1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by stakem:
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to Pete and Mike for the chance to try this one. Poured from a brown bottle (with a best by date of April) into a pub glass. This brew appears a dark brown color with a finger and a half of tanned frothy head. As the head slowly recedes it leaves a wall of lace upon the glassware. When held to the light, this brew display some deep ruby clarity.
The aroma of this offering is dark and sweet a bit like toffee. It has a light citrus hop influence before returning to the dark maltiness that is lightly roasty and very much candy-like to the nose. As it warms, it picks up some more dark fruit-like character.
The taste of this brew has a combination of dark fruity flavoring and candy sweetness upfront. It blends into a dark maltiness that is countered by a slight hopped bitterness that is earthy mid palate. It lingers in the mouth with a musty grain flavor complimented by alcohol esters. This is a perplexing combination of toffee, fruit, must and earthy components.
This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall it is well balanced and quite drinkable. For less than 6% abv this brew has a slight warming effect to it which is unexpected and welcomed. Overall this was an enjoyable experience however the lingering mustiness of this brew did not pair well with the other flavorings that were included. Still worth giving a try if you get a chance.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2011 01:15:36 | More by stakem
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4.6/5 rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a bottle into a glass. 1554 is one of the better offerings from New Belgium. The appearance is incredibly dark upon pour. The smell is the worst part of this beer with a weak wheat and caramel smell. The taste and the mouthfeel are incredible though with a very smooth finish. Highly recommend, especially in the winter.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 04:04:12 | More by ANiklaus
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,921 ratings.