Lava Rock Porter | Dick's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company
Washington, United States
dicksbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RoyalT on 09-10-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,075
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
58
pDev:
9.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of RJLarse
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Jredner
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of chumba526
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of JarMills
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Alupin
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of russpowell
3.13/5  rDev -14%
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

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Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of aracauna
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  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.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel. Taste is mainly chocolate and roasted malt flavors with a slight bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark brown/black, with a pretty, pale head.

Smells just bad. Stale. Like a badly corked wine. Musty, wet cardboard. Maybe an off-bottle or old? Total Wine here usually has quick turnover, so probably not.

Taste is quite good. Malty. Classic. Hint of bitterness. Not super complex. Session porter, not profound porter.

Rich mouthfeel, very pleasant carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty decent beer, except for the smell, which just knocks it out of the box. Don't buy again, except to verify the smell of this bottle wasn't an aberration.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ronbo5421
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of powdersoldier
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DrMullet
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with moderate head and persistent lacing.
Smell is sweet chocolate and roasted malts.
Taste is moderately sweet chocolate and light roasted malts.
Pretty laid back flavor.

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Photo of drinkAK
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of elcrawl
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of hellbilly
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Lava Rock Porter from Dick's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 58 ratings