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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:
No notes at this time.

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

08-08-2014 04:45:23 | More by zestar
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

08-03-2014 01:18:47 | More by pwoody11
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

02-07-2014 00:52:36 | More by Vonhinx
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-28-2014 06:49:55 | More by azdback
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South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

11-27-2013 00:43:04 | More by chinchill
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-21-2013 02:41:44 | More by prock180
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-28-2013 17:05:20 | More by GraduatedCashew
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4.01/5  rDev +9%

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.

08-04-2013 21:38:20 | More by bluejacket74
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-10-2013 01:42:10 | More by Devinph
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

03-25-2013 00:06:07 | More by ALBuff
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-02-2013 12:01:21 | More by InfernoBoss
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-21-2012 12:32:59 | More by t0rin0
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4.28/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

08-05-2012 06:57:44 | More by ngeunit1
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-16-2012 06:27:19 | More by retreminy
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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

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!

06-06-2012 01:43:58 | More by Cyberkedi
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

04-30-2012 03:00:00 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-11-2012 03:58:46 | More by GarretD
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

03-30-2012 14:03:32 | More by JCanarecci
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-18-2012 05:00:03 | More by yokken
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-28-2012 19:28:59 | More by Cistem
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

02-18-2012 21:34:58 | More by mrelizabeth
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South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -19%

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.

02-09-2012 23:47:59 | More by PDXHops
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-27-2012 13:44:10 | More by likeemdark
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

01-17-2012 13:05:23 | More by avalon07
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3.13/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

01-13-2012 03:13:22 | More by Bung
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Black Lightning Porter from Lightning Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.