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RATINGS: 1888   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Pours very dark brown with a dark tan head. Aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, and toastiness. Very smooth and balanced. Rich but not cloying flavors of bittersweet coffee and some fruit. Nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zachh (23) - USA - JAN 3, 2007
This is one of my top beers. When I first had it, I drank it while eating a nice steak. To this day, I believe that the best way to experience 1554 is with a steak. It has this almost cinnamon quality to it that makes the drinker hunger for more. 1554 is definitely a beer to be respected and could definitely give you a run for your money if you drank the entire 6 pack in one sitting. This beer, as shown by the 86th percentile rating, is a beer that diserves consideration and is not something that should be seen as something merely to get you drunk. Awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delirium (651) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Draught. Pours dark brown/black with red highlights, and a medium tan head. Aroma and flavor are unusual and interesting: biscuits, raisins, yeast, coffee roastiness, maybe anise, and spices. Hard to describe well, but this is pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Pours very black, medium head. Smells yeasty, and also tastes yeasty. Not much overall flavor. Finish is weak. Perhaps I just donít like this style, but I donít like this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedEft (155) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Poured a deep black with slight reddish highlights when held to the light and a medium, light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and no surprise, the flavor is dominated by malts and bitter chocolate. Thereís a slightly sweet finish. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2006
One of the beers that got me into this craft beer passion! Pours dark with average head. Malty flavor with a surprisingly lite flavor. Very drinkable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34211) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2006
A ddep red beer with a brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of caramel as well as slightly smoked notes. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of berries and caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bartzilla (617) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
On tap @ Stonehouse in Nevada City. Nothing too fancy here. Tasted like an average dopplebock. Seriously, canít find anything good or really bad to say about it other than I prefer other styles of beer and the representation that itís from some old Belgian recipe might make you think this is some sort of Belgian ale. Maybe, but not tonight.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark thick with a 1 finger tan head. Was creamy and very tastey. I like it better on tap than in bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2011 Bottle at the Cotton Exchange, Savannah, GA. Pours a deep reddish brown that allows light to pass with a large off-white head that lasted to the end of the glass and left ample lace. Pleasant aroma of malt, with crystal malt specifically noted, along with some chocolate. The flavor is heavily malt driven along with some coffee and chocolate. Fairly smooth on the palate. Very mild bitterness at the finish. Very good.

Original Rating 12/20/2006 - 12 oz. bottle courtesy of Secret Santa. Labelled as New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale. Pours a nearly opaque burgundy/black with a thin light tan head. A clear deep red glow emerges when held to a light. Strong aroma of roasted malt. Flavor was again roasted malt, along with an earthy flavor. The flavors thinned out after a few seconds into a weak finish. 8-3-7-3-13=3.4

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