Dick’s Brewing Company Lava Rock Porter (365 Day 172)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer, Beer on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Dick's Lava Rock Porter

In spite of being close to the end of May, the weather in Chicago has not really warmed up that well. We have had a few teaser days but nothing sustained and overall the temperature has been below normal. To be honest, I am not complaining, but rather reporting. 70 is about my limit on temperature. I like it cool or comfortable in my book.

With the continued coolness it has kept my thirst going for a bit heavier beers. Lava Rock Porter by Dick’s Brewing Company hit the mark. A beer not normally available here, it is a transaction beer. I have to admit when I saw the ratings on some sites on the net I wasn’t overally joyed with the chance up front. No, it wasn’t’ going to be bad, I just didn’t think it was going to be a game breaker.

That’s why we all want to try American craft beers ourselves: we all have our own set of senses that perceive things differently. I thought that lava rocks had plenty of character: good, complex maltiness mellowed by spicy, herbal, and earthly hop additions. Definitely a smooth and easy drinking porter. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 9, Look: 9, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 8.8

Useless Fact: In 1824, Andrew Jackson received more popular votes than John Adams, yet lost the election. The vote was so close that neither candidate received a majority of the electoral votes. The decision then went to the House of Representatives, which elected Adams.

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