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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3404) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown which appears more red when held against sunlight. Moderate, fairly creamy, tan head that lasted through mid-glass and left a layer of foam with each sip. Light aroma of malt. The flavor is predominantly malt with a bit of brown sugar flavor without the sweetness. Some light bitterness at the finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
On tap at Lost Abbey during 3rd anniversary party. Amber color. I did not like this beer. Some roastiness, but at an acceptably low level. Leans dry. Some phenolics I didn’t like so much. Also some other off flavor I detect in many beers i don’t like, but I can’t put a name on it. Sometime I call it vegetal. It could be acetalhyde. I’m not sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Deep brown-red pour with a small foamy tan head. Nice malty aroma with caramel, brown sugar and toasted nuts. Flavor is very nice as well. Nice light fruitiness on the finish. A very solid lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 9, 2009
22oz. bomber with thanks to BOLTZ7555 for another great bonus! Pours a much darker than expected caramel brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is fresh coffee, melted caramel, toffee and light chocolate. Flavor is toffee, caramel, lightly toasted grains, and some fresh fruit on the finish. Drinkable, but there’s a misplaced aftertaste that becomes distracting. Thanks again Jason!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9794) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small disapating amber head. Aromas of carmel, cocoa, light coffee and a hint of m,olasses. Palate was medium bodied and smooth but crisp around the edges. Flavors of carmel, light cocoa, and light fruittinerss with a crisp carmely malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2009
(22oz bottle) Pours a deep mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of florals, caramel, toasted grain, and nuts. Flavor of iron water, grain, hops (grass, earth), and light smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Taverner (1096) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
22oz bottle from Perry’s. Unlike any lager I’ve ever had. Pours a dark rich deep brown with not a lot of head. Pretty uncarbonated for a Lager. Aroma is must and spice. Flavor is bananas, some nuts and sweetness. Finishes clean. Pretty good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (874) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
On tap at Stone. Pours a dark purple-brown with a bubbly off-white ring. Aroma of dark fruit, malt and grass. Very sharp taste, of malt, grass, pine, and a hint of burnt flavors. Lingering sharpness. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Pours a sparkling, translucent, chestnut color with an average, creamy, frothy, light tan head which is mostly lasting and leaves little lace. Nose is nice for the style but it is faint; notes of dark bread and crust, light hazelnut, light caramelization, and faint notes of raisin and noble hops. Flavor is similar with a mild richness of malts; more notes of dark breads and toasted crust, lightly caramelized raisins, some noble hops backing (mild spice, floral), hazelnut is still present but lighter, maybe some cocoa in there too. Palate is nice to begin with, medium, velvety, lively, but gains a light chalkiness towards the finish. Ends with hazelnut and light hop notes lingering, some light coffee emerging and a final note of mineral; the mineral is a little offputting but is brief. Overall, some really nice things going on in this one with the mild malt richness, the hazelnut notes are amazing, and nice initial palate, not to mention a head that lasts for a lager. But the light chalkiness and mineral note at the end create only a good beer, not great. Still, very nice for a dunkel and certainly very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2009
From a 22oz Bottle. Mostly transparent, mahagony brown body with a finger of small bubbled, fizzy ivory foam. Clean, malty aromas of toasted bread and a hint of raisin fruits. Moderate melanoidin character with some fainter caramel notes. Medium light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a soft, malty texture. Flavors of bread crust and a slight raisiny sweetness up front, but it gives way to a harsh, chalky, minerally dryness mid-palate. The hop bitterness is accentuated by an upleasant minerally harshness that interupts the malt character that seemed very inviting from the nose. Finishes dry, with the unpleasant minerally bitterness lingering on the palate.

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