1554 Black Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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1554 Black Lager1554 Black Lager

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BA SCORE
85
very good

61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 660
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 15
Gots: 221 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeersIsTheName on 02-02-2014

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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 660
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Photo of hopphead31415
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love New Belgium and I was excited to pick up this slightly more rare breed known as a Black Lager. This variety has a cool 5.6% ABV and promises to be the crazy uncle to a porter. Let’s take a gulp!

Look-It pours an almost opaque dark color, but you can pierce through this cola-tuxedo hybrid with a strong back light. The hues come out with a reddish copper color. The head is thick, but dissipates quickly into a thin film. The head has a slightly off white color. The lacing is watery and delicate often drooping down and merging with the layers below.

Smell-I get pumpernickel bread and dark chocolate aromas as well as a subtle spiciness that is composed of nutmeg and coriander, I think.

Taste-It has an immediate cola characteristic lending to the chalky and high carbonation content. The taste is definitely malt-forward with less dark chocolate than the smell indicated. It has a noble hop, toasted grain, toffee, a tinge of caramel, a touch of cocoa, and the lightest hoppy dry finish composed of dark roast coffee beans. It is absolutely brilliant!

Mouthfeel-The feel was quite light for such a dark beer and was very similar to a cola with large carbonation bubbles dominating the mouthfeel. The malts produce a very silky smooth and drinkable feel that makes this beer go down very quickly. It doesn’t have a thick syrupy feel that you might expect from something this dark which only adds to the mystery of the brew. It finishes moist and slightly dry with a pleasant coating on the tongue.

Overall-I found this beer to be much more refreshing than I thought. With such a dark variety, I was dreading an overwhelming and thick sweetness that overpowers anything that the beer could offer. Instead I was treated to a moist, accessible, cola-like brew with more smoky and dark fruit flavors that one might expect. And lastly, the rather low alcohol content is a non-issue here, because of all the flavors and also the carbonation gives it a little bite at the end that is almost indistinguishable from alcohol. You must try this beer for yourself! New Belgium never ceases to amaze me! (2,110 characters)

Photo of davemarc87
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of mojohawk21
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ValpoExpo
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of BeerYo
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerswag
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

One of the beat beers out there to have with a good hamburger...!!! (67 characters)

Photo of Torey
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Timtastic
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of avitallo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of andrewdanks
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Prospero
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color,but it does allow some light through when held up to the light. I see a half inch head of khaki colored foam. Brussels lacing. I get caramel and chocolate notes in the aroma. The body is smooth and creamy. I get dark malt and a light bitterness on the front of the palate. The finish brings out the sweet chocolate notes. The flavor seems a bit muted. (366 characters)

Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Georanson
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Ryan_Murphy
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by July 2014, nice dark crimson brown body with a big tan head fine speckled lacing left down the sides of my glass. Aroma deep cocoa brown chocolate with cola brown sugars going on, a very nice creamy nose. Overall flavors I recommend letting it warm up a bit you'll get toasted bread, fruit notes, and dark chocolate combining into a nice sort of schwarzbier filler from their typical 1554 Black Ale available in the past. Mouthfeel is creamy dark chocolate cookie dough soft flowing carbonation goes down way too smooth. Overall I'm into this beer and I can't wait to try more from New Belgium!!! (604 characters)

Photo of kwkdmk
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of timontheroad
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nearly black minimal head, little lacing. Aroma was pretty much only dark roasty malts. Taste was a bit of dark roast malt, a slight touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel was pretty light for a darker beer, didn't linger on the tongue much. Not at all a bad beer, but not great either. (289 characters)

Photo of Adkins1203
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is black, with a very slight chocolaty hue all the way through its body. The head is deep tan, one full finger's height and strong. It takes time to fade, leaving a chunky bubbling foam that rises at the edges. Lacing starts at the top of the glass and lessens, but is plentiful for the duration regardless.
In the aroma, there's lots of toast with a dark grains presence, though it's not too grainy by any means, and some dark cocoa (somewhat powdery) underlying. Some leafy hops speak to a solid hops presence. It's lightly earthy with just a touch of wood.
The flavor is substantially light, but not lacking, and dry. It begins with dark cocoa and toast and progresses to a woody flavor that dries further, particularly as leaf comes in. Impressively, it never gets chalky or takes on too much of an aspirin-like quality, though there is a bit of an ashy one. With this beer, that works. Some toffee and a ghost of dark fruits bring a sweetness on the front that comes before the dryness and eases into it well.
That same sweetness keeps this beer from getting too sweet too soon, easing into the dryness the same way the flavor does. The somewhat ashy nature applies to the texture as well and, again, it works here. The crispness is light but firm, and the light body isn't "watery" or shallow. A creamy smoothness starts right off with the crispness on the tip of the tongue and carries through into the woody finish. (1,426 characters)

Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.