1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Thank you, Andy! This beer has a best by date of 30th July.
Pouring a deep reddish brown with a dense, light brown head with great retention and impeccable lacing, this beer looks near perfect. Great clarity too.
The nose is solid. Delicate and quite nuanced, there's a lot of malt character to it. I get cocoa, toffee, caramel and bread, and a definite yeasty character. Very nice roast character is present. Swirling the glass brings out some spice notes, there's a light dusting of nutmeg? Very nice
The palate opens with a moderate sweetness, quite caramel in nature. In some ways, it makes me think of a brown ale, with the caramel, toffee and cocoa very well balanced. Moderately spicy mid-palate, this beer dries off on the finish with a lingering toasted nut, caramel and spice character. Quite bready, the combination of spice and cocoa makes me think of pumpernickel bread (the American variant). Lightly fruity as well. The yeast character is light, and apart from the spice, I don't get much else. Medium light in body with a creamy carbonation, this beer is quite the pleasure on the palate.With a pleasant balance of flavors, this is a very enjoyable beer of this unseasonably cool summer evening. I'm not particularly enamored by Fat Tire, but this is one beer I wish we got here in DC.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2010 02:28:19 | More by DefenCorps
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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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