moseefus (79) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good dark that I have enjoied on many occasions. It was the first from New Belgium that I liked, and what kept me trying others (wasn’t a fan of fat tire). The head is a thick off white much like that of celebrator and the roasted malt/coffee aroma is wonderful. The coffee really comes through on the palate for me, some times a bit too strong but great with a good pipe.
bgoguen (53) - Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
You can’t go wrong with 1554. My personal favorite from New Belgium Brewery. This is a rich, dark ale that jumps out with flavor but is surprisingly subtle after you’ve had more than one. Roasted malt and a hint of molasses and coffee, a slight caramel sweetness, faint chocolate and maybe even toffee notes. This is a complex, wonderful beer from a great American micro. I live in Fort Collins so I go there all the time for free samples and they have several exceptional brews and this is one of their best. If you like full-bodied but smooth ales with lots of character this is a must try. Actually, this is a must try no matter what beer you like – it will dilate your perspective, guaranteed.
eaglefan538 (2918) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Blah. Poured brown with red edges. Small head that dissipated quickly, but provided ok short-lived lacing on the edges. The aroma was funky, oaky, with some chocolate. The flavor was similar but with a sweetness that was again oaky. I don’t know, something about this bottle makes me feel like it has been around for that many years. Definitely comes across as a belgian schwarzbier, a combo that I’m not sure is a good thing.
luvcasks (178) - USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Coffee, Chocolate and some spicy/floral hop notes in the background. Some yeasty notes as the beer warms up.
Appearance: Deep deeeeeep brown with amber highlights pours with a medium tan head which settles down to a thin film while leaving nice lace on the glass
Flavor: Coffee (Espresso), malty slightly spicy and touch of chocolate
Palate: Medium light body, semi dry with a residual and slightly roasty.... very nicely balanced
Overall: Contradiction... looks black, pours deep brown but lighter than it looks... (A Belgian Schwarzbier :0)) Definite MUST Try yum!
rojinn (3) - USA - JUN 4, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Complicated beer with a flavor that is overpowered slightly by a coffee aroma and taste. Not as heavy as it would seem by looking at it. A must try for anyone who can find it.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours a garnet-tinged clear dark brown with a spare, lacy tan head. Aroma had the coffee, chocolate and toasty malt I was expecting, with a slight contribution from the hops. Lightly creamy, medium body with light/medium carbonation. Taste is sweet with a big shot of roasty malt, nuts, some coffee, molasses and a bit more that I can’t put my finger on. A little bit of spice in the finish, but I’m picking up very little of the "zesty acidity." This is one of those beers that I could put away in rather large quantities,
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Black. Heavy but smooth with a good hearty aftertaste. Full flavored and wonderfull. Tastes amazingly the same from the bottle or tap.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
While dining at The Fish Market in San Jose with my best buddy, I found this one on the menu and rather suprised it was on tap, I ordered it. The aroma was hardly detectable at first, but after about 30 minutes of warming up it finally release some roasted malt notes but that was really about it. Appearance was a very nice dark color with highlights of brown around the outer parts. It looked close to a Kostritzer, but not quite. Mouthfeel was lively with a good amount of carbonation, but not harsh. Flavor was fairly simple, not complex at all. Roasted malt sweetness, slightly (and I do mean slightly) hoppy and some toffee in there. Overall, I’d say not a poor choice I made (especially given what my choices were) but I’d say that I wouldn’t go out of my way to get this. If it’s all you’ve got to choose from then pull the trigger.
jake65 (2848) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with an ample tan head. Taste is a blend of coffee, maltiness, chocolate, and caramels. Sweet in a sense, ends with a dry and roasty finish. Smooth drinking brew and very balanced taste overall.
warriorx99 (85) - USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This ale pours a near-black red-brown color with a large foamy tan head. The aroma is strong toffee and sweet caramel. The aroma is the same caramel flavor with a slight coffee/toffee flavor. This is a good heavy, but well balanced beer.