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

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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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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 127
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz foil-capped bottle into Bell's pint glass. Purchased in MA.

A- Nice brown pour with some orange, red highlights. Head is like seafoam and laces nicely.

S- Nose is sweet malt, a bit of apples in the nose.

T- A little fruity, nice sweet malts. A dash of chocolate. Not very deep, but flavors are nice. Wish I could be more descriptive but there's not a ton of flavor here.

M- Creamy, nice heft. Well-crafted.

D- Moderate. Enjoyable, but nothing stand-out. Would prob. skip this for something else given the price.

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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 bob3701
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a hazy mahogany with a big fluffy head with pretty good lacing. Big biscut malty aroma. Super mild malty flavor with a slight bitter after taste. Very disappointed by the lack of flavor in this brew. Maybe the name of it just raised my expectations on this one. Left a tingle in my tongue.

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

A - Translucent near cola brown, some off white head that leaves quickly. Some fine bubbled lace.

S - Malty, cocoa, a little choc chip cookie like.

T - Taste matches smell except for a somewhat unexpected bitter finish.

M - Medium to light body, the bitterness at end a little off balance in my opinion. Ok carb, coats nicely.

D - I don't know the ABV, but it goes down easy enough, and the flavors aren't palate killers in general.

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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 u2carew
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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 jjboesen
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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 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 kingcrowing
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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 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 scootny
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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 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 duffextracold
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't seen this around before, so i decided to give it a try. Hazy reddish brown color, cream colored one finger head. lots of foamy lacing. looks good! Smells like sweet bisquity malts with a hint of bitter hops. rich, bready, malty taste. spicy hops, mild bitterness. very fruity aftertaste. very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation. not bad overall, that smooth silky mouthfeel is great. something about that sweet, fruity, bitter aftertaste doesn't do anything for me. I'll try it again next year.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light chestnut with a creamy two-finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin cap and leaves some thick, but scattered, lacing.

Smell is restrained, but there is some toasted bread, piny hops, chocolate, caramel, some red fruits, and burnt sugar and molasses.

Taste begins with some sweet, fruity malts balanced with a touch of bitter hops. Finishes with some burnt caramel and bread crusts.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied. Very smooth.

A very balanced, drinkable brew. Quite enjoyable on a cold winter night.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +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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Photo of erosier
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a reddish brown color with a really tall tan colored head that takes a long time to settle and laces the glass all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts, some caramel malts, vinous fruits, some chocolate and vanilla aromas, and then some yeastiness.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some caramel chocolate and vanilla, then some vinous fruits, and a yeasty finish.
M: Very smooth, sweet, and warming. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable once the giant head settles.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle into a pint glass. The bottle & label itself are actually quite pretty; a gold foil is wrapped around the neck and cap, and the label art is a clean combo of festive & spartan. 2008 limited release.
A: Darkish mahogany/amber colored brew. First pour has an inch-thick layer of very light brown head on top; it's a bit bubbly and fizzes away slowly, but it's also quite thick and spread evenly. Not much lacing to speak of.
S: Sweet malts, some roasted sugars, and a touch of vanilla. Hints of honey, maybe some kind of berry (?) and a nip of spices, perhaps cinnamon or cloves. Fairly yeasty in general, along with the malty scents.
T: Well-balanced blend of yeast, sweet malts and some stray flavors/spices. Sweet, malty and flavorful all at once.
M: Generally smooth and malty, with some chewy yeastiness mixed in. Not cloying at all, and no sign of alcohol.
D: Pretty good; I enjoyed this big bottle. I would drink this again.

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Photo of SaintPeter
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
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 SteveO1231
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2008 release, 22 oz. brown bottle, white label w/ a christmas wreath and gold foil.

Pours a dark rusty brown, nice ruby red highlights, thin off-white head with not much lacing.

Aroma of caramel malts, pete smoke, dark fruit, chocolate and roasted barley hints of vanilla and a little yeasty.

Full-bodied with a thick creamy texture, moderate fizz.

Moderately sweet brown sugar/toffee, chocolate and a pete smoked roasted flavor. Light grassy herbal hop bitterness with a touch of cinnamon and grain husk aftertaste. Very well balanced.

Nice beer, well balanced, very drinkable.


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Photo of SFLpunk
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 22oz bottle. 2008 release.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy tawny hue with orange notes around the edges. Head is slight with off-white bubbles gripping the edge of the glass, no lacing, and not much on the surface.

Nose: Roasted grain, toasted oak, raw sugar, chocolate caramel, and something hinting at toffee.

Palate: Soft carbonation, a creamy smooth texture. Right at the back, you can tell it's a lager, has a little tiny bite right before the finish. Notes of caramelized sugar, toffee, and creme brulée. Clean finish.

Notes: A solid brew. You get what it says: Creamy Bock Lager. A bit creamy on the texture, a bit lager on the finish, and a perfect "session" winter/holiday ale. I appreciate that it's not a spiced winter release. Cheers to Matt and René!

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Photo of NEhophead
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a Pilsener glass.

Pours a deep, maple with auburn highlights. Creamy, quarter-inch off-white head that remains intact for a few moments despite lacking initial height. Traces of patchy lacing without much strength.

Rounded,semi-sweet brown sugar and nutmeg over a creamy molasses and dark caramel base. Notes of rich, milk chocolate with light cream that interact with a noticeable, but not overpowering port-like alcohol. Aged, vinous fruity esters: plum, grape, red apple.

Semi-sweet caramel and milk chocolate that survive throughout the sip, turning somewhat thin, bland, and chalky. Date and almond provide the dry flavors that eliminate the rich and sweet malt character that the aroma promises. Slightly phenolic at mid-sip with no trace of fruity esters. A grain-filled, dry finish is followed by a return to the almond, cashew, and date aftertaste.

Medium bodied; smooth, but more dry as the flavors develop. Somewhat chalky for a bock, but nothing quite offensive.

A very bland Bock, which is quite disappointing given such rich, spicy, and complex aromatics. A good style to attempt from Rock Art. I would suggest changing the recipe to boost the abv and making this one of their big beer additions. Hopefully the boost in alcohol would draw out some of the rich and aged, fruity esters.

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Photo of scottg
4.11/5  rDev +12%
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 Fish113d
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, it pours the color of almond skin with a tan w/ a pinkish hue head about 1 finger thick.

Aroma is of a brown malt with maybe just a bit of roast & a slight beechwood aroma. Interesting to say the least. A slight sweetness also hits my nose but hard to distiguish what it is; maybe cherries.

Sipping leaves a little to be desired. I expected a bit of chewiness from this one for a bock, but it IS very smooth. Flavor is a bit watery brown malt with a hint of earthy hops & a bit of caramel on the finish. Little carbonation hits my palate.

Fairly drinkable, but it misses the mark I think a bit for a Christmas/holiday brew. Not as warming as I think it seems to advertise.

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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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Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock Lager from Rock Art Brewery
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