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Double Black Lightning - DuClaw Brewing Company

Double Black LightningDouble Black Lightning

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BA SCORE
84
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27 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.51%


Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 10-19-2011)
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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 11 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by mattsdenney:
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mattsdenney

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 03:33:39 | More by mattsdenney
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-15-2013 18:06:20 | More by Boone757
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 18:21:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

09-25-2013 23:26:44 | More by BillRoth
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bmmortale

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.8%

08-19-2013 21:40:47 | More by bmmortale
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 11:04:59 | More by micromaniac129
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harrymel

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled: unk

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 05:55:22 | More by harrymel
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-19-2013 02:53:44 | More by DrunkinYogi
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jmaharaj

Maryland

3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 01:45:02 | More by jmaharaj
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

08-12-2012 23:24:54 | More by GaryMarkle84
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mccleandr1

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

07-31-2012 16:56:07 | More by mccleandr1
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-24-2012 20:46:23 | More by orangesol
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown body with amber highlights towards the bottom of the glass. Thick tan head with good lacing.

S- Roasted and chocolate malts come through a lot with a slight hop note hidden in.

T- The malts come through way more than the regular black lightning. Roasted malts and chocolate are very prominent with only a slight hop presence in the back.

M- Very smooth and creamy with a full-bodied mouthfeel.

O- Good beer, but it is not as balanced as the original. Tastes more like a hoppy porter than a black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 22:01:38 | More by stephenjmoore
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Metz

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-07-2012 01:26:41 | More by Metz
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. :)

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 03:10:15 | More by Chaney
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greyghost86

Delaware

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

05-28-2012 12:44:44 | More by greyghost86
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-27-2012 01:23:34 | More by rab53
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-24-2012 04:57:48 | More by RoryOMoore
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-10-2012 04:19:58 | More by imperialking
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-07-2012 02:26:39 | More by duceswild
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-06-2012 04:57:51 | More by yourefragile
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 02:32:22 | More by philbe311
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Shilt

Virginia

3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-08-2012 00:01:23 | More by Shilt
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-23-2011 21:04:37 | More by nmann08
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 18:13:26 | More by GbVDave
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Double Black Lightning from DuClaw Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.