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: 4,062 |  Reviews: 1,379
Photo of inrodwetrust
1/5  rDev -74%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of CaptainPiret
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +9.9%
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 +0.5%
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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Photo of CamM
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of c1377
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled -
Beer Glass - 07.27.2009

1554 Enlightened Black Ale
"Dark toasted maltiness with a bright lively finish" - bottle blurb

A - Dark w/ amber highlight, 85% clear, just enough head to lace the glass

S - Smells of malt, with a slight hint of chocolate

M - Neither thick, nor thin. Ever so slight chewiness.

T - Roasty malt followed by bisquit. Any flavour of spirit hides behind the carbonation and malt. The bitterness is smooth, sitting evenly and peaking near the sides of my tongue rather than burning the tip of my tongue the way many hoppy beers do. The bitterness lies well within the malt character and lingers softly like a slight aftertaste of dark unsweetened chocolate.
The flavour transitions are quiet, and the flavours themselves are neither delicate nor overbearing. This is a very well balanced beer, so well balanced in fact that it transcends and surpasses the sum of it's elements.


This beer goes down so smoothly, that I had to review this beer over a 2 day stretch--the first bottle was finished way before I finished reviewing it, and alas the second is already gone as well.

By sheer volume, I must say that this is my favorite beer. My on hand selection is rarely without it.

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Photo of datphoo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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1/5  rDev -74%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was brownish black, but closer to black. Just over an inch of head. Tannish white lacing with some sporadic bubbles in there. Healthy amount of film on the sides.

Smelled dark chocolate malts. Also coffee, caramel and toffee in there as well.

Tasted malts, but couldn’t distinguish the favorite. If a gun was to my head, I’d say dark chocolate. Definitely dark malts, but relatively bland overall. Nice smooth finish.

Medium body. Creamy finish. Average carbonation. Smooth abrupt finish.

A decent beer overall. Nothing too special, but it gets the job done. I’d give it another go some time.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 4,062 ratings.
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