Schokolade Bock
Millstream Brewing Company

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German Bock
Ranked #3
Ranked #7,761
3.99 | pDev: 11.03%
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 180
Photo of dfillius
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a review for German Pilsner. Can’t figure out how to delete an erroneous review in the app. I have not tried schokolade bock. Super refreshing, nice and easy drinking. Crisp and very clean with a hint of corn sweetness in the aroma and aftertaste. Noble hops, decent bitterness. Pillowy bone white head from modest pour down the center of the glass. Great summer beer.

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Photo of beergoot
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body; dense, creamy head. Fine blend of roasted grains and chocolate in the aroma. Excellent cocoa powder flavor; caramel flavor and sweetness. Medium bodied; rich and smooth on the palate; some dryness yet predominantly soft sweetness for the mouthfeel.

This is an excellent chocolate bock beer, deep and rich all around. It is well-balanced and goes down smoothly.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark ruby amber with a medium creamy light tan head that goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet roasted grains with some perfumey chocolate and caramel.

The flavor is sweet grainy chocolate and caramel with a slight vegetal finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, sweet and grainy.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep dark brown with sight perimeter khaki foam. Brew is rich malt with touches of dark chocolate and coffee roast. Bold and seeet malty flavor with toasty bread, cocoa and caramel smoke with a dash of hoppy balance. Great bock at 6.6% ABV and mild 23 IBU’s.

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Photo of Categart
4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful red/brown color. Very pleasant earthy smelling. The taste is earthy as well with subtle hints of chocolate. Exceptional relaxing experience. Would make for a great dessert beer.

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Photo of Eddieeight
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Iowa beer. I'm trying to figure out why so many ratings are high for this. I don't think I understand bocks very well. Either way it looks dark brown. Smells of sweetness. Taste is malty, whatever that means. But not too sweet. Also like dry cocoa powder and a hint of bitter coffee. Mouthfeel is medium, finish is dry. Overall it's a fine beer but others are praising it for being a good example of the style, all I can say is the taste is not unique enough to get my highest ratings.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a deep ruby brown color with a one finger, creamy tan head. Retention is moderate and there is no lacing.

Smell is milk chocolate, caramel, toffee and toasted bread crust.

Taste is the same. It is a little too sweet for me, but it has great depth of robust flavors. If the bready notes came through a little bit more it would have helped to round this out.

Feel is light and smooth with moderate carbonation. It goes down pretty easily, but the sweetness made me pump the breaks a little bit.

Overall this is a solid beer that is very well made. The sweetness is a little off putting for me, but it is definitely not cloying. I am by no means a bock expert, but I do not think that amount of sweetness is standard for the style.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My original review of Schokolade Bock on 3/16/18 was based on what was clearly a bad bottle, so I am rereviewing.
Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; although there is a JFMA strip along the side of the label, no indication of when it was made or should be consumed by.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark copper to light brown color with a half inch, off-white head which dissipates rapidly to a rim and leaves some limited lacing.
S: Slightly sour doughy or lactose aroma, at first, that resolves rapidly to mocha/chocolate and molasses aroma after one to two minutes.
T: Sweet. Palate largely follows the nose with sweet chocolate and molasses flavors for the most part. Bitterness is light, but provides sufficient balance to the sweetness.
M: Light to medium bodied fine bubble carbonation which continues throughout. Positive enhanced carbonation on swirling.
O: Loved the name and certainly love the style. On second taste, this is a well constructed, more than subtlety chocolate bock. Very light, very easy to drink, and very enjoyable. Glad I had additional samples. That said, the scores are just way to high.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Millstream Schokolade Bock, 6% ABV, 25 IBU. Pours hazy dark brown and thin with a one finger off-white head. Not much nose, taste is sweet and very malty, with a slight bitter close. Mouthfeel is just OK due to thinness and slightly heavy carbonation. Overall very good.

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Photo of StephenM
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pub pint
Appearance: rich dark Amber with cream colored 2-finger head which dissipates quickly
Aroma: mild cocoa, coffee, malt
Flavor: Cocoa, sweet malt, coffee, mild anise, mild hop bitter finish
Mouthfeel: medium with malt sweetness, but surprisingly clean finish
Overall: Rich tasty comforting brew, glad to have as a go-to in Iowa winters

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight pale malt, slight yeast, hint of roasted malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, slight caramel malt, hint of pale malt, slight hops, and a hint of yeast.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer poured on tap into a pint glass. Beer pours pitch black with a tiny off white head. Beer smells of darker roasted grain with very slight fruitiness. Beer tastes of dark grain with berries, and chocolate aftertaste. Beer is light bodied and extremely drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber pour, light head and lacing. Aroma is not pronounced malts but clean and not a hint of hops. Taste is lighter than expected. This is a well-crafted beer, but not spectacular.

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Photo of pagriley
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into snifter

Pours dark, with chestnut hue and fluffy white 2 inch head. Heavy lacing
Nutty with hints of biscuit and caramel
Smooth toasted malts with caramel and a hint of crisp hop to finish
Bright carb but fine, very smooth

Overall a criminally underrated beer - fantastic brew

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Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: brilliant chestnut, 1” head, dissipates to thick film, excellent lace
S: chocolate and bread aromas
T: Intense, rich maltiness with more chocolate than expected.
F: Clean, smooth, medium full body and medium low carbonation.
O: An excellent beer with well developed malt flavors that is almost like a cross between a chocolaty south English brown ale and a bock.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another brew from the head of the industrial electrical group---Thanks Randy!

This awesome lager pours a deep brownish red with a moderate off white head of foam that dies down to a light layer of foam with a thick ring and light lacing. Nose of sweet chocolates, fresh dark bread, and dark roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with dark chocolate flavors all around blending nicely with dark fruit notes of raspberries and fresh dark bread crust mixing with a dash of spicy hops to round it all together. Finish is sweet and lightly chewy with good carbonation for an excellent representation of a bock done right in America. Better than I had hoped for and would love a 12 pack of these delicious treats. A PLUS!


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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It looks : creamy, fluffy beige head, 1 very steady finger. I mean nothing will make it die. Love it. Body is burnt copper/dark honey colored. About 60% opacity.

It smells : A malty nose, with toasted and baked nut and chocolate. Sort of a nutty "tin roof sundae" smell too. What's there is good - but a weak volume in the bouquet. Oops, I snorted some. Definitely nutty, peanut haha.

It tastes : Whoa!!! Double whoa!! Just awesome. Very malty. Roasted nutty flavors - peanut, pecan, walnut... maple sap, with melted chocolate. The swallow is the best part (that's what she said), with a wrapped chocolate ferro rocher-type finish, a slight sting of hop, and dark malts. Breathing the finish is like roasted cocoa, a handful of peanuts, and mocha coffee.

Feel : creamy and medium bodied, buzzing carbonation. Ends wet and slightly grainy.

Overall : every time I take a sip of this, my eyes gently pop out of my head, I blink slowly twice, and I smile. It's that good. You owe it to yourself to try this Bock. It's amazing.

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Photo of beergirlteresa
5/5  rDev +25.3%

The wonderful malty flavors of a traditional bock come through in this beer. The nose gives those slight chocolate undertones which come though when you have a couple sips. I love it with a dark chocolate candy bar to inhance the chocolate flavors.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled last night on 1/2/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a smaller tan head. Good amount of lacing was seen with each sip. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of coffee, toffee with a hint of chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is even better! All the above flavors come through and blend together nicely. Goes down smooth and easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste. Very pleasant for sure!

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown, good head.

Smell: Nutty, a little chocolate, hint of coffee.

Taste: Roasted malt, mild sweetness, then some nuttiness, and finishes with mild dark chocolate.

Overall: Probably my favorite beer from Millstream, I had it several years ago but did not review. I'm not usually a bock guy, but this isn't a typical bock. It's more like a porter or brown ale with good roasted malt flavors.

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Photo of mothman
3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours very little head. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Flavors are rich with notes of molasses and licorice. A lot of nutty flavors with some roasted malts. Lots of caramel and toffee. Chocolate as well. Very malty. Hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: roasted and smooth. Medium bodied.

Overall, a pretty good bock, but it has a bit too much of a roast for me. It is also a bit sweet.

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Photo of arc3636
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Schokolade Bock from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 180 ratings