1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.1/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I find it somewhat amazing that those lucky enough to see New Belgium on the shelf routinely see all of that brewery's offerings at the same price. You can get the pedestrian Fat Tire for about as much as the phenomenal Abbey. The beer god has finally shined on the cause.
This beer is a tasty black ale that I couldn't liken to my idea of a dark ale. I guess my lack of experience outside the realm of stout and porter shows in this review.
On the nose were many hints of roastiness, yet I found this character synergized by the candied sugar to create a wonderfully wild blend of aroma. There's roastiness, nuttiness, slight hints of clove, and even tiny hints of horsebarn. The alcohol content is perfect; attuned well with the noble hops, everything is locked in a dark beautiful package.
The predominance of candied sugar took away slightly from the mouthfeel and drinkability. Overall, a prize.
Serving type: on-tap
10-03-2004 21:40:35 | More by GreenWBush
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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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