Port Brewing Hot Rocks Lager

Port Brewing's Hot Rocks Lager

Thanks to the genius that is Twitter, I found out that Monk’s Kettle had Port Brewing’s Hot Rocks Lager on tap a couple weeks ago.  Since I hadn’t been able to try it on my recent brewery trip down to San Diego, I made a point of heading over there to check it out.

I was fascinated with the idea of a “stoned” (adding hot stones to the wort during the brewing process) beer and having never tried one, was eager to check it out.  From what I’ve read, adding in hot stones caramelizes the sugars to give it a toffee flavor which sounded right up my alley as I generally love toffee and caramel flavors in beer.  As you can see, it has a beautiful ruby brown color with an off-white creamy head.  Definitely had a caramel-y smell and taste with quite a bit of lingering flavor.  I found this beer to be quite drinkable; not overwhelming in its taste and really enjoyable.  And at 6.2% ABV,  you can savor a few of these without too much punch.  Definitely worth checking out if you happen to come across it.

I love the sweat dripping down...it's the hot rocks!

What are your favorite characteristics in beer?  Caramel?  Toffee?  Sour?  Hops?  Share your thoughts in the comments.

  • http://lizlivingvegan.wordpress.com/ LizLivingVegan

    I like fruity beers! 🙂

  • http://fiwk.blogspot.com Royce

    I am ashamed to say that not only am I from San Diego, but this brewery/restaurant's first location is about 15 mins from my house and I have still never tried this beer. Your review makes it sound phenomenal and I cannot wait to try it now. I think their Midnight Sessions black lager is one of my favorites from Port Brewing, it has some of those same darker flavors but the beer is still super drinkable, which I love.

    In fact, I'd have to say my overwhelming favorite characteristic in beer is smoothness. Typically this manifests more in malty beers and less in hoppy beers, which tend to be more bitter. Caramel and toffee flavors also complement smooth beers quite well. Great examples of this smoothness also balanced with great flavor and balance are the Alaskan Amber, Kona Brewing's Pipeline Porter, and Deschutes' Black Butte Porter.

    I will give the Hot Rocks a try and see if it also makes it on that list =)