1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by jlindros:
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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3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: poured into a tulip to a blackness with a finger of dense and slightly rocky tan head that is quick to fade and leaves some lacing
S: smells of roasted malts with some chocolate notes and a bit of spice
T: taste is somewhat light with some good roastyness and chocolate with some spice notes. Swallow is more roasted malt , chocolate and a slight lingering bitterness.
M: the beer is medium on the mouth with apparent but not overpowering carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: Not a bad beer at all. It isn't extremely heavy and has good flavors which make it surprisingly sessionable. It would be nice if they made a one off Imperial/Double version of this to make things shine a little brighter
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2014 04:26:32 | More by SHODriver
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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