Millstream Schokolade Bock | Millstream Brewing Company

very good
162 Ratings
Millstream Schokolade BockMillstream Schokolade Bock

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

Added by PhantomVodoo on 01-08-2003

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Photo of beergirlteresa
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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 Jason
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with what I presume to be a packaged on date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Three fingers of rough rocky terrain of head. There is some clarity within the deep reddish brown hue.

Smell: Very malty with a baker’s chocolate aroma, perhaps cocoa powder. Clean and malty just the way a bock should be.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a solid malt backbone, malt flavor is all over from start to finish. The sweetness is in balance even with little hop presence, a slight twang from the malt was expected for the style and is present. Finishes a tad sweet with lingering chocolate and bread crust flavors.

Notes: Perhaps one of the best Bocks I have has to date. The taste is flawless and it is so drinkable. A prime example of the style.

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Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
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 LordofTime25
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours to a dark brownish mahogany with a two finger head that leave nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of chocolate, toffee, roasted barley, raisin, molasses, some spice. Very nice!

Tastes pf mildly bitter chocolate, raisin, molasses, roasted barley. Big malt flavor without being sweet which is also nice.

A smooth drink with a clean finish. Has a decent amount of carbonation.

A very good brew which I could drink many of!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear cherrywood, thick, lumpy, and lush finger high beige head, resides down to a moderate skim always present; lacing in thin webby thick sheets.

Aroma is quite nice, very clean and a good malty character with a refined little toasted grain over the top of a whisp of cocoa. A solid smellin' bock.

Taste is somewhat sweet toned in the malts, a bit relaxed, frothy and fluffy feel with a welcoming smoothnesshas touches of toastyness and a pleasant dusting of cocoa in the finish and little bits of bread crust drizzled in toffee. Left over tangy malts last way into the finish after the cocoa fades off. Quite a nice taster.

Regular bocks have always been near the bottom of my list as far as beer styles go. And as I look through the listings here on BA I'm not the only one it seems, as there's barely any over a rating of 4. As with most, I have never really been impressed with many Bocks. Until now. This is a nice step in a direction I could see going in. By far the top of my list for bocks right behind Lakefront's version. Maybe I'll have to dabble in trying other bocks now? Maybe not...but I'd keep this stuff stocked.
Thanks to mentor for sending me a brigade of Iowa brews!

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Photo of mynie
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewery, this review is from extensive notes.

Very nice pour. Dark brown. Not dark ruby, dark brown--where light pierces the brew it's just a lesser shade of black, covered with a large tan head all foamy like a bathtub.

Cold, the smell of milk chocolate pierces the nose, incredibly sharp but narrow, like a blade. As it warms, the scent takes on a great complexity, blending sweet bock malts and a couple different types of chocolate malt balancing bitter and sweet. Really wonderful.

Tastes great, too. One of the most complicated malt characters I've ever come across. Starts with a sweeter, Nestle bar chocolate, which moves into a more bitter baking, roasting chocolate, which swings back around, somehow, into a sweet, slightly grainy bock malt. And it all comes with a remarkable smoothness. This has been lagered really well.

Easily the best bock I've ever had. Try it while it's fresh.

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Photo of jkwikkel
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.

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Photo of pagriley
4.52/5  rDev +15%
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 TheQuietMan22
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
4.44/5  rDev +13%
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 dnichols
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I received this bottle from a friend stranded in Iowa (a place I escaped from more than 20 years ago). I poured a 355 ml capped stubby brown bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a smooth dark brown body that when back lit was a clear bright ruby red. There was a modest (less than half a finger) tan head that receded fast to a ring around the collar. There as a thin uniform lacing that fell back into the liquid leaving splotches of suds on the side of the glass.

S: It had a pleasant sweet dark malt aroma with hints of dark fruit and brown sugar.

T: It had a bold bock profile with sweet dark malts followed by a zesty (carbonated) dark sugar with hints of plums and chocolate. It has a lingering sweet flavor that lasts well into the aftertaste.

M: It has a smooth light body with a medium active carbonation and sweet zesty finish.

D: This is a real bock...full of flavor and a pleasure to drink. Its light body, low ABV and pleasant flavor make it a great candidate for a session brew.

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Photo of TxTechBrewer
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Deep ruby red color with brilliant clarity. Nice active tan head that dissipates into nothing relatively quickly but is aroused with a bit of agitation (aren't we all?)

Smell: Wonderful full aroma of sweet malt and maple tones. Very subtle hop notes and malt dominates the nose.

Taste: Excellent malt flavor permeates the palate from beginning to end. Caramel tones indicate presence of some residual sugars and provide complexity. Very clean throughout and leaves the tongue with a bit of residual sweetness. Very little hop bitterness or flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation that dances off the tongue and accentuates the full malt character. Full bodied beer that really pleases.

Drinkability: An excellent bock that I was quite surprised to encounter. This was brought back from Iowa by a friend and I had left it in my fridge for a couple of months. I will get more if I can find it!

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Photo of cpolking
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of StephenM
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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Photo of terrabyte
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, dark-brown color. I poured it aggressively and only got a small head.

Aroma is very muted. I had a hard time picking anything up at all. Unfortunately it hurts the overall rating.

Flavor has a big caramel and malt base. Chocolate is present but comes in second, which is actually nice for a change. And now for something I’ve never said in a review before, but I want to say the malts are double roasted. Not burned, just heavily roasted. Unique, and very enjoyable.

Mouthful is excellent like almost all Millstream beers. Well carbonated, smooth & mellow.

An excellent drinker!! Why? The texture, weight, and carbonation step aside and allow you to really enjoy the flavor of this beer. And the flavor is very enjoyable. There is nothing here to slow you down. One of my favorites from Millstream, and one of the best bocks I’ve had.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  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.

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Photo of knight84
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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 wagenvolks
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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 rundocrun
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of longbongsilver
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sampler pack on the way home from an Iowa road trip. This one was the first I opened, so... here goes. Pours brownish-red, head is off-white & resembles the top of a float, sticks around a bit.

Smells like caramel, faintly. Hint of bitterness in the background though, making for an interesting combo. Taste ends up more caramel, w/ a hint of chocolate, very malty also. Not thin in the drinking, kinda comes off stout-like (another shock, considering the style).

Overall, a rather damn good call. It's not a big beer, but the subtleties are nuts.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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