elamericano (34) - 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.
boydmarq (56) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really, really nice beer. Balanced, not too hoppy but a really nice bold flavor.
beerplace (710) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at St. Augustine’s during New Belgium 25th anniversary celebration. Pours a dark reddish copper with a white head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate. Taste roasted malt, dark fruits notes. Roasted malt, bready notes aftertaste. Very pleasant. Full-bodied, but easy drinkable.
CarpeDiem601 (2) - , California, USA - AUG 22, 2016 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my favorite beers of all time. I think that beers are largely unbalanced. This on the other hand is a perfectly balanced beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
beer_rookie (383) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark ruby red color, but not opaque. Nice two finger beige head. Okay retention, great lacing.
Aroma is roasted malt. Light coffee, medium chocolate. Maybe a touch of licorice.
Taste is malty, chocolatey, creamy. No noticeable hops, barely bitter. Maybe a touch of caramel.
Mouthfeel is medium light. Clean, not bitter. Super easy to drink. A little creamy. Sessioinable and easy to drink. Smooth and mellow.
Overall, this is delicious. A delight to drink. A good special occasion, or anytime beer. I would recommend this, and I will buy this again.
Claves77 (232) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark color, little carb levels. Smooth malty taste, lasting palate. Good...
tfontana (665) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour. Appearance is dark brown/mahogany with 1/2 finger-width light brown head with poor retention to ring. Aroma is toffee, light fruit. Taste is roasted malt with toffee, mild dark fruits, European hops. Palate is medium bodied with thin, creamy texture, average carbonation with fruity, toffee more sweet than bitter finish. Overall, a dark beer with a pretty light palate that still packs a decent amount of flavor.
Cajun (346) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JUL 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle - Pours rich dark brown with some red, white sudsy head. Coffee, chocolate, dark sweet fruit, roasted malt. Mild drinkable flavors of the same.
Jabah (378) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent flavor and feel for the style. Appears heavier on the malt than actually is. Flavors of mild chocolate, light hops, with a yeasty finish. Balance is ok, but borderline macrobrew feel. Something along the lines of a black and tan.
axl (539) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pitch black with tan head. Aroma of aroma is roasted malts, light coffee, and light liqorice. Taste is similar with light roasted malts, chocolate, light roasted coffee and light liqorice as well as a soft bitterness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation and slight roasted bitter aftertaste.
Ferris (12431) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft - Cocoa and some toast. Jet brown with a nice beige head. Light cocoa and dark toffee malts. Cocoa is the dominating smell and taste which is odd for the style.