1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

1554 Black Lager1554 Black Lager
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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: 4,070 |  Reviews: 1,382
Photo of tectactoe
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, ruby red color; allows quite a bit of light to shine through. Tan head, nice staying power, leaving a little bit of lacing on the way down. Some toasted caramel malts on the nose, mild grape sweetness; bready, yeasty, a bit dry with a touch of toasted grains. A mild, nearly wine-like character comes out on the first sip, possibly from the mesh of the light grape flavor and the warmth from the alcohol. It slowly turns into a dry and toasted bread and malt profile with a bit of caramel appearing in the latter half. Some dry cocoa and chocolates are heavy in the aftertaste. Hops are surprisingly vibrant, more so than I was expecting, remaining leafy and ashy in character and providing a slightly bitter bite to balance out the sweetness from the malt overload. Some very faint spice is detectable as well, especially as the brew warms up; similar to clove, it is most likely a characteristic of the Belgian yeast used, although it is still very toned down. Medium body, medium-heavy carbonation.

Tasty little brew here; BSDAs are usually more my speed, but this is a very solid non-strong interpretation, and I could definitely throw back a few of these, one after another.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a chocolaty brown color with deep red hues throughout when held up to the light, and is very clear. The head is very impressive, being a dark eggshell color and very dense. It is about 2 full fingers thick and has great retention, settling down to a thick foamy layer over the brew. The lacing is also well done, with thick wisps of foam clinging to my glass. Very nice looking beer overall!

S- This has scrumptious milk and dark chocolate aromas straight upfront, along with toffee, dark fruits such as plum, and a hint of earthiness. The finish reveals some muted hop bitterness and perhaps some coffee, but again, it is muted. Generally sweet, yet clean smelling, this one is a pleasure on the nostrils!!

T- This one is primarily chocolate, milk and dark....what a treat! It is clean, and does have flavors of caramel/toffee, molasses, and has a buttery quality about it that reminds me of a chocolate cake! The finish has an earthy dryness about it, and isn't bitter really at all.

M- This one leans towards a medium body, and is buttery smooth on the palate! The carbonation is slightly crisp initially but really becomes soft and creamy. The flavors are not heavy and lingering on the palate, and the dryness of the finish really quenches my thirst!

O- This is an impressive beer that I find to have a very high drinkability factor! I would very much enjoy this on a regular basis if it were found in my area, but it is not to be currently....it is clean, flavorful, smooth and everything else that a great beer should contain. Well done and I will definitely look for this one again!

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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale from Fort Collins, CO.

This beer had a great chocolate taste. Tasted more like a porter/stout - a little heavier than an ale would expect to be, but the flavor was great.

I drank it out of a bottle from Food City in Knoxville, TN on 12/17/2012 from a create your own 6-pack.


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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a solid eggshell colored head. Some lacing left on the glass through consumption. Smells malty - chocolate, sweet. Taste is great - again more chocolate and a Belgian candy sugar finish. Refreshing, yet full of body and depth. Sweet, yet dry on the finish. Too bad I have just one.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A note on this beer; I just attended beer school at New Belgium brewery and learned that 1554 is actually a LAGER - it is called an ale for legal reasons [texas requires all lagers to be under a certain ABV].

Anyway, most noticed its lager traits in their mouthfeel reviews. It is a very light beer and incredibly sessionable.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 66.8% out of 100 with 4,070 ratings
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