Black Lightning | DuClaw Brewing Company

Black LightningBlack Lightning
BA SCORE
3.65/5
99 Ratings
Black LightningBlack Lightning
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by oline73 on 03-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
99
pDev:
12.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Nate. This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a black color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that held for a little bit and fell off at a decent pace. Light stringy lace. The aroma had a thick roasty malt up front and then some grapefruity and piney hop bitterness. Some subtle dark chocolate more so at the end. The flavor had a nice blend between roast, hop bitterness and sweet. Added in a little bit of some sprucy slight woody taste which followed into the aftertaste. Mild roast and bitter sort of finish. The palate was medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it due to the style I’m guessing - good palate wrecking capabilities. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Overall, pretty good black IPA that calls all of the shots I expected it to do.

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Photo of jjd315
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lettsgo3
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DrBier
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DarrBrow
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mattsmith413
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of 57md
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown to black with a finger of head that lingers a bit and leaves nice lacing in its wake. The nose has a decent amount of hops and along with a touch of roast. The flavor profile is not quite full-bodied, but the roasted malt and hops are certainly present and well-balanced.

This offering would make for a good introduction to the black ale style, but it is certainly not on par with the best of the style.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of D0mDelm0nt
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of bmmortale
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of PumaSaysRawrr
2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of juliusseizure
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Swift989
2.61/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

this beer tastes like watered down coffee. the smell is syrupy and strong. the mouthfeel is watery and slightly dry upon swallowing. taste is too close to a stout and they have little business calling it an american black ale when its not really in that category from my drinking experience. This beer maintains no head and doesn't even lace the glass further showing how watered down it is. DuClaw also should reassess its naming. Black Lighting is just a bad name and I would never have bought this beer if my work hadn't broken up all the 6 packs (which weren't selling for 2 months) and sold as individuals at 1.50 a pop. Love maryland and their brewing renaissance, but steer clear of this one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - A fairly dark pour some brown around the base of the glass. Head is minimal with just a 1/4 inch pulling back to a sticky lace ring.
S - Mild roast coffee, some chocolate malts hints and a touch of oatmeal.
T - Pretty smooth the flavors are not too roasty from the coffee, it has a mild hoppy bite mid palate, and the finish is rather sweet with soft hints of chocolate flavor. It would be perfect but the finish also houses a acidic note which is somewhat easy to ignore.
M - Light to medium, silky body, somewhat creamy.

Overall its not a bad black ale but I prefer Dark Horses version better. Easy to quaff back though!

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Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with one/one and a half fingers of oatmeal colored head, that stayed around for a very long time, leaving rings on the glass as drunk, noting where previous levels of beer was located. Gorgeous.

Aroma: Very interesting and pleasing. Floral, yet also a lot of roasted barley; dark bread like pumpernickel, and some rye notes, caraway seeds. Faint hints of chocolate.

Taste: Very hoppy up front, which at first made me think that I wouldn’t like it, as I’m not a hops fan, but then the hops gives way quickly to TONS of BIG roasted malt and slight hints of coffee, but mostly roasted malt, that lasts forever. VERY long finish on this beer.

Mouthfeel: There’s quite a bit of carbonation in this beer, which gives off something of a cola mouthfeel, very effervescent, but not at all unappealing. Not smooth, but not cloying. Refreshing. With an ABV of 6.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I liked this beer quite a lot. Like I said earlier, the hops forward flavor threw me for a second but I really, really liked the long roasty, malty finish that this beer has. Another winner from DuClaw, which is fastly becoming one of my favorite local breweries.

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Photo of harrymel
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: unk

It's black, nice loose light tan foam. Smells like dark toasted malts, licorice, graham, some molasses, some bits of lighter hops. Nice malt nose. Flavor is graham, soil, lots of malts, sweet, some bits of smoke and vanilla. Full bodied with a sparkly carb and a dry finish. Overall, I feel this beer is miscategorized as a Black Ale, the hops are nearly nonexistent, but the base beer is a really nice stout - a little confused by this aspect, but a good beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Black Lightning from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 99 ratings
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