1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.23/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brownish mahogany with some amber and ruby red. Moderate bubbles and about three fingers of off white head that recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.
Smell: Smell is sweet, dark and roasty. Sweet dark roasted malts with good hints of chocolate, toffee, coffee, caramel, biscuit, and toasted bread. Some brown sugar. Some nice hints of dark fruit in the background with some raisin, fig, prune, and dark cherry. Subtle hints of Belgian yeast and candied sugar. Light earthy hops in the background. Smells like a rich Porter with a Belgian twist.
Taste: Like the smell suggests, a rich and sweet roasted taste with some nice Belgian undertones. Dark roasted malts with notes of chocolate, dark bread and biscuit, caramel, toffee, coffee, and toast. Belgian yeast along with some brown sugar and candied sugars. Undertones of dark fruits with notes of raisins, dark cherry, fig, and prune. Light hints of pepper and spice. Also some earthy hops in the background. A pretty rich and complex brew. A solid taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Finishes fairly dry.
Overall: A pretty good and interesting ale. Not really a "black ale" like we think of them now. Hops take a backseat to a sweet dark malt presence. Subtle Belgian elements.
Serving type: bottle
09-16-2012 06:13:13 | More by MattyG85
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