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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
Photo of kingcrowing
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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 -11.8%
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 +6.6%
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 -3.8%
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 +13.2%
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 -10.4%
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 +6.6%
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 +9.9%
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 +5.5%
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 +9.9%
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 +16.2%
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 -6.6%
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 +3.8%
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 -8.8%
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 +12.9%
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 -11.3%
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 +8.5%
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 johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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 HopDerek
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2007 edition.

Pours a cloudy rust color with floaties and 1 inch of frothy cream colored head, good retention and lacing. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, citrus, and biscuits. Tastes of sweet caramel and brown sugar with notes of holiday spices and a finish of citrus and dark fruits like cherries. Medium in body and very smooth and creamy. Sweet with a tart finish. An ok holiday brew with great creaminess, but not really my thing, I don't think I'll seek this out again.

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Photo of turdburglar
4.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 bottling...#1914 of 3800

Nice dark mahogany color. Surprisingly large pillowy head that lasted forever. Lacing is quite good. (Take this one out of the fridge 20 minutes before drinking)

Aroma is biscuity malts, coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste is indeed "rich and creamy", bready sweet malts... smooth carbonation, lightly hopped. Very good christmas bock.

Mouthfeel is huge and again... very creamy.

Drinkability? I'm heading back out to the beer distributor to buy the last few bottles of this.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
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 dbalsock
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: Pours dark brown with a maroon border and a thin white head that diminishes quickly without lacing.

Smell: Malty with some pie like characteristics and caramel. Smelling this really makes me want a pie. Very bready on the nose making it quite appetizing.

Taste: Caramel, fruit and some chocolate stuff going on that isn't as welcome. Maybe too much dark malt for a bock.

Mouthfeel: It's too bitter forme, and not in a hoppy way. It's still crisp and the alcohol makes a nice presence but it doesn't feel like a lager.

Drinkability: It's hard to get through the bomber, but a glass is nice. Should be warmed some before drinking and consumed on a cold night after a near-death experience while snowshoeing.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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 xpatriate
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought on trip to Burlington around a month ago.Poured into 20oz. pint glass.One and a half finger head.Looked really nice.Sunburst in color held up to light.Very aromatic in the nose.
To me tasted even better.Really enjoyed this.As the brew warmed the malts rose to the occasion.Mouthfeel was fine until near the bottom of my pint.It seemed to get a little thin.I could and would be able to drink a few of these in session.
Not taking anything away from this beer it did seem like Rock Art`s attempt at an Anchor Christmas Ale.No complaints here.Great beer on a chilly winter night.

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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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