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RATINGS: 1894   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Very dark brown body with no head. Aroma of malt and licorice. Flavor is of caramel and roasted malts with minimal hops. Crisp, but not a whole lot going on. Boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (6093) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 14, 2007
On tap at Flying Pie Boise, Pours out a very dark amber topped with a tan head. Great aroma and tast of roasted malt. i like this one and will have to stop in and get another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thefederalist (307) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours very dark red. Aroma is of alcohol and malt. Flavor is roasted malt and chocolate and raspberry. Nice and fizzy. My favorite offering from NB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14161) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Nice aroma of dark malts, with perhaps a hint of chocolate. Through halogen the color is deep ruby red; otherwise black. A tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Substantial mouthfeel, hint of sour, which could be the acidity. There is a toasted malt aspect, but in the end there is a very light bitter. Quite nice. Relatively dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate tan colored head. Aroma is roasted malt, yeast, caramel. Flavor is raisins, roasted malts, some chocolate, caramel. Palate is medium, mildly carbonated, sweet, creamy finish. Respectable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eeblah (106) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Not too mnay black ales out there and this one is pretty good. It is a dark beer in color but it is not heavy in anyway. It is one of the few dark beers that can be drank in high quantities. Pretty well balanced in malt/hop with a slight bitter taste.

   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 (657) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - 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 don’t like this style, but I don’t like this beer.

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