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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

3,117 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3,117
Reviews: 1,256
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 75
Gots: 229 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

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Ratings: 3,117 | Reviews: 1,256
Photo of cribandrib
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of briancathy
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bfrank8
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeH51
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my everyday go to that won't break the bank. Smooth going down and lots of flavor. Not overpowering

Photo of AMCPhD
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of onedogtwodog
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok dark ale had it in in can then poured ino glass durin super Bowl...

Photo of oldsailor
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris77McGrath
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice dark ale with some chocolate.

Photo of cyroeser
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beeg83
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndyBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jarheadduk
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Working off old notes. Will update with more details if/when I have another.

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phocion
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's probably been eight years since I've had this beer, but here goes. 12 oz. can with an EB date of 22 Feb, 2015 left over from a Folly Pack my girlfriend's dad brought over a couple weeks ago. Because this review would be useless without a back-story of how it came into my possession, naturally. Poured into a footed pilsner glass an estremely dark mahogony color with a rocky beige head of about two fingers. Big, sticky lacing. and moderate retention.

Aroma is very porterish. Big, roasty malts with bitter chocolate and coffee. A little bit of toffee and lightly spicy phenols. Nutty and a bit earthy/herbal. Much more complex than I remember in my ~2007 palate.

Flavor follows the nose. A little more dark fruit and a little less bitterness. Roasted chocolate and caramel. Slightly spicy with a dry, herbal finish. Fairly well balanced and no astringency.

Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Clean, dry mouthfeel.

Overall this is much better than I remember from years ago. Quite complex if not mind-blowing. Interesting hybrid style. Hopefully I won't go as long before drinking my next one.

Photo of DanielMB
4.86/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I think this is an underrated beer. It has an incredibly dessert-like flavor. Delicious.

Photo of MrBuffalo
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nagromxer
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CodyMiller
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ranbo67
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Razonulzer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 3,117 ratings.