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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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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.53/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of AndoBrew
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of ksbrainard
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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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 BeerTruth
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of mshallah
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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 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 Vancer
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of SixpointJMH
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 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 brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of EPseja
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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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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 warmstorage
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle: # 151 of 3,800, Limited 2006 Release. No ABV stated, or available on website.

Pours with a medium dense tan head into wide mouthed wine glass, head dissipates rapidly, leaves no lacing. A deep copper red color, slightly hazy, almost brown.

Aroma is lovely and near perfect for style: brown sugar, burnt sugar, prunes, cloves, stonefruit.

Taste is much of the same notes as the aroma, but more muted, and less pronounced on the fruit and burnt sugar that makes the aroma so nice. No meaningful hops noticed. Cherries possible. Overall, a decent, solid strong bock or doppelbock. Just a touch of warming alcohol.

Mouth is very tingly and carbonated in the finish at the throat.

Something I'd buy again to test out, and for a cold night it's drinkable, but not something I'd pass up other stuff to get again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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 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 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 UnionMade
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive ruby brown, although somewhat hazy, topped with a fat, creamy white head. I don't mind hazy ales, but for some reason I'm particular about most lagers being clear. Unbelievable head retention, though. It sticks around forever in at least a thick misty coating. Spotty lacing, too. For the head retention alone, this deserves a good score on presentation.

The aroma is nice enough. Thick, drippy caramel malts, definitely with a dash of floral, herbal noble hops. The hops almost lend a spicy, holiday-ale feel to the brew. A bit fruity, green apple or pear, and somewhat tinny and metallic with the hops. Grainy and doughy, too.

The flavor starts with sweet caramel malt, feeling a bit thinner than I'd expected given the robust aroma. Medium bodied, still. Not the cleanest lager, with some mild pear fruitiness. A faint green apple sourness, though I have to search for it. The malt feels crispy and lagery, somehow not quite conveying german roots. The flavors don't seem to mesh together perfectly, though it's very well balanced, malt and hops appearing in equal proportion. I think it's the yeast presence that's constantly interrupting the conversation. Very doughy, growing in presence as the beer warms, clashing with both the hop flavor and the malt. Just a dash of baker's chocolate roastiness into the end of the sip. Finishes with moderate hop bitterness, floral with a metallic tint, and pervasive, crackery yeast. Dryish in a papery, yeasty way. Moderate carbonation and a somewhat thinner feel make for good drinkability. The flavors seems to integrate a little better with a bit of warmth, as the malt takes on more control. Still, it feels a little wierd and just shy of convincing. Let this one sit out for a good half hour before popping the cap, and you'll have a much better experience.

Overall it's pretty good, but I didn't particularly care for it. Don't get me wrong, it's a good, solid beer, but somehow not my style. Great packaging, though. Classy and understated, it jumps out from the phalanx of overtly loud beer labels screaming out at you. Maybe this would have benefitted from some unreasonably extended lagering, but like Goodbyeohio said, it feels "green". I wonder if some extra lagering time would have made the yeast drop out even further. Then again, I don't brew and I'm just a beer drinker with an opinion. We also have a perfectionist brewer with a big soft spot for lager making beers in my home state, so that doesn't help either. A big high-five to Rock Art for attempting a technically challenging and under-appreciated style of beer. They could have jammed my jaws full of hops and booze, or open-fermented behind the brewery next to the dumpster, called it a wild ale, and made an easy A. Different, difficult, traditional, and much appreciated on this holiday season.

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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 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 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 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 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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Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock Lager from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 128 ratings
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