1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by dnichols:
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a cooled challis. This was among my first purchases from a nice micro and import beer store in Yakima, Washington.
A: It poured a deep dark brown with a shimmer of amber. There was a dense sticky dark tan head that disappeared somewhat quickly leaving a thin layer of foam on the surface and ringing the glass. There was a thin but well distributed lacing that followed the receding brew as I emptied my challis.
S: There was a light sweet and roasted malty aroma with hints of coffee, plums and smoked nuts. The aroma was well balanced with no smell overpowering and all providing a pleasant tickle to my nose.
T: It had a sweet roasted malt flavor that included a gentle coffee flavor. There was a bit of zip from the hops but there was no bitter aftertaste.
M: It was a smooth medium bodied brew. There was a decent zing from the hops and carbonation that receded from the smooth and creamy sensation resulting from the sweetness of the roasted malts and earthiness of the fresh brewed coffee.
D: I was pleasantly surprised. I could easily enjoy several in one sitting and soon I will (as soon as I can drag myself to Yakima to restock).
Comment: I like several of the products from this brewery but did not expect to enjoy this one nearly as much as I did.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2007 01:12:11 | More by dnichols
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4.6/5 rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a bottle into a glass. 1554 is one of the better offerings from New Belgium. The appearance is incredibly dark upon pour. The smell is the worst part of this beer with a weak wheat and caramel smell. The taste and the mouthfeel are incredible though with a very smooth finish. Highly recommend, especially in the winter.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 04:04:12 | More by ANiklaus
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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