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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: 4,090 |  Reviews: 1,385
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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Photo of bwyu
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of kew
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of KayteeKobold
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of RKel888
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of koo10t
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of TrojanWheels
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of gkunkle
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of schnay90
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of HoppedUp13
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle into a pint glass it looks very dark with a pretty good head.
Odor is of malt, coffee and perhaps some toffee/caramel.
Taste is overall good. It is a little carbonated and that seems to take a little away. Malt and coffee notes are present just as with the aroma. Minor undertones of caramel also come through.
Mouth feel is a little less than what you expect from a beer this dark. More carbonated than smooth.
Overall it is still a very good beer. It just has some faults.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appears a very dark brown in the glass, short-lived stumpy head with minimal lacing, smells and tastes mostly of roasted malts (porter-style) with a backing support of chocolate, I can't really find any black coffee aroma or flavor in this particular brew. But the flavor does stay somewhat surprisingly dry for something categorized as a "Belgian Dark" and it does have a medium strength serving of standard-issue pine resin hop bittering in the finish at least. Texture is medium and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of nmeiborg
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MuscleConfusion
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Solid brown molasses. Pretty good foam and ok lacing. Color is the best thing overall.

Smell: Nice caramel sweetness and light fruitiness. Some good yeastiness as well. Wish it were a bit bolder.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Great sweetness. Mostly brown sugar. Slightly roasted nuttiness as well. Mouthfeel is generall good, but a bit flat. Still above average due to decent carbonation.

Overall Drinkability: A pretty good American take on a Belgian ale.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SAbeerME
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of bum732
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S: Dark malt, fairly clean, slight roastiness, some woodiness, herbal hops.

L: Clear light brown, off-white head that dissipates.

T: Clean, slightly roasty malt. Some herbal hops int he backbone. Medium low bitterness leads to a touch of ash. Fairly dry finish, clean.

M: Medium light body, medium carbonation.

Very average, drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of GreyPilgrim
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 4,090 ratings
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