RATINGS: 510   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on October 27th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours dark brown nearly black, with light white head.
Aroma: Aroma of nut, caramel malt
Taste: Faint bitterness, nuttiness, light chocolate, roast.
Palate:Light body, medium lingering aftertaste, faint fizz.

Summary: The story of how this beer was made is pretty interesting. An enjoyable dunkel that is just a hair under very good.


3.9
TylerGreenDC (1012) - - AUG 26, 2017
Draft. Not much aroma. Beautiful rich Ruby brown color with a surprising amount of lace. I don’t taste any dunkel here, but there are lots of schwarzbier notes: Chocolate, espresso, plus some wood and plum. Awesome.

3.4
solidfunk (9213) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2017
Roast and light hint of oak. Comes off a little sour. Perhaps something off with the lines at Birch and Barley. Id say it’s good but not really a dunkel. Light tangy finish. Tap.

3.6
GenDV138 (7470) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2017
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Dark brownish black with beige head. Aromas of grains, slight dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, grains, raisins. Light body with a dry finish. Nice dunkel.

4.3
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.

3.2
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

4.2
Marheb (5902) - 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.

3.7
leaparsons (10657) - 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.

3.8
wlajwl (6946) - 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.

3.4
GRM (4108) - 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

3.8
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.


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