ewestern (256) - Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice deep copper color. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, spices, and hops with a somewhat earthy undertone. Flavor is mostly caramel and biscut with spices, raisin, and hints of chocolate. Slight tartness at the end that hangs, mild carbonation, easy to drink.
Smurfe (7) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - NOV 8, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Toasty and chocolaty with a rich smooth flavor. It’s classed a dunkel but flavor wise leans to stout or porter. Very enjoyable beer.
Sarlacc83 (890) - Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This one holds a special place in my heart as it was a college graduation beer in 2006.
A: Mahogany with an off-white head.
N: Cocoa, coffee, char, and toast. Biscuit and a hint of vanilla.
T: Very clean sweetness. Coffee bitterness.
M: Light body, fizzy carbonation, no alcohol presence.
O: A flavorful, clean lager with an appreciable ’stout’ quality. Compares favorably with Heater Allen Schwarzbier.
Weevo (40) - Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, pours black with a hint of red. Thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt continues thru to palate along with chocolate. Have had this on several occasions, every time I'm glad I did. Putting this on my favorites list.
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BREWMUSKCLES (2278) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
when you see the name NEW BELGIUM on the bottle or tap you can rest assured you are going to drink a brew that is going to satisfy even the most discriminating palate. these people know what they are doing.
EcnarM (100) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A perennial good drink for the fall and winter months. Pours a nice smooth dark from the bottle. Consistent black lager taste but leaves the palate a little late in my opinion
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batneil (332) - - OCT 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very very tasty. Deep copper brown to black, slight fizz. At Fibbar Magees in Sunnyvale.
aumentm (72) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very special beer. 1554 is a black lager that is very smooth and has a great finish. Love the aroma as well.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"looks and tastes more like a robust brown, porter, or most closely-a black lager. full flavored, but not overpowering on the belgian yeast strain. just a hint of spice in there with all the roasted malty flavors. good beer."
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle at home. Pours with just a few bubbles, moderate lacing. Gorgeous dark color; hints of deep burgundy and caramel dominate. Aroma is somewhat faint, but lager-like. Yeasty, some roasted malt, bright red fruit. Tasty and bright flavors that jump on the finish. Light chocolate bready malt flavors dominate. There’s just a hint of raspberry or red currants in there, too, which brightens it up. A little citrusy. A bit of yeast on the finish. Nice palate that develops from smooth to crisp rapidly. Overall very nice for the style. Normally I’m not into New Belgium but I really enjoyed this one.
50belair (2455) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Blind Monk. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Dark roasted malt aromas. Dark roasted malts, dark chocolates, mild coco notes. Good body and mouthfeel.