Mountain Holidays In Vermont | Rock Art Brewery

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Mountain Holidays In VermontMountain Holidays In Vermont

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Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

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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Reviews by RyanLigeia:
Photo of RyanLigeia
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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 kingcrowing
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from 2009 poured into a pint glass on Christmas day- Thanks Matt & Renee!

Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby and a nice big fluffy white head. Nose is very nice, it's for a right maltiness with some toastiness as well, like a heavy marzen. Light lager nose as well.

Very interesting taste, something here is different. Not sure if it's spruce or something, but there's a bit of a holiday spice to it. I can't get it on the nose but honestly this is about the perfect holiday beer! Easy to drink, tasty and the subtle holiday hint!

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Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Dewey0603
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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 fthegiants
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraigMack61
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice Christmas eve beer. A lovely caramel with a thick off white head. Very nice retention and great wads of lace stuck to the glass. Smell is light sweet malt with a big earthy hops. A touch of smoke and light breadiness. Taste follows suit with a lovely molasses and toffee in the malt. Alcohol peeks out here and thee but is very well integrated and delicious. Dry and malty finish. Somewhat chewy with an effervescence that flow into a light creaminess. Quite drinkable and I wish I had another for the night and Christmas dinner too. Thanks to The Rowan for a Vermont gem.

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Photo of edchicma
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very solid brew. Its appearance is a dark chocolate with a very nice creamy head. Smell is rich in roasted malts and chocolate notes. Taste is slightly smoky with a great malt backbone...reminds me a tad of a milk stout. Hops are there but in a very nice balance. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, yet with a smoot hcharacteristic. Very easy on the drinkability scale. While abv isn't listed I assume it is up there, as I can feel the alcohol kicking in. A very good offering worth a try.

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Photo of Franchise
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This offering from Rock Art pours a murky dark brown leaving a thick creamy tan head. The aroma is nutty and sweet creamy milky aroma, ripe fruit, plums, raisins, with a bit of milk chocolate. The taste starts a bit tart, underipned fruit in the taste, creamy milky mouthfeel, nuts, brisk carbonation lovely feel on the palate. I'm actually really enjoying this beer it has a load of flavors that really mesh well together and leave you wanting more of this bock. A great offering from Rock Art one that I will buy a couple more bottles of

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Photo of puboflyons
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.

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Photo of scottg
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of u2carew
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Consumed 2/22/10.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Lacing is big bubbled and sticky. Dark mahogany in color.
S) Citrus notes. Hints of alcohol. Light caramel.
T) Nutty. Hints of holiday spices - nutmeg, cinnamon. Mellow and balanced malts - caramel. Notes of Alcohol. Smoky finish with a quick sour nip.
M) Medium body. Fizzy, yet fairly smooth. Finishes a little light.
D) A nice Bock. Pour me another!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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

bomber from ppoitras in No BS 3

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Photo of angrybabboon
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.

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