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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

1554 Enlightened Black Ale1554 Enlightened Black Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,819 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2819
Reviews: 1235
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002)
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge fluffy 2+ finger head that fades at a med pace over dark almost black beer with hints of ruby light sneaking through on the edges, with notches of sticky lacing.

Nose is like a dark brown ale, light porter malts, hint of roasted malts, some nutty aromas, hint of nutmeg and nutty spices, some molasses, bit of caramel. Then some earthy slight herbal hops but not a lot of hops.

Taste starts creamy with a nice porter like flavor, bit of roasted malts but not heavy roast, some coffee and just the slightest acrid coffee grind roast, some caramel and toffee, hint of warm chocolate milk, slight nutty malts again as well, and quite creamy almost lactose or oatmeal creamy. Then light hops, just hints of earthy hops bring a touch of bitterness. Smooth and somewhat luscious as well. Finishes a bit drier, some lingering luscious dark malts and chocolate milk even, slightly sticky, and a bit of bitterness with earthy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, smooth and almost velvety, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice and drinkable, almost like a creamy porter with nice flavors, doesn't get too bitter or acrid burnt flavors, nice smooth and drinkable demeanor.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 01:00:00 | More by jlindros
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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,819 ratings.