Beer: New Belgium 1554
Type: Black Lager
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Appearance: Black, little creamy tan colored head, tons of tiny bubbles rising to the top
Aroma: Dark, heavy, malts, chocolate
Body & Texture: Great carbonation, full bodied, smooth, easy to swallow
Aftertaste: no bite, malty, chocolate
“A Belgian book from 1554 would inspire this Black Lager recipe. Brewed back to life, 1554 immediately made fans with its surprisingly light taste and dry, chocolaty finish.” – New Belgium
I’ve had 1554 quite a few times in the past, but it’s been a good year or two since the last time I gave it a try. While I was looking through Whole Foods selection of single bottles, I was immediately drawn to 1554. I remembered the dark delicious taste of the beer and knew it’d be perfect for a cool winter day.
This is definitely a beer to sip on next to a fire. It’s a great beer to bring to a Christmas/holiday gathering. While the back of the bottle refers to it as light bodied, which is true due to it being a lager, this beer doesn’t necessarily feel light. I would definitely only want to drink one of these in a day or night.
The beer is crisp on the tongue, and has a nice amount of carbonation. What is left in your mouth after swallowing is definitely chocolate. I could taste that even before reading the bottle (I like to test my taste buds).
I’m not a huge fan of porters and stouts so a black lager for me is the perfect winter beer for me. It’s got a great color that makes you feel like you’re enjoying one of those heavier beers without actually having to open a heavier, higher alcohol beer. Sip on this beer after dinner by the fire or before your dinner as an appetizer. Either way, I’m sure you’ll be a fan. I’d definitely recommend it for the cooler months. Don’t let the dark appearance scare you away.