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Black Lightning - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oline73 on 03-10-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

04-19-2012 14:05:16 | More by yergermeister
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4.45/5  rDev +22.3%

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Almost pitch black in color with a hint of amber highlights around the edge. Thick dark brown 3-finger head after a violent poor that quickly dissipates and leaves a gorgeous trail all the way down the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Strong hoppy IPA aroma and hints of roasted malts in the background fill the nose.

T: Smooth rich hoppy flavor. Hints of pine and toasted malts cross the palate.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: I normally have Duclaw beers on tap – but tried this bad boy in a bottle and wasn’t disappointed. Great smell and flavor – excellent balance between the hops and malt.

06-24-2011 00:25:54 | More by ckollias
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +22.3%

Near opaque black pour with barely 1-finger of cream head, highlighted ever so lightly with hints of mocha. No retention and medium lace.

Chocolate, black patent, roast and light citrus hops define the nose. Getting a little cola as well. Very nice.

Light up front, roast malt and chocolate come in strong and dominate the finish. Citrus hop bitters underneath the chocolate. Very nice again.

Feel is right on for the style. Just heavy enough for the rich flavor, but keeping to style.

I'll look for this again on my next trip to VA.

03-29-2012 01:52:30 | More by beer2day
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4.45/5  rDev +22.3%

Single finger tan head with excellent lacing on a clear deep dark brown amber body. Excellent aroma with lots of hops providing flor earthy and citrus notes. Mild but present roast aroma. Nice representation by both hops and roasted malts. Very well balanced for the style. Hops provide more of a grassy and earthy flavor. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. This style is always hit or miss for me but this is one of the few that really integrate both roast and hops well.

07-26-2012 01:16:57 | More by kylehay2004
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4.38/5  rDev +20.3%

DuClaw Black Lightning is a delicious black IPA with hop and coffee characteristics.

A: Black colour and a 5 mm head that fades pretty quickly. 4

S: Roasty, earthy malt with some pleasant hop characteristics. 4.5

T: Roasty malt and sharp hops into an earthy coffee finish. The finish is dry and very slightly bitter. Delicious. 4.5

M: Silky. 4.5

O: 4

10-04-2011 02:51:14 | More by vandemonian
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4.33/5  rDev +19%

A poured with a small head of dark tan foam on an opaque black body. The head settles quickly and leaves good lace.

S chocolate nutty caramel and fruity, green hops

T thick, dark bread up front with some dark chocolate and pine in the middle. Finishes with more citrusy hops chocolate and some lingering, charred roast character.

M a thick body moderate carbonation and a dry finish

D very nice with a rich malt character in addition to its pungent hops.

07-26-2012 01:13:41 | More by nickfl
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4.28/5  rDev +17.6%

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch of light brown head. Head recedes at a moderate pace. Minor wisps of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is roasted malts, coffee and citrus hops.

T: Taste starts with big roasted malts, some minor charred notes that hang in the back. Bitter baker's chocolate and coffee hit in the middle before moving in to a more prominent burnt malt flavoring that is accented by nice grapefruit, citrus hops.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium to higher carbonation, crisp and clean at first with a touch sticky finish.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style. More and more Black IPA's are just hitting the spot for me. I had never heard of Du Claw before, but this is a fantastic offering for those who enjoy Black IPA's.

10-11-2011 15:41:58 | More by Jayli
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

11-17-2011 23:47:46 | More by nmann08
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

11-30-2012 20:45:55 | More by Boone757
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

04-23-2013 16:32:14 | More by voodoo
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

07-31-2012 16:55:15 | More by mccleandr1
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4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

DuClaw is bottling now. They'd done large bottles, but they've got 3 varieties in 6 packs now. Black coated, lightweight screwtops that really keep things fresh.

Still getting used to the "black IPA" craze, but this one was definitely the best so far. Deep, rich black with mahogany highlights from the bottle. Tan leather-colored creamy head that laced the glass nicely. Rich smoky malt in the nose with a stout-like smokiness and a roasted sweet malt flavor in the first sip, balanced nicely with a bitter hops bite that stops short of "spicy" or "fruity." Very nicely balanced, making it easy drinking.

04-13-2011 23:48:51 | More by tugdriver7
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

10-21-2012 12:44:45 | More by Zonian1
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

10-25-2012 02:22:27 | More by dcbdc1
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-08-2011 20:10:51 | More by ROGUE16
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-21-2011 01:45:46 | More by boxofrane
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-25-2012 23:38:32 | More by dunix
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-08-2011 05:55:29 | More by Jspriest
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-25-2011 20:25:41 | More by insocova
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-24-2012 04:54:31 | More by RoryOMoore
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-29-2011 01:24:33 | More by onedogtwodog
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-13-2011 03:22:24 | More by koo10t
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

A - Pours with a black body and a tan, one finger head...the head fell quickly to a thin cap and left only light lacing

S - Roasty aromas fill the glass...some smoke and charcoal notes can also be picked up...piney hops are in the background

T - The roast is the star of the show in the beginning...first sip brings a full on assault of dark roasted malts...they provide some chocolate notes towards the finish...the middle of the beer has a milky smoothness to it...the hops are not shy as they provide a lingering bitterness at the finish

M - Medium bodied...smooth and creamy...bitter hops and a bitter roastiness

O - I found this Black IPA to be rather enjoyable...roast up front, hops in the finish...pretty balanced...only complaint was the dead looking pour it produced

01-17-2012 14:20:41 | More by thain709
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District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

I had this on tap at the brewpub at Arundel Mills.

A: Dark, dark reddish brown, almost black, with about a one-finger, extremely foamy mocha head that kept a substantial amount of retention throughout.

S: Very faint, but I did get a few puffs of roast and coffee-like bitterness. I though this was supposed to be a Black IPA?

T: Definitely not a black IPA. Very roasty, with extremely bitter and bleached out sweetness. I would describe this as a "coffee" porter brewed with unsweetened baker's chocolate rather than coffee.

M: Very thick and creamy, yet exceptionally dry! The carbonation was good for this style. Surprisingly very impressive in this area.

O: Once again, the over-the-top bitterness hampered my judgment of this one a bit, but it was still damn tasty!

03-20-2011 18:58:39 | More by Chaney
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

A- Pitch black, almost stout like with a mocha colored head.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate malts, some chocolate an a hint of coffee.

T- Roasted malt from start to finish with chocolate and a dash of piney hops towards the end.

M- Creamy and roasty, but crisp too.

O- Good black IPA, nice mix of roasted malts and hops.

07-04-2012 17:35:51 | More by stephenjmoore
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Black Lightning from DuClaw Brewing Company
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