Double Black Lightning - DuClaw Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours a deep brown in the glass, with a couple fingers of darker mocha colored head. This eventually settles down into a tight foamy ½ finger, which throws up a frothy cascade of robust lacing that rings the sides of the glass.
The aroma has a BIG OLE’ herbal and piney, blast of fresh citrus right up front of the nose, which mixes in with additional malty notes of roasted coffee and sweet chocolate to give this a VERY ripe and sticky feel in the nostrils. Those hops bring a huge amount of vibrant citrus and herbal presence to this that (for me) seems to clash a bit with the malts here.
The taste is similar, with a bright feeling combination of tropical fruit and bitter citrus, and then a resinous quality that rips across the tongue. Like the nose, I’m finding that the hop profile is clashing with an otherwise decent base of burnt roast, chocolate, and caramel sweetness. Really, it’s mostly the ripe herbal qualities of this as it warms that seems to not mesh well with the smokiness of the roast. The combination is just a bit too overpowering for me. The finish is mostly burnt feeling but bitter grapefruit is what probably lingers the most. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little fuller feeling, with a sharpness that prickles the sides of the mouth, while more of a crisp creaminess pads out the rest. Is there is some alcohol warmth present but it mostly seems to contribute to that moderately intense finish on this. This one did start to creep up on me a bit though as I worked through the bottle.
Let me first say that I enjoyed this MUCH more than the bottle of regular Black Lightning that I had a while back. This was much more fuller flavored and all around enjoyable than that beer. I did however have some issue with the hop profile, as that combination of Amarillo and Chinook just came on too strong for me and clashed with the more roasted aspects of this. Maybe more of a grapefruit flavor the whole way through may have suited me better but hey, that is a personal preference thing. If you like Black Ales (or especially Imperial Black Ales), I’d give this one a look. I think that I’d be willing to revisit this one again.
10-19-2011 19:05:22 | More by Kegatron
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
A - A fairly active pour yields a fingers worth of light brown colored froth with a bunch of big chunky bubbles sitting on top... Modest at best retention gives way very thin veil of lacing and a moderate collar... The color isn't quite black, but rather a deep dark menacing brown... A couple of stray moderate paced carbonation bubbles can be witnessed under close investigation... Loads of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...
S - Chocolate notes are at the forefront - a mix of milk chocolate and dark chocolate... Some cola notes... Molasses... A faint hoppiness... Quite pleasant all the way around...
T - Roasted malts... Marshmallow... Caramel... Some faint chocolate notes... The hoppiness which is mostly earthy in nature with a touch of pine rises on the finish and lingers for a while...
M - Medium to full bodied... Quite smooth... Even... Consistent... A bit lush... Light but brisk carbonation...
D - A nice brew here by Duclaw... Not quite sure about the style classification as I think this teeters more in porter territory, but enjoyable none the less... A good beer that is just a notch below being very good though I can't quite place my finger on what is holding it back...
01-28-2012 02:32:22 | More by philbe311
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a quite large foamy dark brown head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of green bitter hops with light dry roasted malt notes. Taste is also dominated by dry bitter roasted malt with light green bitter hops notes. Body is quiet full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with nice grassy/green hops notes but maybe a bit too much astringency in the aftertaste.
10-23-2013 18:21:50 | More by Phyl21ca
3.49/5 rDev -5.9%
pours a deep brown with a off white head. foam clings to the glass. decent aroma- raisins, lemond rind, some woodsy hops and faint anise. not particularily cohesive or enticing. taste is the samesome of the black malt comes through but the malt feels weak. the hops aren't too much better, they dont stand out and get swallowed up by some black malt astrigency in the finish. body is unpleasantly watery and under carbonated. i have yet to find many cascadian darks that work, and this one falls in that category. it feels like there was a compromise on everything. nothing stands out and ultimately it feels like this beer gave up too much to wedge itself into this style.
02-03-2013 01:45:02 | More by jmaharaj
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Special thanks to Sara & Anthony for the hook up!
A: Pours a relatively evil shade of black. Perched on top is about 1 1/2 creamy fingers of dark khaki colored foam. Retention was very good and plentiful lace was left behind.
S: Deeply roasted malt, piney hops, unsweetened bitter chocolate, marshmallow, and molassas.
T: See above. A litte more sharper & focused than the smell. Way more in the way of roastiness.
M: Suprisingly silky and full. Got thicker as it warmed. Slightly sweet towards the finish.
O: We were pretty impressed by this example of the style. Would like to try a "non-Double" version of this.
11-13-2011 18:13:26 | More by GbVDave
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours a dark brown with ruby higlights are seen as well. Seafoam tan head sits on top with decent retention and nice rings of lacing as the one finger head dissapates slowly. Big bready and caramel malts make up the majority of the nose, backed by citrusy and piney hops. Hop oil and roastiness of the malt gives some intensity.
Roasted malts play off the sweet and bready malt in the front of the palate and the bitter pine flavor in the back. The bitterness is sharp in the back, giving a bone-dry crispness and prickly finish and feel. The sweetness of the caramel malts is a little overshadowed by the intense and resinous hops, but it does manage to sneak its way through to make a decent backbone for this beer. Booze is almost non-existent in flavor despite being 7.7%. The roastiness of the malts actually might make the difference in the brew. It gives a subtle pre-hop bite that briefly sets the tone for the beer before the back of the mouth gets pummelled by the resiny and piney bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, but with that prickle of the hops and roasty malt.
Overall, enjoyable beer if you like sharp hops that bite in the end. Also cool that it's local for me and they do a few decent beers. I probably won't buy this particular one again, but I will definitely check out their others first.
11-08-2011 05:55:43 | More by chodinheaven
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
Black, same tan foam as the single version. Smells like a more intense of the original obviously, with molasses, graham, some toast, a big dose of cocoa, some more licorice. Good nose, not in line with typical ABA, but it's nice. Flavor is nice and dark malty, with a solid soily good molasses and cocoa character. There is little to no hop character in here to me. Medium on full bodied with low carb and a wet finish. Good beer, just like the single version, not an ABA by my standards, but good.
06-13-2013 05:55:22 | More by harrymel
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
It has a deep amber, ruby brown color. On a standard pour I produced about a fingers worth of head. It was beige to mocha in color and lingered a bit.
The aroma has some roasted barley and fresh hops. The hops don't present any particular flavor but do smell fresh.
The flavor has a desent amount of roasted malts or barley up front. Sweet dark breads and malts can be tasted. Hops are lightly present and maybe have a pine flair, I don't know.
Drinks alittle sweet but also has some dry bitterness towards the end. I did note some very sutle metallic undertones but not really enough to be any kind of issueThe body seems alittle washed out and watery.
I'd like to try some of thier beers off the tap, I'm sure thier better then the bottling line they have going. This beer is fair and okay. There are better black ales out there.
06-29-2013 11:04:59 | More by micromaniac129
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
A gift from my sister-in-law who lives in DC. Haven't heard of this brewery before but looking forward to trying this one out.
A thick, dark, oily pour produces two fingers of dark brown, bubbly head. Some lacing and retention, frothy. Looks good. Scents of grassy hops, burnt cherry, smoke, toasty malts. Interesting flavor. Starts off hoppy and earthy with hints of smoke and charred wood. I like the finish, bittersweet chocolate, lingering hop bitterness, and a nice boozy warmth. As expected, the mouthfeel is on the thicker, heavier side. Full bodied with some substance, I like that. Overall a tasty beer with solid flavor and mouthfeel. I look forward to trying more from this brewery.
02-20-2013 03:33:39 | More by mattsdenney
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Served in an oversized DFH snifter.
A: After a vigorous pour, I conjured up a whopping mocha-colored 2.5 finger head that stuck around for a good while. The liquid below it ranged from charcoal to pitch black.
S: It had a farily bright and almost fruity hop component that was inviting along with a dark malt presence that wasn't grainy in any way.
T: On the taste, I didn't get the hop profile that I was expecting. This was more of a hoppy, fruity porter than anything. I got a good bit of molasses and toasted marshmallow, along with a pretty bitter kick at the end.
M: This was just a touch too sweet for my palate, but that is a minor quibble. Overall, I dug the carbonation level, lacing, and level of stickiness.
O: I've long considered DuClaw to a really nice, consistent gem in the DC area. I'm happy to report that this beer continues them on that path. :)
06-08-2012 03:10:15 | More by Chaney
Double Black Lightning from DuClaw Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.