Millstream Schokolade Bock | Millstream Brewing Company

very good
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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

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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of scruffwhor
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
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.

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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 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 NicholasCasber
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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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 beerbrains
2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer directly from the brewery. Poured into a 20oz tulip glass.

A: Pours a caramel amber with 1 1/2" head reducing to one finger and then none throughout session.

S: Cinnamon with hints of caramel, bittersweet chocolate and allspice

T: Strong roasted malt character which is expected of a bock. Nice bitterness throughout, but lighter than I thought it would be. A slight residual metallic flavor after drink.

M: Thick and smooth filling the mouth nicely.

D: For bock I thought this was a little light adding to its drinkability. Still, it'd be a good short session beer during the colder months.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer as it had some interesting aromas and look, but for a "chocolate" bock I really didn't get much chocolate character. The final few sips there was a strong hint of chocolate but throughout it wasn't noticeable. Still, a fun beer to drink

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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 Onenote81
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received courtesy of phreak1983 in a recent trade. Thanks!

Poured into my pilsner glass. Pours a dark brown with ruby tints. Nice 2-inch tan head on top. Retention is weak, as is the lacing. Nothing much sticking at all. Smells of cocoa, bread, hints of molasses, and grains.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp due to a high amount of carbonation. It's a little biting. Great chocolate flavors mixed with a warm breadiness. Lots of sweet maltiness in this one. This is a very pleasant beer. Nothing harsh about this at all. Very high drinkability. I could have a few of these for sure.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.99/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A--Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue. The red really jumps out when held to the light. Barely any head in the glass and what was there died down almost immediately. Perhaps my glass was not washed properly? I remember having more of a head last time I drank this. No lacing at all.

S--Caramel and malts with hops in the background

T--Taste is pretty much all malt, a little hop bitterness hits the back of the throat. Little bit of caramel there too.

M--Thin with lots of carbonation. Feels exactly like a Coca Cola Classic

D--Easy drinking for sure, definitely sessionable but there is nothing at all that stands out with this beer. I'm going to go out to Millstream one of these days and hopefully sample this fresh from the tap and hope it is a little better. But this one didn't impress me at all, nor did it turn me away.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with large tan head. Retention is just awful. Clear, with a pretty okay highlighting scheme.

The nose is of mildly roasted barley, dark fruit, and an unfortunate metallic aroma. Most unfortunate because it is so strong. The chocolate is there but I found it in back of the minerals.

The flavor definitely brings the chocolate but it's not quite enough to overcome certain other deficits. Cocoa powder, some fruitiness, incredibly poorly disguised booze, and a mineral aftertaste comprise the flavor. Some nuttiness as well in there. Okay balance but I wouldn't say complex.

The mouthfeel is pretty wan to me - not full enough at all and not helpful in masking the alcohol in a mildly strong beer. Bad show, malts.

Interesting concept that leaves an incredibly cocoa-y flavor in the mouth but I'll pass on another.

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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 katan
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a very opaque dark black color, perhaps with some amber tones. The head is more chocolate in color, rather than white. It is very active at first with a few millimeters of buildup which completely disappears.

S - Not much for smell here. Very disappointing to me in this regard - I was expecting some malty goodness here. The best I can detect is perhaps a hint of roasted malts.

T - Surprisingly consistent all the way through. A light chocolate and roasted malt flavor owns all the way through. Balanced bitterness against the sweetness. The aftertaste is stronger than the flavor itself to me, dominated by more bittersweet chocolate.

M - Has an edgy mouth character. Seemingly coming from the clean but harsh lagering carbonation. Good bite. Moderate body - not watery.

D - Easy to drink - moderate abv doesn't prevent extended drinking. Not filling.

Solid choice overall in the bock category.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a tight, tan head; nice retention and a few shards of lace

Smell: Caramel with dusty chocolate powder

Taste: Opens with a brown bread flavor that grows progressively sweet and malty by mid-palate, when the chocolate becomes most apparent; fruity, too, with date flavors prominent; after the swallow, there is a woody aspect that counterbalances the sweeter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nothing extreme but a subtle difference from the other bocks and so-called bocks out there

Thanks, BuckeyeNation, for the opportunity

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pepsican for this extra in the LIF return!

Pours a dark amber/brown color with a small head.

Strong malty aroma, caramel presence, surprisingly strong chocolate aroma, some molasses

Taste starts out quite dry and chalky with cocoa, strong fizzy carbonation is a bit of a distraction, but once that is over it becomes creamier with some nice roasted malt and more cocoa, slight bitterness from the chocolate. Pretty interesting bock.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brownish mahogany with small tan head that leaves some fine lace.

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

Tastes much as the nose indicates. Mildly bitter chocolate, raisin, molasses, roasted barley. Big malt flavor without being sweet.

Smooth full mouthfeel despite somewhat aggressive carbonation. Impressively simple.

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Photo of JDV
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from ketchepillar. Thanks!
Pours a transluscent dark brownish maroon color with a medium fizzy tan head. Smell is dusty cocoa, with chocolate malt. Taste is similar with a slightly thin body and dusty cocoa/choclate flavor. Pretty drinkable with medium carbonation and not bad at all. Friendly, easy drinking, but simple beer.

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

I sampled this brew at the brewery in Amana, Iowa and decided I must have some to take home.

It has a lot of flavor to take in, which stays mostly towards the back of the tongue. The dark color and thickness are surprisingly pleasant. The aroma is slightly chocolately. I would say it's a good dessert 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 Atron67
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- poured from a shorty bottle with a brown lable and with a yellow ring with a house in the picture.

A- poured a pretty dark brown, although clear body to the tulip snifter that i had picked up. a light brown/tan head that built up quickly then quickly fell down again as well.

S- delicate light biscuity malts, pretty nice, almost sweet, notes of chocolate but pretty light in the chocolate scents which is what i was kinda hoping of more based on the name.

T- has a really nice biscuit flavor, a little more bold on the tongue than on the nose. it lingers on the tongue and slowly fades into a nice smooth finish. medium hops, smooth flavor not hoppy but present and prevents a sweetness from arrising in the malty beer. still a little light on the chocolate flavor but more noticable and shows up with the biscuity flavor

M- smooth clean full body, light carbonation, solid lager

D- pretty sweet reminds me of the black diamond bock from saranac which i was also a fan of.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer. It pours a dark ruby red with a quickly dissipating finger of tan froth that leaves no trace of its existence. The nose improves as the beer warms, emitting chocolate, caramel and coffee malts. The carry through into the taste very well. Better carbonation would assist Schokolade Bock, for this flattens rather quickly. Yet on the whole, this is pretty good bock, flavorful and smooth. Not top of the line, but worth grabbing and enjoying.

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Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, creamy, bubbly, three-finger head that left small amounts of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel,chocolate and sweet malt.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and a nice blend of sweet caramel and chocolate.

M - It was smooth and crisp. A light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good bock. Great appearance and a good taste.

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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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Millstream Schokolade Bock from Millstream Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 162 ratings.
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