1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by Hhawk06:
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
The fiance brought this back with her after a recent business trip to San Francisco, bless her heart. Anyway, this one poured with a thin, tan, creamy head and was almost black in color, but you could just make out a ruby red hue. Great nose; very nice charcoal, smoke, chocolate, and plummy notes. I was shocked to find the beer only medium-bodied on first sip, surely I was expecting much thicker. Some toasty malt and touches of spicy hop bitterness exist. Overall, there is more of a caramel aspect than a chocolate one in my opinion. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter with a more roasted chocolate taste than the body. Some sweet licorice is in there too. I'd have to say this brew seems to be lacking a bit of sturdiness, but still a fair offering.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2006 13:09:00 | More by Hhawk06
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3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: poured into a tulip to a blackness with a finger of dense and slightly rocky tan head that is quick to fade and leaves some lacing
S: smells of roasted malts with some chocolate notes and a bit of spice
T: taste is somewhat light with some good roastyness and chocolate with some spice notes. Swallow is more roasted malt , chocolate and a slight lingering bitterness.
M: the beer is medium on the mouth with apparent but not overpowering carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: Not a bad beer at all. It isn't extremely heavy and has good flavors which make it surprisingly sessionable. It would be nice if they made a one off Imperial/Double version of this to make things shine a little brighter
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2014 04:26:32 | More by SHODriver
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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