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1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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4,079 Ratings
1554 Black Lager1554 Black Lager

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

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Ratings: 4,079 |  Reviews: 1,385
Photo of thewilliamhart
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLSIV
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

An okay version of a Black Lager, not their best...

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Photo of Finatic
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Wedcat
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DMACH
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bubba83
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber at 45 degrees into a snifter.

Appearance: Dark mahogany, can see through to the other side of my glass, so it's not quite black as the title might suggest. Quick dissipating head that was initially 3 finger-widths tall. Head looks offwhite bordering on a light shade of brown.

Smell: A bit subdued perhaps, but what is there is some roasty malts with some faint chocolate and dark fruit character in the background.

Taste: It tastes like it smells, except the fruitness comes first, delivering some raisin, prune and currant flavors, but these are a bit brighter on the tongue than those fruits normally are. Fades beautifully into a nice chocolate flavor and finishes dry without a noticable hop bitterness. The big downside is that it isn't rich, and you have to work at some of the flavors, swirling it around in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I like my darker robust beers to be. This is the kind of beer I like to chew, but it's pretty watery in body. The carbonation level was good though.

Drinkability: This is one very quaffable beer. Perhaps the beer I'd pick to chug if I had to pick a darker beer in color. The alcohol is somewhat apparent softly at all times, but in no way gets in the way of the drinkability.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a dark clear (filtered) chocolatey amber color with a rich white foamy head.
S: The aromas were a bit bland and no I did not have a cold. The aromas really came out while sipping of course but were indistinguishable before my first sip. I did get a hint of chocolate and some thyme worked in there.
T: As stated above, the taste really enhanced the aromas of the beer. I definitely tasted a light chocolate and I got an after taste of thyme and hops. Very delicious!
M: Smooth and crisp is the best way to describe it. No slimy feel afterward.
D: Very good. There was no face cringing. There was a light carbonation feel that was not in anyway ruining the experience for me.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into an orval chalice with a nice head.nice dark brown,smell is coffee and bitter chocolate.

the beer is somewhat thin,kinda reminds me of a thin porter.mostly picking up burnt bitter chocolate and coffee.pretty dry.i was expecting a bit more in terms of complexity.

this isn't a bad beer,i think it pales in comparison to chambly noire and rare vos.i could drink a few of these,they are reasonably priced.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

carmal and coffiee are the flavors that jump out at me, the malt is nice, light carbonation and the ballance is almost purfict, this is a easy drinking beer that i would buy on a reagulsr baseous if it were avalable neer me, if you find this one get it.

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Photo of Kettle1
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of juhl31
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-a good dark black color with a tan head

-some good chocolate in there but not too much else

-roasty, a bit nutty, some chocolate. good amount of taste with a lot going on

-some carb in there and light like it should be

-liked it. not too hard which makes sense for a stout lover and my capability to drink it so easily

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Photo of bootsandbeer
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - It is a dark reddish brown color, with a decent head.

Smell - A sweet sugary roasted malt smell.

Taste - Like the smell, with a smokey finish.

Mouthfeel - A bit light, good carbonation for a dark beer.

Overall - It is pretty decent beer, easy to drink a few of them.

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Photo of bombventure
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of FitnessForBeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of orsulacp
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle has a drink by date of 01 jun 07, so it is still fresh. A deep brown body with ruby highlights on the edges, no head at all. Good smoky malty smell with a little sweetness, like molasass. The taste is light molasass with a slight bitter chocolate. It has very little carbonation, but that lets more of the taste sit on my tounge. This a good drinkable beer. This review is really weak.

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Photo of dav
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Coopersbeer
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of siddhartha
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Jasoncpace
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of radius129
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBen5
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of psinderson
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into wine glass.

Appearance: Dark brown/red color with a thin, caramel-colored head. Clear.

Smell: Slight roastiness in the nose with a mild maltiness...molasses?

Taste: Lots of complex flavors - Sweetness up front, mostly fruit. Nice roasty finish, much like burnt pretzels. There's a lot of brown ale characteristics here. There's also a resinous feel, probably hops. Not much other hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Nice fuller bodied feel. Low carbonation and smooth feel.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. The complex roastiness may inhibit some people.

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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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