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Lightning Strike Stout | Rockyard Brewing

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Lightning Strike StoutLightning Strike Stout

Brewed by:
Rockyard Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 39
Photo of 303beer
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark color. Not to much head. Little lacing. Starts smooth like an oatty but goes dry fast . To me this is a very dry stout with a touch of coffee bean .

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not a bad beer, although i have to admit i was hoping for more here. it seems almost impossible these days that a brewery can be commercially viable with beer like this. not that its bad, again, but that its so average and generic and has some flaws. there are so many good beers, especially in base styles like this one, that the people of colorado should be able to chose better than this one. that said, here i am drinking it, so maybe not. it doesnt have much head on it, and it doesnt have much viscosity, so i am skeptical right from the outset. there is a slightly tannic nose on it, like it was sparged a bit hot, and the roast is very mild, with the chocolate male coming through in the nose a lot more than the roasted barley. the taste is similar, its definitely thin and more of a brown ale than a stout in some ways, and whatever oatmeal is in this thing doesnt do much, because the body isnt there and neither is that well integrated smoothness they usually contribute. even the caramel flavor of an amber ale here, the stout aspect of the malt is super lacking, and thats a big flaw. the more i look at it in the light, the more it looks like a dark amber ale. pretty weak offering on the whole, and while it tastes fine, its a terrible rendition of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of SamN
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

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Photo of beergoot
2.87/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
1.64/5  rDev -51.5%
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.

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Photo of claytong
3.15/5  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

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Photo of Bizz88
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.92/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.92/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of palliko
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Lightning Strike Stout from Rockyard Brewing
3.38 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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