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Lava Rock Porter - Dick's Brewing Company

Lava Rock PorterLava Rock Porter

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BA SCORE
83
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.86%


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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harrymel

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +21.9%
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 -17.8%
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 +6.3%
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 +13.2%
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 -11.5%
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 +17.8%
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 +4.1%
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 +17.3%
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 -1.4%
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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hellbilly

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.
6/3/7/4/14/3.4

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 05:03:46 | More by hellbilly
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Spikester

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 04:11:35 | More by Spikester
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SickBrew

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 01:37:53 | More by SickBrew
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 05:31:09 | More by cswhitehorse
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 04:02:44 | More by russpowell
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rkuhnel

California

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 20:53:03 | More by rkuhnel
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 00:56:15 | More by jdhilt
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udubdawg

Kansas

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 01:42:35 | More by udubdawg
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woemad

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 02:08:05 | More by woemad
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 00:34:22 | More by akorsak
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 23:29:49 | More by oberon
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Jredner

Florida

3/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 16:30:29 | More by Jredner
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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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aracauna

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 02:32:06 | More by aracauna
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 22:35:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Lava Rock Porter from Dick's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.