Mountain Holidays In Vermont
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Bock - Traditional
Ranked #91
Ranked #41,595
3.64 | pDev: 10.99%
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pilsener glass and rated as a regular "bock." The appearance was a hazy dark bronzed orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about less than thirty seconds. Filmy/semi-thick lacing runs in a messy sort of way around the glass. The smell starts off with a sweet breadiness running into light raisin, sweet apple, a light vanilla, and sweet cherry. Caramel tones do run nicely underneath. The taste takes the previously mentioned flavors and uses them to smooth it all out emphatically sweet and barely any bitterness (as a bock should be!, but then again, this is an aged review as well). Creamy sweet apple to cherry and a slight little bit of cocoa aftertaste running into a sweet wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice and smooth (really light/good). Overall, this is a really good Bock made for the holidays.

Jun 25, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle (probably a bit old, by the way), it pours a mahogany color with a nice head, which quickly reduces to, well, nothing.. Some slight malt and toffee-ish scents in my nose. Some prunish flavors go with the malt in the mouth. Enjoyable.

Jan 11, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Short review.

Pours a hazy golden color. Head is gone in a hurry.

Smells like vanilla with some light spices.

Tastes like cream soda. Like, exactly like cream soda. Some bready malt. But mostly cream soda.

Feel is thick and sticky and extremely dry.

Overall, not an impressive bock. Way too sweet.

Apr 06, 2016
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2011.

Poured from the 22 oz,. bomber into a Lawson's snifter.

a: Clear dark ruby/copper with no head, thin surface foam disappeared to almost nothing. No lacing.

s: Slight dark fruit note.

t: Dark fruit/roasty malt combo, at first the net effect was prunelike. Mellowed out later to a mild dark fruity/roastiness. Some evident hop balance. Sweet to dry finish,.

m: Light to moderate. Considerable persistent carbonation tingle on the tongue.

o: A good bock, drinkable and seems pretty true to the style. Unclear what its age might have done for or against it, my guess would be not much,.

Apr 22, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Medium body.

The taste tends to favor the nutty side more than the malty side with a slightly bitter finish.

Jan 01, 2014
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Adamah_Adonai from Hawaii

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is full of nutty vanilla and toffee aromas. It pours a deep cloudy amber color, with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Medium sweetness up front and a lightly bitter finish. It has medium body a thin feel and soft carbonation. It is kind of weird to be drinking a Vermont Christmas beer in Hawaii during February but it paired well with some sharp Vermont Cheddar and definitely hit the spot.

Sep 17, 2013
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MatthewWilde from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2010

A: Dark reddish brown in color, pours decent lacing, translucent, almost no internal carbonation

S: Unique nose, notes of caramel and vanilla, but also some herbal elements and creamy dried fruits, certainly interesting

T: As expected for a bock, light dried fruits, herbal notes with some sweetness and creaminess to finish, touch of alcohol and citrus

M: Very smooth, refreshing, clean finish, light caramel aftertaste, not drying or overpowering on the palate

O: Nothing unusual given the style, nice fragrance and flavors, smooth as well, but I'm not blown away

May 24, 2012
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Apr 28, 2012
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DirtyPenny from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Apr 13, 2012
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Durge from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Apr 08, 2012
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RyanLigeia from North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -19%
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.

Mar 19, 2012
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Feb 13, 2012
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sommersb from Tennessee

3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
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!

Jan 18, 2012
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BeerdedEric from New Jersey

3.38/5  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.

Nov 30, 2011
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Sep 16, 2011
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brewskier from Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Jul 13, 2011
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boralyl from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Jul 10, 2011
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CharlieMurphy from New York

4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Jun 10, 2011
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gford217 from Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

May 11, 2011
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Buggies from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Feb 18, 2011
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BeerNinja007 from New Hampshire

2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Jan 30, 2011
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Jan 27, 2011
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mountdew1 from New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Jan 25, 2011
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.41/5  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.

Jan 19, 2011
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nramsburg from New York

3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Dec 23, 2010
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