1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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3.82/5
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4,167 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,382
Reviews:
1,402
Ratings:
4,167
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
Wants:
130
Gots:
818
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,167 |  Reviews: 1,402
Photo of jeffdr123
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was initially quite excited when New Belgium distro came to MN... and then I lost interest in Fat Tire as reds and ambers aren't really my favorite style. But then I ended up with a variety pack, and 1554 is now my favorite NB beer. It's rich and chocolatey and smooth, and though it is filling, it's still clean and doesn't linger.

It's a very good beer and definitely deserves a better rating than Fat Tire.

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Photo of PuffySAJ
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque black color with a light copper hue. Creamy brown 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, good legs and a decent swirl. Flavors of toffee, dark grains, light walnuts and berries, with herbal hops. Slightly creamy and oily medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, a bit roasted while mostly sugary, slightly hopped but hardly. No adjunct feel though. Freshness is pretty good for a dark one, ends clean and crisp. Basic yet efficient. Overall good quality craft.

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Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris_Roberts
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DonBowman
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beer with plenty of white foam/lace. Lots of roasted flavor.

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Photo of tradershmulie
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ndrwmngn
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IanJelliffe
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of JohnDon
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soundaurora
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TeeCee
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Metalsnota
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack Don Quijote $8.88
Smell of chocolate
Dark black color
Chocolate, roasted malt flavors
Medium carbonation
Heavy mouthfeel
Overall a nice beer. Would buy again.

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Photo of snowmageddon
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlfaMale
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Act25
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big surprise if you let this warm as it gets better and better. Should only be enjoyed at cask temp.
a) Fine, clear dark brown with not much head or lace, but good color.
s) Aromas balance the earthy, toffee, nutty sweetness against the tartness, underripe berries, chocolate, wood, and must.
t) all the aroma offers and more and more as it warms. Adds spice, vanilla, cedar, nutmeg, and more wood.
f) Out punches its light weight with the complexity and long flavor arc.
o) Packs complexity and flavor in a neat package worth waiting till it warms. Good stew or dessert beer.

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Photo of cgrunin
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClintGoodman
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of safaricook
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of isaac_barrow
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 4,167 ratings