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RATINGS: 1851   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Appears a dense black with dark touches of charred oak around the edges when held to the light. A lush, foamy, beige head slowly fades out into a clumpy cap. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of cocoa, molasses, and roasted nuts. Taste is of the same aromas. Melted caramel, cocoa, molasses, and roasted nuts. Mouthfeel is smooth, caramel-sweet, mildly bitter with semi-sweet baker’s chocolate, and a touch of sourness running along the sides of the tongue. This one surprised me. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle. Pours medium brown, with some nice thick head, almost overflowing the glass. I don’t know how to describe this beer, pretty good tho, maybe some chocolate in there, maybe i’m buzzin i dunno... but I’ll drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2006
This is one of my favorite brews from this brewery, and a very good dark ale. Very malty and semi sweet makes a perfect combination, it is like a fine chocolate. Taste is slightly bitter. Definitely one of my favorite mid-level beers. The one drawback is that sometimes you get a non-natural taste on the finish, which is common in other new belgium beers. If they paid a little bit more attention and money to their process, I’m sure this would be a top notch brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Clean, lagerish taste. Good clean chocolate taste. Black, almost porterish. Just enough bitterness to pull it off. Semi sweet malty taste is perfect and finishes cleano. Good lace, and brown head lasts a while. Oh yeah, did i say that i thought this beer tastes CLEAN? Good crossover beer for the Budweiser impaired.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 25, 2006
Pours black with an almost non existant white head. Aroma is a bit bready, some coffee, but of dark fruits notes. Flavor is sweet, with dark fruit notes, bit thin on the mouthfeel, with coffee notes in the finish. finish is pretty short, not bitter at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
12 oz bottle. Nice dark dark pour with a decent head. Aromas were a lot of caramel and spice. Some molassas and sugar too. The flavor was not quite as sweet, but still plenty of maltiness and overall a very enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Pours coffee colored, generous tan head. Malty aroma with little or no hop bouquet. Roasty flavor, good body, soda-like carbonation, no hop flavor, almost no aftertaste. Reminiscent of cola.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Dark without much of a head. Malty aroma and sweet as expected. But, the finish is clean and dry. Very drinkable for a dark beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
targhee (30) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2006
New Belgium is onto something with the 1554. A dark beer that you can drink even when it is 100 F. Wonderful mouth feel, a hint of chocolate sweetness, fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Almost black, very deep red color with a foamy thick tan head that dissapates quickly with great lacing. Has a nice sweet toasted aroma and a very smooth finish. Nice roasted flavor with some hints of nut and chocolate.

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