1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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3.82/5
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4,135 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,561
Reviews:
1,396
Ratings:
4,135
pDev:
12.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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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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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1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 4,135 ratings