1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.1/5 rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a snifter.
A - A rough pour elicits 1-2 fingers of beige head that fades to a thin film within a few minutes. Color is at first pitch black, but when held to a light, it proves to be a deep and brilliant ruby. Beautiful.
S - Smells of sweet, grainy pale malt with a healthy dose of dark burnt grain aroma lurking in the background--almost lends a coffee-like smell to the beer. Hop aroma comes through as an earthy, herbal smell. Almost smells like a roasty version of Stella Artois.
T - Tastes exactly like it smells. Big pale malt body leading to a bready, biscuity flavor up front. The dollop of dark kilned malt (or black barley) they used comes in toward the middle and lasts through the finish as a dark roast coffee essence. Hops provide balanced bitterness, but don't do anything too special for this beer.
M - Quite a thin body. Very prominent carbonation. Finishes fairly dry. Very drinkable for a dark beer.
Overall - This is a decent beer. I still can't get over its similarity to Stella--not that there's anything intrinsically wrong with Stella, i just would expect something a little more complex from New Belgium.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2011 02:35:05 | More by rundocrun
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