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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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of BeerdedEric
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Limited 2011 Release

A brown head that faded faster than any I have ever seen, reminds me of a cola. Hazy, light cherry red body turning into gold on the edges. Zero lace on the glass.

Not much of a aroma. Faint cocoa and that's a guess.

The taste is a different story. Cocoa, coffee, toffee, dark fruits like cherry, caramelized sugar with some brown sugar as well. There is a crisp clean taste like a lager. Not bad.

Light to medium body, Carbonation is medium to approaching high. A slight dry feeling. No detection of alcohol warmth.

Overall, not a terrible brew. About or slightly above average for a Bock. I would take it or leave it with this beer. I won't be seeking this again but if this was all they had, I wouldn't mind drinking it.

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Photo of kristiekatk
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 5/7/11

Appearance: Easily the darkest bock I have ever seen - a brown, with hints of dark red - fluffy beige head, good head retention

Smell: While it does not really look like a bock, it smells like one - very malt-forward, bready, bread crust - some sweetness, some interesting spices

Taste: The malt profile reminds me of pretzels, honestly - some spices, some fruity esters - a nice level of sweetness - not very bitter, but some herbal flavors to keep things interesting - some hints of burnt, maybe a little chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium, nicely carbonated, but not exactly "creamy" - could use a little more body (or a different name for the beer)

Overall: Good, but not that exciting

When I think "Mountain Holidays in Vermont," my gut reaction is "there is too much f---ing snow for me to drive up to Vermont!" Despite this association, I liked this beer. Rock Art definitely brews better beers, though. It's worth a try.

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Photo of brewskier
2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Sparkly tan foam drops rapidly and leaves no trace of lacing. The beer is a medium, slightly golden, chestnut brown.

Slightly sweet nose contains hints of pecan, vanilla, and French toast. Mild but pleasing.

Flavor is quite roasty, with a full nuttiness and slightly bitter, almost burnt, aspect. It also has a doughy, yeasty flavor that I really don't love. Big malt aspect mostly hides any hops. A bit astringent.

I would in no way call this rich or creamy. It is thin and overcarbonated in that fizzy-mouth iffy-homebrew sort of way, completely lacking body.

I thought I once had an earlier vintage of this (as opposed to this 2010 bottle) which was pretty good...this was a rare total letdown from Rock Art. While it didn't ruin Christmas in July, I wouldn't want another bottle like this one...will certainly this coming year's vintage, though. Imbibed 7/13/11 in my Pike pint glass.

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Photo of boralyl
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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 CharlieMurphy
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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 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 Buggies
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a bottle of 2010. Pours a dark ruby brown. Real thin head. Aroma of caramel and chocolate. Slightly fruity nose with a slight roasted grain in the background.

Taste is slightly sweet with a little citrus. The roasted grains really come through and dominate I think. Their bitterness lingers for a long time.

This reminds me more of a porter than a bock. Perhaps if it were just a hint sweeter and less roasted grains it might be better.

For me, the bitterness from the dark roasted grains is just too much. It was worth a try, but I think I will just pass on it next time.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this bomber for $4.59 at Queeche Gorge Village in Queeche VT. A dollar more than the others, perhaps because of the extra special foil covering the cap. No date nor code noted. Limited 2010 release. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

A: Clear dark ruby-brown appearance. 1" of frothy light tan head leaves nice lace as it settles.

S: Strong earthy vegetal nose, like boiled beets. That dissipates a bit as the brew breathes, and a more appealing molasses/ soft brown sugar sweetness takes over.

T: Moderate floral and soft lemon hop. Some earthy veggie yeasty stuff mingles with the mild molasses sweetness. Some smoke and leather appears on the back end and lingers with the hop in the finish.

M: Body is moderately thick and dry, carbo a tad too much.

D: Eh. The hop is a bit too strong and stand-offish for my taste, it doesn't mesh with the body at all.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another from Shogokawada. I have to kinda laugh at the name listed here. Talk about a mouthful, hopefully this beer will be a mouthful too.

Limited 2010 release
A- A short but creamy off white head caps this semi clear caramel colored beer. Its actually very close to the color of the brown glass bottle it poured from. Im left with once or two rings of lace.

S- The aroma starts weak, but opens with warmth. There is a touch of spice that sits above a malty bock base. A little bit of cinnamon potpourri.

T- This is a pretty smooth beer thats spiked intermittently by a light blend of Christmas spices. A light doughy or crackery malt base holds up a little dash of cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg. There is a nice flash of honey-like sweetness just at the end.

D- This is drinkable alright but I think they need to accentuate either the maltiness or the spiciness of this beer. As it stands neither are strong enough, it needs some dominance.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark orangey brown, with a thin mocha brown head. Head didn't last long, and left a ring around the top. Aroma was very slightly sweet, roasted malt with a hint of lactose. Alcohol was teased, reminded me of a mellowed barley wine. Flavor was very mellow. Small tads of creamy caramel finished up a mostly unremarkable flavor. Felt great in the mouth. Coated well, just a touch of carbonation. Easy to drink, went down remarkably smooth.

2010 Vintage

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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 nramsburg
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light tan with a pretty sizable white head. Some nuttiness on the aroma, but also doughy. Taste moves towards vanilla as well. Medium to light body with a balanced, tending towards sweet but balanced finish. As the bottle suggests, try this with a nice (VT) cheese.

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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 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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Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock Lager from Rock Art Brewery
3.67 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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