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1554 Black Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeersIsTheName on 02-02-2014)
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Reviews by workingclassbrew:
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3.46/5  rDev -6.7%

Beautiful dark chocolate brew, poured into a mug. Just nice to look at.

The chocolate color, goes along with the thick chocolate malt aroma, sugar, heavy grain. I could smell this all day long.

Taste, well lets say its a lot lighter on the tongue than it looks it would be. The malt is there for sure. The sweetness is drier than the aroma conveys. More carbonation than I'd like in this dark lager style. It leaves a nice dark chocolate aftertaste. As this warms is highly improves. It lost a lot of the carbonation, leaving a dry malty concoction. The background has hints of fig, raisin, and such. Maybe even a hint of brandy, but its the malt that stands out.

This is one to leave out the fridge for 15-20 min. Much better. Nice lacing on the mug. Overall nice brew.

04-30-2014 05:22:51 | More by workingclassbrew
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

08-11-2014 22:17:13 | More by davemarc87
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

03-19-2014 02:21:03 | More by ValpoExpo
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-12-2014 22:59:31 | More by avitallo
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3.71/5  rDev 0%

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.

04-19-2014 16:48:56 | More by Franziskaner
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-08-2014 13:24:45 | More by briandaube
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3.52/5  rDev -5.1%

08-20-2014 23:36:48 | More by Ryan_Murphy
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West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

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!!!

02-10-2014 07:09:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

03-23-2014 00:53:23 | More by kwkdmk
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-07-2014 06:08:22 | More by Adkins1203
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

04-09-2014 03:12:19 | More by ste5venla
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

05-08-2014 14:47:44 | More by Brenden
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-11-2014 01:45:46 | More by RDW
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3.72/5  rDev +0.3%

08-14-2014 20:22:34 | More by samtrillo
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

03-20-2014 06:38:14 | More by ChadA83
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-17-2014 22:10:51 | More by javlin624
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

08-16-2014 23:59:46 | More by seavercm
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

03-31-2014 03:12:05 | More by BamfBacon
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-21-2014 21:06:39 | More by tdm168
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3.34/5  rDev -10%

12oz New Belgium bottle served in Imperial pint glass. I am instructed to enjoy this by 28SEP14. Beer is dark brown in color, with lots of bubbles, and forms a large head of light brown foam. Very faint aroma suggests some roast and a little nuttiness. Flavor hits the right schwarzbier notes: mostly crisp, fairly carbonated, and a dark malt note that contributes without turning this into porter. Not quite as dry as I might like. Actually there's a sweetness which tastes a little adjuncty/corny to me that is probably the single biggest defect with this brew. Enjoyable enough but not great.

As an aside, I'm curious why Sam Adams Black Lager counts as a Schwarzbier but New Belgium 1554 Black lager gets stuck in the Euro Dark Lager category.

05-11-2014 01:35:12 | More by hreb
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3.61/5  rDev -2.7%

The NB 1554 Black Lager is a decent offering. The beer poured a nearly opaque dark with creamy slightly offwhite head that is leaving a lace. The scent carries slight roast corn flare. The taste starts with a roast grain then turns slightly bitter and finally finishes a little sweet. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent sessionable beer.

04-19-2014 00:59:10 | More by WoodBrew
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3.52/5  rDev -5.1%

08-27-2014 04:29:00 | More by Postigo
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-05-2014 23:50:12 | More by HBCableGuy
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3.59/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark brown color with hints of amber on the edges. There's a good two fingers of off-white head. The head leaves good lacing, and has great staying power.

The nose is pretty muted, but has a hint of roasted malts and is definitely on the sweet side. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate malt, some caramel, and a hint of smokiness. There's a touch of dark fruits here as well. This is more balanced than the nose, and isn't overly sweet. Not crazy complex, but finishes clean.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good amounts of carbonation, and a little bit of a sticky finish. Overall, this is a good dark lager with nice flavors, good balance, a clean finish, and it looks great. Not my favorite style ever, but an enjoyable beer.

05-04-2014 22:55:07 | More by zimm421
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4.39/5  rDev +18.3%

For a "not so handcrafted" beer this is a wonderful example of a beer that's just enjoyable along with moving (average uneducated American beer drinkers) into something that's not piss yellow made from nothing. NBB is a go to beer for just about anyone.

05-17-2014 19:26:02 | More by DOCRW
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1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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