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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

3,065 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,065
Reviews: 1,245
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 70
Gots: 193 | 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 ZoomanCru
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

App: Very dark with a deep almost purple hue like that of poke berries. Nice two finger tan head clings high to the edges of the glass.

Smell: Deep, roasted chocolate nose with hints of lilac. Sweet and with no notable hops nose. Earthy with a slight salty aroma.

Taste: Smooth creamy chocolate coupled with some other more nuanced malt flavors. Some notes of caramel high in the foretaste. True taste is sweet and grainy without seeming green. After taste is that of milk chocolate and Cafe au Lait creaminess. Hops is almost completely absent, contributing only a slight lingering bitterness after the swallow.

Mouth: Rich and heavy bodied, this beer is fairly heavily carbonated for something with such a significant malt presence.

Photo of eye2
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of shebby
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BeerdNick
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of MonkeyboyATL
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Soomars
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of NjalThorgeirsson
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of dylntbrown
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of IheartTomorrow
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of skynyrdbyrd
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Kono52
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of CamuMahubah
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown...is she as black as one's heart?...No...but on her way!..

Is the oven on?....Are chocolate-chip cookies baking?...I'll have some!...

Good Cacao bite...five-hundred years ago they knew what they were doing!...This is a good beer!...the toasty chocolate undertones are simply fabulous!...Just love the story behind this beer...

About as good as baked chocolate cake on the palate!...

Goes down nicely...Very easy to drink this beer...It was 1 degree tonite and I spent most of the night out in the snow...getting home I spent a few minutes chipping ice outta the wheel wells of the Prizm...Coming inside wifey had a pork roast on...and this beer was a nice cap to a cold, frosty evening...

Photo of trackstar1043
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown with a finger of thick light carmel colored head that has great retention.

S - Rich aromas of malts, coca beans, carmels, roasted nuts very hearty.

T - Just a deep and complex with sweetness of carmels and molasses, has a hearty flavoring of nuts and grains.

M - Heavier brew with its mix of malts and sweetness and moderate carbonation gives a smooth and pleasant drink.

D - Very much so.

Photo of ncbeermonger
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this brewery because it is all reneweable energy, and it is employee owned!

This beer is a deep brown with black overtones

The smell is a slight sour with chocolate and a hint of the malt

The taste is smooth, what you exect from a brown ale, hints of chocolate

The mouthfeel is good

If you see this beer give it a try, it's good beer.

Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

TIZ THA SEASON! This beer is great for the winter. Not to dark in color when poured out light heat that hangs an min or so any way the smell is great. When you smell this beer you think it will be light in hops and high in malts. It is a very good brew! It has a sweet nutty finish with a nicely balanced hops behind it. PICK 6 At Kroger people this is the best way to find these great craft beers. Cheers!

Photo of JayEvans813
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bgreg3
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App-3.5-Looks black from far and throughout most of the glass. But when shone to the light, very dark amber comes through. Very low head retention.

Smell-3.5-1554 has very subtle notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and some sweetness. It almost reminds me of a type of brandy the way all the scents are so gently blended. Difficult to smell, you really have to agitate it.

Taste-3.5-Initially roasted malt comes to the tongue complimented by notes of chocolate. Small amount of bittering hops were used. Toasty coffee is tasted as the beer sits in your mouth and gives a really warming feel after a bigger sip. Very much reminds me of a scotch ale with a very dry finish all and all pretty good. This is expected from the New Belgium Company. This is not very daring, but still a pretty good ale. I wish there was a bit more flavor though.

Mouthfeel-4.0-Tingly carbonation attacks the entire mouth on first contact. A pretty light mouth feel for the type of brew. The finish is incredibly dry making this a good beer for a meal.

Drinkability-4.0- Drinkable beer, goes down good, easy to pace with. It's not overwhelming in any way and that's kind of nice and relaxing. 22 oz is just about the right amount for a post meal drink.

Photo of kegmans
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of paulginva
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from the tap into a pint glass produced a 1/2" foamy, off-white head with good head lacing that dissipated quickly. The body was a sparkling deep black with ruby highlights around the edge when held up to the light. There was no carbonation that I could see.

AROMA: A bit roasty and boozy, but really very little smell that I could detect.

TASTE: Much better. An earthy malt taste comprised of fresh baked bread, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate, with a light taste of green leafy hops.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer had a moderately full body and a very smooth texture, no carbonation and thin body lacing that dissipates at a modest pace. The initial flavor was sweet and chocolaty, proceeding to a short finish of sweet light chocolate and coffee with a light hoppy bitterness and a very lightly bitter aftertaste.

DRINKABILITY: This is a very agreeable, appealing sipping beer and as a result of its fullness, I wouldn't have more than two at a sitting. It is easy to drink, gives excellent value for the cost and I'd definitely buy it again. I wouldn't put it in the first tier of black ales, but it's definitely high in the second tier.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 3,065 ratings.