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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date July 27, 2014 printed on the label. A new beer to me from New Belgium, acquired as part of the spring folly pack. I have had the New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale in the past, but it's been forever.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a caramel brown; dark mahogany / ruby in the glass. Just over a finger of light khaki tan head. Some thin strands of scattered lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is comprised of light barley roast, chocolate / cocoa sort of maltiness, roasty nuttiness, brown bread, and some slightly chalky / mineral qualities on the finish. Chocolate malt seems most dominant.

T - Taste follows the nose - the semi-sweet cocoa / chocolate malt takes center stage, lightly roasty / nutty, with some underlying herbal earthy character in the background. Lightly bitter & roasty finish. Very light char presence. Like a light-bodied porter.

M - Feel is crisp and clean, with sticky bready chocolate malt, and some subtle sticky yeast / hop derived fruitiness lingering on the palate. Light-bodied with good carbonation. Like a lighter bodied porter, again.

Overall, a nice 'black lager' from New Belgium. I think it is safe to say that I am becoming a fan of this style. Crisp, light, and easy drinking with a modest 5.60% abv. I would surely have this again. I look forward to trying the others to note the differences.

New Belgium 1554 Black Lager ---3.5/5

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Pours dark copper. Is opaque in glass with garnet hue. Good foamy white/tan head that settles fairly quickly and laces on glass.

Aroma is light and crisp. Hints of roast. No hops. Faint ash.

Taste - crisp with stone fruit. Light malt on tip of tongue.

Mouthfeel: Moderately dry and clean.

Overall: A refreshing and drinkable beer. It's crisp and clean, but all in all ... does not do much to stand out from the pack.

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