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: 4,057 |  Reviews: 1,378
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%

Photo of Whiskeyjack
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Sicem99
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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Photo of the_muffin_man
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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Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ATXRyan
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of camreiff
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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Photo of Deivos
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of robertaddis
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Snellgg5
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Frankieteardrop
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Irrationalist
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of Jeffani
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of dlcoblen
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MrBillyMac
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Bike2work
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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

Cocoa-Cola body, topped by a billowy oatmeal-white five finger head. Very good lacing.

Aroma is mostly coffee. Bit of yeast around he edges. Hint of dark fruit.

Mixed bag from the beginning on he tongue. Coffee, but more subdued than expected from the nose. Dark fruits, with just a hint of a pleasant sourness. Herbal, earthy hoppiness.

Smooth medium mouthfeel, rolls across The tongue.

Very tasty. Like a Belgian Schwartzbier.

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

New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale. Pouring the contents of the bottle into my Westvleteren goblet, it looks dark brown. The head that caps the beer is beige in color and spotted with big bubbles. So far, it looks like it really wants to lace. 4.0

I smell musty Belgian dark ale yeast, some bitter almond, faint cherry or plum, and a light milk chocolate aroma. Simple, yet forcing my smile. 4.0

More chocolate tones burst about with a spicy yeast muscle. Some fruit showing, your usual dark fruit varieties. A little clove and a little sourdough bread highlighting the malt/yeast combat. A light spritzy hop character simply provides bitterness. Earthy/clay notes comprise more of the brew. 4.0

Medium-high carbonation is of note. There's a strike of alcohol on the breath of the beer. No complaints on the body; nothing too heavy or thick for just a simple Belgian dark, but that's not to say that there isn't some depth. And, with that depth comes smoothness. 4.0

Not my favorite style (I prefer my Belgian darks to be strong), but this is nothing short of quality. It doesn't surprise me with New Belgium. I don't care for the blatant American twist on a Belgian style in the way that many craft brewers do tripels or pales. This is legit. Maybe a relief as most Belgian darks from the home country are swimming in yeast esters. This ale is complex enough to make you stop and muster up what you can in between sips, yet drinkable enough to forget that you're writing a beer review. I support you drinking this beer. 4.0

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Photo of illestkilla
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of bh123
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 4,057 ratings.
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