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New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Lager

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RATINGS: 1822   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AAEA (192) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2015
12 FL OZ ($9.99 6 pack) pretty good dark beer. has enough ABV to qualify as an actual beer so its got that. taste is smokey and has good suds.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
55x11 (12) - - MAY 10, 2015
Pours dark chocolate color. Decent head. Taste of caramel and chocolate, very nice malt. Did not taste many black lagers before so this one is a nice surprise. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
brucebruce81 (313) - Wyoming, USA - MAY 10, 2015
This was a good beer it was smooth and allowed me to enjoy the beer without all the hops that tend to overpower. I like to drink multiples of this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatDane1632 (821) - USA - MAY 8, 2015
I think my first black lager I ever had. Kinda blew my mind a little bit. Very delicious beverage, light with just the right amount of dark malts to make it interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartzluke (201) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 28, 2015
12 oz pour from refrigerated bottle into a shaker pint. Pours an attractive off-white one-finger head with moderate retention and lacing. Dark-brown to black and nearly opaque. Nose is milk chocolate and malt. Medium bodied and creamy. Really well done body. Taste is a little roasty, some chocolate, a light candy sweetness. Very little bitterness. A hint of dryness. Well balanced. A very drinkable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierMeHoos (288) - Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2015
On tap, at Willies in Navy Yard. Draft, pint glass. Appearance is deep brown with a small amount of tan head. Aroma is milk chocolate and light caramel, roasted but not bitter malt. Taste is chocolate with mild toffee notes. Palate is moderately carbonated. Very smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1230) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2015
Dragged this back with me from Las Vegas. 12oz bottle, enjoy by 07jun15. Pours coffee black with a beige head that falls quickly. Aroma is dark dried fruits, caramel and chocolate. Flavor follows... raisin, date, caramel and chocolate. Mild carbonation and a hint of mineral in the finish makes this just shy of cloying.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
seuinoz (148) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2015
Strong coffee and chocolate notes in the taste, and aroma sits really well on the palate well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
njnut (338) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2015
UPDATED: APR 29, 2015 Pours into glass a dark glass brown with tan head and lace. Aroma is light coffee and chocolate with a roasted malt. Taste was malt heavy with chocolate in the background. Slightly malty and coffee in the finish. Enjoyed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (1433) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Old rating. Dark brown pour. Roasted malts, some caramel, slightly charred, chocolate, oats, spice, mild bitterness. Nice beer.


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