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1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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3.83/5
Very Good
4,079 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
Ranking:
#11,642
Reviews:
1,385
Ratings:
4,079
pDev:
12.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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128
Gots:
761
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,079 |  Reviews: 1,385
Photo of Brolo75
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a globe glass

A: Pours dark brown with mahogany edges when held up, decent amount of lacing and retention, good amount of carbonation.

A: Lots of dark chocolate notes, light roasted coffee, malts, soft dark fruit notes, smells more like a porter/stout than a lager.

T: Like the nose, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted malts, figs, dates, plums, touch of dark cherries, lots going with this beer, low bitterness, finish is slightly dry with chocolate notes lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light/medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and smooth finish.

O: Really enjoyed this beer as it has all the notes of a porter/stout without the bitterness, but I like bitter beers. Faint notes of the lager yeast as the beer warms, definitely pick this up again especially during the colder months.

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Photo of kcrumle18
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidST
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown almost black color. Opaque to light. Thin tan head dissipates slowly but never fully.

Smell has notes of malt, barley, a barnyard - hay like aroma.

Taste has notes of grain, spice - its actually surprisingly spicy, some chocolate, and grassy hops.

Feel is light and drinkable. Medium carbonation. Pretty smooth feel.

Overall its alright - not a particularly inspiring example of the style and not one Id pick up again.

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Photo of Elvis_on_Bass
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

For me the beer is a little off balance on alcohol notes, which is weird at 5.6%. That balance fades a bit as you drink more of the glass. There are definite chocolate notes and lager malt flavors, which kind of comes out as chocolate milk. It poured a little flat in a lager glass. The flavor notes are quick and then the drink finished dry, they don't linger. The beer (I would guess) is made for having a few, but something that is not a typical lager. One of the more interesting lagers that I have had, I wanted it to meld a little bit better.

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Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kinmundy77
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dirtyharry2489
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thampel09
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jrsqc7
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brown, partially opaque with off white head and solid lacing.

Flavors are milk chocolate followed by light cola and with light pine in the background. Light body makes it easy going.

Pretty good.

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Photo of travelguy
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at lunch - went well with the fish. Nice dark brown served with a thin head but good lacing. Toasted malt smell and taste. Nice earthiness and pleasant crispness. Good beer!

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Photo of Buannaich
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rclangk
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rusty Rudder
Mt. Pleasant SC

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Photo of SirFolmarv
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What stands out most to me is the great malty molasses flavor and the great feel. Very drinkable. Looks nice with a very dark almost black bronze color, but doesn't retain a head so well. A great dark lager.

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Photo of adam36
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kkenagy
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jelitikasez
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Left Hand Milk Stout, but just a little sharper/fresher and lighter. Great flavor (despite very light aroma), and a surprisingly smooth mouth feel kept it far away from any wateriness I feared. Great end of summer beer for when I'm about done with all things yellow and flavored, but not quite ready to go full on milk stout yet.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave2234
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RMW66
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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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1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 4,079 ratings
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