1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by smalenberg:
3.4/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
From a bottle into a pint.
A - Black like my soul. About a 3/4" of tan foam on the pour, with a ring existing throughout the enjoyment of the glass and some clinging as the level lowers.
S - Malty sweetness, slight chocolate note and very subtle earthy hop bitterness. Even after warming substantially, not a lot in the nose.
T - Rich roasted chocolate character with a well balanced blend of sweetness and a bitter note that seems predominantly a result of the malt more than the hops, which make no appearance after the brief scent. Missing is the distinctive Belgian yeast character you'd look for to distinguish this from any dark ale. I'd look at it like a Belgian specialty holiday style if there was any spice.
M - Starts feeling very full bodied and turns significantly dryer toward the end and just fades away, becoming almost watery, which is a bit of a surprise.
O - The story of the recipe on the bottle is more interesting than the beer, unfortunately. It is good, but I've had many a porter and dry stout (which is what this "Belgian dark" suggests) that are better for a similar price point. Kind of surprisingly low review for me, because I tend to like New Belgium's offerings.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2013 01:14:25 | More by smalenberg
More User Reviews:
3.66/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle, new label and beer name "1554 Black Lager", but apparently it's the same recipe. Enjoy by 12OCT14
L - tall, frothy, beige head caps a mahogany colored body
S - dark malts, chocolate, caramel, yeast
T - roasted barley, chocolate, caramel, kind of cola-like, slight spice to the yeast, incredible balance
F - medium body, creamy, smooth, finishes clean with some ashy chocolatey roast lingering a bit
O - every time I come back to this I find it to be good, but not great. I do buy it every once in awhile as it's both fairly sessionable and enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 03:40:45 | More by barnzy78
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,910 ratings.