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Black Lightning - DuClaw Brewing Company

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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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KeyWestGator

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

04-21-2013 00:41:32 | More by KeyWestGator
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.6%

04-06-2013 22:11:38 | More by ejimhof
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ChopsMeister

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-26-2013 01:59:20 | More by ChopsMeister
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 03:39:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-07-2013 19:35:39 | More by orangesol
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 08:14:20 | More by facundoCNB
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-03-2013 21:57:15 | More by ygtbsm94
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jk3

New York

3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-02-2013 20:38:17 | More by jk3
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-22-2013 04:14:42 | More by cliff1066
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GiantMidget

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:46:46 | More by GiantMidget
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-10-2013 18:52:47 | More by oriolesfan4
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gunther1205

Arkansas

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

12-14-2012 00:37:56 | More by gunther1205
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

12-03-2012 17:23:37 | More by ryser2k
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Boone757

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

11-30-2012 20:45:55 | More by Boone757
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-25-2012 23:38:32 | More by dunix
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 00:48:19 | More by DrinkSlurm
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dcbdc1

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

10-25-2012 02:22:27 | More by dcbdc1
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NumberNone

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3%

10-22-2012 19:46:30 | More by NumberNone
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Zonian1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.9%

10-21-2012 12:44:45 | More by Zonian1
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

10-21-2012 12:39:02 | More by jbaker67
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

10-17-2012 19:02:14 | More by ncaudle
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

10-09-2012 17:22:33 | More by jculler82
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California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-23-2012 14:46:58 | More by t0rin0
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

09-05-2012 01:24:51 | More by drinking12many
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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-12-2012 23:22:40 | More by GaryMarkle84
Black Lightning from DuClaw Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.