1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
Dark brown/walnut, nearly opaque. Small, tan head that had good lacing and lingered. Aroma was of roasted malt, coffee, and maybe a hint of charcoal. Taste was of coffee, roasted malt, and a sweetness of dark fruit, maybe like raisin. Beer was initially served cold but aroma and flavor improved dramatically as it warmed. The beer had a lot of body and lingered well after swallowing. Paired quite nicely with my steak and was good with desert as well.
09-13-2012 19:04:28 | More by clemtiger8202
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
12oz bottle poured in a Lake front brewery pint glass.
Appearance- Dark coke a cola like. When held to light amber streaks rip through the darkness.
Smell- Not a lot here. I'm getting a very sweet coffee and toffee smell with some caramel also.
Taste- Bakers chocolate with a almost grape like hops. There is a slight watered downess that is killing what could be an epic beer. All the right flavors are there just not prevalent enough.
Mouthfeel- Nice heavy mouthfeel. Goes well with what coffee and chocolate flavors that I'm getting.
Overall- So so close to being such a great beer. In my line of work we have something called near misses. This is a case of a near miss. Some things done phenomenally while others just lacking.
09-07-2012 21:45:17 | More by BrownAleMale
3.73/5 rDev -2.6%
A: A full finger's worth of light tan head tops a dark beer with copper shades at the edges. The head lasts for a moderately long time and leaves a good amount of lacing.
S: Dark, roasted malts, caramel and a bit of chocolate. Very sweet smelling, but with a hint of malt bitterness and earthy notes. Quite a complex and delicious smelling beer.
T: For me, the taste doesn't quite live up to the smell. There is a deep roasty flavor, with notes of chocolate. the end has a kiss of hops and a slight spiciness as well, which balances it nicely. But the problem is that the beer also has a wateriness that pervades throughout.
M: moderate body and carbonation, lighter than the smell would suggest.
O: A good beer, but not a great one. The flavors are all there, but they're watered down. Despite that, it's well balanced, and delivers a lot of interesting flavors in one package.
09-02-2012 03:30:35 | More by DaveBlack
3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
A - Cherry cola brown. Bone white, fine bubbled head. Ok retention and great lace.
S - Light nose. Raisin and cola. Slightly musky.
T - Milk chocolate, medium roast caramel malts, and a light woody hop.
M - Smooth medium/full body with nice carbonation.
09-01-2012 23:15:10 | More by vfgccp
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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