1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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87
very good
4,064 Ratings
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,064
Reviews:
1,380
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
752
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 4,064 |  Reviews: 1,380
Photo of JKForbes
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of keenanite21
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rantingfury
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bottle into a conical shaped glass and was greeted with a two finger of tan color head that faded to some very nice lacing. The color was a nice black that showed ruby red when held up to the light. The nose was dominated by light and sweet malt.... With coffee and caramel notes. The taste was sweet with the malt that faded to an almost powdered cocoa note. The mouth feel was medium and clung to the palate, but lacked major carbonation on the tongue. Overall impression is a nice drinkable ale. It may well do for a nice dessert beer or after dinner drink.

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Photo of ardy007
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger tan head with excellent lacing on a black body with quite a bit of light passing through.

S: roasted malt with mocha and coffee notes.

T: nice mild roasted malt, coffee notes but without the coffee bitterness. Not too sweet but a subtle dark fruit note, mostly strawberry and cherry, in the finish.

M: medium to full body and moderate carbonation with a wet finish.

Overall: Very drinkable and lighter than I was expecting. The complexity in the taste is subtle but its there.

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Photo of JHB-510
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Timmuh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of beerFool28607
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of perilsofrosella
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of conradh
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jrpeka
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of NumberNone
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of danharrington99
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of calicaliente
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany/red color with low co2, and a light brown rocky head. Lacing is sticky and head retention is low. Aroma is acerbic and malty with a metallic background. Tastes lightly sweet at the start, with dark fruits, caramel with a metallic dry finish. Palate is medium bodied, creamy and lightly effervescent.

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Photo of bhawk1
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of devonnaire
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of zuckuss
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Parker
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of EmilySanders
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of schm1471
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DocJitsu
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown that glints red in the light. A foamy cream/tan head that attenuates to lacing around the glass. A dark roasted malt aroma with notes of Belgian yeast. The first pull into the mouth promises mild creaminess. Pleasant smooth creaminess over the entire tongue with a mild bite of coffee acidity on the back of the tongue. Fireplace or BBQ smoke throughout. Nothing special, but quite drinkable.

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1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 4,064 ratings.
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