1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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1554 Enlightened Black Ale1554 Enlightened Black Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

3,069 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3,069
Reviews: 1,246
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 70
Gots: 200 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Buffalo Wild Wings.

The beer is dark brown, approaching black, with a quarter inch of beige head. The aroma brings some Belgian style malts, chocolate, a touch of grain. The flavor brings some sweet milk chocolates and some bready malts. Not the most refined flavor, but easy enough to throw back a pint of this. Light to medium in body and fairly creamy on the palate. I drank a lot of this beer in college, so it was nostalgic to return to it after a long hiatus.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle wad poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing. It is a dark brown with a little light passing through when held up to a light with signs of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: I am picking up some fruity notes, chocolate, caramel, and toffee notes. There almost seems to be a creamy aroma to the beer too.

Taste: All of the above mentioned aromas blended together.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and silky smooth, low carbonation, medium to full bodied, silky, a little dry, and really delicious to drink.

Overall: Pretty solid black ale or Belgian dark ale. I was really surprised how tasty this beer was when I drank it. Pretty solid score and happy that my brother chose to bring this back from his trip to TN. Next time I am out in Colorado, I will have to hunt this beer down.

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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 3,069 ratings.