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Black Lightning Porter by Lightning Brewery
Baltic Porter
8.50 % ABV

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Review by seaoflament on 02/21/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2008
Recently purchased this one from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. After hearing some good things about this beer I just had to try it; the price of $7 a bomber kept me from buying this one earlier.

Black lightning! A big hiss as soon as I cracked the cap and a dark, and extremely foamy—like 2/3 of the glass, liquid poured out of the bottle. The head on this one is massive and it sure does take its time to settle down, but at least during that moment you get assaulted by the bold aroma of this beer. The foam finally settles to a quarter inch layer after about 5 minutes. There is some lacing and some nice retention, I hardly see any black from the top of the glass looking down. *IMPORTANT, pour this one slowly*

Lots of chocolate, caramel, toffee, dark roasted malts, pine and a bit of mint. The hops, earthy, pine and just a tad of citrus, are quite strong but there are enough chocolate and cocoa aromas to make this one slightly balanced. It reminds me a bit of FFF- Alpha Klaus. Sweet smelling with some molasses, brown sugar, and cajeta (milk candy). My only complaint is that it smells too gaseous, maybe that will change as it warms up (it does improve). Mild coffee aromas with hints of hazelnut and vanilla as well as some grain. As it warms up it starts to develop some aromas of warm milk and spiced bread. I gotta say that this one has exceeded my expectations, really well done on the aroma.

Taste is aggressive chocolate malts, burnt bread, hops and bitter chocolate. Slightly grainy in the finish with a tangy flavor, a bit of alcohol and black cherries. There’s also cocoa and some nutty flavors. The finish is semi-dry and also a bit bitter from the heavily dark roasted malts and hops.

There is some carbonation sting on the tongue but for the most part it is smooth and above average mouthfeel.

The last couple of Imperial/Baltic Porters I have had were not to my liking but this one I plan on getting more and maybe trying to age a bottle or two.

Served In: Pint Glass

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