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RATINGS: 1831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Coffee color- small white head- malt, black fruit, coffee, hazelnut, and molasses nose- toffee, nut, molasses, nice malty taste - palate thick and creamy – aftertaste coffee, and hazelnut

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Jet black with a good sized foamy head that dissapates somewhat quickly. Nice roasted malt and chocolate aromas and flavor. Smooth body not too heavy with a slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4908) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Pours a dark brown with light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Tastes of coffee, caramel, roasted malt, and chocolate. No flavor is very intense, everything is balanced and light. Smooth and light mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with cbkschubert! - Thanks Craig! - Pours dark brown very close to black with a nice creamy tan head that settles back to a ring and laces the sides of the glass in weblike patterns. Aromas of roasted malts, liccorice, and a bit of caramel. Flavor is nice roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, a little liccorice, and a touch of molasses. Definitely some smoky, earthy notes there too. Body is somewhat watery but full enough to be memorable. Smooth and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2469) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost black color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Slight caramel nose. Starts as sweet/roasted chocolate, Slight bitter finish. Nice dark. Best before 10/2006. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Hi-Time Cellars Costa Mesa, Ca.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Had on tap in a pizza place in Canon City, CO. This arrived as an opaque, very dark brown with a lingering thick tan head and okay lacing. Good malt chocolate aroma. Flavor followed the malt chocolate theme, yet not real dominant. Body was fairly thin, which led to a watery finish that was not that enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
uglyblond1 (177) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Not as deep as a porter, and more complex than a dark Munich lager, it has a malt and toast aroma, a lighter body than might be expected from the color. The flavor is sweet malt, but with a complex crisp grain background, and some hop flavor with roasted nuts. Fairly smooth and not heavy, but not quite as refreshing as I would like.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
microakes (159) - CANADA - JUN 18, 2006
Quite malty in smell and taste, though with a fairly decent balance from the hops. Certainly wouldn’t turn it away from my door.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebarnes (260) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2006
On draught at the Hyatt in Denver
Dark brown with a medium sized tan head that left a lot of lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and barley. The roastedness really comes through. Taste is excellent. Very smooth. Kind of like a light stout. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Pours dark brown/black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is cola, molases, roasst and toffee. The flavor is caramel, roasted and cola, mildly tart, fairly dry a good dose of chocolate comes in at the end. The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation and mildly bitter finish. Not bad at all.

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