Schokolade Bock
Millstream Brewing Company

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Bock - Traditional
Ranked #4
Ranked #9,568
4 | pDev: 10.75%
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.

46 IBU
Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 187 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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brianbentley from Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Smooth almost creamy texture. Definite chocolate overtones with a long and slightly sweet finish. Not a lot of head or lacing with a dark appearance. On a cold windy night it is just the right beer.

Dec 24, 2020
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cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

taste is a slightly dry chocolate, a little roast, hints of dark fruit, and maybe a hint of caramel. Semi sweet overall. A solid beer. easy drinking. 3.98/5

Mar 30, 2020
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morimech from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not as hoppy as Schell's bock which it will ultimately be compared with. But a nice malty, clean flavor that is appropriately carbonated. A very nice bock.

Mar 15, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark brown/black from the front, and a clear ruby with a backlight, which also reveals moderate rising bubbles. A short tan head lasts less than 2 minutes before it becomes a bubbly cap and ring. Little to no lacing.

Aroma of dark malts and chocolate. The brewer states there is no actual chocolate in this beer, so this is all from the malts.

Taste is roasted malts and chocolate, slightly sweet, nutty, with a moderate bittering from the hops in the middle that carries through to the finish.

Mouth feel is on the thin side of moderate, smooth and creamy, with a light carbonation contribution to the feel.

The aftertaste is semi-sweet, with the chocolate, roasty malts lingering, balanced by the touch of bitterness.

Overall, a nice winter bock. Good, but not as good as the bock from Schell's, though.

Mar 03, 2020
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, black cherry with plenty of carbonation. Has a thin, off-white head.
Great roasted nut, carmel, dark fruit, and slight coffee smell.
Taste of dark fruit, black licorice, dark chocolate, German hop, big caramel malt.
Roasty, warm mouthfeel.
This is a great Bock~

Jan 26, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Nov 07, 2018
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

May 15, 2018
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NeilSilber1 from California

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Apr 09, 2018
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Categart from Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Mar 24, 2018
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Eddieeight from Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Mar 23, 2018
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CNoj012 from New York

3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Mar 22, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Mar 16, 2018
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Mar 11, 2017
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StephenM from Iowa

4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Jan 23, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Dec 22, 2016
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Oct 31, 2016
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Jan 11, 2016
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pagriley from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +13%
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

Dec 16, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Jun 20, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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!


May 04, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Feb 24, 2015
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beergirlteresa from Iowa

5/5  rDev +25%

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.

Nov 21, 2014
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Jan 03, 2014
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Mdog from Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Dec 29, 2013
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mothman from Minnesota

3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Dec 01, 2013
Schokolade Bock from Millstream Brewing Company
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