Certainly not anywhere near my favorites from Millstream, but you can't blame them for wanting to try something a little different for such a special occasion, right?

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly reddish deep brown. Poured very still, low carbonation, no head. Typical sweet malt scent. The flavors were on the dull side of average for the style. Body was lighter than average. Drinkability was meh. Overall, a brew that's just shy of being average all-around. Not a bed beer, just a boring one. I do congratulate Millstream for sticking around 25 years in a state with restrictive beer laws, and wish them well in the future.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this monster bottle in the store and just felt compelled to bring home this shinny 650 ml beauty. It was worth it.

This dark red/dark brown goo poured out of the bottle with a small amount of carbonation. The aroma was of toffee and caramel with perhaps a tough of plumb. The flavor of the same and rather smooth. It wasn't overpowering, wasn't that strong at all, but it was very welcome on the palette. It has decent body but not overly thick. It was rather smooth with little bitterness.

This beer doesn't bite back at all so it's very user friendly. There are some stronger, more aggressive dopples out there but this one is overall, nice.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Raisin brown that is actually dusky russet-orange when backlit with the overcast morning sky outside my front window. An increasingly elevated pour produced a thin slice of foam that is well on its way to disappearing completely. Uh oh. Looks like carbonation will be an issue.

The nose is doppelbock-like, but is way too weak. No sense waiting for the head to fade since it already has. Earthy brown malt (and no cocoa notes) very politely greets each sniff. Warming changes nothing.

25th Anniversary Doppel Bock had a chance to be good beer, but the thin body and the lack of bubbles put too much of a strain on the flavor profile. Too bad an anniversary beer isn't something the brewer can tweak until he gets it right. One shot only.

Flavors include brown bread toast, dark caramel, hints of brown sugar (which was added) and an earthiness that is most likely due to Munich malt. It's all right and proper as far as it goes, but there's no depth, no complexity, no punch and no pizzaz.

Mouthfeel is important, although a bad one probably isn't important enough to turn great beer into average beer. This one is way too thin and underbubbled. Hopefully, only my bottle got past quality control and the rest are fine... but I seriously doubt it.

It's a testament to Millstream's staid German ethos as a brewery that they responded to the Iowa ABV limit being raised to 15.0% by releasing a 7.0% doppelbock. All would be good in the Hawkeye State if this was a kick-ass doppelbock. Sadly, it isn't.

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Photo of daledeee
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now that Iowa has changed the beer law, we are starting to see some higher proof beers trickle in. This beer is from Millstream which is about 20 miles from my house.

I poured this beer into my favorite glass and got just about a 1/2 inch of head. It quickly went away and left a dark clear brown. After a few minutes there was no sign of a head.

The nose is a little sweet with caramel.

I drank this beer about 50 degrees. The very first sip had a very bitter coffee taste. That soon went away and now we have the traditional sweet caramel and roasted malt flavor. The finish carries a slight bitterness which I found appealing.

I would have marked this beer higher except for the lack of head and carbonation. If that was there, it would have been quite an appealing dopplebock. The taste was very true to type. Alcohol is not listed on the label but I am guessing the 7-8% range.

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Photo of mynie
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've advocated for Millstream for a long time. Jesus--it's been 5 years since their last anniversary d-bock? I guess it's been a while since I've advocated for them. But they were one of my first micro breweries and for that I will always love them, get in fights for them, if some sonofawhore says one goddamn word about them I will just flip out, just lose it, there will be a fire. In Iowa, they were for years one of my only sources of craft beer that was practically guaranteed to be fresh. They make the best Marzen I've ever had, ever, and none of their beers are worse than good.

So, wow, I'm really sorry to say this, but this is maybe the blandest doppelbock that I've ever had.

It's not *bad*. It's smooth. For its ABV, it's remarkably smooth. But it's like I'm drinking a mediocre Schwarz, everything is so muted. Like Schell's Dark, or even Shiner Bock. It's not quite as bland as those two, but there's nothing characteristic about it. The zippy bockiness simply is not.

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25th Anniversary Dopplebock from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.17 out of 5 with 10 ratings