Friday, December 20, 2013
New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale (7/10)
It pours a nearly black color with finger-thick beige head that lasts a couple of minutes. The head leaves behind rings of lace-like lacing at last a while.
The aroma is sweet, chocolate and malt both making an appearance.
The flavor is a semi-sweet chocolate malt combination with a just a hint of hops. It’s not particularly complex, but certainly pleasant enough to enjoy drinking.
Beer Advocate rates 1554 an 85/86 out of 100. Rate Beer gives it a 93. While I find 1554 a pleasant ale to drink, I don’t think it’s quite deserving of an 8 or 9 out of 10, so I’m therefore giving it a 7. It’s an easy and pleasant beer to drink, but it’s not outstanding or fantastic.
This beer is probably not yet available in Ohio, though a number of other New Belgium products are.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Malty
Spice Level: None
Hops Level: Low
My Rating: 7/10