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Lightning Strike Stout - Rockyard Brewing

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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 allforbetterbeer:
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

allforbetterbeer, Mar 29, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

mkrass, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

russpowell, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

stampfler07, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of SaltyLime
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

SaltyLime, May 04, 2007
Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

crobinso, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of rkarimi
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%

rkarimi, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Tone, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of SPThirtyThree
1.65/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

SPThirtyThree, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of famous_mortimur
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

famous_mortimur, Oct 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

DeadeyeOTDO, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

emmasdad, May 25, 2010
Photo of SamN
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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!

SamN, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

SkeeterBoganski, Nov 11, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

claytong, May 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Ispeakforthetrees, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of beergoot
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

beergoot, Dec 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

tswater, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Bizz88
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bizz88, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of UncleAddie
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

UncleAddie, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Dru
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Dru, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Haybeerman
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Haybeerman, Nov 24, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

WDJersey, May 26, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

barleywinefiend, Apr 29, 2008
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Lightning Strike Stout from Rockyard Brewing
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