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RATINGS: 1882   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (33805) - 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 (601) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
On tap @ Stonehouse in Nevada City. Nothing too fancy here. Tasted like an average dopplebock. Seriously, can’t find anything good or really bad to say about it other than I prefer other styles of beer and the representation that it’s 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 (3601) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Pours mostly black with a modestly sized tan head. Smells a bit like coffee and tastes chocolatey with some spiciness to finish. A good medium body makes this beer both easy to drink and quite delicioius

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigcat03 (254) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle from Hy-Vee Liquors poured into english pint; Best by: 30 Mar 07; Pours deep burgundy with a 1 finger frothy tan head; Lots of malt with a strong dark chocolate note to the nose; Coffee, sweet malt, yeast, alcohol (when chewed), and spice at the end on the initial taste; Coffee, chocolate and no bitterness on the backtaste; Watery to medium palate; Good carbonation that is present but doesn’t overpower; Sweet and spicey at the same time; Very different...not quite sure what to make of it! Reminds me of a decent porter in a lot of ways. Could use more body. Probably my least favorite New Belg thus far. A must try, but not an every day beer. Good for variety.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hinie (5) - USA - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
One of my favorites. Has a deep texture and wonderful flavor, but still very very smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alkisvt (10) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2006
I poured this beer in a tulip glass, I might try using just a pint glass next time, just because I didn’t get a head on it at all. otherwise I enjoied the lacing I did get!Also the earthy 1st notes and chocolate body. very drinkable to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (15160) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle, 5.6%. As New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale. Roasted and full, nicely bready flavour. Also a little sweet. Clear dark brown colour with a red shine. Looks quite nice. Dusty and creamy, nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Picked this bottle up at Lukas Liquors just outside of St. Louis. Wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. Pours a transparent black with a lasting head. Coffee and chocolate in the nose. Roasty flavors dominate the palate and it has a nicely hopped, very dry finish. The palate seemed a bit thin for the flavor of the beer, but thats my only complaint. This was a nice surprise from NB.

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