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Black Lightning Porter - Lightning Brewery

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Black Lightning PorterBlack Lightning Porter

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lightning Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dbalsock on 02-07-2007)
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

zestar, Aug 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

pwoody11, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Vonhinx
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Vonhinx, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of azdback
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

azdback, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, undated, served in a snifter at about 50-55F.

This porter pours nearly black with a small, dark tan head that has weak retention but leaves good lacing.

The complex aroma has an attractive mix of malted and dark roasted grains with hints of toffee and dark fruits.

Flavor: strong, complex and rich, with a load of dark roasted grains. Clear suggestions of both coffee and dark chocolate add to the flavor. Some burnt grain with a touch of smoke but in proportion to the other dark roasted grain flavors. Lightly acidic. Hops not obvious except in the mildly bitter balance of this bitter+sweet porter. (3.8+)

Feel: Soft, low carbonation. Full bodied. Creamy smooth.

O: an extreme porter with fairly well hidden alcohol.

chinchill, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of prock180
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

prock180, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that lingered around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted/burnt malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted/burnt malt, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, coffee, and a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's somewhat creamy and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good, bitter roasty porter. $11.49 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Devinph, Jun 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

ALBuff, Mar 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

InfernoBoss, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

t0rin0, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, coffee, dark fruits, and a touch of vanilla.

T - Starts off with some roasted dark chocolate malts with some dark fruit sweetness and some vanilla. Through the middle, some roasted coffee comes through with some sweeter milk chocolate. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit creamy with a sweet and roasted finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced Baltic Porter with a great mouthfeel.

ngeunit1, Aug 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

retreminy, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoky aroma has notes of coffee, malt and yeast. Pours an opaque warm sable with a thick, fluffy tan head. Very appetizing. Flavor is very satisfying - smoky and oily, good tones of coffee, molasses and licorice plus hints of yeast and apple. Texture is smooth and firm, but fizz is lacking. Overall, a darned good porter. Bolt to your package store if they have this one!

Cyberkedi, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Great Divide tulip glass. Pours an opaque black. Great three finger fine medium tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, some char and coffee. Flavor is very well integrated roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, slight char. Finishes with roasted malt and a nice hop bite. Somewhat subdured flavors, but so nicely blended that this was a pleasure to drink. Medium bodied with some creaminess. I liked this a lot and hope to try other styles from this brewery.

LiquidAmber, Apr 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

GarretD, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

JCanarecci, Mar 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

yokken, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Cistem, Feb 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

mrelizabeth, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a tall Ephemere tulip. One of those sneaky huge tan heads that suddenly erupts to 4 fingers. Pretty dense, plenty tenacious and leaves a ton of soapy lacing behind. Nice and dark down below.

The tangy roast in the nose veers slightly into sour territory, overwhelming the coffee and modest chocolate notes. In terms of variety, the flavor profile shows more promise, with dark chocolate and fruitiness in particular being more developed. Kind of a mishmash of flavors that doesn't entirely work, though. The combo of astringency, slight sourness, char and a pronounced earthy bite don't exactly jive. Aggressive carbonation blasts through an otherwise pleasantly smooth body. A middling take on the style fresh, although I wouldn't be too surprised if this was one of those beers that improved dramatically with age.

PDXHops, Feb 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick consistency. There was a big, foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A great-looking beer.

S: A surprisingly underplayed aroma, with hints of coffee and malt in it.

T: Tasted of coffee, dark chocolate, malt, and some hops. There's a grassy tinge in the finish, but the other ingredients keep it in check. Flavor has more in common with a stout than a porter, but this isn't a bad thing.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very enjoyable, well made beer.

avalon07, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Bung
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. Heavy black pour, bubbly tan head. Laces ok.

Aroma, Dark chocolate, roast malt, plum, port.

Taste, quite a husky roast to me. Overpowers it quite a bit, dark chocolate and malt and blasted away with ashy coffee and burnt toast. There were some dark red fruits in there as well, but again kind of overshadowed.

Solid medium body, carbonation was at a nice level. No real alcohol presence. Struggled to finish this though from the acridity.

Bung, Jan 13, 2012
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Black Lightning Porter from Lightning Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.