overall
89
97
style
RATINGS: 1824   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Black Lager uses a lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be. In 1997, a Fort Collins flood destroyed the original recipe our researcher, Phil Benstein, found in the library. So Phil and brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, traveled to Belgium to retrieve this unique style lost to the ages. Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouthfeel.

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5


elamericano's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elamericano (34) - Moscow, USA - OCT 12, 2013
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.


3.5
Docavey (87) - Lehigh Acres, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2017
Had this from the bottle. At the bar at the Hilton Garden Inn. Good very dark beer and very malty with chocolate flavor but not heavy. F Avey---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
Bootlegger007 (233) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2017
Pours a dark and deep brown almost black, a reasonable sized off white head, aroma is malty, chocolate and dried fruits, flavour being chocolate sweetness, medium body, this is smooth and very easy drinking, might keep a couple handy.

3.4
paulcliff (44) - - JUL 24, 2017
Malty aroma, dark but clear with minimal head, medium bodied with hint of sweetness on the finish. Black lager isn't my go-to style but this is pretty nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
hauxe (837) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - JUL 13, 2017
Pours dark brown from the bottle and leaves a foamy, off white head that lingers. Aroma is toast, chocolate, caramel. Taste is lightly sweet with some mild bitterness in the finish. Body is medium with a rich, creamy, roasted character. Overall very nice.

3.4
FinnIckler (571) - GERMANY - JUL 6, 2017
Bottle. Nose is citrus, earthy, chocolate, coffee. Palate is citrus, chocolate, toffee, bread. Pretty gritty, but still a nice brew.

3.2
pkbites (950) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2017
On tap at Quaker Steak. Pours a lovely cola brown. Lighter nose of dry fruit and chocolate malted milk. Flavors of fig, chocolate and sight coffee. For a darker beer this has a pleasant light mouthfeel. Perfect for sipping or chugging.

4
Hopper8 (197) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2017
It’s a good beer. It’s a beer I’d have again. It’s got the toasty malt mouthfeel and flavor of a Porter and Stout with the light body of a lager. There is flavor here to have.

2.8
ManVsBeer (10683) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2017
Bottle from IGA, Cookeville, Tennessee. Dark brown with a thin head. The dark lager malt is perhaps more stated in its nose than taste, but the latter has a nice smoothness about it.

3.9
Bacchus66 (569) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2017
12oz bottle. Midnight black, frothy light tan head. Toasty malt, bready nose. Flavors are roasted malt, caramel sweetness, nuts, pleasant bittering hops. Delicious, balanced roasted finish. Very tasty.

3.4
bigericsports (86) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 17, 2017
Draft at Cornerstone. Pours pitch black with tan head into a pint glass. Aroma is roasted malts, light coffee, and light licorice. Flavor includes dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some coffee. Ends with a robust bitter/roasty finish. Would buy this again!


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 183
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5