1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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very good
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,064
Reviews:
1,380
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
752
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 4,064 |  Reviews: 1,380
Photo of Living816
2.36/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found this to be horribly unpleasant. Cloying, profoundly malty without any balance. The first one was passable. The second, a week later, worse. The third, 3 days later, just a nose pincher guzzler. The fourth a drain pour. The fifth I put in a beef and ale pie, which it was splendid in. The 6th stares back at me, daring me to drink it.

This beer is good for nothing except cooking. It works quite well in a slow cooker pot roast recipe, perhaps a 1/2 cup give or take, or to include in a nice beef and ale pie with some yorkshire puddings.

But as an actual beverage to drink, it's awful. Unbalanced, sickingly sweet, no hop character, horribly toffee flavored. It may be an old recipe, but not all old things are good.

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Photo of pandatron
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Coopersbeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of SDellinger
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mttdls
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MilkManX
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DavidGross
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tmm313
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brownish mahogany with some amber and ruby red. Moderate bubbles and about three fingers of off white head that recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Smell is sweet, dark and roasty. Sweet dark roasted malts with good hints of chocolate, toffee, coffee, caramel, biscuit, and toasted bread. Some brown sugar. Some nice hints of dark fruit in the background with some raisin, fig, prune, and dark cherry. Subtle hints of Belgian yeast and candied sugar. Light earthy hops in the background. Smells like a rich Porter with a Belgian twist.

Taste: Like the smell suggests, a rich and sweet roasted taste with some nice Belgian undertones. Dark roasted malts with notes of chocolate, dark bread and biscuit, caramel, toffee, coffee, and toast. Belgian yeast along with some brown sugar and candied sugars. Undertones of dark fruits with notes of raisins, dark cherry, fig, and prune. Light hints of pepper and spice. Also some earthy hops in the background. A pretty rich and complex brew. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good and interesting ale. Not really a "black ale" like we think of them now. Hops take a backseat to a sweet dark malt presence. Subtle Belgian elements.

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Photo of ChopsMeister
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of clemtiger8202
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/walnut, nearly opaque. Small, tan head that had good lacing and lingered. Aroma was of roasted malt, coffee, and maybe a hint of charcoal. Taste was of coffee, roasted malt, and a sweetness of dark fruit, maybe like raisin. Beer was initially served cold but aroma and flavor improved dramatically as it warmed. The beer had a lot of body and lingered well after swallowing. Paired quite nicely with my steak and was good with desert as well.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 4,064 ratings.
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