1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Appearance: Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Liquid is a dark reddish brown, slightly opaque, with a 2 finger off-white, fluffy head. The head fades pretty quickly to a thick skim. Slippery spots of lace slide off the walls of the glass back into the brew.
Smell: The smell of this beer is surprisingly complex and hard to describe. The first aroma is of chocolate - not sweet, milk or dark chocolate, but more like the dry, rich aroma of cocoa powder or baking chocolate. There's a lot of caramelized malt and a deep, yeasty breadiness. There's also an indescribable brightness to the scent, which I assume is from the hops, but I can't really describe not place it.
Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste and feel provide an odd combination of full, rich taste and bright, thin feel. The flavors represent a lot that's in the smell. There's a slightly bitter cocoa note, dry roasted and slightly caramelized malt and some dark fruitiness kind of like prunes or cherries. Not particularly thrilling - all the flavors seem muted. The hops are slightly citrusy - not terribly bitter, but somewhat bright. The feel is bright yet thin - the carbonation that shows so well in the head is present, but leaves the beer more quickly than it leaves my mouth. The feel on the palate is somewhat clean while leaving distinct stickiness on the lips.
Drinkability: Pretty high due to the low ABV, but I'm slowed a little by the moderate mouthfeel. Good beer, but not amazingly so.
Serving type: bottle
09-14-2009 00:50:44 | More by kels
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