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

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-02-2004

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Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 84
Photo of NEhophead
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of scottg
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Fish113d
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 release

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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2007 Edition poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a rocky off white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is all malt. I pick up a bready caramely sweet aroma. The taste follows the smell. Mouthfeel certainly is creamy and smooth. Body seemed a bit thin to me. Not a bad brew. I don't think I would seek it out again, but definitely drinkable.

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of HopDerek
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2007 edition.

Pours a cloudy rust color with floaties and 1 inch of frothy cream colored head, good retention and lacing. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, citrus, and biscuits. Tastes of sweet caramel and brown sugar with notes of holiday spices and a finish of citrus and dark fruits like cherries. Medium in body and very smooth and creamy. Sweet with a tart finish. An ok holiday brew with great creaminess, but not really my thing, I don't think I'll seek this out again.

Photo of turdburglar
4.85/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 bottling...#1914 of 3800

Nice dark mahogany color. Surprisingly large pillowy head that lasted forever. Lacing is quite good. (Take this one out of the fridge 20 minutes before drinking)

Aroma is biscuity malts, coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste is indeed "rich and creamy", bready sweet malts... smooth carbonation, lightly hopped. Very good christmas bock.

Mouthfeel is huge and again... very creamy.

Drinkability? I'm heading back out to the beer distributor to buy the last few bottles of this.


Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of dbalsock
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: Pours dark brown with a maroon border and a thin white head that diminishes quickly without lacing.

Smell: Malty with some pie like characteristics and caramel. Smelling this really makes me want a pie. Very bready on the nose making it quite appetizing.

Taste: Caramel, fruit and some chocolate stuff going on that isn't as welcome. Maybe too much dark malt for a bock.

Mouthfeel: It's too bitter forme, and not in a hoppy way. It's still crisp and the alcohol makes a nice presence but it doesn't feel like a lager.

Drinkability: It's hard to get through the bomber, but a glass is nice. Should be warmed some before drinking and consumed on a cold night after a near-death experience while snowshoeing.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish-brown body with a scant, off-white head.

Smell: Chocolate aroma of freshly-squeezed Tootsie rolls with a tart underlying fruitiness.

Taste: A little caramel and chocolate maltiness. More of those tart, fruity plum skins. Dash of nutmeg. Mild bitterness. Not much of a finish, it just sorta ends.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Simple, straightforward, and, well, that's that.

Photo of xpatriate
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought on trip to Burlington around a month ago.Poured into 20oz. pint glass.One and a half finger head.Looked really nice.Sunburst in color held up to light.Very aromatic in the nose.
To me tasted even better.Really enjoyed this.As the brew warmed the malts rose to the occasion.Mouthfeel was fine until near the bottom of my pint.It seemed to get a little thin.I could and would be able to drink a few of these in session.
Not taking anything away from this beer it did seem like Rock Art`s attempt at an Anchor Christmas Ale.No complaints here.Great beer on a chilly winter night.

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 2007 Ed. Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass the beer was a dark mohogany brown color with a ruby tint when held to the light. A solid and frothy two fingers of head that was just a shade off white. Some lacing throughout the sample, but minimal.

The nose is some caramel, bread, rum, faint fig and spices; cinamom, ginger and cardomon, perhaps.

The taste has a bit of a rich maltiness to it but takes a while to really develop on the palate. A bit bland at first, but the malt flavors begin to pull through and dominate with fresh baked gingerbread cookies, fig, and plum pudding like tastes.

Medium body, a little thin when on the cooler side, and firms out to a more "bock-like" texture at warmer temperatures. Fairly ample carbonation.

All in all the beer seemed to take a little time to develop on the palate. Once the flavors seems to warm on your tounge they came through, but nothing to wow the taste buds. Enjoyable, but not memorable.

Photo of AndoBrew
3.14/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of ksbrainard
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy ruddy brown with a touch of deep dark garnet. There's a negligible head but plenty of bubbles within that keep popping their fleeting heads out of the surface of the beer.

Smell: It is malty and a bit biscuity, with a touch of raisin. At times, I get a hint of chocolate. The smell is generally mild and often non-existant, and every now and then it smells somehow flabby.

Taste: Starts off like an Oktoberfest - malty but pretty mild. Then suddenly spicy hops arrive at the scene and kick it up a notch. Finally, a warmth of alcohol covers my throat. And that's just the first sip. I can taste a hint of DMS/cooked cabbage here and there, which is probably the taste manifestation of the flabby smell, but it doesn't take too much away from the overall taste. The dominant flavor is the hops, followed by the malts, and then the alcohol perception. It is more hop-forward than I expected for a Bock, but sort of in line with the ESB2 I had from these guys, and it is tasty.

Mouthfeel: Rich and Creamy as advertised. The carbonation is full and soft. The hops provide a counter to this softness, without which, this might become overly soft.

Drinkability: It is enjoyable, and well cast as a holiday specialty. I wouldn't have guessed it was a lager/Bock, and I have a sense that it might not be 100% true to style, but not a great set of comparison data. I found it to be a good complement to meatballs in slightly spicy red sauce (of course after initial tasting notes were taken), and I think it would also be nice with a beef roast in brown gravy.

Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this one on Christmas Eve night with the old man.

22 oz. bomber poured into a mug.

Pours a dark murky mahagony with a full one fingered khaki colored head that slowly dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. Stickiness is pretty limited but visible with some decent lacing. Smell is of chocolate malts with hints of coffee and caramel. Nutty goodness in the nose as well as some woody scents. Lots of nutty flavors with this one. Almonds, chestnut, and walnut flavors with a nice chocolate malt background. Sweet from start to finish from the malt with some smoked flavor goodness. Mouthfeel is where this one falls a bit short. Not as "rich and creamy" as I was hoping. Medium bodied with an excessive amount of carbonation. Definitely one of the better bocks I've had, glad I was able to share it with my pops. Merry Christmas!

Photo of mshallah
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is enhanced by the surprising creaminess of the head which is dense, tan and fluffy. The liquid of this lager is a dark, brownish amber. Aroma is similar to an Octoberfest with lots of toasted malt. Some dried fruit and very slight alcohol round out the smells. Taste is smooth and creamy with not as much toast as the smell but still there. Taste is more on the sweet side to start with late but mild hop bitterness. Very smooth liquid with the added creaminess of the head make this easy to imbibe and a real pleasure as it's a departure from everything else in my fridge.

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explosive head--this beer bubbled out of the bottle (which had been sitting on its side for two weeks. Appears to be cloudy but it's hard to tell since the color is dark brown. Excellent lace.

Coffee ground aromas; some cream. There is a very subtle sourness in the background.

This is a smooth beer without the oily alcohol that often accompanies bocks. The body is creamy with an easy finish that has just enough hop to provide balance. This is a mostly malty beer, with lots of coffee and dark chocolate flavors.

I genuinely like this version of a Bock beer. It is not in the extreme category at all, but there is still a complexity that is thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 edition.

Pours a beautiful reddish-brown color with a one finger head. Aroma is nice and malty upfront with minimal sweetness. There's some lacing as well. As this beer warms up, I detect a slight hint of chocolate and roastiness in the nose. Taste is rich and malty, chewy with a beautiful aftertaste that is slightly sweet and just the right amount of dryness. Smooth and creamy as well. As this beer warms up, more flavors come out.

Overall, a very solid and enjoyable holiday beer. None of that typical winter warmer crap. Rock Art has always hit the nail on the head with this brew.

Photo of Vancer
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great brew from gpcollen1 for my BA Annv club bombing. 2006 Vintage. Bottle 2143 of 3800. Sticker price of an unbelievable $5 on the side – that just floors me. SEE? No need for fork someone for $20.

Easy with the pour on this one, and we have a rocky cream top of ivory on top of a dark mahagony oak.

The sweet malt aroma progresses well into a “creamy”, imagine that, toasted malt with touches of chocolate and coffee. Hints of nutmeg and cocoa in there, very light.

Bock beer, light bodied per norm. Great drinking brew that sips like a dream on this colder November evening. No alcohol to be perceived, I’d say around 6%

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany with crimson edging. A huge, rocky, beige head filled with medium sized bubbles developed. Batter-like froth clung to the edges of the glass after the head fell, but all lacing dissapeared after the first two sips.
Aromatics are rich, malty, and bready. Proofing dark bread leads off, with powdered chocolate and drizzled caramel following through. Slightly roasty and buiscuity.
Medium bodied and on the creamy side, with some residuals lingering on the tongue.
The pallet is more subdued than the nose, with the bready malts still apparent, but a very well attenuated malt character leaves one begging for a little more Munich character.
Bitterness is nill and balancing the slightly sweet maltiness. Fresh bread crusts, cocoa dust, and a hint of toffee round out nicely.
Finishes fairly dry, with some faintly lingering residuals. Alcohol is without a trace, and the beer is very drinkable albeit a bit on the thin side.

Photo of EPseja
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22oz bomber in my trusty Duvel tulip at just below cellar temperature.

A - Medium brown with a crimson hue and light tan head. Vigorous pour builds a creamy, inch-thick head with varying sized bubbles. Head subsudes after a minute, and lacing is sporadic, but very tight where it does form.

S - Bright, toasted malts - bordering on metallic with only a hint of hoppiness. A whisper of cocoa... Kind of one-dimensional.

T - Cocoa laden maltiness with a hint of yeast and hops. An underlying fruitiness is detectable from the alcohol, which I believe is must be slightly kicked up. The finish brings on only a medium dryness as well as a slight tartness in the back of the throat.

M - Medium tingle on the tongue, rising to a mouth-filling froth that's just a bit overzealous. Slightly filling going down.

D - An excellent choice for a chilly winter night, that's for sure! The combination of toasty malts and belly-warming alcohol make this one a tasty Holiday (or after) treat.

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