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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamP01 (570) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours a dark rusty brown with a medium lasting beige head. Aroma and taste is sweet dark caramel malt and grains, some mild dark fruit notes and yeast with light bitterness. Palate is a medium body, smooth with good carbonation. The finish is dark malted grains and caramel, some toasted malt and yeast, with mild dark fruit flavor and soft bitterness on the end for balance. A very good caramel malt character. Overall this is a well balanced, tasty and enjoyable brew any time, very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Hazy amber with a thin tan topper. Aroma of toffee, bready malt and some other stuff that accidentally disappeared from my notes. Taste is sweet with toffee, caramel plus mild fruit and finishes up mildly sticky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RasmusOtt (1151) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle gently shared by colleagues at work. Pours dark ruby amber with a tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, biscuit, brown sugar, ripe fruits (mostly plums ) and some grains. Taste has a nutty kinda feel, caramel malts, brown sugar, weak hops and some mild english liquorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (1428) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2013
Pours very dark, almost black with a compact foam head. Aroma is caramel, honey, rye bread, orange zest, roasted malts. Taste is caramel, roasted malts, rye bread, honey. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (2014) - SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2013
Pours dark brown to black with thick, tall tan head. Aroma of belgian yeast, earth, dark bread, spices. Taste is nut roasty sweetish with long light bitter finish. Body is medium and creamy with soft carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
On tap at GABF 2013, super malty and has some nice heat, body was smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Really tasty. Hops grain dominate. Chocolate infuse nicely thoughout the beer. A lite sweetness. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJvd (880) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle at the 2nd tuesday tasting. Pours clear dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is a bit oxidized, caramel, licorice and some port notes. Taste is sweet, caramel, licorice, bot oxidized with a soft bitter finish. Medium body and carbo. Quite nice, especially considering the age of the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5183) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2013
Bottled @ de Molen, most possibly about 5 years old, small sample. Slight hazy copper color, short head. Aroma of caramel and chocolate malts, quite some raisin and nicely aged caramel. Soft sweet, soft bitterness. Didn’t expect a lot, but it turned out very nice actually. Never tried it fresh though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (3811) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2013
Bottle @ 2nd tuesday tasting @ de molen. Aroma has raisin, port, caramel, some liquorice, interesting. Flavour is caramel, liquorice, spices. Holding up great.

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