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

Pours a deep amber to black color with a small off white head. In the aroma, caramel and chocolate. In the taste, dark chocolate, caramel, and a small grapefruity hop presence. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hop and hint of chocolate in the aftertaste. Like a thin porter or a lighter version of a black IPA.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Deep dark brown color with a pleasant glow. Fleeting 1/4 inch head which quickly disappeared leaving almost no lace.

S- Subdued bready yeast and banana aromas accented by mild bubble gum and sweet caramel notes. Slight clove spice.

T- Toasted malt hiding a surprisingly bright fruit carbonation. A bit empty on the pallet but finishes with plenty of complex subtleties of toast, banana, clove spice and perhaps chocolate.

M- Very light. Overwhelming carbonation cuts through initial malt goodness, temporarily undermining a tasty complex malt profile. Finishes very pleasantly.

D- Due to its light bodied structure this ale is very drinkable and in no way undesirable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a deep dark brown, with a nice looking white fluffy head.

Smells of chocolate, mints, dark sweet roasted malts... actually nice aromas on this one.

Beer tastes of semi sweet chocolate, roasted dark malts, and with a nutty biscuit like quality on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Well rounded, with a nice long finish.

This is a nice drinkable dark ale. Not really that heavy, but still with some nice tastes and aromas. This could be a good session brew.

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

My first Belgian Dark Ale. Tastes like a combination of a slightly sweet Brown Ale and a very mild Porter.

Bought a 12 oz bottle at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills NC, had it previously in a 22 oz bottle purchased in Vegas during the summer but lost the paper review. Poured a clear dark brown with a large amount of reddish highlights when held to the light. Very thick lacing and a good sized light tan head that holds its own.

Good strong malty aroma (like a porter). Taste is very smooth. Mostly bready malts but some roasted malt flavor too, a little cocoa/chocolate, some sweetness and some bitterness in the finish. Very tasty, slightly understated but nice. Mouthfeel is fairly rich, very smooth with a little finishing hoppiness on the tongue.

Drinkability is good. I drank the whole Vegas bottle on vacation at a VA state park cabin. Watching the rain from a dry spot in the woods with a big glass of this beer....very nice!!! This is a staple type of beer to enjoy without getting wasted.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 4,139 ratings