1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

1554 Black Lager1554 Black Lager
BA SCORE
3.83/5
4,075 Ratings
1554 Black Lager1554 Black Lager
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,160
Reviews:
1,384
Ratings:
4,075
pDev:
12.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
758
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 4,075 |  Reviews: 1,384
Photo of rfbenavi80
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +4.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of nimrod979
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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 -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Snellgg5
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Frankieteardrop
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +4.4%
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 -15.1%

Photo of bh123
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of LocalPoke
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mindlucent2007
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1554 pours a very dark brown-ruby color with minimal lacing. Wispy bubbles in the center of my pour suggest moderate carbonation. There is a subtle, sweet, chocolate scent to this ale. Taste-wise, chocolate and dark malts are present as well as a breadiness with coffee coming through at the end. Hops are playing their part more passively. I respect the velvet smooth mouthfeel and this is not heavy for a dark ale; only 5.6 %. An enjoyable dark ale, smooth and even somewhat sessionable due to the lower weight for the style. A dank New Belgium treat for me here in PA. Looking forward to east coast distribution.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 4,075 ratings
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