Pours clear with a heaping helping of frothy, tan foam. Retention is nice with tons of bubbles popping. Lacing seems to slip immediately back to level but there are rings of sticky, thick foam stuck to the glass here and there.
Aroma has milk chocolate and roasted malts hiding some sweet caramel malt. Hops are more traditional: herbal, earthly, and spicing. Quite an appealing aroma.
Taste starts off more sweet from the caramel malts. The middle begins a voyage of darker: roasted and chocolate. The end of the drink carries those malts while adding hops to the equation. The finish brings thoughts of light coffee notes and spicy, earthly hops.
Medium body with carbonation that is bubbly on the tongue from the get go but probably on the lower end of medium over all.
I am a porter fan and Lava Rock doesn't let you down. Plenty of good aroma and taste with complexity to create interest. The simple label is only hiding the secrets of what lies within. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 14:54:57
Tasted: Sunday, May 22, 2011
$0.00 for 12 oz. bottle
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Dark and rich, a palate-full of deep, malty flavors. A multitude of malts and hops make this beer so special. The mash includes a good helping of caramel, chocolate and black malts. We add plenty of Magnum hops to balance the malty wort and two additions of Mt. Hood hops for lots of hop flavor and great aroma.