1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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4,058 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,058
Reviews:
1,378
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
748
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 4,058 |  Reviews: 1,378
Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tigerbrau
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breardon1776
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentblackwell
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown to almost black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma has a great malt smell. The flavor is malt, with some coffee, chocolate and bread. This is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of 88caprice
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall: Wonderful. A little heavier than some lagers, but still light. Not as charred as most schwartz biers. More complex than most english brown ales. Yum.

A rich dark brown with some red highlights. Thin, creamy head til the end.
Smells sweet and malty with a hint of dried cherries or maybe almonds. A cola-like spiciness.
Such a taste mash-up of sweet dark-roasted malts, dried fruits, and a light chocolate/coffee presence.
A heavier lager body, but still lager like. A little heavier than a German Schwartz, but not enough to be mistaken as a member of the ale family.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Best by 11/9/14"; drank 9/17/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/purple hue.

Tan head; thick lace.

Plum, mocha & fresh earth nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Mild chocolate & plum flavors. A dry but not overly bitter finish. As this warms, fresh earth notes emerge.

Not super flavorful but enjoyable as a session brew.

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Photo of PopGun
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Selinsgrove2015
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lwcreasy
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Half an inch of a light tan head capping a deep red-brown body. Head is simmering down to a nice film with some gargling, rocky bubbles. Garnet highlights are attractive.

Subtle, but complex malt on the nose. Chocolate, nuts, cola. Not too intense, but very amiable. Light dark fruit is nice when you find it; light floral hop notes add a delicate balance. Chocolate rising with the temp. Tootsie roll and more dark fruit. Very good smelling brew that rewards the active nose.

First to the palate is the impression of cola and nutty malt. This glides into a nice and dry, chocolate finish. This finish is very chocolatey, and very nice. Aftertaste is slightly tart, with perhaps some dried fruit qualities (raisin is what I get the most). A nice and low hop bitterness swells a bit in the finish. The slight roastiness and bitterness that this beer takes on leaves a little to be desired, but that baker's choc. finish never disappoints.

Medium body and drinkable. Relatively dry finish is nice on the tongue, and lets the aforementioned cocoa impression (let me hammer this home) really shine. The highlight, for sure.

One of my favorite beers from New Belgium. If the aftertaste from this beer was a little more spectacular, I'd be in the streets raving.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a dark colored look without going thick or stout like in appearance. Aroma didn't give off roast or much else.

Taste was black and tan like, but again without the stout body. Nutty, roasty, chocolate and coffee feels from the malt. Mouthfeel though is a light body still. Some aspects of similar styles in here. Its not bad stuff.

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Photo of zimbida
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rick_Lewis
4.81/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rarigney
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MeganandDana
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A clear very dark brown beer that lets a little light through. A foamy, light tan head that leaves a sheet of lacing. Aroma is sweet malt with a hint of chocolate and bitter hops. The taste is malty sweet with cocoa powder and a mild bitter finish. This is a very Porter like beer and quite tasty.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoLight
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown in color with a khaki and frothy head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: on the mild side; roasted malt; sweetness; cream; a little char; yeast.

Flavor: light; roasted malt; a little earthy/metallic hop bitterness at the end; some light tang; a super light, overlookable dark chocolate note at the end, as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: light side of medium, carbonated.

Finish: dry, crisp.

I think it's a solid beer, but it's way overpriced.

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Photo of Khorn61
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best way to put it in simple mans terms is, the start of a Guinness and ends like yuengling!

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Photo of pat_mcd19
4.76/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fear4Beer
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let me first get this out of the way and say that this 1554 Black lager is the same as this beer:
https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/192/1914/

Here's an interesting article talking about why they changed the name: (mainly because in Texas you need to classify a beer as either an ale or malt liqueur if your beer is above 5% ABV. The beer law was changed a few years ago in Texas negating that strange designation). They named it "1554 Enlightened Black Ale" so that they could sell it legally in Texas.
http://www.newbelgium.com/community/Blog/new-belgium-brewing/2014/02/10/Did-you-notice-the-change-to-1554

The beer is malty, with tastes of chocolate, toffee, and rustic italian bread. The mouthfeel is a bit watery. That's what disappoints me a little is that the beer just needs a LITTLE bit more thickness to it and it would be phenomenal. Its a pleasant beer though and I'd certainly drink this over any crap Macro brewery beer. I think a lot of people who are used to junk BMC beers could transition to this easily. Its just an easy/drinkable beer.

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Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 4,058 ratings.
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