RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
After twenty years of making beer, Millstream has decided to celebrate! The brewmasters have carefully devised a special beer, a dopplebock, to commemorate the event. This beer is available only in 22 oz large bottles, and only 1000 bottles were made. Each bottle was hand filled and labeled by zealous fans of the brewery. The brewers say that this beer is fantastically rich and full of malty goodness. Notes of sweet plums and caramel are present throughout this dark, heavy beer. At 6.25% ABV, this is the strongest beer that Millstream could legally make in the state of Iowa. This beer will probably not be made for another five years, so dont miss out!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Caramel colored clear body with a small vanishing light tan head. Caramel syrupy aroma. Sweet throughout with caramel being dominant. Needs more ummpphh to get it going. It just kind of sits there and bores me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2006
From a 22oz. brown bomber bottle with a celebratory label, bottled in 2005. Made a decent appearance, poured a lightly hazy garnet, with a foamy pale tannish head that quickly settled into a thin lacing, moderate carbonation. Had a roasted and caramelized malty nose with a light fruitiness, figs mainly. A semi-crisp, slick and smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Fig fruity and caramelized malty taste with a little roastiness, the Millstream yeastiness, a toffeeness emerges in the middle and a dryish roasted and caramel malty finish. I know a lot of people, at least around here, take pot shoots at Millstream, but I think they are a decent brewery, the last in Iowa, and this was a decent doppelbock, congratulations on twenty years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2006
Pours a nice clear medium to deep amber with a thin head but fades in my glass. Sweet caramel malts in the nose, along with some fruity esters, toasted malts, munich etc. Flavor was skewed more to a fruity sweetness and crystal malts rather than a big thick toasted munich sweetness. Finished a bit slick but overall this was pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 23, 2006
Poured a clear amber color with a red hue and thin off-white creamy head. Aroma of raisins and plums. Swwet and malty. The flavor was on the dull side. Sweet and malty with some dark fruit but really just blah. Some bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle. Deep copper in color with no head. Fruity and malty aroma. Raisiny and plum notes. Lots of raisins. Body is thin. Finish is fruity. Ok beer. Too sweet though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2006
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a small head. Aroma is motor oil and caramel. Taste is a lot of raisin. I mean a LOT of raisin,. Body is a bit thin and after drinking a few dbs, this isnt as good as most, therefore thats how the rating goes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Sampled at the Milwaukee YEHa!05 courtesy of JPDIPSO: Pours a still transparent copper amber. Sweet malty caramel aroma has a touch of grapes and vinous character with some bocky German yeastiness. Starts sweet with sticky caramel and lightly fruity with a good, authentic bock flavor and a clean, tasty, green Hallertau hop flavor. A little more carbonation and this would be quite nice. Its a shame that this is the strongest thing that can be legally brewed in Iowa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Deep cherry brown color with a clearish body and thin, dark sandy brown capping of firm foam. Top fades quickly to a collar and the lacing is drippy in big globby strings with a glare of spots sticking. Aroma is a bit light on the nose, but never the less carries the doppelbock character with a richly dark tone of malts bringing baked raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon bread, dates, and figs. Taste is good; smooth, soft, and malty. Not as lengthy or as bold as most doppels tend to be. The duration of flavors that are found dont last long. How unfortunate. Because this could be quite nice if it could just reach the next level of needed character, thickness, and boldness. Flavors are lightly dabbled in dark toffee with super tiny slivers of the dark fruityness listed within the aroma along with a small scotchy, earthy rough spot thrown in there. Some watery vanilla middles it out as it ends in a rush, not letting anything gain strength as it finishes. Toffee tends to sit late on the palate with a chewy coating of malty lagered texture. Helping, but still not enough. Feel is shy of medium in body with a wateryish area in the mid ranges. It trys hard to surge ahead in length as it finishes but never makes it as it simmers very softly hinting to the lagered malty texture and semi chewy smoothness that comes with the dopplebock style. So with that, it does make for a decent drinking beer. Its smooth, soft, and moderately malty with an uncontested short length and character to its body and flavor. An above average doppel, only siding well with me due to its clean crafted profile and well mannered attention and drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
walleye (1098) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2006
got this one from Duane in a trade, thanks. from the bottle. poured a granet, with a small beige head that didnt stay around very long. aroma 1st impression, wine cooler, chocolate,malts, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel. flavor, dark cherries, honey, malts, caramel. very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Ill go back to one of my favorite descriptors: buttery brown-sugar with caramel and toffee. A nice and malty aroma with a hint of alcohol which is hard to believe I picked up alcohol in a 6.25% beer. Color is mahogany brown without much of a head. Sweet flavor with flavors just like the aroma: caramel with some nice buttery malt flavors. Medium body, very smooth finish. Thanks to JPDIPSO/Heemer77 for sharing this one.

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