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:
#11,164
Reviews:
1,384
Ratings:
4,075
pDev:
12.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
758
Trade:
1
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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Photo of aval89
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into New Belgium globe. Almost black with a 3 finger khaki head.

S: roasty malts with fruity esters.

T: roasted malt right upfront. Middle of the mouth you get more fruity esters with a bit of earthiness. Finish is bitter dark chocolate. Smooth finish.

Mf: medium body with carbonation a little high. Semi dry finish.

O: very easy drinker with good flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a NB Globe.

A - Pours inky black with a dense ivory head that settles to a thin haze spotted with bubbles.
S - Pleasantly malty aromas of chocolate, caramel, and a touch of roasted nuts.
T - Similar to the nose, taste is dominated by dark malt, chocolate, and caramel. Moderately sweet, but still quite drinkable.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium body and solid carbonation.
O - A nice, non-threatening beer that makes for a nice gateway into dark or Belgian beer.

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me of Newcastle's trademark saying: The lighter side of dark. For me, this beer's more worthy of the title.

The color's pitch black, unless you hold it up to a light or look at the rims, which reveal a rich, raspberry red color. A good heaping of mocha head stays for awhile.

The beer can hit hard at first, with a good amount of what tastes like spicy rye (maybe), mixed with hints of chocolate. But whatever hits quickly mellows, with a velvety smooth mouthfeel to help it down. Hints of what tastes like milk chocolate throughout.

1554 is delicious. I personally think it would benefit from a little thicker complexion, but that probably would make it less drinkable. It's a good stepping stool for people who want to get into darker beers.

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