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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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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Photo of badbeer
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -11.7%
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 -6.4%
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 -2.5%
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 +3.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +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 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 hero27
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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 +2.5%
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 -1.3%
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 -1.3%
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 -0.3%
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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Millstream Schokolade Bock from Millstream Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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