1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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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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