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Lightning Strike Stout - Rockyard Brewing

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rockyard Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: palliko on 05-05-2004)
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Reviews by SamN:
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3.23/5  rDev -3.6%

Nice, solid looking stout- frothy, very light tan, nice and bubbly. Smell isn't too great. A sort of of weak, tinny light-stout aroma. Plasticky. Tasate is much better-- nice roasted grain tastes, lightly adjunct-like finish, minimal hops, more like nonexistant. Mildly sweet, lingering finish. Good oatmeal stout feel, fuller-bodied and smooth with subdued carbonation.

Not a bad stout, not too heavy, sessionable. Will definitely seek out again!

02-22-2014 01:28:52 | More by SamN
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

07-25-2014 01:28:32 | More by mkrass
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Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours black with minimal head, however generous lace. Mild licorice roast aroma. Extreme carbonation. Slightly underaverage mouthfeel, licorice, a tad of chocolate, and some roast, and mouldy finish.Received this bottle IP from JMBSH in February. Drinkable though.

06-19-2011 04:48:22 | More by Sammy
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3.55/5  rDev +6%

Poured mahogany/black with virtually no head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: A little bit of chocolate & coffee

T: Bitter chocolate & coffee up front. A little oakyness & vanilla in the middle. Finishes dry with roasted grains & a little more vanilla

MF: Medium bodied with a little oiliness & pretty flat

Drank alright, this would be good with more carbonation or nitrogen. Flatness muted all the positives of this offering. Weak sister to the bourbon-strike stout

06-18-2007 00:34:33 | More by russpowell
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

07-16-2012 03:01:31 | More by stampfler07
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3.93/5  rDev +17.3%

Appearance - Dark brown, head was already gone by the time the it got to my table.

Smell - Malty, coffee.

Taste - Full flavor, rosted malts and coffee. Nice mix.

Mouthfeel - Felt watery, not thick as expected.

Drinkability - Good beer. I picked it after a quick taste test between this one and a few of the other brews.

If you go to this brewery you must try the burgers, best I've had in a long time.

05-04-2007 14:54:36 | More by SaltyLime
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

11-17-2013 23:12:38 | More by crobinso
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3.93/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured from an undated 12oz bottled into a pint glass.

Pours rather like a porter, with deep reg highlights surrounding a dark body under a very minimal head. If I could re-pour I would really dump it into the glass to produce a better head.

Smells strongly of roasted coffee beans, roasted nuts, and slightly smoky roasted barley. Lots of roast in the nose, with light chocolate notes to go with it. Smells like it is going to taste very good.

The taste mirrors the nose to the T, with a big nutty smooth roast flavor making up the bulk of what my palate experiences. Hops are minimal, but the roasted elements of coffee come through strong. I wouldn't say I taste coffee, but I do taste some of the elements of coffee flavors.

The mouthfeel shows little carbonation, which is a refreshing change in my opinion. This quality lends a smoothness to what otherwise might be a rather thin stout. Good work here.

Conclusion: I like this beer quite a bit. It has good flavors and a very good feel. If you like the roasty (and not hoppy) side of the broad American stout spectrum, I would give this one a try.

03-29-2012 01:31:59 | More by allforbetterbeer
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3.4/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a black color. 5/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, strong grain, hops, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of grain, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance and blend. The strong grain in the aroma and body is not pleasant.

01-13-2012 18:06:24 | More by Tone
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1.65/5  rDev -50.7%

A: Lightning Strike pours a deep, Earthy brown, like cola with too much syrup or coffee that's been on the burner too long. There's virtually no head on the pour, just a thin collar of tan. Not much to see here.

S: Charcoaled cabbage. This beer is a DMS bomb. Faint bitter chocolate and toffee, and a hint of nail polish remover, but little is distinguishable above the nasty old vegetable smell. As it warms, some coffee notes and baby diaper come through.

T: Thankfully, the taste is better than the smell, but only by a narrow margin. Again, cooked vegetables are dominant, but the mellow roasted malts help to cover the DMS. Some sweet caramel, and a hint of chocolate break through to the palette, but then oh god, there it is again: cabbage. This beer tastes like licking a carnie's sweaty face. Circus people. Specifically, the ones that blow fire.

M: Thin, watery. All i can think about is DMS.

D: Low. I love stouts, but this has to be the worst one I've ever tried, even behind some bad homebrews.

Even without the DMS, this beer would have only been a mediocre stout. They say lightning never strikes twice. Thank god for that.

06-13-2011 21:17:37 | More by SPThirtyThree
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

10-07-2013 00:14:06 | More by famous_mortimur
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3.55/5  rDev +6%

Pours a thinnish-looking dark brown, light black color, with some decent creamy off-white foam. Aromas of milk chocolate, roasted malt and heavy cream. Similar on the palate, with some nice espresso flavor coming through. Another solid, but unspectacular effort from Rockyard.

05-25-2010 03:23:02 | More by emmasdad
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3.45/5  rDev +3%

Enjoyed at the brewery on nitro on February 24th, 2012

Appearance: good half-inch head; light lacing

Smell: roasted chocolate nose

Taste: creamy b/c of the nitro, cocoa and coffee

Mouthfeel: a little flat, minimal carbonation (also chalked up to nitro)

Overall: fairly good offering improved by nitro option

11-11-2012 01:51:01 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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3.13/5  rDev -6.6%

lost my notes, but i vaguely remember just an overall standard stout with not much going on with it. a bit malty which i enjoyed, otherwise wasnt much there to enjoy. a little more flavor wouldve been appreciated.
to my recollection it did get a bit better as it warmed but not so much so

05-24-2011 06:00:12 | More by claytong
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

03-03-2013 04:40:54 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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2.93/5  rDev -12.5%

Very dark brown body but the head dissipated in about four seconds flat with absolutely no trace atop the beer or on the glass. The smell is faintly dark chocolate and black coffee. Taste pulls out the same flavors as the aroma, and at least with a stronger presence; some charred bread notes. Medium-light body yet seemingly watery overall; dry finish; a bit fizzy.

I can't get excited with this stout. The taste was okay but everything else is poor to weak for the style and really detracted from the overall experience.

12-29-2012 02:18:12 | More by beergoot
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

11-04-2013 20:07:47 | More by tswater
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3.98/5  rDev +18.8%

Poured a very dark brown with red highlights, tan one fingered head that dissapated fast with some light lacing. On the nose, aromas of malt, coffee with hints of chocolate in the background. A dry finishing, medium heavy stout with a cold sweet coffee, bitter sweet chocolate taste. A very impressive offering from the Rockyard.

01-11-2011 20:44:14 | More by Bizz88
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

12-11-2013 03:37:29 | More by UncleAddie
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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

03-30-2012 02:18:02 | More by Dru
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3.63/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Dark brown; almost black color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with good retention. Light webs of lacing.

S: Toasted malt; mostly milk chocolate. Faint vanilla and coffee aromas.

T: Just like the nose with bitter coffee more prominent. Smooth and rich flavor.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Creamy and smooth through the finish.

D: Good for the style. Very drinkable.

11-24-2010 23:02:50 | More by Haybeerman
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

05-26-2014 05:33:19 | More by WDJersey
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3.93/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured out a light black if that makes any sense at allwith a nice tan head. Nose was roasty, espresso, faint chocolate. Tase followed the nose but more roasty and espresso. Good mouthfeel too. The ABV is low and left if very drinkable. A good stout in my book and recommended.

04-29-2008 02:01:11 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.15/5  rDev -6%

Brewed with oatgs, roasted barley, caramel, and chocolate malts per the roster. 5.5% ABV. Enjoyed as part of the sampler. Pours out to a clear near-black, forming a dark-tan head with average retention and lacing. The aroma has chocolate, coffee, and whiskey notes as well as some slight fusel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light alcoholic astringency. The taste is an echo of the aroma...cold coffee, whisky and fusels. Mild to moderate green herbal bitterness doesn't quite sit right with the other flavors going on. Not a nitro stout. Didn't really enjoy this one and seems a notch below the other brews.

09-21-2006 00:03:50 | More by Mitchster
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3.85/5  rDev +14.9%

A great new offering from Rockyard - if you like a chewy, chocolate and coffee stout you won't be disappointed! Nice lacing, coffee and vanilla aroma follows through into the initial taste - very complex. Well malted with dark malt and chocolatey mouthfeel. Good carbonation and a well orchestrated finish. It begs to be tried!

05-05-2004 23:20:39 | More by palliko
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Lightning Strike Stout from Rockyard Brewing
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