1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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4,055 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,055
Reviews:
1,378
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
744
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

She pours a dark brown/somewhat black colored body with a slim half fingered white foamy head and barely any lacing, but what there is spider webs a bit. The smell has earthy sugary maltiness, light Belgian yeasty notes but super subtle and one really has to let this warm as I think I may have picked this up just a bit too cold. The taste showcases the same flavor as the smell and gives off a sugary yet somewhat Belgian yeasty aftertaste that comes across in the finish and ends up adding a light chocolate in the finish as well The palate is basically a medium on the body with a slim soft carbonation that comes across pretty well for the style and to me. Overall, I’d say this is a pretty good Belgian dark beer that I think I would have again if offered.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mojopin88
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rbrandt22
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mwvman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lewarcher1949
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Poured into a Chalice.

Look: Dark. If I didn't know better, I'd swear it was a porter.

Smell: This is the weak link. Nothing distinctive. To be fair, I have had it in the refrigerator for awhile, so the smell might be muted.

Taste: Nothing muted here. Malt. Chocolate. Again, like a porter, but lighter. Best of both worlds, really.

Feel: Surprisingly light. Ideal for a summer day like this.

Overall: Very nice. An original, surprising concoction from an established brewery.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Backlog. 12 oz botttle. Smells of chocolate, coffee, dark malt. Black in appearance (no surprise), small head, moderate lacing. Tastes of black coffee. Creamy mouthfeel. One of New Belgium’s best.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KDowdle
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dd53grif
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SmokySignals
4.87/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1554 Black Lager, by New Belgium has become one of my favorite brews. Especially on a rainy 73F afternoon.
12oz. bottle - capped on 4 18 2017. Poured this one into a big ol' glass mug.
Nice 1 inch plus head of light tan, lacing down to a fine thin layer.
Deep, dark, dark brown that lights up dark red-orange, when I put the phone's led flashlight behind it.
Rich roasted malt aromas, with faint dark chocolate lingering in the background. Makes me wanna dive in a pool of it!
Taste is right where the nose is, with a perfect hop cutoff of dry bittersweet finish. And if I was a diving duck....I would drown in it.
Smooth, clean, medium mouthfeel that entices you back to it. Spot-on carbonation and 5.6% abv level put this right in my wheelhouse. Session-able, with results.
A home run of the grand slam variety, if you love well-crafted dark lager. Highly recommended.
My favorite New Belgium brew, by far.

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Photo of jbehlar
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ABabbidge
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown, almost black body. Rocky tan head.

S: Dark malt with chocolate notes.

T: Chocolate and light coffee notes.

F: Very smooth. Moderate carbonation and body.

O: Almost like a light bodied stout. Very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of JDoHo
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbaz
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 98green
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ferretferret
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cnealc
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DarthVorador
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pnotuner
4.87/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What I have been searching for. I started with IPAs but they were to hoppy for me. I kept going darker and darker until I found the Porters and Black Lagers. This is just a little smoother than Founders or Brewhouse. I just bought a single so I have to go back for a six pack. I only drink one occasionally as a treat.

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1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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