PapsShenanigan (15) - - OCT 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2013 Main go-to dark beers that’s easy to drink but packs ton of flavor and depth. One of the few new Belgium beers I drink and welcome regularly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
elamericano (32) - Moscow, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A superior medium-bodied brew from New Belgium. Pours a very dark blackish burgundy. On first taste this struck me as being incredibly balanced compared to most of the beers I’ve recently tried—the taste is practically perfect in its own way. Hints of dry chocolate and a preponderance of malt. At its modest price, this refined yet sessionable ale is one I would recommend for nearly any occasion. Respect the 1554.
PS I saw one reviewer compare this to Killian’s Stout. This is superior.
gam (2908) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour large beige head medium carbonation aromas caramel nuts grain the flavours chocolate caramel oily grain the finish interesting ale cereal like notes good malt tastes earthy ale goes down well
DMLINAZ (236) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Half Moon, Phoenix. Flavors of breadiness, dark fruit, raisins, chocolate, porter, roasted malts. Medium bodied. Nice.
chuckstout (167) - Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bread and chocolate in the aroma. Pours a near black color with a beige head with good lacing. Good mouthfeel, creamy, touches of roast, chocolate bread, clean finish with a touch of fruit, good stuff
dbhenry (55) - El Paso, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very dark beer, with a medium head. The aroma is malty. The malt slightly dominates the hops, and the caramelized malt is of medium body and strength. Good taste, but not exciting.
kevinator (558) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This reminded me a little of a schwarzbier. Slight woody and roasted aroma. Nice dark color with a good head. The palate was too light and watery for my taste. Good carbonation though. Mix of flavors with some roasted malts, not much in the way of hops but more wood and a little spice. Seemed very German to me.
SFtaster (53) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at 2013 Tour de Fat in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. New Belgium Brewery puts on this fundraiser every year to benefit the SF Bicycle Coalition and Bay Trails. New Belgium donates the beer and we enjoy a day of music, fun, and sun in GG Park. I agree with other’s description of 1554 ale as tasting like a porter. While this is not one of my favorite styles, New Belgium’s version of a porter is better than average.
ausomeawestin (151) - Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours near black with off-white head. aroma of toasted malt, bread, hay. tastes of yeast, bread, chocolate and coffee. palate is too carbonated.
r464 (1655) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasty and toasty malt with a hint of cocoa, Very smooth, full bodied, leading to a long and satisfying finish. Very good.