philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Port Brewing Company--Hot Rocks Lager--Tonya Cornett Bend Brewing Company Guest Brew--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.50% ABV--25 IBU’s? (4.4 / 5.0) Steinbock--Rich lacy espresso head. Clear dark bronze color hazes brownish with loose sediment. Toasted fig plum black cheery hop front. Roasted mild sweet toffee dark fruit chocolate espresso black bread hint malty body. Mild hop cloying malt rich satisfying smooth end. Sampled 7/29/2009. $5.99 Each.
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A little rye in the aroma. Dark brown and very very cloudy. This has a home-brew Englishness to the beer. Quite tasty stuff.
coreyc1221 (275) - Truckee, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
There’s a common taste in most of Port Brewing beers. I want to say it’s a combination of nutty and creamy. Subtle, but reoccurring. This one had a bit more kick than I expected. The color threw me off for sure. Vanilla Nutty cream with a zingy aftertaste. Great beer!
jstraw (1943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with good, creamy, tan head / Soft nose of sour malt and cocoa / Light to medium body, somewhat chewy, malty with mild hop balance, and good finish / Flavors of cocoa, brown sugar, toast, and lemon / Very nice.
mikedR (1503) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Incredibly nice twist on this style, and highly recommended. At heart, it’s a solid dunkel. Whatever malt, etc., notes you’re expecting, they’re there. But there is a degree of heat here. Almost jalapeno like. That can be hard to do -- sometimes it’s either imperceptible; other times it overwhelms the beer. Here, it’s totally in balance.
mlane76 (58) - Albany, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
zizzybalubba (1570) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at WBF in Raleigh. Brownish-orange pour. Barely detectable aroma but some fruityness and some caramel malt sweetness manages to make its way through. Amazing mixture of hoppiness and sweetness. I’m not a lager fan, in general, so this was a big surprise for me. Lager fans will most likely not care for this one but I found it to be incredible.
SSSteve (3906) - - APR 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. as a geologist...i’m already a bit partial to this beer. cloudy deep bloody red/brown under a large head. nose is really special....toasted malts, burnt brown sugar, soft over-ripe red fruits and some hornblende for good measure. flavor has toasted malt, calcic plagioclase and plenty of dusty dark biotite...but is it really black granite or a basalt? who cares...i was really just anticipating a great dunkel for a long time and found one.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy, thick very opaque dark brown color, thin light tan head that clears quickly to a thin layer. Thick, chewy, semi sweet malty nose- notes of caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread. Flavor shows loads of depth- mild, light floral hop bitterness and some faint hop flavors. Tons of malt- heavy on the bittersweet dark fruit, molasses, pumpernickel and dark bread, and some grainy yeast notes, and some faint hints of liquid smoke. Suprisingly full flavored with loads of depth. Palate is full and smooth, lightly carbonated, with a light finish. Overall a superb brew.
DYCSoccer17 (3448) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce sample on tap at the Davis Graduate. Interesting, unique aroma with lots of fruity, berry-like esters present. Plenty of caramel maltiness also comes through. A touch of buttery, diacetyl is also there along with some metallic notes. Nicely aromatic, and the diacetyl works well. Mostly opaque dark amber body with a medium off-tan head and decent lacing present. Lots of sweet, caramel malt flavors up front. Smooth, drinkable middle with some chocolate notes. FInishes spicy, herbal, metallic, and hoppy. Very good. I’m impressed.