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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

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of turdburglar
4.85/5  rDev +33.2%
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.


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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 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 scottum
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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 goodbyeohio
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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 CharlieMurphy
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this brew with Stopper.
Poured into a snifter at room temp. The beer pours a deep mahogany. A minimal beige head that quickly fades to nothing.
Aroma is all malt with toffee and caramel mixing, not overly complex, but well matched.
The first sip reveals an average body but silky smooth texture and mild carbonation.
No hint of alcohol is present at any stage of this beer. The flavor is sweet malt with toffee and caramel and a bit of chocolate too. A very easy drinker, while not overly complex, it is tasty.

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Photo of SaintPeter
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious rust color with a foamy white head that slowly dissipates leaving a quilt-work of intricate lacing.

Aroma of traditional bock beer and English Pub, aged wood, leather, sweet tobacco, maltiness.

Very true to the name: it's rich, creamy, bocky and lagery. The name holds it all. A flash of unpleasant lager skunk/sour taste in the back of the throat, but it disappears and finishes in the true bock style, malty with an oak undertone.

Ultra creamy mouth feel, smooth. What you would call a "Cream" beer. Highly drinkable, I would have more and wish I had more.

If you like rich, creamy bock, you will love this style. Taste and appearance is wonderful. It follows the Rock Art Extreme Series of high quality beers. Try one, if it's still around!

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A recent trip to Vermont provided an opportunity to pay a visit to this small, but remarkable, brewery for a tour, a free sampling, and a couple of 22-ounce bombers, of which this was one. (I quaffed it on a cold and blustery Christmas Eve 2009.)

"Twas the night before Christmas and all roun' the place, a mug of bock lager did light up his face...."

It pours a thick vanilla froth and settles into a translucent mahogany body with little evidentiary lacing. The nose detects intense esters of clove and almond; the palate receives subtle tastes of nut and cocoa powder. There is some maltiness to the finish.

This is a pleasant, and highly drinkable, bock that makes for a nice quaff, one which would certainly compliment a platter of delicious Vermont cheeses.

Rock Art is an unassuming brewery that continues to gain a reputation for their quality craft brews. Unfortunately, their size ensures a limited distribution area - thus depriving many beer lovers of a chance to enjoy these fine beers. Rock Art is definitely worth a stop.

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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 boralyl
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bottle of the 2009 version yesterday at Harringtons ($5.95 plus dep and tax). No freshness or ABV info found. Label does show a lovely Christmas wreath.

This bock is a clear, deep chestnut color. Plenty of bubbles rise steadily within, helping maintain a creamy, fine, short, tan head. Lacing left clinging to the glass is fair. Aroma is lovely! Malty sweetness is abundant, with super caramel/toffee notes filling the air. Body is right in the middle, a solid medium. And the liquid is relatively smooth as it hits the palate; not silky smooth, but without any prickliness as well.

Flavor is not as sweet as the aroma suggests. There is present a solid malt base, with caramel and toffee, plus a suggestion of nuttiness. Lurking in the background is a subtle hint of rummy brown bread. On top of this is layered some pleasing floral hop action, which lingers well as the bier disappears down the hatch. Overall, a solid bock, with decent flavors warming things up in the cold New england climes.

Zum Wohl!!

look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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

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 Greenleaf
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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 ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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 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 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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of csustar001
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of FrankJCurtin
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a foil-capped, 22oz bottle this beer was a very cloudy, deep garnet color. The head was two fingers and off-white that became a think skim that left sticky lacing. The aroma was deeply malty, caramel, chocolate and roasted with hints of coffee. The flavors were great for the Bock style, almost like a Porter, again the complex malt with coffee notes and some bittering hops that added balance. The body was medium, the mouthfeel good and the carbonation perfect for the style.

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