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Lightning Black Lightning Porter

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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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We have created our Black Lightning Porter to have intensely rich malt aromas with strong notes of chocolate and coffee. This has been by the judicious blending of 9 different malts, the bulk of which are from classic UK maltsters. Even though many breweries will add coffee and cocoa extracts to produce these effects, we feel this cannot replace the subtleties experienced by using only malted and then roasted barleys. <br /> Our Black Lighting Porter is further crafted with the generous amount of hops that it takes to balance the intense malt nature of this beer. Without this degree of hopping the beer might taste “sweet” from the residual sugar that remains after fermentation has completed. <br /> Finally, Black Lightning Porter is fermented and aged under a sophisticated process with our house strain of British Ale yeast. This results in one of the handful of truly refined extreme porters available. After fermentation is complete, we extensively age and lager the beer further. This has allowed us to allow sediment to settle and clear from the beer without the use of clarifying agents or filtration that may strip out additional flavor components.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3403) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2014
22oz bottle in a teku. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and light coffee, a little dough, some sweetness, and some light bitterness. Flavor the same with something just the tiniest bit off. Average to smooth texture. A pretty good porter, but something is a little off here.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (928) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Very rich porter. Quite strong espresso and chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is true porter -- not thick like a stout. If anything's off putting is that the beer is unexpectedly highly carbonated. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (1371) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2013
22 oz bottle, undated, served in a snifter at about 50-55F. This porter pours nearly black with a small, dark tan head that has weak retention but leaves good lacing. The aroma has an attractive mix of malted and dark roasted grains with hints of toffee and dark fruits. Flavor: strong and rich, with a load of dark roasted grains. Clear suggestions of both coffee and dark chocolate add to the flavor. Some burnt grain with a touch of smoke but in proportion to the other dark roasted grain flavors. Hops not obvious except in the mildly bitter balance of this bitter+sweet porter. Feel: Soft, low carbonation. Full bodied. Creamy smooth. O: an extreme porter with fairly well hidden alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (885) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Pours pitch black with a smaller mocha-tan head that leaves some sticky lace. Nose involves lots of dark chocolate, licorice, roasted barley, and earthy hops. Fairly sweet flavor, but very bitter. Medium-heavy body, sticky, oily, with a big grassy dry bitter finish. A cool brew. The intense hoppiness is the biggest surprise, and thereís plenty of nuance to the malt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (6347) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
Draught @ Stone 17th Anniversary
Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, citrus, pine and hint of chocolate. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long caramel and fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that lingered around for a long time. Thereís also a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted/burnt malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted/burnt malt, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, coffee, and a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís somewhat creamy and has moderate carbonation. I think itís a good, bitter roasty porter. $11.49 a bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5522) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Black color with tan sheen. Dark chocolate, earthy dry black malt, pale malt aromas. medium body, average carbonation. Semi sweet chocolate, dark roast, mild ash flavors-----good

1.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Thisis12ptfont (781) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 2, 2013
Deep aromas of wood and chocolate. Black appearance with massive foam. Way, way too much carbonation. I can barely detect any flavor at all. Through all the massive carbonation I get subtle chocolate and maybe coffee. Other than that, I taste nothing but carbonation. I donít know if I got a bad bottle maybe? But this was dreadfully terrible due to over-carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2704) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Mocha pour with a latte head. Cocoa, roasted coffee, brownie batter, and vanilla are all there. A little ash and bitterness in the finish. Solid.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_TBone (168) - Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Black, dense head w/massive bubbles - slips to a nice sheen and lacing. Smokey, chocolate nose. Taste is pretty smokey, chocolate and finishes slightly astringent. Overall, a tasty beer.


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