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RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Collaboration Stein beer from Tomme Arthur and Tonya Cornett of Bend Brewing.

It’s not too often the brewing process requires us to make beer in a mind over matter sort of way. Hot Rocks Lager presented us an opportunity to work with Tonya Cornett of Bend Brewing Co. on a collaborative project. Working with our brewers to bring her recipe to fruition, she decided to "Rock It" old school.

You see, not too long ago, brewers produced beers by pulling glowing orange rocks from raging fires. The sizzling rocks were heated until they glowed like hot magma and were then dropped into the wort causing it to boil. Smoke, steam and volcanic rolling boils became the hallmarks of what German brewers call "Stein Beer". Hot Rocks Lager was brewed this way and transported us back in time. The production of this beer made for a memorable experience. As collaborations go, this one ruled. Because as everyone knows, playing with fire is cool.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (1431) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2014
DWF; Bottle at Cardinal. Pours dark brown with moderate lasting, bobble, frothy, lacing tan head. Nose is heavy malt, bread, moderate chocolate and coffee, light grass and citrus. Taste is moderate sweet, spicy and light bitter with a moderate finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3425) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Dark brown pour with a light brown head. Enticing malt aromas. Lots roasted malts, but not bitter or overly roasted, with caramel and chocolate undertones. Great body and mouthfeel. A fantastic Dunkel. Coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9663) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Bomber from Binny’s in Bloomingdale, IL. Dark cola pour that looks a bit dense, and a nice frothy head. Good looking beer. Aroma is a bit of raisin and tea. Fuller palate, slight bitterness. This is pretty darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (3161) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
Thanks to rejtable for this. Pours a dark reddish brown with a small white top. Aroma is slight caramel and earthy hops. Taste is a very well balanced lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (2320) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
This was nice. Pours clear brown with no head or lacing. Nose is caramel with some breakfast tea. Flavours are caramel, syrup, bitter tea. Medium bitterness and light/medium sweet. Full body with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (3522) - FINLAND - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours darker amber in color with a slightly tanned head. Bit of roasted notes and nuttyness in aroma, some sweeter notes of toffee and biscuit too is there. Actually one could get some notes of campfire as well, that would probably be the steinbier contribution here. Notes of openfire breadyness, sweet toffee and dark fruits in taste. More towards the bitter side in the end with some notes of dark chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mlane76 (58) - Albany, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
22 oz bottle poured into glass...Pours dark and golden, but dirty, with a beige, dirty head. The aroma is malty but pleasant. The flavor is coffee-like, with hints of nuttiness & chocolate, bitter, but not too bitter. Overall, it was a nice beer that I could drink daily

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle from SJ trade. Nice notes of sweet malt, spice and caramel. The finish was spice , but not over bearing. I liked it a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (2271) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Pours three fingers of tan head on a dark brown-red colored body. The aroma has roasted malt and a little cocoa power. Nice. The taste is dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a little cream. The texture is soft and fizzy. Excellent flavors and smell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SoberDave (182) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Pours dark black with white head. Strong but simple raisin flavor with a strange viscous mouthfeel. Did like it but not the best I had all night.

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