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Lava Rock Porter - Dick's Brewing Company

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Lava Rock PorterLava Rock Porter

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RoyalT on 09-10-2003)
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Reviews by Thrasher:
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A porter that is light in color but heavy in alcohol, roastiness and flavor. The beer pours a deep brown with a good, smallish head and lacing. Very pleasant, subdued aroma of molasses. The flavor has quite a bit of roastiness to it as well as lots of herbal hop flavors and the beer ends up being nicely spicy. Dick's fruity yeast often overpowers its other beers but it works great here with the stronger flavors of a porter. The mouthfeel feels fizzy at times, but softens out at other times. Drinkability not too high; this is not a pounder, but it remains a good beer, one of the better ones from Dick's. Should go fine with robust meats and game as that is partly Dick's stock in trade up in Centralia; I'd be curious to pair it with some spicier Mexican fare.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 01:09:12 | More by Thrasher
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-01-2013 03:53:42 | More by magnusdave
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-05-2013 05:06:12 | More by powdersoldier
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-05-2013 06:11:08 | More by jmccraney
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Illinois

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Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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harrymel

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 06/23/10
poured from bottle to new belgium tulip

A: deep brown on pour. obvious yeast cake in bottle. low carbonation avg for bottle conditioned beer. deep brown, the beer is difficult to assess given the depth of color. Light, velvety head translucent. Ongoing ribbon presumed on cap at center of ale top.

S: I could smell the chocolate, coffee, roastiness of ale while pouring into glass. full bodied and rich, slight hop pine scent in background.

T: Thick, rich. lacks normal astringency i taste in many porters. Slightly burnt aftertaste.

M: rolls over tongue and foams slightly. Leaves creamy, slick coating on tongue.

D: good beer. one of my favorite porters. Always recommend when asked about micro porters.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 09:20:51 | More by harrymel
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katat0nic

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark with a quickly dissolving head

S: Light burnt grain, coffe, licorice smells

T: Very rich burnt grain, coffee and hoppy tones.

M: Smooth but could possibly be creamier.

D: This is a great beer. When paired with an Asian chicken salad it tastes more like a hoppy porter and when paired with very spice pizza it tastes like a dark IPA. I love the versatility of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 20:55:26 | More by katat0nic
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chumba526

Oregon

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dick's Lava Rock Porter appears dark brown with half an inch of tan head.
It smells of brown sugar, slightly smoky and slightly citrus like.
It tastes quite sweet. There are notes of vanilla and coffee in the beer. There is also a noticeable amount of hops in the beer which adds a moderate amount of bitterness to the beer. There is also a slight metal like taste to the beer.
The carbonation is moderate and the drinkability seems to be average for the style.
Overall it is an ok beer. It not gross but it's not amazing either. I personally find it a little too sweet. Overall worth tring but don't expect too much.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 18:55:02 | More by chumba526
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Flightoficarus

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a near-black/super dark brown color, with minimal off-white head and lacing.

S - Smell is of roasted malts, hints of coffee, chocolate, black licorice, and hops

T - Taste is of caramel and chocolate maltiness up front, with some coffee notes and balancing hops towards the end.

M - As a good porter should be - The heavier side of medium in body, with light carbonation, and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

D - For a porter, it's pretty easy drinking, but I wouldn't have more than a few of these.

Overall - A very nice example of an American-style porter. Flavorful and balanced, not too light nor heavy (still not for sessioning IMO though). I'll be drinking more of these when fall and winter come around, I'm sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 10:16:54 | More by Flightoficarus
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idResponse

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A 22 oz brown bomber bottle into my trusty giant brandy snifter reveals a beer that has a fairly quickly dissolving head into thin lacing around the edges. The nose absorbs a a light scented dark coffee nut overtone. The taste is a smooth rich nut brown tingle that goes down nice and easy. This thing goes down so easy you totally forget it is 7% abv! It's great to guzzle and awesome paired with damn near anything. I wonder how this would go 50/50 with rougue hazelnut brown... A fine porterwine! ;D

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 09:56:20 | More by idResponse
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours almost all foam, despite a careful pour. Body is rubyish to garnet - lighter than expected for a porter. Some foamy patches of lacing stick.

The smell is mild - some roasted grains, cocoa powder and a hint of soap.

The taste is of cocoa, some roasted coffee (in a somewhat weak-ish way). It has a tart/sour and slightly soapy undertone that is almost covered by maltiness. Touch of bitter dryness in the finish.

Overly carbonated. It manages, though to hold on to a lighter side of medium-bodied.

No freshness date, and perhaps slightly infected (bottling issue?) It has a slight tart/soapy undertone that takes away from it, though maltiness has potential. Alcohol shows slightly (it's stated as 6.2%) on my bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 17:20:06 | More by jwc215
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at a few degrees over fridge temperature in a tulip glass. No freshness date, but I'm confident this came from a recent bottling.

Appearance- Pours a gleaming brown, rather light-bodied with a two-finger light beige head. The crown condenses nicely and remains tight over several minutes. No big deal with lacing.

Smell- Huge, enticing aromas of chocolate and caramel flood the nostrils along with a big malt character. The aroma is extremely pronounced and expressive, beckoning the first sip.

Taste- As with the nose, this porter is a malt lover's paradise... gargantuan flavors of chocolate, caramel, and black malts explode over the tongue, then a fantastic balancing display of the Mt. Hood hops follows and rides through the swallow. Exceptional.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Active and lively at first, the texture quickly subsides and becomes frothy and delightful. I love the Pacific Northwest twist on the style, it totally works and is certainly a welcome and refreshing example from Dick's.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 01:51:30 | More by yelterdow
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flagmantho

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark brown/amber with a one finger, quickly-dissipating head.

Smell: sweet chocolate and bitter hops.

Taste: quite sweet with a little tartness/fruitiness. Nicely bitter with some up-front hops flavor. Roasty and chocolatey.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a good level of carbonation. I think it complements the style well.

Drinkability: tasty, but a little heavy to be a real session beer. I could easily have two down the pub, however.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 04:24:42 | More by flagmantho
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olmatty

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pous a thin off white head, with moderate retention, beer is very dark brown.

Smell- Roasted malts and bready yeast aroma

Taste- Roasty, peppery malts, espresso coffe and a hint of chocolate, sweet molasses finish made creamy and smooth by bready yeast.

Mouthfeel- Moderately and smoothly carbonated, creamy on the palate.

Drinkability- Alcohol is very well disguised by flavors. A smooth and very drinkable porter. Bottle says 6.2% ABV. The above 7% ABV may be wrong.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 06:22:29 | More by olmatty
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a shockingly light brown with caramel and amber accents. Looks more like a dark nut brown ale than a porter. A fairly thin half finger head of a dirty cream fizzles out leaving just a hint of light lacing.

aroma is strong and sweet, with roasted malts, maple, caramel and vanilla. hints of toasted coconut and pecan... very sweet malting and sugars. maybe a hint of cocoa, but mostly sugar and nuts.

Taste is interesting as well. Lighter and not quite as roasted as I'm accustomed to for an American porter, with strong hazelnut and almond flavors backed with a definite maple sweetness. A hit of spicing and hops but the malt sweetness is prevalent. Some pleasant light roasted flavor, with hints of cocoa comes through nicely.

mouthfeel is a touch high on the carbonation with hints of prickliness, although it cuts nicely through the thick - verging on syrupy - consistency. Nothing outstanding, but definitely a drinkable mouth.

All in all, an interesting brew with some nice aspects goin' on inside. A bit different from the traditional american porter, which is a welcome change. this one almost reminds me of a rich brown ale or nut brown, in a good way. The roasted notes are pleasant and the sweetness is definitely enjoyable. Not on the top of my list, but I wouldn't turn one away.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 18:00:57 | More by djeucalyptus
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Lava Rock Porter from Dick's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.