Millstream Schokolade Bock | Millstream Brewing Company

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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

Added by PhantomVodoo on 01-08-2003

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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of TxTechBrewer
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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 badbeer
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber brown color with a quickly dissipating head; no head retention and no lacing. Smell is pretty nice; some caramel, dark fruit, and some cocoa powder. Taste is fairly sweet with a chocolate-y finish; maybe some caramel in there, too. High side of medium carbonation with heavier than medium body. I could probably see myself having a few of these in an evening. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a flat, dark brown color with virutally no head, carbonation or lacing. Nose is a very strong, very pleasant mix of malty sweet caramel and chocolate. Although the body is fairly thin, the mouthfeel delivers with a sweet tingly sensation. Flavor is a continuation of the malt chocolate and caramel, with a hint of alcohol entering near the end.

Finish was a nice, long, sweet and warming. I enjoyed this even in the dead of summer, though I can see how it would be more enjoyable next to a fire as a true winter warmer. Just a little too sweet to have more than one.

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Photo of Vancer
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another tasty treat received via the CEO / Old farters BIF from unclejedi !

Into a tall pilsner glass went this clear oak brew – head was a thin, but nice 1/2” tan head, spotting all the way down the slender glass.

This one was a different bock animal – aroma had a touch of chocolate, and if I daresay, a nice pop of single malt bourbon! Raspy quaff, a bite of hops covers the malty bread backbone in a different way, regarding bocks – which tend to be sweetly malty.

Dry finishing, I could go for a sixer in the fall whilst sitting my arse on the deck watching the leaves fall.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass, notched halfway between the 'N' and 'D' (as in November/December) that bottled on? best by? We shall see...thanks to jpm30 for sending for first taste from Millstream and first from the great state of Iowa.

A: Brownish/mahogany and clear enough to see the vast quantities of rising carbonation zipping to the top. Never much of a head, more a roiling ivory/light tan film, spinning and evolving with the whims of all those rising bubbles. Mesmerizing, like a lava lamp... Any lace slides gently back down.

S: An intriguing smell. A sweet, cocoa-powder like maltiness with a bit of soured/woody undertones, akin to a bourbon barrel with a fraction of the intensity. Molasses and caramel, definitely with just enough spicy hops to reign in all the sweets.

T: Syrupy caramel with a mild dose of semi-sweet chocolate. Closer to a lighter cocoa flavor, powdery and semi-sweet, but not overpowering. With the cocoa/chocolate comes some coffee bean roasted-ness, complete with cream & sugar. Some smokiness and charred malt bittering in the finish, with a slight bit of lactic souring and roasted nuttiness.

M: Pretty heavily carbonated with a light-medium body. Cloying chocolate-y maltiness really latches onto the lips, cheeks, tongue, everywhere and grows more bitter and less appealing with each sip.

D: I really wanted to like this one. I'm a fan of the 'bock' and a chocolate/'schokolade' one sounded intriguing. Simply found this one too quirky on the tongue, too sticky in the mouth, too gassy in the gut. I finished, but not by much. I believe this beer was still fresh enough, but just was not the right beer for my taste.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mynie for this sample.

Pours a dark reddish mahogany color with a thin tan head that fades to a ring.

Aroma has some chocolate, roasted nuts, and biscuity malts. Very malty smell, but it is somewhat light.

The flavor is stronger, but with the same characteristics. Nutty, semi-sweet chocolate, a bit of smokiness, and just a hint of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin for my liking...a little watery. The body is somewhat disappointing, so more than one of these probably wouldn't happen with me. If that was less watery it would really improve.

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Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a faint white head.

Aromas are dusty, biscuit like, nutty, and with a bit of yeast.

Taste is quite nutty. Beer is dry, a bit tart, and has a yeasty and bread like finish. Nice Bock beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Simple, tasty, and easy to drink. Session worthy as well.

Bottle of Iowa beer courtesy of mynie. Thanks!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall glass mug. The liquid is cloudy brown with good carbonation. The head is a big 2 fingers and dark tan it leaves very little lace.

The smell is good almost very good not real strong but some chocolate malt, and a smoky coffee note.

The taste is good it follows the nose, chocolaty malt and a slight smoky coffee taste, This is very solid. A lot like some very good black lagers but thicker.

The mouthfeel is good better then medium body and ok carbonation,

The drinkability is very good I can see this going down well almost any time. Prosit, MK

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A short but creamy cap of tan covers a clear reddish-chestnut body in Millstream's Schokolade Bock. The head retention is good and it leaves craggy walls of lace in its wake. The nose is subtly roasty and darkly chocolate-ish. The flavor, however, is fuller. It's gently bready, but with a caramelish side, and there actually is some "schokolade" to this beauty. It's not rich or full, but it does lean towards maltiness, and as it warms it tends to express a fuller character. There's some nuttiness, and the bitterness is reminiscent of walnut skins. It's clean, and it finishes dry with a quick passing notice of the bitterness, followed by some lingering dull caramel and dusty chocolate. Enjoyable!

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a clear cocoa color with a small, creamy tan head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Sweet caramel malty aroma with nice chocolate overtones.

Taste is mildly sweet and caramel malty upfront with a mild cocoa flavor. Finishes sweet with a lingering maltiness.

Medium-light body, light carbonation.

Tasty and drinkable bock. I easily drank the bottle and would like another.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.26/5  rDev +7%
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 mynie
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
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 hero27
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Dark reddish-brown color with a thin, bubbly tan head. Musty malt & nut aroma. Some fruit notes in the taste, but it's mostly a light roasted malt flavor and bitter nutty aftertaste. A bit thin & oily for my taste, but it's got pretty decent flavor and certainly an easy-drinking bock. Great with chocolate also.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear garnet tone. Thick and fluffy tan head. Retention is solid as is the lace. Decent nose of bready malts, yeast and a little chocolate. Taste is bready malts, a little raisin, a little cherry and some chocolate malt tones. Agreeable mouthfeel. Body's a little better than medium and the carbanation is appropriate. No signs of alcohol in the taste. I would have no problem kicking a few of these back.

Thanks BIG Ol ZAP...

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Photo of ZAP
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks the part....nice dark brown with a perfect creamy tan head...initial aroma was sweet and candy getting more of a musty, day old coffee aroma..

Taste is very good....sweet and malty....some mild milk chocolate...and dark fruits like cherries...

Medium bodied...creamy...smooth..perhaps a little thin...

Impressive bock...easy drinking and tasty....worth a try for sure..

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a dark brown color with no head. The aroma is chocolate, burnt wood, and a bit of licorice. Caramel flavor, though not overly sweet. Cocoa and berry flavors come in, though they are secondary to the caramel. Finishes slightly spicy and bitter. A bit sour in the finish too. Very smooth mouthfeel, which also makes this beer quite drinkable. Give this a try if you are a fan of the bock style.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, short stubby little bottle from Brennan's

apearance: pours a dark mahogany, body looks like a cola, foamy beige head forms, fair lacing

smell: sweet smooth caramel, cocoa powder, mostly sweet chocolatey nose, some light espresso, fresh fruit zest

taste: fairly complex...sweet smooth chocolate cocoa powder, light caramel, espresso bean, sweet fruit, raisin, date...big malt backbone is the strength of this enjoyable bock, my first brew from Iowa I think

mouthfeel: strong moderate body, slightly fizzy carbonation factor is present

drinkability: pretty drinkable

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Photo of karst
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label notched November 2004.

Pours a deep chestnut with a durable beige head. Aroma of toffee and herbal fruity hops. Bready sweet toasty dark Munich and soft caramel malt combin in a awesome flavor. Lightly caramelized pecan and cocoa emerge with gentle hop presence to partially offset residual sweetness. Light body with respectable dextrinous viscosity in mouthfeel but not sticky. Some sweet dark fruits emerge with warming 50 - 55 ° F, but still clean and dry finish that has faint pecan and cocoa flashbacks. Yummy!!

Very smooth and drinkable. Thanks to Hopheadken for putting me on to this fine bock.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, creamy, light brown colored head. Mildly sweet malt aroma. Dark brown beer has a mahogany hue. Chocolate malt flavors up front, sweetens up in the middle before fading into the finish. Body is a bit thing. Smells pretty good, tastes pretty good, but it never quite comes through. Thanks BuckeyeNation.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just found a bottle of one of these in my six pack of Warsh Pail Ale, so I figured I would give it a proper review instead of my tap room sampler. Looks like a proper bock, very dark and caramel-ish with a decent tan head. The smell is a bit grainy and malty with a hint of mocha. Tastes a bit chocolatey as well as sweet and malty. Very good. Almost tasted like a brown ale to me without being out of the bock style. Mouthfeel was perfect, but for some reason I couldn't find myself drinking this in a session, even though the ABV is about within range.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cherrywood stained with a beige film.
Smells of caramel, burnt berries and roasted grain.
Like any bock worth its salt, this tosses out a thick caramel malt base. Chocolate hovers above, certainly secondary, but is unquestionably present. Well-lagered and brisk through the mouth. A grape essence flows up from the depths, hinting towards berries as it goes along. Ends with a touch of burnt grain, and almost no notable hopping.
It's a bit fuzzy right away with its carbonation, but once it settles down for a few minutes, this becomes the definition of the most hackneyed beer cliche ever: "smooth".
Uncomplicated, easy going, and quick-drinking, not to mention a nice little traditional spin on the bock style.

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Photo of LarryKemp
1.79/5  rDev -55%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A crystal clear deep amber brown liquid topped with an almost tan fluffly head that lasts for several minutes.

The aroma is disappointing. I can smell a little roasted and as it should be no hops. Nothing bad but nothing all that good either.

I must have gotten some BAD beer here. The taste is sour. So bad that this one is going into the sink. BAD BAD BAD.

Mouthfeel is watery, I think.

This beer is NOT drinkable. I don't know if I can find another one and try it later.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, bright ruby/ near brown color, good slab of cocoa-toned foam standing above, slowly thinning.
Chocolatey nose, roasty, hints of espresso and anise.
taste begins fruity, cherries and dates, then gets a little bitter and gritty, roasty,nutty, and it ends about there. Mouthfeel is medium, finish is brief and still chocolatey. A bit fizzy, and a bit more bland. Sorry, to say,'s not bad at all, just lacking what we'd really like from a bock. Flavor just leaves a lot to be desired. could be a lot tastier, more rich, full, maltiness is in order.

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Photo of mentor
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist-cap bottle obtained from John's Grocery (a few miles from the brewery) in December, 2004. Bock, eh? Well, I've been to Germany recently--we'll see how it matches up.

Goodness that cap was hard to unscrew! Pours dark red or a nice mohoganey. Not much head, perhaps 1/4th of a finger. Crystal clear with no sediment in the bottle (damn, this beer is clear). Smells of baker's chocolate and little else. Not a sweet Godiva, but a rough bare bones chocolate. Unfortunately, the head has already settled.

Taste: Okay, this is a bock. Dang, I've never had that caramelly bock mixed with chocolate before. That's kinda interesting. In the end, the chocolate dominates. After the chocolate, I get some rebounds of chocolate, but nothing new to really captivate my interest. Medium bodied (bordering on medium-thick) with some sharp carbonation on the tongue piercing home. Boy, I wish there was more to this beer. It's got the sweet to carry things along, but all I get is chocolate and a distant caramel. One dimensional, which could make for a good session beer, but it's just too sweet for that. I'd love to support the home team, but I just can't do it.

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Photo of alexgash
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, ruby body with a light-reddish-tan head.
Nose is sweet licorice, cookie, accompanied by subtle, yet spicy hop notes.
Taste is soapy-sweet, rummy malt. Light roasted flavors mingle, paving the way for some spicy hops that gradually come in, resulting in a meaty-homebrew bitterness that lasts long into the finish. Medium-bodied, not cloying or too thick. Not bad, but this doesn’t do a lot for me.

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Millstream Schokolade Bock from Millstream Brewing Company
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