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Barrel Aged Black Lightning Porter - Lightning Brewery

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Barrel Aged Black Lightning Porter
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Reviews: 4
Hads: 8
Avg: 2.54
pDev: 50.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: womencantsail on 04-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Hads: 8
Photo of johndoe8
4.07/5  rDev +60.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite what the other reviewers have said, I had this on tap @ lightning brewery, and it was nothing like that.

There was absolutely no hint of infection or cheesiness. Not a decent amount of carbonation either. It was just a completely solid bourbon flavored offering.

The drinkability is not as good as some of the other bourbon barrel aged beers from the area (Green Flash Silva Stout), due to the very apparent bourbon and some heat (for a 9%?), but otherwise a decent beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
1.54/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1


On tap at Churchill's in a snifter.

A: Near black with a dark brown tinge near the edges. Diminutive beige head.

S: Pretty strong chlorine note in the aroma, with some plastic notes. Beneath those unpleasant notes, I find a little chocolate and wood.

T: Chlorine, plastic, and an unpleasantly harsh and astringent char. Some chocolate. It's really burnt. A little bourbon, but it's subjugated by the unpleasantries. Dash of molasses. Harsh boozy chlorinated plastic finish.

M: Lower full body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is astringent with an alcohol sting. Harsh.

Overall: Avoid.

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Photo of tyrsis
4.19/5  rDev +65%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a red wax sealed flip top bottle in to a chimay goblet.

Pours an oily black, inky color. Zero head, it seems fairly flat. No light comes through it at all.

Smell is predominately vanilla, then a hint of bourbon. Smells incredibly delicious.

Taste reflects the smell up front; vanilla. Smoky bourbon comes through on the middle, and on the finish. This is some good stuff.

A very thin porter, leaves an odd mouthfeel; sort of oily, as it if's coating my teeth. Weird.

Split this bottle with a friend, so finishing my glass was fairly easy. Drinking an entire bomber by myself would be pretty hard though. It's a bit too sweet to drink that much.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.38/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: At least this beer looks good, because that's all it has going for it. A black pour with a nice fluffy mocha colored head on top.

S: Truly one of the worst smelling beers out there. Cheesy feet and bile come to mind right off the bat. No bourbon, no vanilla, no roast.

T: I think I can now say I know what sour old socks and cheese mixed with vomit tastes like. Again, the usual bourbon and porter flavors are nowhere to be found other than perhaps a bit of roast and alcohol.

M: Thin for what is normally a fairly robust beer, with a moderate carbonation. Add that on to the fact that you really don't want to keep this on your tongue.

D: Truly one of the worst tasting and smelling beers I've come across. I don't really know what happened here as the regular porter is a decent beer.

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Barrel Aged Black Lightning Porter from Lightning Brewery
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.