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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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3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark, up to the light I see some deep ambers shining through. Beautiful, thick, foamy head. I used to think that 1554 was porter, but it's definitely not that dark.

Getting some nice roasty malts in the nose.

Lots of roast in the taste. There's an interesting sweetness that I wasn't expecting. Getting some serious bitterness in there, as well.

Good mouthfeel. Thick and chewy.

I remember thinking that I didn't really care for this beer for some reason. That was many years ago, though. Don't think I've had it since. This is a lot better than I remembered it being. I wonder what makes this a Belgian Dark, because I don't detect any Belgium yeast. Might just be overpowered by the roasted malts, which may be too prevalent, now that I think about it.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a weiznen glass clear, dark mahogany with a light brown head and decent lacing. Lightly roasted malt aroma; chocolate and roasty; a bit musty. Light medium body and oily texture . Taste lightly bitter with a very long dry and lightly burned finish.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium 1554

Bottle into tumbler. Creamy offwhite head with soapy looking bubbles on top-- this glass may not have been rinsed well. Brown-amber body.

Chocolatey malt and some faint sweetness and tartness. Hard to smell (windy outside at this restaurant) but smells quite nice for a tumbler.

Well balanced: there's the chocolatey malt, enough (barely there) hop presence to balance that out, and some tartness which could be soap. Regardless it's not bad and I won't fault it for that. Quite nice tasting and will probably go great with elk.

Mouthfeel succeeds at being creamy without undercutting taste. Nice.

Overall refreshing but bold enough to keep interesting.  I'd drink this with a glass of water (on the other hand I just finished a long hike) but on the whole, quite nice. 

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