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RATINGS: 511   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.

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3.7
bhensonb (15612) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Bomber from Monument, in Concord, CA. Pours a really dark brown with a foamy beige head. Aroma is malty and hoppy. Medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is more roasted malt than anything else - heading towards a porter. Not getting a lot of bitter. But it’s not overly sweet. More sweet than bitter. Still, it drinks damn near like a porter, or more like a dunkel. Oops. Very tasty beer. We have sweet stouts, why not call this a Baltic Porter? Why not call me f****d up? A really good beer in any case. Port Brewing "rocks"!!!!

3.5
Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Courtesy of Gillard. Pours brown with copper edges and tiny tan head. The aroma is sweet, roasty, a tad nutty and sugary with some yeasty notes in the background. The taste is much the same with malt roastiness, a thin layer of caramel goodness and plain old sugar sweetness with a sense of malts tucked in the back. This brew seems to end with sweetness and a sense of lagery yeastiness.

3.5
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2009
22 from SouthBay. Poured dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, nut, faint grain. Taste is really malty, almost no hop to speak of. Sweet and nutty, like the aroma with a slight bitter finish. Mouth is smooth and the carbonation is mild. Overall, an interesting lager brew that was - despite the style - less hoppy than I expected. Very decent brew.

3.5
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Bomber. This was much different than I anticipated. Much darker pour, closer to a dopplebock or porter in color. Alot of roasted malt on the nose. Slightly fizzy on the tongue which only lasted briefly, also a tad sweeter on the finish than the nose led me to expect. Interesting beer.

3.6
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Bomber from Capone’s. Somehow I was surprised to see how dark a pour this was, but it was certainly quite a handsome chestnut brown with a pretty decent amount of carbonation. Strong nutty nose with sweet malts and deep brown sugar. The body is nicely full, with more depth than the average dunkel. Sweet roasts blend with sharp nut and smoke flavors, with an earthy bitterness to the finish. Pretty enjoyable.

3.6
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
22oz bottle picked up down in OC. This was an interesting beer. I went into this not really knowing what to expect from it. Very malty overall, with a rich sweetness that makes it drink like a bigger bock beer than it is. I would almost call it a doppelbock in the malt department, but the steinbier thing has given it a malt profile that is truly unique and intriguing. Dark red-brown in color with a thick light beige head that leaves a lasting slick after a few minutes. The aroma is sweet and malty with a smooth lager character, caramel, burnt sugars, licorice, and light smoke. The flavor is squarely malt driven and sweet with caramel, some chocolate, burnt marshmallows, dried fruit, light smoke, and a light spicy hop bitterness. Medium-full bodied with medium-low carbonation. I liked this beer because of the cool malty flavors, but couldn’t help but with it was a little drier or hoppier for balance. By the end of the bomber the sweetness became a little too intense.

3.7
gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Poured amber. Sweet malt nose. Flowery and "old" smelling. Flavor is sweet malts, bread and spice. Good full body.

3.7
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Bottle, courtesy someone. Light caramel reddish color, light thin lacing and nice small head. Some flowery notes in the nose, brown sugar and spicy caramel. Smooth creamy malts, grain in the finish. Balanced and yummy.

3.6
FlacoAlto (4216) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2009
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost three-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber, brown color that shows a clearish, bright cherry hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a full, malty, caramelized (very much so actually) note that is quite a bit more distinct than I was expecting. This has an almost fruity caramel not to it that sort of reminds me of something like cotton-candy or marshmallows. There is a backdrop of toasty, bread-crust like and biscuit leaning maltiness.

This has quite a spicy, herbal hop note to it along with a clean, biting bitterness. The malt, while distinct, is almost secondary to the hop character; this is quite a departure from the nose. The beer might be a bit too cold (the low to mid 40s), but when warmed it becomes more creamy in texture. This is still quite hoppy though, but that fruity-caramel / caramelized cotton candy note becomes more noticeable in the flavor. The beer almost has a sort of roasted character to it; it is a touch sharp, with a faint hint of roasted character, even a touch of coffee like notes, but not really roasted. This definitely has a toasted malt edge to it that picks up lots of biscuit character in the finish.

In the end this is quite malt focused, even if I can’t quite decide if the initial hop focus in the flavor was distracting or intriguing. This is quite a tasty beer and the unique notes, presumably from the stoning process, makes this that much more interesting to try.

3.8
asedzie (831) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours deep ruby brown, slight head. Aroma is mild caramel, lightly sweet, some minor spicy notes. Flavor is wonderful. Rich caramel flavors, mild touches of roastiness, some slight burnt malt flavors, not too sweet, lightly bitter earthy hops. Malt flavors have rawness and depth. Mild bitterness and roasty flavors lingering in the background. I seriously love this beer. A very complex lager, reminiscent of traditional old world central and eastern European styles. Wish there were more out there like this.


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