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: 4,107 |  Reviews: 1,391
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of SiriusBock
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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 -1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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 +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
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 -14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- its a black ale so it pours dark. Thin head hung on for about half the way down the pint glass

S- hints of chocolate.

T- pleasant fruitiness like fig or raisin underneath a roasted malt flavor

M- I think this is where this beer really excels in its style class. Many black beers are too watery or too earthy. This has a nice full mouthfeel but without the lingering muddy after affect. They really found a nice balance. If you written off black ales as a style give this one a try.

O- not a style that is ever going to blow you away with complexity but this beer is satisfying without being too heavy and I could enjoy it year round

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 4,107 ratings
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