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

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Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock LagerMountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock Lager
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Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 12-02-2004

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Gold foiled cap, bottle #2773 of 3800.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark tan head over the slightly cloudy burgundy brown brew. Head lasts well, with lots of lasting sticky lacing. Aroma is richly malty, with a light fruitiness. Taste is chocolate malt sweetness upfront, a tinge of fruit in the middle, and a slightly hoppy close. Seems to missing something here, but what's there is very nice. Mouthfeel is creamy, although perhaps a bit too bubbly, and drinkability is good. I could see revisiting this one, for sure.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive ruby brown, although somewhat hazy, topped with a fat, creamy white head. I don't mind hazy ales, but for some reason I'm particular about most lagers being clear. Unbelievable head retention, though. It sticks around forever in at least a thick misty coating. Spotty lacing, too. For the head retention alone, this deserves a good score on presentation.

The aroma is nice enough. Thick, drippy caramel malts, definitely with a dash of floral, herbal noble hops. The hops almost lend a spicy, holiday-ale feel to the brew. A bit fruity, green apple or pear, and somewhat tinny and metallic with the hops. Grainy and doughy, too.

The flavor starts with sweet caramel malt, feeling a bit thinner than I'd expected given the robust aroma. Medium bodied, still. Not the cleanest lager, with some mild pear fruitiness. A faint green apple sourness, though I have to search for it. The malt feels crispy and lagery, somehow not quite conveying german roots. The flavors don't seem to mesh together perfectly, though it's very well balanced, malt and hops appearing in equal proportion. I think it's the yeast presence that's constantly interrupting the conversation. Very doughy, growing in presence as the beer warms, clashing with both the hop flavor and the malt. Just a dash of baker's chocolate roastiness into the end of the sip. Finishes with moderate hop bitterness, floral with a metallic tint, and pervasive, crackery yeast. Dryish in a papery, yeasty way. Moderate carbonation and a somewhat thinner feel make for good drinkability. The flavors seems to integrate a little better with a bit of warmth, as the malt takes on more control. Still, it feels a little wierd and just shy of convincing. Let this one sit out for a good half hour before popping the cap, and you'll have a much better experience.

Overall it's pretty good, but I didn't particularly care for it. Don't get me wrong, it's a good, solid beer, but somehow not my style. Great packaging, though. Classy and understated, it jumps out from the phalanx of overtly loud beer labels screaming out at you. Maybe this would have benefitted from some unreasonably extended lagering, but like Goodbyeohio said, it feels "green". I wonder if some extra lagering time would have made the yeast drop out even further. Then again, I don't brew and I'm just a beer drinker with an opinion. We also have a perfectionist brewer with a big soft spot for lager making beers in my home state, so that doesn't help either. A big high-five to Rock Art for attempting a technically challenging and under-appreciated style of beer. They could have jammed my jaws full of hops and booze, or open-fermented behind the brewery next to the dumpster, called it a wild ale, and made an easy A. Different, difficult, traditional, and much appreciated on this holiday season.

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Photo of Greenleaf
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At first glance, this beer seems to be an offering similar to the other rock art beers; tasty but not mouth watering. The beer pours a deep red to black, leaving a head that disapates rather quickly. The smell is nice, but isnt anything to rave about. The smell and appearance of this beer is very misleading, for once this touches the tongue it is beautiful. As the lable reads, it is a rich and creamy brew. As for a 'bock lager' .... i cant say it lives up to such standards. It is, however a very enjoyable winter brew. Nice balance of malty and hoppy, the aftertaste leaves you feeling jolly. I would catch this beer if u can... my bottle is numbered 3169 of 3,800.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 release, bottle #1931 of 3800.. that's (carry the 1, plus seven, uh..) 316.75 cases! huh?

this beer sure looks like a bock. it pours slowly into a nonic, showcasing the brilliantly dark clarity of the most burnt amber maple sugar you can find. it is topped with a significantly steadfast tan layer of bulbous cream. bridges of lacing are everywhere here.

smells nice and toasty, a bit on the freshy green side. nesquik syrup waves usher in a presence of roasted chestnuts and brown sugar cake frosting. even something slightly fruity and bready, like apple pie in the oven, finishes off the whole nasal parade.

really drinkable, that's the first thing i notice. i actually took a whole sip of rock art beer, thought it tasted good, and swallowed it without ANY vomiting or wretching. i check the label, it's rock art. i wasn't mistaken.. ok, i'm being harsh (i like the smoked porter) but this beer breaks the mold.

initial sips are very almondy with faint cocoa and caramel malty dusting. the bitterness that follows through in the body is just right, and doesn't linger in a nasty way. mildly yeasty, but only in such a way that slightly dries out the finish. i'm left with more of a smokey taste.. charred husks and such moreso than anything rauch-related. whatever, this beer is really freakin good. earlier today, i couldn't believe i bought it.. now, i can't believe i didn't buy more.

highly recommended. can't speak for the 05.

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Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of scottum
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap in Burlington at Manhattan Pizza!

Served deep redbrown with a slight light tan head. Brew is very smooth. Mouthfeel reaches towards perfection. Better on tap than in a bottle? Me thinks maybe. Tastes great and is well balanced. One of the better bocks I've had lately. I'm glad that Rock Art is brewing lagers now.

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Photo of Longstaff
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small whitish head induced by a rough pour. Body is dark brown with caramel highlights. Aroma is soft and somewhat nutty with no hop aromas detected. Mouthfeel is slick as it slips down the throat with ease, but does not offer much flavor upfront. Aftertaste is all walnut with slight fruity alcohol notes. Alcohol is noticeable but melds with the sweet malt very nicely. Leaves your mouth dry like walnut skins. I wonder if they brewed this with walnuts? A decent, drinkable bock, but missing some hop aroma and flavor.

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