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Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock Lager - Rock Art Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

110 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-02-2004)
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Photo of brewskier
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Sparkly tan foam drops rapidly and leaves no trace of lacing. The beer is a medium, slightly golden, chestnut brown.

Slightly sweet nose contains hints of pecan, vanilla, and French toast. Mild but pleasing.

Flavor is quite roasty, with a full nuttiness and slightly bitter, almost burnt, aspect. It also has a doughy, yeasty flavor that I really don't love. Big malt aspect mostly hides any hops. A bit astringent.

I would in no way call this rich or creamy. It is thin and overcarbonated in that fizzy-mouth iffy-homebrew sort of way, completely lacking body.

I thought I once had an earlier vintage of this (as opposed to this 2010 bottle) which was pretty good...this was a rare total letdown from Rock Art. While it didn't ruin Christmas in July, I wouldn't want another bottle like this one...will certainly this coming year's vintage, though. Imbibed 7/13/11 in my Pike pint glass.

brewskier, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this bomber for $4.59 at Queeche Gorge Village in Queeche VT. A dollar more than the others, perhaps because of the extra special foil covering the cap. No date nor code noted. Limited 2010 release. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

A: Clear dark ruby-brown appearance. 1" of frothy light tan head leaves nice lace as it settles.

S: Strong earthy vegetal nose, like boiled beets. That dissipates a bit as the brew breathes, and a more appealing molasses/ soft brown sugar sweetness takes over.

T: Moderate floral and soft lemon hop. Some earthy veggie yeasty stuff mingles with the mild molasses sweetness. Some smoke and leather appears on the back end and lingers with the hop in the finish.

M: Body is moderately thick and dry, carbo a tad too much.

D: Eh. The hop is a bit too strong and stand-offish for my taste, it doesn't mesh with the body at all.

BeerNinja007, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of RyanLigeia
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color, pretty clear when held to a bright light. What little head there was after the initial pour fizzled away to nothing quite quickly and leaves no lacing at all..

The smell is pretty weak but what IS there IS good. Im getting sweet caramel malts, some faint winter spices, almost in the vain of a pecan pie or something along those lines.

Sort of a letdown in the taste category. Same sweet caramel malts, maybe a little hop bitterness at the end. Seems like a pretty good beer that was watered down almost? Weird.

Definitely seems watery here too. Mild to low carbonation level makes it a little easy going down but I'd HARDLY call it rich or creamy! Huge letdown.

Overall I think Rock Art should chill on the claims they make about their beers. They hype them up SO much on the bottles and then dont really deliver with the actual product (ie: this beer was ot rich or creamy). Ive had 3 or 4 of their beers now, all totally different styles and I feel this way about each of them. Not an awful beer in general but definitely not what I was lead to believe itd be.

RyanLigeia, Mar 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

sweisel80, Jan 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

Focusf111, Jan 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

kristiekatk, Nov 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

theo871, Dec 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

TheRuss9585, Dec 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

MEW, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

lordofthewiens, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another from Shogokawada. I have to kinda laugh at the name listed here. Talk about a mouthful, hopefully this beer will be a mouthful too.

Limited 2010 release
A- A short but creamy off white head caps this semi clear caramel colored beer. Its actually very close to the color of the brown glass bottle it poured from. Im left with once or two rings of lace.

S- The aroma starts weak, but opens with warmth. There is a touch of spice that sits above a malty bock base. A little bit of cinnamon potpourri.

T- This is a pretty smooth beer thats spiked intermittently by a light blend of Christmas spices. A light doughy or crackery malt base holds up a little dash of cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg. There is a nice flash of honey-like sweetness just at the end.

D- This is drinkable alright but I think they need to accentuate either the maltiness or the spiciness of this beer. As it stands neither are strong enough, it needs some dominance.

MbpBugeye, Jan 27, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*did not like would not buy*

app: hazy garnet, neat kinda ruby hue. not much head.

smell: dry cocoa, yummy, good brown black smell. very nice.

taste: nice water cool refreshing, bit bitter in the back, some hops, its ok, was better on the first sip. good normal brown beer.

mf: fine

drinkable?: sure, bit lacking and bitter.

AndoBrew, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of bob3701
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a hazy mahogany with a big fluffy head with pretty good lacing. Big biscut malty aroma. Super mild malty flavor with a slight bitter after taste. Very disappointed by the lack of flavor in this brew. Maybe the name of it just raised my expectations on this one. Left a tingle in my tongue.

bob3701, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Fish113d
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, it pours the color of almond skin with a tan w/ a pinkish hue head about 1 finger thick.

Aroma is of a brown malt with maybe just a bit of roast & a slight beechwood aroma. Interesting to say the least. A slight sweetness also hits my nose but hard to distiguish what it is; maybe cherries.

Sipping leaves a little to be desired. I expected a bit of chewiness from this one for a bock, but it IS very smooth. Flavor is a bit watery brown malt with a hint of earthy hops & a bit of caramel on the finish. Little carbonation hits my palate.

Fairly drinkable, but it misses the mark I think a bit for a Christmas/holiday brew. Not as warming as I think it seems to advertise.

Fish113d, Aug 31, 2008
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3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed reddish brown with a rich creamy/foamy white head. Uneven strands of lacing stick.

The smell is of some black cherries, light noble hop spicing with slight mint. Some caramel is there. Mild.

The taste is of caramel with a touch of mint that grows as it progresses. It has light roast, some overroasted nuts and an overly minty/bitterish finish (though some disconnected caramel also shows through).

It is pretty creamy, with medium-to-high carbonation.

This is an odd brew. Doesn't quite "sit right" yet has a certain "drinkability" to it. Mixed feelings here.

jwc215, Dec 25, 2009
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3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a bottle of 2010. Pours a dark ruby brown. Real thin head. Aroma of caramel and chocolate. Slightly fruity nose with a slight roasted grain in the background.

Taste is slightly sweet with a little citrus. The roasted grains really come through and dominate I think. Their bitterness lingers for a long time.

This reminds me more of a porter than a bock. Perhaps if it were just a hint sweeter and less roasted grains it might be better.

For me, the bitterness from the dark roasted grains is just too much. It was worth a try, but I think I will just pass on it next time.

Buggies, Feb 18, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

acurtis, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of duffextracold
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't seen this around before, so i decided to give it a try. Hazy reddish brown color, cream colored one finger head. lots of foamy lacing. looks good! Smells like sweet bisquity malts with a hint of bitter hops. rich, bready, malty taste. spicy hops, mild bitterness. very fruity aftertaste. very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation. not bad overall, that smooth silky mouthfeel is great. something about that sweet, fruity, bitter aftertaste doesn't do anything for me. I'll try it again next year.

duffextracold, Apr 29, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

nmann08, Jan 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

millerbuffoon, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of NEhophead
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a Pilsener glass.

Pours a deep, maple with auburn highlights. Creamy, quarter-inch off-white head that remains intact for a few moments despite lacking initial height. Traces of patchy lacing without much strength.

Rounded,semi-sweet brown sugar and nutmeg over a creamy molasses and dark caramel base. Notes of rich, milk chocolate with light cream that interact with a noticeable, but not overpowering port-like alcohol. Aged, vinous fruity esters: plum, grape, red apple.

Semi-sweet caramel and milk chocolate that survive throughout the sip, turning somewhat thin, bland, and chalky. Date and almond provide the dry flavors that eliminate the rich and sweet malt character that the aroma promises. Slightly phenolic at mid-sip with no trace of fruity esters. A grain-filled, dry finish is followed by a return to the almond, cashew, and date aftertaste.

Medium bodied; smooth, but more dry as the flavors develop. Somewhat chalky for a bock, but nothing quite offensive.

A very bland Bock, which is quite disappointing given such rich, spicy, and complex aromatics. A good style to attempt from Rock Art. I would suggest changing the recipe to boost the abv and making this one of their big beer additions. Hopefully the boost in alcohol would draw out some of the rich and aged, fruity esters.

NEhophead, Nov 23, 2008
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3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

2010 Vintage

mountdew1, Jan 25, 2011
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Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock Lager from Rock Art Brewery
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