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

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 jlindros


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour yields a light fizzy head covering, barely there, fades pretty quickly to almost nothing, just light bubbles around the sides, over a slight clear auburn mahogany toasty ruby red brown colored beer.

Nose starts with plenty of malts, reddish toasty malts, creamy brown malts, caramel, molasses,brown sugar, lots of brown sugar actually, some toffee, and hint of cocoa, a light wheat like bock aroma but not much, and slight hints of earthy hops.

Taste comes with more bock malty flavors, again tons of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel, toffee, and sweeteners galore, but not super sweet, just fairly sweet. Actually the sweetness gets a bit much as it goes. Creamy brown malts come through, with light toasty reddish malts, plenty of all those malts all around. Juicy malts give way to hints of earthy hops and fluffy nougat like candy, with a touch of cocoa. The finish is still fairly sweet, a bit more earthy bitterness, plenty more brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and molasses lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, lighter carb, bit syrupy.

Overall meh, nice dark brown toasty malts and reddish copper malts, lots of sweeteners that aren't too bad, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, etc... light earthy bitterness... but overall just seems a bit lackluster, not enough carbonation, a bit too sweet, etc.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 01:21:10 | More by jlindros
Photo of DirtyPenny


3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into a great big mug.

A: Poured with 1-finger of beige head that fizzed audibly away in a matter of seconds. Very dark amber. Hold it up to
the light and you still won't be able to see all the way through it.

S: Heavy chocolatey-caramel tones with background dark fruit ornamentation. Sugary sweet.

T: Caramel and bitter dark chocolate with an eventual ringing in of ash and a sort of sharp but subtle flavor like the air before a snowstorm. Light grassiness on the end. Flavors are a little weak overall. What happened to the sticky sweet flavors promised on the nose?

M: Only lightly carbonated. Not as thick as I'd have expected from the bottle's description and the very potent aroma.
Fairly light-bodied, in fact. Very wet finish.

O: A bit of a letdown from the awesome nose. Thinner than I'd expect from a bock, and not as flavorful as I would have liked.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 13:45:37 | More by DirtyPenny
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark, dark mohogany colored brew with a fair tan head that almost instantly disappears completely with no lacing. The nose picks up light licorice malt with roasted coffee beans. Very definite and likeable. The flavor brings an extra spruce hop edge over more coffee bitterness. It’s medium bodied with a slight chalkiness over an otherwise aqueous brew with very fine carbonation. This was frankly a shocker because of the holiday label and such an un-holiday brew. It’s a very solid bock but I have to say this was a poor choice of label.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 03:59:34 | More by Durge
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 00:52:09 | More by RyanLigeia
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep reddish brown (reminiscent of red wine), slight head diminishes into a bubble rim around the glass

S - rich, fruity, sweet, malty, caramel, honey, spices

T - sweet and smoky, caramel, chocolate tones, sweet spices

M - i was expecting it to be rich and creamy (so says the label) but it was more watery/easy flowing than i had hoped, lots of fizzy carbonation causing a bit of excessive burping

O - not a bad beer, but nothing more than average on most aspects. this is definitely a once a year drink only.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 13:53:55 | More by facundoCNB
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3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 01-17-2012
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:08:35 | More by sommersb
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3/5  rDev -18%

12-07-2011 00:29:49 | More by theo871
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Limited 2011 Release

A brown head that faded faster than any I have ever seen, reminds me of a cola. Hazy, light cherry red body turning into gold on the edges. Zero lace on the glass.

Not much of a aroma. Faint cocoa and that's a guess.

The taste is a different story. Cocoa, coffee, toffee, dark fruits like cherry, caramelized sugar with some brown sugar as well. There is a crisp clean taste like a lager. Not bad.

Light to medium body, Carbonation is medium to approaching high. A slight dry feeling. No detection of alcohol warmth.

Overall, not a terrible brew. About or slightly above average for a Bock. I would take it or leave it with this beer. I won't be seeking this again but if this was all they had, I wouldn't mind drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 05:56:56 | More by 9InchNails
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New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-27-2011 23:13:52 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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3/5  rDev -18%

11-21-2011 01:27:31 | More by kristiekatk
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3/5  rDev -18%

11-14-2011 17:19:10 | More by Jspriest
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Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 22:03:21 | More by angrybabboon
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 22:37:47 | More by brewskier
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4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - 2010 vintage. Pours a clear, dark amber with an inch of light tan head on top. The head has some pretty nice retention, and leaves some thick lacing.

S - Caramel and fruit on the nose initially. As it warms up some brown sugar like sweetness appears.

M - They got the "rick creamy" part right in the description. The beer has moderate carbonation and has a nice creamy feel to it.

T - Light caramel and earthy hops appear up front followed by a smooth maltiness. The malty flavors last through to the finish combined with some mild fruitiness

Overall, this is a very easy drinking beer. It's incredibly creamy and smooth and fits the style well.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 02:14:19 | More by boralyl
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1" light tan head. dark raisin brown with orange amber tints

S: Smells of figs, dates, plums and thick signature bock creaminess.

T: Very poised and subdued compared to the smell, however very balanced, lightly creamy, even lighter on the fruits, as if they were tucked into a danish beneath the flaky dough and cream.

M: Light, creamy, dried fruits create a mild sweetness which is in now way too much or cloying. It fills and satisfies, but does so gently.

O: "Crowd pleaser" as described at the brewery. Thoroughly enjoyable and I could/would drink the shit out of this in any season.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 03:41:55 | More by CharlieMurphy
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from HuskyinPDX.

Pours deep, clear copper with a creamy beige head that shows excellent retention and lots of lacing.

Aroma is crisp bready malts, vanilla and roasted coffee beans. Also plenty of earthy notes, chocolate and light spices.

Taste starts with some hop bitterness and earthy, caramel malts. The finish is bitter and highly roasted. Creamy vanilla and some mocha notes.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but with a hefty earthy bitterness throughout.

This is a really tasty bock with a lot going on. More complex than most bocks but probably sacrifices a bit of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 02:34:17 | More by gford217
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 17:15:21 | More by Buggies
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New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 01:16:02 | More by BeerNinja007
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 04:56:13 | More by MbpBugeye
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New Hampshire

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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 00:12:31 | More by mountdew1
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New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cream, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy brown/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose - hints of spice and malt, flavor is same - spicy malts. 2010 release, $5.50 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 23:41:48 | More by jdhilt
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light tan with a pretty sizable white head. Some nuttiness on the aroma, but also doughy. Taste moves towards vanilla as well. Medium to light body with a balanced, tending towards sweet but balanced finish. As the bottle suggests, try this with a nice (VT) cheese.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 01:46:41 | More by nramsburg
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New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are malty, slight cocoa and roastiness, with a bunch of toffees/caramels and some lighter dark fruits (cherry and fig mainly). The taste follows suit with a lovely molasses and toffee from the malts, some brown sugar notes. Some earthy bitterness in the finish as well from the hops. Interesting and pleasant throughout. Some lighter vanilla and dark fruits emerge as it warms but not in any substantial manner. Fairly light tasting to be honest; mouthfeel should be a bit thicker for this style in my opinion, but considering I think this is only around 6 ABV it makes sense. A decent offering but not one I will be revisting anytime soon just because it is quite average overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 23:51:06 | More by claspada
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Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz foil-capped bottle into Bell's pint glass. Purchased in MA.

A- Nice brown pour with some orange, red highlights. Head is like seafoam and laces nicely.

S- Nose is sweet malt, a bit of apples in the nose.

T- A little fruity, nice sweet malts. A dash of chocolate. Not very deep, but flavors are nice. Wish I could be more descriptive but there's not a ton of flavor here.

M- Creamy, nice heft. Well-crafted.

D- Moderate. Enjoyable, but nothing stand-out. Would prob. skip this for something else given the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 02:23:54 | More by ShogoKawada
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 01:17:53 | More by lordofthewiens
Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock Lager from Rock Art Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.