1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the Toro Burger Bar in El Paso, TX. Served in a weizen glass, but I won't hold that against them. The ale is a dark brown, ruby in the light, with three fingers of off-white head from a vigorous pour. Some lacing.
Espresso up front in the nose gives way to caramel and biscuit. Sweeter than in the bottle, I think. Chocolate notes. More like a stout than a Belgian Dark. In fact, I never knew that was what it was supposed to be. Usually more fruit and alcohol in the nose in this style.
Semi-sweet chocolate and caramel up front, yielding to heavy roasted flavors. Sort of a reverse of the emphasis of the nose. Creamy, decent carbonation. High drinkability due to a very low ABV and a lot going on.
Overall, smells and tastes slightly sweeter, maybe slightly creamier, for being from a keg and not on the shelf. I'm not sure the sweet is a good thing.
This is actually one of my old go-to beers, due to its wide availability (in bottle, at least), sessionability, and complexity. On tap, it was different, maybe a hair better.
Serving type: on-tap
05-29-2010 03:43:24 | More by aristeros
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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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