New Belgium 1554 Black Lager

I wrote: "Nice dark smell. Like a stout. Tastes like a stout and/or black lager. Like that Guinness Black Lager I had last week, except better."


From the bottle. Has a chocolate smell. Oh wow, it has a nice creamy, chocolate taste. That's a good tasting beer. I would say its a very good beer.

The New Belgium 1554 Black Lager has an easy, malty taste. I also think it has a good mouthfeel.

Without the label, I would have thought it was a stout instead of a black lager. 5:42PM PT


New Belgium 1554 Black Lager
formerly New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale*
*See the link to the New Belgium article "Did you notice the name change to 1554?"

Relevant Links:
New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale (New Belgium Website)
New Belgium 1554 Black Lager (
New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale (
New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale (
Did you notice the change to 1554? (New Belgium Website)

Website Information:
Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Enlightened Black Ale 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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.

VISUAL - Brilliant/clear, mahogany
AROMA - Slightly fruity, herbal, spicy, rooty, coffee, chocolate, toffee
FLAVOR - Starts bitter chocolate with bright acidity, roasty and toasty, sweetness to round it out sweet/spicy, rooty, peppery undertones, lingering fruit acidity,
MOUTHFEEL - Due to the lager yeast ferm at high temps and the chocolate and black malt- this beer starts and finishes dry yet the middle is round and malt rich. session!
BODY - Light - Medium

ABV - 5.6%
IBU - 21
Yeast - Lager Yeast
Calories - 198
Hops - Target
Malts - Pale, Carapils, Black, Munich, Chocolate
OG - 15.3
TG - 4.5

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