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

12oz Bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste dark fruits mixed with malts and a bit of chocolate. There is also a bit of a smokey taste. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste with a hint of lingering smoke bitterness.

Overall - Just a little too watery for me. The taste is decent but this isn't something that stood as a beer I need to revisit.

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Photo of citrusydark
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of DAVEnHOPS
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Danobold
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Beerislivingproof
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of JimGlonke
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of rogerthegill
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of yaksurf
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of GoneSquatchin
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Ozzy2004Ironman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of hoosiersapper27
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark, but ability to see through, 1/2 finger head with poor retention. Lacing?

S- Had a hard time with this. Lots of maltiness, but my nose was stuffy.

T- BIG malt with subtle roasted chocolate, burnt meat fat.

M- Watery for what I thought it would be.

O- I really did have a rough time with this. My stuffy nose gave me some strange, yet interesting tastes with it. The roasted, grilled, burnt meat fat taste was definitely there for me. Almost like charcoal but not. Couldn't really taste the chocolate but knew it was there so maybe my brain was making up for it.
Overall I would like to try this again.

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Photo of salinasa
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Serving - Bottle

A - Dark chocolate color, got a decent head from an aggressive pour into a pint glass

S - Chocolate and some earthy hops

T - Slight hop taste but overall it is mostly chocolate and kinda taste like bisquits or bread.

M - a bit thin, moderate carbonation

O - Not sure why but this brew taste like Fat Tire mixed with chocolate undertones, to me that's good but I'm not sure if that's what they were going for. overall its very solid, good beer from New Belgium

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very aggressive pour into a New Belgium chalice.
Bottle best by July 22, 2012.

A- Pours a deep brown almost black color with frothy tan head that is leaving some lacing on the glass. It has some ruby highlights when held up to light.

S- Very malty and yeasty on the nose. Some dark roasted coffee, and some dark chocolate. Smells sweet and bready.

T- Well balanced. Nice dark roasty flavor. Slightly bready. Some earthy hops, and rich nuttiness.

M- Maybe a little too thin. Flavor does not linger. Medium low carbonation.

O- An easy drinker, very enjoyable.

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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 nimrod979
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip. Best by Apr-08-12. Whoops, I'm a few days late.

Appearance - Poured a deep and somewhat murky brown. Some amber/orange highlights when held in the light. Small and short lasting off white creamy head. A thin ring settles around the edges.

Aroma - I like the nose on this one. Chocholate malts, roasted coffee, yeast, some spice and hint of earthy floral hops.

Taste - Semi-sweet dark chocolate malts, Belgian spice and yeast, before a slightly more bitter coffee finish and a touch of floral hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Dry. A little too high on the carbonation than I would have expected. Bitter earthy coffee finish. But it has a depth of flavor and aromas that make it an alright beer to try. Although I doubt I'd ever really seek it out again.

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