1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by Strix:
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Smells nice, malty, roasty, dark chocolate, a bit of bread, and perhaps a hint of black cherry. The taste is harder to pin down, but does have the typical New Belgium bready biscuity background but supported by a deeper malty quality. Chocolate is not apparent in the taste to me. Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium thickness and proper carbonation. I tend to be a sucker for dark beers like this, but this is another well-crafted nice-tasting number by New Belgium.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2007 01:20:14 | More by Strix
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3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-03-26
New Belgium's Black Ale is an interesting mixture of brewing traditions: lager yeast, US and German-styled malts, and US hops. The result is a black lager that is not as smooth as a traditional Dunkel Lager would be, but nowhere near an ale, either. This was easily drinkable, and one I could see myself returning to if it were available and other options were not there.
Pours a 1cm tall mass of foam of light beige-colored foam, composed of small-sized bubbles, fading within one minute to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few very small islands of lacy residuum atop the body. Lacing is modest, a few medium-sized dots and lines cling to the walls of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out only a slight amber-red highlight around the perimeter of the beer. Carbonation visible only along the edges of the glass in small numbers and activity, the body being otherwise opaque.
Aroma of burnt toast, low base malt sweetness, and light basement-like mustiness.
Overall flavor is of blackened toast with a bit of light caramel-like sweetness, somewhat peppery and smooth phenols and musty yeast. Front of palate tastes light burnt toast and base malt sweetness with smooth, slightly peppery phenols and mustiness. Mid-palate of smooth, burnt toast with modest phenols and slight mustiness. Back of palate tastes blackened toast, slight cocoa, modest base malt sweetness, and mild phenols. Aftertaste of blackened toast and slightly caramel-like base malt sweetness: clean.
Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is balanced between foaminess (1/2) and smoothness (1/2) that works for the beer and is within stylistic guidelines as well. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 07:15:48 | More by falloutsnow
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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