1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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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: 4,045 |  Reviews: 1,374
Photo of kinggimp
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had my first 1554 at Winchesters in Ventura, CA.

I believe this is my first Belgium Dark Ale. I thought it was an Irish stout when I saw it. It's got the same ultra dark look with a solid two finger tan head. It was definitely not as sweet as say a Guinness or Beamish, so I guess I should have had an idea that I was drinking something of a different nature. It was very smooth, to the point of being watery, but not unpleasantly so. I found it quite drinkable. If you "kind of" like stouts but feel the taste is too much for you, try this.

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Photo of kvnstfrd
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of hippityhophead24
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of LuauLarry
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of MeisterMayhem
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of GangOf1
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of burnerfinger
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from the 12oz bottle into my goblet. Tan head of one finger dissipated quickly.

S: very light aroma - but pleasant stout - style smell

T: oooh. nice. Choclate - malt - coffee. I cant find the hops at all but I dont mind. finishes right along the same lines. leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: carbonation seems to add to the appropriatley heavy body.

D: not too heavy for the style - alcohol is well hidden (5.5) could go for another easily.
This Beer Is One Of My Favorites.

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Photo of pschie1
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of RudnicsMEB
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of bombventure
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fenlop54
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of justinthegypo
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of grnmtnman
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluescooter
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Shovelbum
4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thin tan head over a black body. Head rapidly recedes leaving bands of lace. Aromas of roasted malt, vinous fruit, plums and a hint of coffee. Similar flavors fill the mouth with an emphasis on roasted malt, chocolate and vinous fruit. There is also a substantial sweetness that carries the other flavors without being overwhelming. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Very smooth in the mouth with a clean finish.

Incredible complexity in both the nose and flavor of this ale. Almost stout-like, but the lighter body and Belgian candi-sugar sweetness reveal its Belgian sensibilities. With such a low ABV and major flavor and smoothness, this is one drinkable ale.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What an interesting brew- very complex and a treat for the tastebuds. Pours a dark mahogany with vanishing head and some carbonation. Aromas were of hearty roasted malts, a hint of hps and a yeasty sour note. The flavor was slightly smokey like beechwood, very earthy and it intesifies the roasted malts. Alcohol is there but very slight, and the sweetness of the malts hides it well. Finish is slightly bitter, and clean, probably not even from the hops, but the combination of malty goodness. I wouldnt have guessed it be of belgian origin, but nonetheless its a good historic brew.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a snifter...great appearance, really a knock out. Big head that retains well on top of a deep black body. I dig it. Smell doesn't impress me that much. Decent malt but not that complex. Good notes of dark malt. Decent balance. No significant yeast character, which is one thing I always expect if a beer is going to have the balls to call itself a "Belgian style" beer. Tastes similar on the tongue to the nose. Doesn't really break any new ground. Clean though with a good malt profile. Mouthfeel is fine, nothing objectionable. Overall, this is a good beer, but I can imagine it being so much better that it's not that impressive. I guess it's ok as far as value.

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Photo of ButtomsUp
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Kroller86
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rw1992
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jw4free
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. L: near black, dark brown opaque. Small head fades quick to a slight ring. Limited lacing. S: roasted barley malt backbone. Coffee, barrel char. T: milder coffee and smoke. F: creamy, round but somewhat dry. O: gets better as it warms.

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Photo of radius129
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdelweissDad
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 4,045 ratings.
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