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

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a FFF pint glass

Thanks to GraniteSkunk for this bottle, and the Iowa tick that goes with it.

This beer looks like a damn good bock, it's got a beautiful deep amber color with a beige head on the surface. The smell leaves much to the imagination as it doesn't follow the color in quality. The aroma consists mainly of woodsy notes and light malt tones. The overall nose isn't very strong. The flavor has a very woodsy taste. It tastes identical to a homebrew that my friends and I made, that was a failed attempt at a regular stout. We did use Ringwood ale and I am certain this is responsible for the similarities in flavor. The mouthfeel is a tad on the acrid side due to the woodsy taste. There should be chocolate in the flavor of this beer (Schokolade = german for chocolate), but I sure as heck don't taste it. This still is pretty easy to drink, though as I thought my stout was a failure, I think the same of this beer. It's pretty good but nothing special in the slightest.

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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 garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice malt aroma, clean, slight caramel, slight burnt.
Very clear, dark red, smallish head but dense.
clearly malty character, clean flavors, malty dryness, slightly caramelized, slight burnt.
smooth lager feel with a heavy enough body.
Not too sweet with subdued richness that helps drinkability.
Thanks Bry.

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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 brewdoc75
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber-mahogany, crystal clear. Carbonation is moderately strong. Supple, white head dies to a light lace on top.

S: strong aromas of toasted chocolate malt at first. In the background there is some dark fruit aromas with plum being most prominent. Rich caramel notes too. Not your typical bock.

T: More of that toasted chocolate flavor at first. The melanoidans are fairly weak in this bock. You do get some plum and fig malty flavors but not much. The toasted chocolate character kind of dominates. This isn't a bad thing but also doesn't seem to fit the style. There is some rich caramel character in the background. Lots of toast and breadiness. Solid hop bitterness.

M: Light-medium bodied. Crisp on the tongue. Finishes reasonbly dry.

D: An interesting bock. I felt the chocolate malt flavors overwhelmed the lovely traditional bock flavors. It was a solid beer, but not what I expected when looking for a bock. I would drink it again, but prefer a traditional bock with traditional flavors.

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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 FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber tawny color with an average, maybe slightly above average, sized, foamy, bubbly, slightly sticky, off-white head. Average retention with a nice layer of lace.

S - A little on the faint side. A good amount of powder cocoa and chocolate aroma. Toasted malt with some caramel and bread. Touch of dark fruit, particularly raisin. Also some nuttiness. Fairly sweet aroma.

T - Cocoa powder and Baker's chocolate and toasted nutty flavors dominate the taste. Slightly roasted malt and bitter roasted flavors and bitter chocolate provide some bite. Hints of earthy and spicy hops. Some sweet caramel and bready flavors.

M - Fuller side of light body with a good level of carbonation. Smooth and slick feel.

D - Easy to drink and an enjoyable tasting beer. Lots of chocolate but it is neither overly sweet nor bitter. Enjoyable beer to drink.

Notes: Enjoyable beer. Plenty of cocoa and baker's chocolate as well as nuttiness. Neither overly sweet nor bitter, rather a nice balance. Enjoyable Chocolate lager, although it is not amazing. Nice winter brew worth a try.

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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 drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a bock glass. Forms a thin brown head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks fine.

Aroma is nice and subtle, mostly malt, a slight roast.

Beer is medium body, pretty good for a single bock. Some roast in the back, ever so slight and sweetness up front. Nice mouthfeel and good drinkability.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Barleydine for sending me this beer as an extra. This is my first beer from the great state of Iowa.

The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate and dark fruit (cherries). The flavor is chocolate, caramel and toffee. There is also a little bit of dark fruit and possibly some coffee mixed in to the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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