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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,919 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 2,919
Reviews: 1,237
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 65
Gots: 135 | FT: 1
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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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Root beer brown, but looks almost black in low light. The head is a solid creamy finger and a half, and head retention is good. Lots of really fine lace is left on the glass, and a swirl builds the head up quite a bit. The lace that is left on the glass scores big points in my book....it's beautiful.

S - Dark chocolate, marshmallows, bitter espresso, and wet twigs. The grains are really burnt and dark. Barky. Smells like a really roasty stout. Could be more assertive too.

T - Tastes like a really roasty stout. I really don't see why this is touted as some ancient secret Belgian recipe. It's pretty much a sweet stout IMO. There are some odd flavors that aren't really stout-like though. I taste hints of creamy soft cheese, marshmallow, dry chocolate protein powder, and some other nice oddball touches that I really can't put my finger on. There is also a very steely, blue stone granite flavor that I don't really like much.

M - Feels like a Schwartzbier to me. Light to medium in body with a good deal of carbonation and a pretty dry powdery finish before the sugar comes back in the aftertaste. Really nice.

D - This is pretty good, but I can't really see what the big deal is. It seems like some sort of Schwartzbier/MilkStout hybrid, and that ain't a bad thing, but I guess I was expecting something a little more Belgian and complex. I think that if this was called New Belgium Milk/Sweet Stout (maybe porter?), then I probably would have rated it closer to a 4 or higher. But nothing about this brew strikes me as Belgian or "ancient."

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 17:54:49 | More by pmcadamis
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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,919 ratings.