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Review: Port Brewing’s Hot Rocks Lager

Hot Rocks Lager

Brewed using the (almost) ancient method of heating the wort by dropping “hot rocks” (black granite) straight into the kettle. Pours a deep brown, almost opaque with a decent, though quickly dissipating head. Smells slightly of alcohol, no hop aroma. Mouthfeel and flavor are more ale-like than lager-like. Big, smooth round flavor of malt and toasted grains, with a bitter finish. A little yeasty … and the reason revealed with I poured the last bit into my glass and a slurry of yeast poured out.I have the feeling I’m drinking an English Porter. My only complaint was the alcohol taste was a little too present – surprising for a beer with just 6.5%. Overall, quite good. I do recommend!