Lava Rock Porter - Dick's Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +21.6%
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.
09-17-2010 20:55:26 | More by katat0nic
4.3/5 rDev +17.5%
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.
10-28-2009 01:51:30 | More by yelterdow
4.28/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
04-01-2009 06:22:29 | More by olmatty
4.22/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
12-20-2003 02:38:13 | More by Realale
4.13/5 rDev +12.8%
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
01-10-2010 09:56:20 | More by idResponse
4.03/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
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03-24-2004 16:38:01 | More by ADR
3.95/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
11-24-2003 02:07:22 | More by Gusler
3.95/5 rDev +7.9%
Non-opaque russet with pumpkin skin highlights when backlit. The toasted tan head, so huge that it had to be slurp-contained, is stiffly airy and is depositing small chunks of lace as it fades away.
The nose is hoppy, more so than most porters, with the dark malty aromas decidedly in the background. Chocolate leaves a meager olfactory footprint and coffee barely makes an impression at all. Despite the nontraditional nature of the nose, I like it.
Lava Rock is more chocolate-like on the palate, although not impressively so. The two major players in the flavor profile are moderately roasted black malt and hops. Hops aren't really upfront either; nothing is front-and-center in this beer. That isn't to say that it isn't enjoyable, just that it's on the lighter end of the style spectrum.
Sweet early and tending toward bitter late, the beer manages a longish finish in spite of the less than full body. The mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy and is a bit overcarbonated.
If you're looking for a big, malty, chocolate-filled porter, look elsewhere. Light doesn't necessarily mean inferior however. Even if it isn't a volcanic explosion in terms of flavor, Lava Rock Porter is still a worthwhile purchase.
09-29-2004 22:35:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.88/5 rDev +6%
This brew from Dick's pours a dark brown and with a head that is a bit weak, only about an eighth of an inch in my favorite pils glass. Nose is nothing to write home about, only slightly malty with some roasty notes following. Flavor is quite nice and makes up for the weaker nose. A predominate malt flavor greats you at the door and followed closely by a balance of sweetness, roasty notes and some nuttiness. Mouthfeel portrays a medium light body with light carbonation and overall this beer is a good English dark ale.
12-08-2008 01:37:53 | More by SickBrew
3.88/5 rDev +6%
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.
08-09-2010 10:16:54 | More by Flightoficarus
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
Lava Rock uses the same hops as Dicks Best Bitter Magnum and Mt. Hood. These would appear to be peculiar choices for either recipe and yet they work exceedingly well in both cases. In this case, Lava Rock is a solid brew with body and bite, held together by a light roasted aroma feeding a sensible weave of caramel and darker malts. The bittering is perfectly positioned for session sensibilities and a sharp, lingering finish that hangs like a souvenir gift.
Ruby brown with modest carbonation and thready lace. I could drink this for hours with constant enjoyment.
09-04-2006 06:02:04 | More by RedDiamond
3.83/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
12-20-2010 09:20:51 | More by harrymel
3.83/5 rDev +4.6%
12 oz bottle
pours brown with plenty of amber when held to the light. Used a nonic to contain the huge tan head I expected and received. Looks good, fading quickly to a thin uneven cap, and lacing the first half of the glass nicely.
The nose is my least favorite aspect of this otherwise good beer. A little alcohol noted. I enjoy that it has more hops than many of the style, and the chocolate seems nice, but there isn't a lot there - I can overlook something that isn't to style only to a point - I need more aroma on a porter.
Fortunately the taste makes up for it. This isn't a full-bodied heavily roasted porter, but it doesn't try to be. NO noticeable alcohol. There is a nice medium roast quality to it, and a decent amount of chocolate. There is a good level of caramel sweetness early and a balancing bitterness in the drying finish. Very good.
Nice carbonation on a thinner body that is very drinkable. While not quite sessionable, I could easily down 3 of these, and have.
08-20-2007 01:42:35 | More by udubdawg
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
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. Theres 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. Ill cellar a few and add to the review if things mature and open up a little more.
09-10-2003 04:07:15 | More by RoyalT
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
09-02-2004 00:19:55 | More by zacharius
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
08-04-2009 04:24:42 | More by flagmantho
British Columbia (Canada)
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
One of the better Dick's beers this porter is full of chocolate esters and coffee notes with a real backbone. There is a sweetish finish which makes this a sipper rather a pint. This brewery needs to ditch the unsuccessful beers such as the Hefe and focus in on beers such as this one and the Irish ale,
07-27-2004 15:53:21 | More by canucklehead
3.7/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
12-31-2006 23:29:49 | More by oberon
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
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%.
12-18-2008 04:11:35 | More by Spikester
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
02-17-2005 01:09:12 | More by Thrasher
Lava Rock Porter from Dick's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.