Lava Rock Porter - Dick's Brewing Company
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2.78/5 rDev -24%
On cask at the Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass.
Appearance is a loose bubbly off-white head. Dark garnet red color, clear an nearly opaque.
Smell is sweet with glue like aroma.
Taste is dominated by a black licorice flavor. Not a lot of roasted malt or coffee flavors. Unusual.
Mouthfeel is smooth and cloying but a little flat.
Drinkable but I have had better porters. The flavor and smell is a bit off, and I'd probably pass on this one.
12-08-2008 07:14:45 | More by RJLarse
3/5 rDev -18%
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.
01-24-2006 16:30:29 | More by Jredner
3/5 rDev -18%
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.
08-20-2010 18:55:02 | More by chumba526
3.13/5 rDev -14.5%
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
04-19-2008 04:02:44 | More by russpowell
3.23/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
12-28-2009 17:20:06 | More by jwc215
3.33/5 rDev -9%
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.
01-04-2005 02:32:06 | More by aracauna
3.4/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
02-22-2008 00:56:15 | More by jdhilt
3.45/5 rDev -5.7%
The Lava Rock Porter poured a clear brown reddish color with a 2 finger foam head and pillow like head.
The aroma was of roasted chocolate malts and some nuts. The taste had a malt up front, chocolate dominated then slight bitterness on the second half. It was fairly thin and well carbonated. This is one of the better Dick's I have tried.
10-03-2008 05:31:09 | More by cswhitehorse
3.45/5 rDev -5.7%
From a 12 oz bottle out of a $8.29 six-pack from Market of Choice in Ashland, Oregon this poured a deep cola brown with a off-white head and light lacing. Nose of chocolate malts. Light mouthfeel for a porter, and flavors of chocolate and coffee, and a light bitter finish. OK brew.
03-21-2008 20:53:03 | More by rkuhnel
3.48/5 rDev -4.9%
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 but it was a lighter copy of Dscutes Black Butte Porter in taste minus the roastiness.
01-01-2008 21:31:13 | More by barleywinefiend
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
bottle from riversideAK.
pours cloudy and surprisingly pale a shade of auburn brown with an agitated khaki head. it looks rather murky through the bottle from a large amount of yeast on the bottom.
the aroma is packed with chocolate. there are some notes of milkiness and roasty malt but there really isn*t a whole lot to it.
there*s a slight cheesy character to the flavor but not in a bad way... combined with chocolate, vanilla cream, some wood and toasted nuts with a spicy acidic finish. the body is average medium but the mouth feel is really creamy and there is a nice acidity to balance it out.
it*s on the generic side but there is certainly nothing else wrong with it.
12-23-2008 05:03:46 | More by hellbilly
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
02-19-2007 00:34:22 | More by akorsak
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
12-27-2008 18:00:57 | More by djeucalyptus
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
11-09-2003 02:26:23 | More by marc77
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
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.49. My second attempt at this beer - the first bottle I tried was obviously well past it's prime, so I didn't review it. My experience this time tells me that was a fluke.
Poured a dark cola color with a decent 1 1/2 inches of level tan foam. When held to the light, it takes on a reddish hue. Light sheets of lace race down the glass back to the beer, leaving spotty remnants on the sides of my Boundary Bay pintglass.
The smell is fairly mild for a porter, but not offensively so. I get powered cocoa and a mild roastiness out of the nose.
This is a fairly mellow porter. There's a modest chocolatey sweetness at the beginning, with a mild acidic bite coming partway through and a very mild dryness at the swallow, along with a slightly piney note. Not in the least earthshattering but not bad either.
The mouthfeel is slightly oily as it coates the tongue. Personally I think it could use a little more body, but it's not deficient to a very noteworthy degree.
This goes down quite easily. I could probably drink this all night if I wasn't in the mood for something a tad more interesting. Definitely a session porter.
04-03-2007 02:08:05 | More by woemad
Lava Rock Porter from Dick's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.