beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2011 Bottle at the Cotton Exchange, Savannah, GA. Pours a deep reddish brown that allows light to pass with a large off-white head that lasted to the end of the glass and left ample lace. Pleasant aroma of malt, with crystal malt specifically noted, along with some chocolate. The flavor is heavily malt driven along with some coffee and chocolate. Fairly smooth on the palate. Very mild bitterness at the finish. Very good.
Original Rating 12/20/2006 - 12 oz. bottle courtesy of Secret Santa. Labelled as New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale. Pours a nearly opaque burgundy/black with a thin light tan head. A clear deep red glow emerges when held to a light. Strong aroma of roasted malt. Flavor was again roasted malt, along with an earthy flavor. The flavors thinned out after a few seconds into a weak finish. 8-3-7-3-13=3.4
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Pours mostly black with a modestly sized tan head. Smells a bit like coffee and tastes chocolatey with some spiciness to finish. A good medium body makes this beer both easy to drink and quite delicioius
bigcat03 (243) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Hy-Vee Liquors poured into english pint; Best by: 30 Mar 07; Pours deep burgundy with a 1 finger frothy tan head; Lots of malt with a strong dark chocolate note to the nose; Coffee, sweet malt, yeast, alcohol (when chewed), and spice at the end on the initial taste; Coffee, chocolate and no bitterness on the backtaste; Watery to medium palate; Good carbonation that is present but doesn’t overpower; Sweet and spicey at the same time; Very different...not quite sure what to make of it! Reminds me of a decent porter in a lot of ways. Could use more body. Probably my least favorite New Belg thus far. A must try, but not an every day beer. Good for variety.
Hinie (5) - USA - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorites. Has a deep texture and wonderful flavor, but still very very smooth.
alkisvt (10) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured this beer in a tulip glass, I might try using just a pint glass next time, just because I didn’t get a head on it at all. otherwise I enjoied the lacing I did get!Also the earthy 1st notes and chocolate body. very drinkable to me.
MiP (14723) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 5.6%. As New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale. Roasted and full, nicely bready flavour. Also a little sweet. Clear dark brown colour with a red shine. Looks quite nice. Dusty and creamy, nicely balanced.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this bottle up at Lukas Liquors just outside of St. Louis. Wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. Pours a transparent black with a lasting head. Coffee and chocolate in the nose. Roasty flavors dominate the palate and it has a nicely hopped, very dry finish. The palate seemed a bit thin for the flavor of the beer, but thats my only complaint. This was a nice surprise from NB.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle via csbosox (thanks!). Pours a dark dark brown, almost black with a small beige head. Nose is roasted grains, some coffee, chocolate and perhaps even some berries. Taste is mostly roasted grains and malts, subtle coffee and chocolate some lactose sugar and even a little pepper and a tiny bit of smokiness. All the flavors are subtle and meld together well. Well carbonated. Medium body. Pretty good.
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at the brewery. .. Malty, roasty aromas. .. Black with hints of ruby. Tan lacing. .. Medium sweet, roasty flavors. Smooth and clean in the finish. .. Med-lt body, med carbonation. . .. Very tasty Dark, yet light beer.
KellyL (7) - Wichita Falls, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nice thick head. Malty aroma. Very distinct coffee flavor, smooth finish. Not much hop bite. By far in my "Top 10" favorites.