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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,971 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 2,971
Reviews: 1,242
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 67
Gots: 164 | 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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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Bottle date 03.23.14.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass on 12.23.14.

A: Opaque black. Some red can be seen at the bottom of the wine glass. No head.

S: Malty, roasty chocolate. Delicious.

T: Roasty oak woodiness, sweet chocolate. Dark berry follows.

M: Smooth.

O: This beer is very balanced. It is also complex enough that it was difficult to identify all of the flavors. I wrote in my notes at the time of tasting that it tasted like a cabarnet but more roasty. The malty flavor grows as it warms.

WAbeerfiend, Today at 11:34 PM
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

This beer looks more than anything like a Schwarzbier, completely black but with a body that isn't heavy or viscous. It grows a cream-colored head to about a finger with good retention and lacing.
This beer shows a lot of Schwarz-like qualities: the cocoa and nut, roast and dry coffee grounds, along with a dryness and very little bitterness. It does have just a bit of dark fruits behind it, and it goes sweeter in the middle with a little bit of peppery spiciness. Caramel and toffee notes come into the creamy middle before a little wood dries it a little.
The body is medium, and it's boldly but not heavily crisp while remaining extremely creamy with a semi-dry feel from start to finish.

Brenden, Yesterday at 03:29 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.36/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a black color with a slightly off white/light mocha head.

Smell is dominate of roasted malt. Slight chocolate. Not too much else. Maybe some slight spice.

Taste is big on roasted malt. Slight chocolate malt flavor that hits mid-palate. Finishes nice and clean.

Mouthfeel is light.

BigRedDog, Sep 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

From notes on 11/23/13

Dark reddish brown pour. Nice malty smell. Has a very light crispy roasted malt taste, but still has a lot of flavor. Can also taste some caramel and plum.

kkleu357, Sep 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,971 ratings.