Lava Rock Porter - Dick's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 9.84%
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

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(Beer added by: RoyalT on 09-10-2003)
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Reviews by idResponse:
Photo of idResponse
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown near black with reddish highlights thruout a thin wispy light brown head atop,highly roasted with some chocolate notes,quite a large earthy presence shows up as the beer warms to near room temp.A tad thin not watery but not where a good porter should be,quite fruity up front on the palate I would say plum with a hint of orange,not real roasted like the nose prety dry thru the finish.Hmm this is a different porter in style to me pretty fruity and not real robust but flavorful none the less.

Photo of RoyalT
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Extremely dark in color with a dark, black head that laced the glass.

Smell – This one is kind of tight, but there are some good chocolate and coffee scents in there and a nice burnt malt base.

Taste – Lovely. The chocolate, coffee, and malt flavors come out in force. The chocolate is powdery and prevalent. The burnt flavor is stronger than in the nose. There’s also a sweet port flavor. Excellent.

Mouthfeel – Fairly flat in accordance with the style, although a little carbonation is noticeable. This is a heavy brew.

Drinkability – The warming alcohol sensation warns one to slow down, but this is very smooth and begs to be consumed.

Comments – Very good example of the style. This may benefit from some aging. I’ll cellar a few and add to the review if things mature and open up a little more.

Photo of Thrasher
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.

Photo of ADR
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, slight orange light transmission at the bottom of the glass. Giant head, puffy and over an inch on a moderate pour. Fat dripping ring lace. A healthy plug of yeast settles to the botton, perhaps too much bottle conditioning is going on. Lightly chocolate aroma, agreeable sense of strawberry and even kiwi. Flavor is very similar to the smell malted milk, medium roast, and a bright berry note that I found interesting and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is lightish, but the carbonation subsides a bit to make close to creamy. I didn't detect a hop impression, more of a tropical esteriness and again, the aroma plays a big part here. I liked this beer and found it quite drinkable.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel ( the lightest porter I've seen in a long time ) with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Slight coffee notes

T: Coffee grounds & some roasted malt up front. Slight chocolate notes & more coffee grounds as this warms. Finishes with chalky dryness & more coffee grounds

MF: Wet, medium-bodied with minimal carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, but a very mediocre porter. Would do in a jam, but not that great

Photo of JaredGolia
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased on Liquid Solutions.

A: The porter is a brownish color with clear garnet red highlights. The head, post-pour, is neglible but there are hints of lacing in the glass.

S: The aroma from the porter is roasted malts and chocolate hints. The malts have a complex deeper vinous hint laying just below the surface.

T: The porter has a mild malty body. It shows off hints of chocolate and burnt malts but never goes too far. The flavors are chocolatey but restrained and have no sour older beer component.

M: The mouthfeel is average, providing a nice roasted element that does not rock the proverbial boat. Part of me wishes that the ale pushed a few more boundaries.

D: The drinkability is good enough but the ale never really strikes the intense tone that I'd lile to see.

Photo of Jredner
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a mix of soda water, tonic and coffee. Dark red/brown with a two finger thick, mostly lasting, head. Very malty fore. The caramel malt dominates making the beer sweet rather than roasty and if not for the kicks of hops in the finish this would be wholly a one trick pony. Still its not a bad flavor just an odd one for the style.

Photo of Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, almost black with a modest tan head, good lacings.
Aroma is chocolate, coffee, floral hops.
Taste is chocolate, coffee, bitter, sweet roasted malts. Very rich flavors.
Nice dark bitter finish. Very good porter.
Mouthfeel is better than average.
Drinkability is good for the style.
Label iists abv of 6.2%.

Photo of djeucalyptus
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it spills from the bottle a deep brown with some ruby high lights and a humongous frothy tan head and thick blankets of lace to obscure the glass. Mostly sweet malt with hints of toasted grains and a fresh crispness I enjoy in a porter nose, also to my surprise a hint of hop floral spiciness, sweet and peacefully malted start and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is merciful in its acidity with the hops pleasing in their presence, aftertaste sweet and dry, a fine middle of the road porter, a pleasure to quaff.

Photo of zacharius
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a beige head. Beer's aroma can be smelled even while pouring, hoppy and fruitty. A deeper whif brings overtones of strawberries and peaches. Taste is that of hops one of the C's they grow around here. Lasting aftertase is of roasted malt. Alcohol is well hidden as this beer is very drinkable.

Photo of Rocketman2013
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of marc77
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite overcarbonated. A gentle pour yields a modest amount of beer covered by a stiff, dense, mountainous light beige head. Dogged, stickly lace trails. Murky ruddy chestnut in hue. Soft milk chocolate, nutty carob and yeast derived breadiness dominate the aroma. Secondary is a combination of orange citrus and odd, but enjoyable juicy honeydew like fruit esters. Akin to a fruiter Cisco Moor Porter. Intriguing and quirky in aroma. Soft, almost breezy roasted grain character is perceived incipient in flavor and lingers. After a deliberation, cocoa and dark toffee sweetness enters the forefront, and is only partially tapered by meager hop bitterness. Pronounced, fructose rich date like presence lends a wood tinged fruity sweetness that borderlines on obtrusive. Prickly and carbonic at first in mouthfeel, but with patience softens and becomes passably creamy. Burnt, smokey black patent hints surface late, but are lost amongst the dominant toffee, date and cocoa tones. Finishes sweet and juicy, with an odd, lingering impression of grilled, bourbon soaked melon. Lava Rock Porter is a truly strange brew. I don't believe this product was the brewer's intent, but I liked it. It grew on me. Actually has some of (Unibroues yeast - like! ) tropical aromatics... Weird and tasty. A quasi porter.

Photo of jwc215
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.

Photo of aracauna
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark red, almost black with a thinnish khaki head. The aroma is nice: sweet cocoa, caramel and some overripe fruit, but the flavor falls short, coming up thin. The finish is a bit unbalanced in it's bitterness and there's not a lot coming before it to balance it out. The body is a bit thin as well.

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Realale
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly murky black with dirty brown and ruby highlights. Huge very fine 2" beige head settles slowly leaving nice lace. Did not have the over-carbonation problem cited by others.

Nose is bready malt with touches of chocolate, black patent, fruit, yeast, and brown malt. Supporting medicinal and leathery notes develop with time. Awesome porter nose. Add a bit of acidic barnyard and it'd be perfect.

Very full and malty in the mouth. Tons of base and brown malt notes control the palate. Bitterness is low but there. Quite long, but becomes a bit thick and monolithicly malty as it warms. Could use more acidity, or a touch of brett to cut through the malt.

Very nice creamy bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. Drinkable, but becomes a bit too rich by the end of the bomber. Still, a very nice traditional porter.

Photo of jdhilt
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor is roasted coffee and bakers chocolate. Typical porter. $1.39 for a 12oz bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

Photo of katat0nic
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.

Photo of bernat1971
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of harrymel
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.

Photo of flagmantho
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.

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Lava Rock Porter from Dick's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.