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1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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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: 4,079 |  Reviews: 1,385
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Dmart1223
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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Photo of FXRGuy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of lwillitz
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - finger-and-a-half of light tan foam atop a beautiful ruby black body that would be transparent if not so dark; medium column of carbonation bubbles rises from the center

S - chocolate, rich roast malt

T - chocolate and roast malts are dominant; some caramel sweetness

M - thick medium body, high carbonation, some astringency, somewhat creamy

O - 1554 is a great option for anyone who enjoys his beer rich and malty.

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Photo of Kenai4
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of troyvar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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1/5  rDev -73.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of CaptainPiret
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An almost-black pour with just a little hints of red present when held to some light. Very, very thin head that quickly disappeared.

S: Mostly get some roasted malt, but not much else.

T: Malty with a bit of chocolate in there too.

M: Slightly creamy, but not a whole lot of carbonation.

O: A decent beer worth buying from time to time because of the price point, but also nothing special.

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Photo of AZbelgian
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark coffee black. Big thick frothy tan head with good retention.

S - Nice aroma of coffee and chocolate.

T - Much like the aroma, tastes of chocolate and coffee. Carbonation, although not seemingly heavy combines with the flavors to give it an interesting fizzy mouthfeel. Hint of maltiness in a smooth finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Not overly heavy for being a very dark beer.

O - Tastes are well balanced and not overpowering. Everything blends nicely for fantastic drinkability. Out of all that I've tried from New Belgium, this comes the closest to being a true Belgian.

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Photo of Merkur
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours an almost pitch-black color with a slight amount of white creamy head.

Beer smells slightly of chocolate malts, but not much exists in the nose.

Beer tastes very roasty and malty. Mostly a slight chcolate taste, followed by some mellow caramel.

Mouthfeel is slightly too carbonated, but makes for easy drinking with its thinness.

Overall as solid easy drinker.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Pour poured on tap at the Red Lion in Vail to a pint glass.

A - The beer is super dark and opaque similar to a stout or porter. Had a nice 1.5 finer creamy white head - not a color I was expecting.

S - Not an overpowering aroma but hints of heavy malt character with a bit of chocolate malt.

T/M - Complex flavor with a lot of roasted malt character including chocolate malts and caramel flavors. The beer is crisp and smooth and is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

D - Very very drinkable.

Overall, this is a very good beer. Very easy to drink and not really what I expected based on the presentation. Will buy again and recommended. My 2nd favorite New Belgium brew.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-31-2011 03:22:43

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1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 4,079 ratings
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