wlajwl (7283) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2012 Dark red, darker than many other doppelbocks in comparison with no head to it. It does have a little of the doppelbock malt crunch to it but it is a little subdued, almost watery or lacking the alcohol punch to it. Not bad overall, but not among the best. cubs (10745) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle @ Iowa City hotel room. Dark reddish brown appearance with a small light tan head. Brown malty, nutty aroma. Good dark nutty brown lager flavor that’s really more like a Munich-style Dunkel. Not a huge Bock flavor and tastes low in alcohol for a Bockbier. Quite tasty nonetheless but honestly, Iowa needs to change its law so they can make this one a little more potent. BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Thanks to badgerben for sharing. Belgian sweetness in the aroma with faint bock malts. The body may be a little old, a little cardboard in what was once a solid bock. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Big malty nose. The aroma is of raisins, brown sugar, and underlying dark bread as well. Pours dark brown, not much head or lace. The flavor is rather malty and sweet with raisins, chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread. Sweet lingering flavors, lightly dry as well. Thin and rather easy to deal with doppelbock, a style which I am not too particularly fond of. FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle.
A - Dark raisin with an orange hue on the edges, a little lighter color for the style. Slightly below average sized, creamy, smooth, frothy, toasted marshmallow colored head. Reduces down pretty fast settling into thin creamy layer of lace.
S - Typical doppelbock aroma with some dark fruit (raisin, date, and a touch of plum). Some cocoa and sweet malt. Pretty sweet. The problem is that this is just too weak and faint.
T - Toasted dark bread provides a lot of the flavor. Some earthiness and maybe just a hint of nut flavor coming out fairly strong in the background. Slightly burnt brown sugar and just a slight hint of spice. A faint flavor of dark fruit as well. Just a little too light and faint.
M - Lighter side of medium body with slightly below average carbonation. Smooth, but just too thin and watery.
D - Flavors are alright and it is easy to drink, but everything is just too faint, light, or thin. It doesn’t necessarily inspire me to drink more.
Notes: 25th Anniversary. Not a bad beer, but it is just too faint, light, thin, and just falls short and leaves me feel lacking. What is there is pretty nice, I was just hoping for more. Probably not worth the price, just not enough unfortunately.
Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Pick up 22-oz bomber from the brewery in Amana, Iowa as 25th Anniversary Dopplebock. Pours a hazy dark amber colored brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates clean with a very thin white ring. Aroma of dark pitted fruits, caramel malt, hint of chocolate and some hefe yeast. Taste is medium bodied, light flavors of milk chocolate, dark pitted fruits, a hint of nutmeg, brown sugar and cinnamon. Finish is semi-sweet, minimal bitterness, with a very faint brown sugar, fruit and toffee aftertaste. Allow this one to warm up to experience all its features. Looking forward to the 30th Anniversary version now that Iowa has raised the alcohol limit in 2010. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2010
22oz bottle as the "25th Anniversary." Pours a deep ruby-brown colored body with a thin, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is quite rich with plenty of sweet, somewhat fruity malts. Caramel and rich chocolates jump out at first with some toffee and brown sugar. A nice earth behind the malts with some yeasty esters, nuts, dark fruits, and a bit of a cinnamon spice. Flavor is similar. Rich caramels and a light chocolate at first with a nice fruity essence. Remains somewhat nutty with toffee, brown sugar, a light yeasty ester and dark fruit, and a touch of cinnamon spice. A light earth throughout that is masked by the malts for the most part until the end where it balances the rich, sweet, smooth finish with a very light bitterness. Some chocolate and dark fruits grow into the finish as well before leaving a medium length aftertaste. Full, very smooth body with a very light, soft carbonation. Overall, a pleasant dopplebock. Very smooth and easy drinking with a nice balance. Rich, sweet malts with a light fruit and a touch of earth. I enjoyed this one. Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2010
22 oz bottle. Although Millstream never produces anything too out of the ordinary (and I know the brewing laws in Iowa have a lot to do with that), but for the most part they make simple, easy to drink, quality beers. This one is is no exception, and probably one of there best offering I’ve had to this point. With the aroma, as expected, nothing too potent, but pleasant. Some mellow nuttiness, mixed rich malts of chocolate and cereal, and light earth. Minimal fizzing white head on the pour, a mostly opaque body, and auburn brown in color. The mouthfeel here is fairly lively and softly carbonated, and the fuller consistency becomes more apparent through the finish. Similar notes to aroma with rich malts, light chocolate wafers, caramel, cereal grains, light dark pitted fruit, and earth. The finish is malted sweet with a light fruitiness. Overall, I probably went into more detail than necessary for a simpler beer, but I have to give Millstream credit for producing some good stuff in Iowa. Not bad at all. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 24, 2010
22oz bottle. 25th Anniversary vintage. Poured a clear ruddy dark brown color. The head was thin and light orange. Hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and molasses in the nose. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. No overpowering flavors. I tasted dilute milk chocolate, a dash of nutmeg, and even a bit of clove. CanIHave4Beers (4273) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 It’s been a few months since I’ve had a bottle so this won’t be the most accurate of ratings. But I really like this beer. I had the pleasure of partaking in somewhere around four bottles of this while it still existed, I believe all of which were consumed in, or at least given to me by Isabella’s Bar in Dubuque Iowa. All these things being said, I’ll get on with it and review the beer.
It’s fantastically dark. Pours with no head, I’m not even sure if it’s carbonated at all, I didn’t see a head and the beer is to dark to notice any bubbles, furthermore the mouthfeel of this beer lends nothing in the way of fizzyness to suggest that it is carbonated. However this is all forgiven by the masterful taste of this bold and dark beer. Millstream makes another beer called Schokolade Bock, this reminded me of that just with everything up a few notches. The beer is ridiculously malty, to the point of a pleasant syrupyness at times. No less it is not too malty sweet, it retains a nice balance of sweet and dry flavors.
If you can find one, pick it up.