1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured into a Sam Adams Beef Glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep brown with small hints of red within the body. There was plenty of head after a vigorous pour which my Sam Adams glass retained nicely. Lacing remains on the edges of the glass.
Smell: There is a spicy, sweet smell to this beer due to the malts. There is a roasted character to this beer, with a small hint of chocolate. The smell has a medium strength, and is unobtrusive.
Taste: There is a deep sweetness to this beer as it first enters my mouth. A smokey chocolate flavor follows as it continues over my tongue. A malty flavor is also in abundance. This is somewhat like a chocolate stout, surprisingly. A rather interesting beer, given that it's not a common style.
Mouthfeel: Given its bold flavor, the thin mouthfeel is somewhat unexpected. It's not bad, mind you, its just not what one would typically expect. It glides quickly over the tongue. It is also rather carbonated, but not excessively so. This has a nice balance, although a fuller body would have been nice.
Drinkability: Given its thin mouthfeel, I could probably drink a few of these in a row. However, the strong, sweet flavor means that this is not an ideal session beer.
It was nice to try this style, as I had never seen it before. It's not my favoriate, but its worth trying at least once.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2007 02:45:10 | More by Romulus141
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