Lava Rock Porter - Dick's Brewing Company
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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
3.7/5 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
3.13/5 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
3.48/5 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
3.58/5 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
3.4/5 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
3.95/5 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
3.8/5 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
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
3.85/5 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
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
3.83/5 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
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.
Source: Liquid Solutions
03-24-2004 16:38:01 | More by ADR
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%
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
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
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
3.68/5 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
Lava Rock Porter from Dick's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.