Hot Rocks Lager | Port Brewing

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Hot Rocks LagerHot Rocks Lager

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kegatron on 03-17-2009

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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2.08/5  rDev -44.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of KrautAficionado
2.66/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark nearly opaque brown, a bit reddish on the edges with decent offqhite head that dies to a decent film, laces ok enough. Aromas are a bit of a sweet maltiness, a touch of brown sugar and light caramel candies. Bit of toast and nuts, coupled with faint vanilla sweetness and chocolate, more on the softer side than bitter. Initial is decent bodied, toasty and smoothed out with a nice creaminess. Vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and a good nuttiness round out the base flavors, moving to a light brown sugar, touch of roast and decent bitterness on the backend. The roast and bitterness stay on the palate well, as this beer should be a bit lighter than expected, but still packs pretty good flavor for just a dunkel. The sweetness isn’t cloying, as roast and toast with pretty good hoppiness come in to balance. I liked this beer for what it was, and only qualm may have been that the bitterness and roast on the finish, although enjoyable, could have been smoothed out a bit for a more sessionable experience.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of kingcrowing
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a small brown head. Nose is very light but malty and a tinge of coffee but not much...

Taste is fairly bitter and sharp. There's a lot of coffee and almost tart flavors from the toasty roasty flavors. Unique but good!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is my second time trying to upload this review, so it'll be more brief than most of my reviews as I'm pissed off at the website for screwing up. Bottle into stemware. Cost was $4.29 USD.

A: One finger of decent thickness, okay retention, and no real cream. Caramel-black colour; murky and nontransparent.

Sm: Light chocolate, some vanilla bean, and dominant dark malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Vanilla, chocolate, cream, and awkward cola notes are present on the climax - where the majority of the flavour is located, throwing off the structural balance. Dark malts comprise the foundation and body. The cola feels awkward. It's imbalanced but still generally enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too sharp from overcarbonation. Too thick for the lack of complex flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but merely average for the style. I wouldn't have it again. A relative disappointment from this brewery. The cola notes throw the whole beer off substantially.


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2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

this beer is disgusting. i love the idea, but the execution is appalling really. granted, my bottle had a little date on it, and may have deteriorated some, but i cannot imagine a great beer ever lived in here. sticky brown caramel color with some tan suds. the nose is sweet malt, but not fresh and harvest grainy, but more a euro extract thing, like a home brewers extract. no hops at all in nose or taste, but thats there least of the worries here. the flavor is an acrid funk that turns into unfermented sweetness. old taffy and gum and gross fair candy come to the forefront, behind stale grain and other off flavors. hard to believe this is rated as high as it is. thick and textured for a lager, although carbonation is fine. the price is right on some of these port bombers, but as much as midnight expression made my day for being so awesome and cheap, this one turned me right back off. if you can make older viscosity, you can do better than this.

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Photo of JBogan
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark cola color with a very small off white head. Very little lacing is left on the glass. Pretty boring looking actually.

The smell was an interesting mix of sweet malt, cocoa and even some fruits.

Taste was also somewhat sweet and malty, along with the cocoa and a bit of raisin. Not quite as enjoyable as the aroma.

The mouthfeel left a lot to be desired. Thin and very flat, with almost no carbonation.

Overall this was a rather uninteresting beer.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of treyrab
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this brew at a local bottle shop a month ago. Kept in the fridge until I cracked it and split it last night. Poured into two pint glasses.

A: Pours a clear, mahogany red with an off-white, almost tan, one finger head. Looks dangerously close to Dr. Pepper; very cola-like. Looks spritzy.

S: Smell is very dry with smoke, ash, chocolate, coffee, and roast. While all of those scents are there, they are all muted and neither really sticks out. Smells very dry and smoky.

T: Taste, again, is dry smoke. Very similar to a rauchbier with the amount of smoke. Not so much peat, or earthy tones, but just smoke and ash. Chocolate also comes through, but it is very dry and not at all sweet chocolate.

Overall, an interesting lager. Glad I tried it, but not my style.

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Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 367 ratings