GarrettB (1601) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2017 NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma holds dark stewed fruit, phenols, mild roast and chocolate. The body is dark brown and holds a firm mocha head. Dry, bitter roasted malt fore. Dark fruit, ash, burnt malt and a metallic twang. Cocoa in the far finish. Not quite what I was hoping for and some flavor elements are downright disappointing, but on the hole it has a decent feel and some aspects of the flavor are nice.
November 29th, 2014 - Another good entry on the tasting platform here at Lightning Brewery is the Black Lightning Porter. It was so good that I took a whole pour at the end of the taster line to keep on my palate for the way home. Dark, with a light tan foam head, it features a subtle aroma of dark raisins and fig, with a sweetness that edges into "Fig Newton" territory, sweet and a little artificial. The flavor is more interesting, blending fig, raisin and juniper, with a piney edge, but not in the way hops express pine. It’s sweeter, like a pine syrup dripping from a cut in pine bark. The alcohol plays good support here too, and when it fades in the aftertaste it releases a sticky plum, like the final dessert course. This is easily one of the best beers of Lightning Brewery tour day, and well worth the extra serving. bergstaden (2987) - Røros, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2016
Black with a large solid off white head - Roasted malt aroma - Roasted malt body that has some sournotes in it and there is some ashy notes as well - The unplesant sourness goes into the finish - This was not good because of the sourness that is in there sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with tan head. Aroma and flavor are chocolate, roast, faint caramel, earthy hops, and faint dark fruit notes. Medium body. BiiruBierBeer (1049) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Smells weird. Very hard to describe, but like raisins and crackers or something. Tastes even weirder than it smells. Just nasty. Medium body, medium carbonation, and some foam. mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Nice roasty elements, a little harsh astringency in the finish. The lagering gives it a really smooth body.
snoworsummer (5698) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Draft at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a fizzy bubbly beige head. Tastes like dark roasted malt, burnt toast, ashy wood, lightly astringent alcohol. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like roasted malt, burnt toast, light smoke, and light ash. jkwood04 (5448) - 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. mikedR (1561) - 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 chinchill (5025) - 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. 574deadzone (1419) - 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 there’s plenty of nuance to the malt.