weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appears a dense black with dark touches of charred oak around the edges when held to the light. A lush, foamy, beige head slowly fades out into a clumpy cap. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, molasses, and roasted nuts.
Taste is of the same aromas. Melted caramel, cocoa, molasses, and roasted nuts.
Mouthfeel is smooth, caramel-sweet, mildly bitter with semi-sweet bakerís chocolate, and a touch of sourness running along the sides of the tongue.
This one surprised me. Well done!
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours medium brown, with some nice thick head, almost overflowing the glass. I donít know how to describe this beer, pretty good tho, maybe some chocolate in there, maybe iím buzzin i dunno... but Iíll drink it again.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is one of my favorite brews from this brewery, and a very good dark ale. Very malty and semi sweet makes a perfect combination, it is like a fine chocolate. Taste is slightly bitter. Definitely one of my favorite mid-level beers. The one drawback is that sometimes you get a non-natural taste on the finish, which is common in other new belgium beers. If they paid a little bit more attention and money to their process, Iím sure this would be a top notch brew.
PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean, lagerish taste. Good clean chocolate taste. Black, almost porterish. Just enough bitterness to pull it off. Semi sweet malty taste is perfect and finishes cleano. Good lace, and brown head lasts a while. Oh yeah, did i say that i thought this beer tastes CLEAN? Good crossover beer for the Budweiser impaired.
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with an almost non existant white head. Aroma is a bit bready, some coffee, but of dark fruits notes. Flavor is sweet, with dark fruit notes, bit thin on the mouthfeel, with coffee notes in the finish. finish is pretty short, not bitter at all.
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Nice dark dark pour with a decent head. Aromas were a lot of caramel and spice. Some molassas and sugar too. The flavor was not quite as sweet, but still plenty of maltiness and overall a very enjoyable brew.
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours coffee colored, generous tan head. Malty aroma with little or no hop bouquet. Roasty flavor, good body, soda-like carbonation, no hop flavor, almost no aftertaste. Reminiscent of cola.
dkoonce (911) - Peopleís Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark without much of a head. Malty aroma and sweet as expected. But, the finish is clean and dry. Very drinkable for a dark beer.
targhee (30) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
New Belgium is onto something with the 1554. A dark beer that you can drink even when it is 100 F. Wonderful mouth feel, a hint of chocolate sweetness, fantastic!
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black, very deep red color with a foamy thick tan head that dissapates quickly with great lacing. Has a nice sweet toasted aroma and a very smooth finish. Nice roasted flavor with some hints of nut and chocolate.