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Black Lightning - DuClaw Brewing Company

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83
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95 Ratings
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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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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

KeyWestGator, Apr 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

ejimhof, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of ChopsMeister
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ChopsMeister, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An unusual black ale in that it seems more porter than anything else. Roasted tone with minimal spice influence. Smooth feel but with a carbonation that somewhat nibbles at the tongue. Easy to drink. Not really what I want out of the style, but good enough I suppose.

I have to wonder if this is a fresh sample. With that in mind, I'll probably try this again if I know for sure that it's fresh.

RblWthACoz, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +3%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a dark brown pour with 2 fingers of tan head.. seems to be slightly overcarbonated. smells of roasted grains, chocolate, toffee, grassy hops. again in the flavor, grassy hops up front, followed by slight oxidized taste, chocolate, dark roasted grains, very earthy flavors. almost like a hoppy black bitter coffee. very high carbonation which doesn't really work well with the medium body and dark flavors. not that impressed by this one. like all the other duclaw beers i received, i think this one was past its prime. i emailed them about bottling dates, and they said they are currently working on putting freshness dates on their bottles, as well as distributing to nj within the next year so hopefully i'll be able to taste these fresh soon enough.

facundoCNB, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -17.6%

ygtbsm94, Feb 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

jk3, Feb 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

cliff1066, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of GiantMidget
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Variety pack from Bryn Mawr beverage.

Poured into a tulip glass, about 1 inch head that remains while drinking.

Scent of coffee and slight mocha, with some breadiness.

This is a good black IPA, it has the characteristics on point with the hops and dryness. However it almost has more of a stout feel to the body to some degree as it's not quite as dry as I would like. But it is very balanced and is a smooth drink.
I can not complain whatsoever.

The mouthfeel is definitely full bodied as the flavor remains well after.

A good effort by Duclaw.

GiantMidget, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

oriolesfan4, Jan 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

gunther1205, Dec 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

ryser2k, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Boone757, Nov 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

dunix, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint glass at duclaw in Bowie pours a deep brown with an amber hue with some off whit head. Not much black here. Smells of dark roast but is crisp and very mild. Taste of slightly roasted malts and crisp water and hop. Its all very subtle but enjoyable. Its a bit too mild for me but has some nice drinkability. Solid brew but not mind blowing.

DrinkSlurm, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

dcbdc1, Oct 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

NumberNone, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Zonian1, Oct 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

jbaker67, Oct 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

ncaudle, Oct 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

jculler82, Oct 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

t0rin0, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of drinking12many
3.75/5  rDev +3%

drinking12many, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 13, 2012
Black Lightning from DuClaw Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.