Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock Lager - Rock Art Brewery
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Reviews by sommersb:
3.3/5 rDev -9.8%
Tasted On: 01-17-2012
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Purchased: Received in a trade
A: Color is brown and mostly clear, like a cola. The head is a couple of fingers on pouring, but fades very quickly. Retention is low and lacing is pretty much non-existent.
S: Clean aromas of caramel malts and earthy hops.
T: Bitter, with some bready malts in the background.
M: Smooth body with medium carbonation. The aftertaste features hop bitterness.
O: An OK beer but overall not very impressive. Could use a stronger malt backbone in my opinion.
Thanks to DrewShal9 for this one!
01-18-2012 03:08:35 | More by sommersb
More User Reviews:
3.03/5 rDev -17.2%
A bomber poured into a pilsner glass.
Cherry amber color, thick tan head, plenty of lace. Pretty beer.
Rather underwhelming aroma of malt and spice.
More underwhelming taste, mostly cinnamon. a little bit of biscuit.
Peppery spice mouthfeel. Kind of like mouthwash.
Not that drinkable. Nice label, though.
12-02-2010 01:17:53 | More by lordofthewiens
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
Bomber bottle that has been in the back of my fridge for a few months, seemed like a good night to give it a try. Pours very dark ruby amber, with a quickly departing tan head, leaves no film and no lacing. Nose of coca-cola. Thick bodied and low carbonation, the dominant flavors are dark caramel, some vanilla and more sweet cola notes. Finishes without hop notes. Just more sweetness. Low complexity and interest. There are better holiday brews out there. I'll pass this one by next time.
12-31-2005 05:01:12 | More by Billolick
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
22oz bomber from 2009 poured into a pint glass on Christmas day- Thanks Matt & Renee!
Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby and a nice big fluffy white head. Nose is very nice, it's for a right maltiness with some toastiness as well, like a heavy marzen. Light lager nose as well.
Very interesting taste, something here is different. Not sure if it's spruce or something, but there's a bit of a holiday spice to it. I can't get it on the nose but honestly this is about the perfect holiday beer! Easy to drink, tasty and the subtle holiday hint!
12-25-2009 23:32:40 | More by kingcrowing
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
Murky caramel color with an oatmeal colored inch high foamy head that lingers and leaves spots and legs of lace around the glass.
Aroma of toffee and caramel, some smoke and cocoa, and sweet malt.
Balanced flavors that fairly match the aroma, toffee and caramel, smoke and cocoa. Bready sweet malts, but not overly so. Some faint hops ride beneath.
Rich and full mouthfeel, very creamy (which I guess is the point) and a somewhat powdery finish.
Fairly drinkable, but probably wouldn't want more than one. Above average beer, but nothing earth-shaking.
12-29-2007 23:23:28 | More by far333
4/5 rDev +9.3%
First had this in 2004. It was an astringent mess totally dominated by husky bitterness (and it was a xmas gift from my wife; I felt bad). In 2005, it was much improved, but not good beer. The 2006 is good beer.
It is a very nice deep garnet color in the glass, with a rather small head. Smells very malty, much like the Spaten Optimator I had the day before but with some light spiciness in the background, reminiscent of bread pudding.. Tastes very malty, that good Munich malt flavor that grabs onto your tongue and won't let go. It still finishes with a hint of astringency, which keeps it out of the 4.5 - 5 range, but definitely a pleasure to drink. For the first time, I'll buy more than one bottle this year.
12-12-2006 10:34:16 | More by skivtjerry
4/5 rDev +9.3%
Got to share this one with family after Christmas dinner. My cousin rounded up this bottle from a ski trip to Vermont. Lucky us. This beer pours a nice brown color with a thick white head that lasted for a bit. The smell was nice and sweet yet nutty, very pleasant for an after dinner drink. The taste of the beer is equally nutty and a bit sweet, nice alcohol balance. The aftertaste is also quiet nutty but pleasant. I really enjoyed this bock and would like to have more of this if available in PA. I have had about 4 or 5 other Rock Art brews lately and I think this was the best of the lot. Really enjoyed it.
12-27-2005 23:32:48 | More by ggaughan
4/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours a dark rich mahogony with a foamy almost Guiness like head. The smell is very "bisquity" with some christmas spices,nutmeg and cinnamon. The scent is sweet,but not overly so like most Holiday beers. The taste is sweet and crisp with bread yeast, roasted malt, and holiday spices. Not bad,like the smell more subdued than other holiday beers. The m/f is light,lighter than I expected, with all the flavors mixing well. A pretty damn good beer. One that will make you wish Christmas came more than once a year.
12-08-2006 06:33:34 | More by jmz62565
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
2007 Edition. 22 oz foil capped bomber into a pint glass.
Pours a dark brown color with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Retains nicely with a full, creamy layer that leaves thick lacing behind. The aroma is bready malt and caramel sweetness followed by a slightly astringnet nose of citric tartness and some spice thrown into the mix towards the end.
The taste is similar to the aroma profile with a rich sense of biscuits, caramel and chocolate sweetness followed by tart notes of citrus and dark fruits, and some tingling spices. The mouthfeel is indeed smooth and creamy with a medium feel and easy tone.
This was a decent Bock beer but the tartness of the fruits (that bordered on astringent at times) really threw me for a loop. If you can get past that though, this is a fairly flavorfull and drinkable choice.
04-16-2008 16:29:47 | More by Kegatron
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
This is a very nice Christmas eve beer. A lovely caramel with a thick off white head. Very nice retention and great wads of lace stuck to the glass. Smell is light sweet malt with a big earthy hops. A touch of smoke and light breadiness. Taste follows suit with a lovely molasses and toffee in the malt. Alcohol peeks out here and thee but is very well integrated and delicious. Dry and malty finish. Somewhat chewy with an effervescence that flow into a light creaminess. Quite drinkable and I wish I had another for the night and Christmas dinner too. Thanks to The Rowan for a Vermont gem.
12-25-2009 06:16:19 | More by scootny
4.1/5 rDev +12%
A very solid brew. Its appearance is a dark chocolate with a very nice creamy head. Smell is rich in roasted malts and chocolate notes. Taste is slightly smoky with a great malt backbone...reminds me a tad of a milk stout. Hops are there but in a very nice balance. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, yet with a smoot hcharacteristic. Very easy on the drinkability scale. While abv isn't listed I assume it is up there, as I can feel the alcohol kicking in. A very good offering worth a try.
01-01-2007 23:53:44 | More by edchicma
4.6/5 rDev +25.7%
This offering from Rock Art pours a murky dark brown leaving a thick creamy tan head. The aroma is nutty and sweet creamy milky aroma, ripe fruit, plums, raisins, with a bit of milk chocolate. The taste starts a bit tart, underipned fruit in the taste, creamy milky mouthfeel, nuts, brisk carbonation lovely feel on the palate. I'm actually really enjoying this beer it has a load of flavors that really mesh well together and leave you wanting more of this bock. A great offering from Rock Art one that I will buy a couple more bottles of
12-23-2006 03:43:57 | More by Franchise
3.48/5 rDev -4.9%
From the 2013 batch. Sampled on December 30, 2013.
It pours brown with an off-white head and some bits of sediment found at the bottom of the bottle.
Vanilla and caramel malts are the lead in aromas with a hint of nuts and just a nip of spice. Mile earthy hops. But there is also a kind of goaty ester on the nose that rubbed me the wrong way.
The taste tends to favor the nutty side more than the malty side with a slightly bitter finish.
01-01-2014 17:32:21 | More by puboflyons
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
Limited 2008 Vintage
22oz poured into a pint glass.
Pours a cloudy light brown color with mahogany hues and a one finger thick off white head with solid retention and thick lacing. Roasted malt aromas combine with dark fruit, cherry, and sweet citrus hops. Up front flavors of coffee, light smoke and roasted malt lead to nuttiness, light alcohol with a bitter espresso finish. Medium carbonation, full body this is a very creamy mouth coating beer.
Lots of maltiness but not overwhelming, very well made seasonal offering.
11-16-2008 16:12:23 | More by scottg
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
22oz bomber. Consumed 2/22/10.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Lacing is big bubbled and sticky. Dark mahogany in color.
S) Citrus notes. Hints of alcohol. Light caramel.
T) Nutty. Hints of holiday spices - nutmeg, cinnamon. Mellow and balanced malts - caramel. Notes of Alcohol. Smoky finish with a quick sour nip.
M) Medium body. Fizzy, yet fairly smooth. Finishes a little light.
D) A nice Bock. Pour me another!
03-22-2010 22:23:16 | More by u2carew
4.55/5 rDev +24.3%
2006 Vintage Bottle #1023/3300
I had received this bottle a good bit ago, but for some reason it had gotten lost in my cellar area and amongst my need to try beers. Well I have been doing a bit of organization, and well, I came across this the other night and really wanted to try it so I through it right into the fridge to be able to give it a try. Poured out a very rich, and red tinted hazelnut brown. Very rich looking to be honest. A nice tight off white head formed on the top, maybe two fingers high, then settled down to a thin film though out the rest of the session, but offer up very nice side glass coating throughout. It was somewhat hazy and cloudy, not as clear as I would have expected, but it gave it some depth. Very nice look.
Now I lean in to find out what else is going on with this one and was quite surprised as to how good this was. A rich creamy malty smell was coming off of this one from the very start. Lots of roasted malts coming through with rich nutty tones as well, really quite good I have to say. Huge notes of caramel sugar and a touch of a woody and earthy like quality as well, really a very nice profile here, and classic for the style. The taste was fantastic. Very rich and creamy. I was surprised at how full the body was on this, with a really thick smooth like feel, not the usual crispness you would find, but this was superb. Nice carbonation really allowed the flavors to pop when you tasted it. Rich notes of caramel sugar and roasted malts just dominated the heck out of this one. Really, mellow flavors that could be either a sipper or a session ale, depending on your mood. No sign of any alcohol in here. As it warms, it really starts to turn it on with roasted nuts and earthy grains starting come into focus as well as the lightest of hops with a grass like taste in the finish, but it was almost negligible as the rich creamy feel of the sugary malts was all this baby was about. I would have loved to have had another one of these to drink, it was just that good.
Now overall, I do not know if it was the year or so of aging put on by this one, or it was just that good out of the gate, but this was fantastic. It was rich and smooth with an incredible Drinkability that was outstanding and this really was a fantastic brew all around. Needless to say, I do not think very many of these were around, and probably very little still are, but if you have one, go for it, its damn good right now.
03-21-2008 11:36:38 | More by mikesgroove
3.88/5 rDev +6%
2006 Vintage. Bottle 2657 of 3800.
Pours a fairly nice deep ruby colour with some brown hints to it. An off white frothy, semi-creamy head tops the liquid. it has decent retention time and leaves just a tiny bit of residue on the glass.
The aroma is a somewhat odd blend of caramel, raisin, a bit of cocoa and some slightly toasted malt. There's also what I can only describe as a touch of a soapy aroma here. That's not what it is exactly, and it's not bad, but I know how else to explain it.
Flavour is very malty, less so toasted malt (although that characteristic is still there) and more so caramel malt. Cocoa mixes in again, along wit ha bit of raisin, and the "soap" from the aroma is not present here. There's a bit of a juicy, slightly pine like hop flavour that creeps through nicely at the finish of each sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewiness to it.
This is a pretty good, interesting brew overall. It's not necessarily what you'd expect out of a holiday beer but I can also see this one being quite enjoyable by the fire on a cool snowy New England night. Certainly worth a try and recommended.
10-23-2007 02:48:30 | More by SixpointJMH
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
a: pours a 1 finger khaki head that recedes to a nice ring fed by a small stream of bubbles from the bottom, the beer is a gorgeous ruby-chestnut in color
s: smells really good, rich bock malts bring aromas of sour-sweet black cherries and plums, holiday fruit cake with a touch of spice, a little woody with hops on the earthy side and gentle, a dusting of burnt chocolate, really opens up after warming while retaining that smooth, lagered quality
m: medium carbonation, medium-heavy body
t: a slight letdown after the aroma as it seems to come in a bit weak, but its still very well balanced and adequately tasty, it's clean as a lager should be, but it's missing that malt depth that would set it off...woody toffee and some roast are the dominant flavors, with some darker fruits showing, lightly hopped, abrupt finish
d: certainly enjoyable
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06-18-2008 03:38:25 | More by blackie
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
Review adapted from notes taken 5/7/11
Appearance: Easily the darkest bock I have ever seen - a brown, with hints of dark red - fluffy beige head, good head retention
Smell: While it does not really look like a bock, it smells like one - very malt-forward, bready, bread crust - some sweetness, some interesting spices
Taste: The malt profile reminds me of pretzels, honestly - some spices, some fruity esters - a nice level of sweetness - not very bitter, but some herbal flavors to keep things interesting - some hints of burnt, maybe a little chocolate
Mouthfeel: Medium, nicely carbonated, but not exactly "creamy" - could use a little more body (or a different name for the beer)
Overall: Good, but not that exciting
When I think "Mountain Holidays in Vermont," my gut reaction is "there is too much f---ing snow for me to drive up to Vermont!" Despite this association, I liked this beer. Rock Art definitely brews better beers, though. It's worth a try.
09-16-2011 22:03:21 | More by angrybabboon
3.3/5 rDev -9.8%
Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark orangey brown, with a thin mocha brown head. Head didn't last long, and left a ring around the top. Aroma was very slightly sweet, roasted malt with a hint of lactose. Alcohol was teased, reminded me of a mellowed barley wine. Flavor was very mellow. Small tads of creamy caramel finished up a mostly unremarkable flavor. Felt great in the mouth. Coated well, just a touch of carbonation. Easy to drink, went down remarkably smooth.
01-25-2011 00:12:31 | More by mountdew1
4.22/5 rDev +15.3%
Poured a soft brown hue with a two finger creamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a soft toasted grain and a subtle cocoa aroma.
The taste consisted of a soft roasted grain with hints of cocoa and smoke. A nice noble hop spice dried the taste toward the finish.
The mouthfeel was toward the full side with a soft toasted finish.
Overall a very tasty and enjoyable bock. I certainly hope they bring this one back for 2007.
09-29-2007 21:04:48 | More by plaid75
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
L: Pours a reddish brown color with a really tall tan colored head that takes a long time to settle and laces the glass all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts, some caramel malts, vinous fruits, some chocolate and vanilla aromas, and then some yeastiness.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some caramel chocolate and vanilla, then some vinous fruits, and a yeasty finish.
M: Very smooth, sweet, and warming. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable once the giant head settles.
01-05-2009 12:01:32 | More by erosier
Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock Lager from Rock Art Brewery
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