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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
22oz bottle. Dark amber with ruby shades in the light, modest off-white head. Nose of modest malts- nutty, caramel, toffee, toast. Flavor follows with an initial burst of subtle roasty malts, followed by caramel and nuts on a carbonic bite, finishes with some molasses sweetness and ash. Medium-bodied with high carbonation. A rather rich and flavorful lager from Port that is welcomed in the ale-heavy craft market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (987) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2009
22oz bottle. Ruby-brown color with a small light brown head. Nutty, caramel, toasty malt aromas. Ruddy, sugary malt flavors predominate. Tinges of alefruit and an earthy hop component. Slightly biscuity in the finish, with residual burnt caramel flavors. Mouthfeel is a light medium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle. Reddish brown pour with very little head. Aroma is mealy caramel and nuts. Flavor is the same, salty nuts, caramel, roasted, lightly smoked and meaty, and a little cola feel in the mouth as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2009
22oz bottle from By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA. Pours out the caramelly color of a coke with a very thin head. Aroma was of caramel and grass and the flavor was roasty with caramel, molasses and a little bit of smoke. Solid brew, would drink again.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2009
Disappointing. Pours cola colored brown with small head that disappears completely within moments. Nose is weak to nonexistent, with a suggestion of musty caramel. Palate has an earthy quality that is probably the rock influence, but beyond that it’s just a light roasty malt flavor profile. It’s watery, with not much exciting going on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
Dark and sexy amber lager, I like that. The head was volumous, tightly woven, and khaki colored. Nose had that grassy lagery touch with some blistered caramel, and chemical influence. Flavors were concentrated on caramelly scorched sucrose and crystal-like notes. A bit of pumperknickle bread notes ride by from time to time. Certainly not my style but beyond style-wide issues, not a bad beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
Pours with a deep amber red body topped by a medium thick to thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a nice underlying hop note and a note of dark fruit and molasses. Medium bodied and well carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2009
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, cola colored pour with ring of bubbles, smokey sugar nose, flavor is same with smoke, brown sugar, nutty , cola, light overall and smooth

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2009
22oz bomber, no date--hooray the internets are back! Clear brown--very deep in the glass--with a one finger beige head, fair retention. Some burnt plastic I pick up on first, followed by some toasted malts and nuts. Flavor gets a little roastier, though the nuts are still there with some added light caramel sweetness. The finish was semi-dry and roasty with bitterness peaking around a 2. The plastic wasn’t as apparent in the flavor as it was in the aroma, thankfully. Low prickly carbonation with a light to medium body. Not too bad of a beer, but it gets an extra point for the brewing method.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4664) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. deep amber pour with a thin cream head. nose is roasted malts, nuts and syrup.. very nice on the palate with a heavy roasted malt flavor and a smooth finish.

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