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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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THERE’S A STORM BREWING... ...and it’s our brewmaster’s newest creation Black Lightning! This American Black Ale strikes a stormy balance between thunderous roasted malt flavor and the aroma, bitterness, and electrifying finish of American hops. Think you’re ready to ride the lightning?


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Draft at Arundel Mills back in November. Starts with a suprisingly sweet chocolate aroma and taste. Fades to a pleasant amount of bitter that lingers a while. Nice beer.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlueRidgeMatt (39) - Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Didn't live up to my expectations. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4737) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Dark brown coloured body with a thick, five centimetre tall, soapy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, grass, light hops, alcohol and quite a bit of milk. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt flavour with licorice, oatmeal, anise and caramel all noticeable at first which slowly fade to pungent hops, alcohol and a good amount of earthy bitterness. Aftertaste shows more character than the initial tastes with milk, oatmeal, pitted fruits, caramel and deep metallic bitterness percolating. Overall, a good Black IPA that borders on a porter, but has a good complex finish that works well with the style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 24-October-2012 for US$1.79 sampled at home in Washington on 18-December-2012.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (2525) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2012
On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD. The beer is dark brown, approaching blackness, with a dense khaki head that coats the glass in lacing. A fabulous appearance. The aroma offers hops, roast, pine, chocolate. Nice flavor, though a bit understated for my liking. Both hop and roast characters are lacking in intensity. Residual chocolate and pine notes. Smooth feel with moderately low carbonation. Easy to enjoy a pint, though nothing implores me to order a second serving. Overall, decent beer that has potential for improvement. Worth a try. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 01-17-2012

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4399) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2012
12oz bottle. Pretty solid offering, par for the course. Roasty mint tinged chocolate caramel. Balanced and well executed. Deep brown black body, vibrant beige head, pretty steady. Enjoyable, full body. A solid offering, albeit a middle of the road and forgettable beer too. Respectable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
abcfan (720) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Good. Pours black with no head. Aroma is primarily roasted malts. Taste is bitter chocolate malt, with a slightly bitter mild hop finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Pours black with minimal head. Aroma roasted malts, vanilla. Taste roasted malts, bitter chocolate, somewhat watery body, long dry, sticky bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ReggieDunlap (3073) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Pours dark brown/black with a medium tan head...nice lacing. Aroma has nice roastiness, dark chocolate, burnt notes, and piney hops. Flavor is very roasty/bitter with pine and mild coffee. Mouthfeel is medium with a roasty/piney bitter finish that lingers nicely.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1167) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Deep toasted malt taste with a bit of smokiness to it. Not much of an IPA feel coming through. Tastes more like a slightly bitter porter.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
PhillyCraft (3225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Sample at Perch Pub in Philly, black color, small to medium head and lace. Notes of raosted malts, brown sugar, small amount of hops, grass, and some wood. Not the kind of black ipas I like, lacked the hops, more of a chocolatey, toffee black ipa. Very light mouthfeel with flavors that didn’t linger enough.


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