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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
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Adamah_Adonai
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.

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Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Focusf111
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of sweisel80
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of cortez
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MatthewWilde
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

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Photo of jlindros
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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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!

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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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