RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle from Kris Wines, shared with MesandSim and suesbeerblog.
Pours a russet brown with a thin but lasting beige head, not quite the pale golden lager I was expecting. Has a sweet and malty nose, slightly earthy. Taste is similar, grainy, nutty, toasty malts and some caramel sweetness, kinda reminded me of a Belgian dubbel in a way. There’s a smokey, mineral element which one can only assume is a result of the unique brewing process, or possibly a little peated malt added for effect? None the less, it does the job. Ends with a subtle hoppage in the finish but falls a bit thin on the palate for my liking, however, that’s just me being picky. Tomme always does the business and I’ve enjoyed everything, including the ’Spoons colabs, from Tanya Cornett so far so my hat’s off to the both of ya for this intriguing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2016
Deep garnet with a beige and voluminously foamy head which lasts well and gives the beer a lighter feeling. Aroma is caramelised toffee, with maybe a slightly nutty backdrop which almost exactly mimics the taste. A slight amount of bitterness to counteract the sweet caramel taste and a perfectly gauged mouthfeel to complement both the level of carbonation and the ABV. A very easy drinking and (relatively) low ABV beer to enjoy all night. Nothing spectacular but sometimes you just fancy a very well executed and balanced low ABV beer and at this Hot Rocks excels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (5710) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Le nez est ferreux, hyper caramélisé et cendré avec des signaux de fumée. Je suis complètement pris par surprise par celle-là, on croirait un decoction mash. Les minéraux sont vraiment palpable, comme boire une bière flitrée par un bloc de granite. Buvabilité volcanique sans équivoque.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (10468) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle, courtesy of Mr Gretton. Dark red brown with a large pillowing foam. Aromas are cookie dough malts with nutty cocoa powder and light coffee. Yeasty with hints of cherry cola. Bready yeast with raisins and a woody, mineral character. Flavours are toasted dark toffee malts with earthy, nutty notes. Raisin fruitiness with dark cherries and chocolate. Nutty and roasted on the finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (6668) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Aroma is malts, toffee and mildly smoky. The flavor is malts/dark malts, mildly smoky, a mineral/metallic hint and a sweet/slightly sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3989) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
UPDATED: APR 22, 2015 Sample, brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, savoured in October 2014; eye: dark brown, opaque, tiny ring of brown head, no lacing; nose: malt, light acridness, light burnt, light caramel; mouth: malt, light acridness, light burnt, light caramel, finale in malt with presence of acridness, medium body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly harsh texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, savourée en octobre 2014; œil : brun foncé, opaque, petit anneau de mousse brun, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, légère âcreté, léger brûlé, léger fumé, léger caramel; bouche : malt, légère âcreté, léger brûlé, léger fumé, léger caramel, finale en malt avec légère présence d’âcreté, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement râpeuse; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bomber into a glass. Pours a deep and dirty mud brown mixture with no clarity. Huge frothy medium white brown head, extensive lacing, retains well. Aroma of coffee, cherry, brown malts, a relaxed vibe to the nose, some choco, and velvet frosting, a small booze kick mixed in. Taste of a solid brown lager, just fluid with an easy going lager kick, grass, some soft citrus tones, carbonation is perfect and adds to the relaxed vibe. Abv settles in accordingly, I wish this was more readily available, like in six packs, a nice beer here, perfect lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (2681) - Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Old rating. Cool beer. Light brown color. Sweet, smoky, with almost chocolate and coffee tones. Mild bitterness and medium bodied. Good balance and drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
toml219 (285) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Pours deep brown with red tint. Quickly disappearing head. Slight smokey sweet taste. As well as Carmel notes

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontape (471) - Valley Village, California, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle, also taster at LA/PB. Aroma is smoky plus dark malts. Obviously not your average lager. Taste could fairly be described as stout x lager -- you get the choco and coffee notes up front with a clean finish. If "stout lager" sounds good to you, drink this. Sorry to be so basic.

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