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: 4,062 |  Reviews: 1,379
Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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

Pours a thick and heavy Cola-colored body. Off-white, 3 finger head(even with a tilted glass) and good retention. Packed plenty of lacing for the whole summer.

S- Dark fruits, caramel, biscuit, toffee, roasted malts and a microscopic hint of hops.

T- Follows close to the smell. A coat of dark fruits and roasted malts up front, then the biscuity/bready finish blends it well all while hiding the alcohol. Rich, warm and inviting tones of toffee and dark chocolate add to the style.

M- Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel reminds me of a shake. Packs a small amount of carbonation, too.

This one caught me off guard. Drinks like a thick, creamy milkshake and tastes like the dark fruits and biscuit which you expect from a Fat Tire. I found a new friend.

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Photo of MelJ
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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

A: as promised, black with a nice cream colored head. I expected thy to be darker
S: roasted grains. I tried to pick out more, but all I it was boiling wort
T: roasty, not bitter, with chocolate notes. After it warmed up, I got a little toffee at the finish.
M: I will agree that it was thin, however I didn't expect anything too heavy, like a porter or stout. I was considering it as thin as a cascadian dark ale
O: not too bad, not spectacular. It didn't have the depth I was hoping for. It's at least worth a try, and the historical aspect is cool

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of cavedave
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff! Live review.

Pours a thick and opaque darkest brown nearly black with a finger of dark beige lather that only gradually settles into a lasting, thick cap.

Some fruit in the nose for sure, ripe plums, raisins, also fig, candi, lightly tart yeast, and hints of spice and root herb bitter.

Not a bright taste for sure, also less sweet and fruity than expected. It starts with spicy plum, a bit of tart, some jam like sweet, and root herbal bitter comes along to end the sip like root beer. As it opens I realize it is not so thick as it looked.

Quite light in the mouth, not as viscous as I would have hoped, even, yet refreshing.

Not impressed, not recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Breen
2.74/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pour/Appearance: Black sitting, deep chestnut brown when held to light. Minimal head disappears quickly.

Smell: Roasted malt with a hint of a spicy fruit bouquet.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat on the watery side for a dark beer. Light mouthfeel and carbonation.

Taste: Dark fruits from the hops and a smokey flavor from the malt.

Not bad, but a little too watery for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of bump8628
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Black with a creamy tan head. Smooth notes of smoke, charred sugar, and coffee are quickly washed away by a mild sweetness and lingering spicy hop note. Bitterness is mild. Not much in the way of any Belgian yeast notes, save for a subtle cherry and plum fruitiness and a hint of clove. The goal seems to be a drinkable, approachable, and easy-going dark beer, and I would say New Belgium hit that mark.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 4,062 ratings.
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