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Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock LagerMountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock Lager

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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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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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

2009 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light roasted malts, caramel and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a hearty malt character and a strong breadiness, along with mildly sweet flavors of caramel and vanilla. There's also a touch of smokiness but I didn't really get much creaminess as professed on the label. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer overall, but there are other beers in the style and other Christmas seasonal beers that I would pick first.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
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 smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed reddish brown with a rich creamy/foamy white head. Uneven strands of lacing stick.

The smell is of some black cherries, light noble hop spicing with slight mint. Some caramel is there. Mild.

The taste is of caramel with a touch of mint that grows as it progresses. It has light roast, some overroasted nuts and an overly minty/bitterish finish (though some disconnected caramel also shows through).

It is pretty creamy, with medium-to-high carbonation.

This is an odd brew. Doesn't quite "sit right" yet has a certain "drinkability" to it. Mixed feelings here.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

much thanks to meatbeagle for this bottle.

Dark brown body, almost purple, with big carbonation, but only a slim, white head.

Malt-dominated aroma, vanilla and cola, earthy, nutty, a little spice in there...cinnnamon sticks and clove...

Taste: smooth, clean, a bit of chocolate, creamy, to be sure, more vanilla and more easy-drinking sweetness. Medium bodied, even-handed, sleek, and tasty. Just enough sweetness to dance around the tongue, but not enough to turn you off. A little fruit flavor creeps in, some grape, for sure.

I'm liking this. My first beer from these guys. Love to try some more.

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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 Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 Version.

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a short 1/2" head that falls to a thick surface foam quickly. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: light caramel is all you can detect.

Taste: caramel, plums, raisins, and a bit of earthiness. Mild bitterness and a bit of alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp and prickly throughout. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: rather easy to quaff but a bit too crisp for me. Nice flavors overall.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil

2009 Vintage

Pours a nice brownish color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy/foamy off-white head, with some small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, roasty, with some toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, roasty, bitter, toffee/caramel notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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 puboflyons
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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 jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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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 Brad007
4/5  rDev +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 claspada
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are malty, slight cocoa and roastiness, with a bunch of toffees/caramels and some lighter dark fruits (cherry and fig mainly). The taste follows suit with a lovely molasses and toffee from the malts, some brown sugar notes. Some earthy bitterness in the finish as well from the hops. Interesting and pleasant throughout. Some lighter vanilla and dark fruits emerge as it warms but not in any substantial manner. Fairly light tasting to be honest; mouthfeel should be a bit thicker for this style in my opinion, but considering I think this is only around 6 ABV it makes sense. A decent offering but not one I will be revisting anytime soon just because it is quite average overall.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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 Durge
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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 blackie
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 sulldaddy
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
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 Vancer
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
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%

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