1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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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
Ratings:
4,055
Reviews:
1,378
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
744
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A full finger's worth of light tan head tops a dark beer with copper shades at the edges. The head lasts for a moderately long time and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Dark, roasted malts, caramel and a bit of chocolate. Very sweet smelling, but with a hint of malt bitterness and earthy notes. Quite a complex and delicious smelling beer.

T: For me, the taste doesn't quite live up to the smell. There is a deep roasty flavor, with notes of chocolate. the end has a kiss of hops and a slight spiciness as well, which balances it nicely. But the problem is that the beer also has a wateriness that pervades throughout.

M: moderate body and carbonation, lighter than the smell would suggest.

O: A good beer, but not a great one. The flavors are all there, but they're watered down. Despite that, it's well balanced, and delivers a lot of interesting flavors in one package.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of vfgccp
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cherry cola brown. Bone white, fine bubbled head. Ok retention and great lace.

S - Light nose. Raisin and cola. Slightly musky.

T - Milk chocolate, medium roast caramel malts, and a light woody hop.

M - Smooth medium/full body with nice carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color that shows traces of carbonation beneath the tint. The one finger offwhite head doesn't retain as well as I'd like in a Belgian-style ale, but it leaves a nice ring of lacing.

S: Chocolate, slight roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, and plums. Almost porter-esque in its aroma, and an impressive one at that.

T: Initially, there's a wave of coffee and light ash (not necessarily roast) that envelops the tongue. Whem given time to sit in the mouth, it will finish in a fruity manner, with both dark and lighter fruit esters. Some finishing dry, bittersweet chocolate also appears. Two flaws here; the coffee almost takes on a vegetal tone at times, and it's not particularly exploding with flavor.

M: It's hard to describe the general feel. It's smooth in general, but has a yeasty astringency to it on the finish, and is a little too heavy for its mellow flavors. Drinkable enough.

O: While it's good, I think it's too hard to drink given its mild flavor profile. It's still worth a try and I might even get it again in the future.

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Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 8/25/12: pours clear blood red color when held up to light, with a 2 finger foamy tan head that faded slowly leaving craters and great foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells of sweet malt, syrup, yeast funk, grains, caramel, light brown sugar, biscuit, toffee and light booze like rum or red wine; nose is typical of a Belgian style ale with a fruity, funky sweetness that basically controls the aroma.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, syrup, yeast funk, caramel, light brown sugar, grains, biscuit, wet bread, toffee, dark fruit like cherry or plum, herbs, floral hops and light booze like rum or red wine; the finish is funky and like licking cardboard, but has a fruity sweetness at the same time. Tart, bitter and funky, this has a very complex flavor that seems a little different with each sip.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with a chewy medium body, light carbonation and a sweet funky finish that trails off with yeast, grains and brown sugar coating the tongue.

Overall it was OK, and a nice effort for recreating an old beer with a partial Belgian recipe, but I would not seek this out and deem this my least favorite New Belgium beer thus far. This beer was just off to me somehow, and while it was not bad, it really just didn’t excite me all that much.

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1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 4,055 ratings.
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