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RATINGS: 1834   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Sampled on tap at the brewery with several RateBeer guys. Charcoal brown/black, clear with a lightly frothy head. The aroma had charcoal, hints of fruit, and very light hops. Flavor was lightly fruity, malty (but easily so), burnt malt, and lightly warming alcohol. Body was very light with creamy hints. This was interesting and had some depth, but lacked something overall.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lovelacm (48) - Niceville, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Bottle pour - Small off-white head with nice lacing atop a dark brown, almost black body. Nice aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee, with a hint of brown sugar. Initially sweet that settles into a dark chocolate and coffee (almost mocha) flavor.. very close to Mom’s chocolate cake with mocha icing. Full, creamy mouth feel. Very enjoyable! Nice Job, New Belgium!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Smooth sweet roasted malt, caramel and smoky combination that mixes well. Slightly fizzy. Overall I found it interesting and enjoyable, but not overly exciting.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Pours dark brown with a short, tan head and nice lacing as it settles. Not much of a nose, but the flavor is malty, with smoky, coffee tones. A bit of hops in the finish and a firm mouthfeel without being overly heavy make this a nice drinking ale. Another good offering from New Belgium!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6944) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Another New Belgium winner... a handsome looking beer that looks almost exactly like coca-cola. no lacing, little head. Nice taste, gives off a burnt bitterness in the taste, a fine brew

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Decent smoky flavor to it. Not too complex but fairly malty. Almost like a higher gravity Fat Tire.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7674) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
On tap at California brewfest. This dark ale poured with a short beige head. Strong flavor of roasted malt with a slightly bitter finish.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thoreaubred (42) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2005
This beer tastes and smells like the smell of garbage or rotting fruit. That must be the "odd" flavor everyone else mentioned. Yeah, beer that tastes like the smell of a dumpster is "odd."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Bottle. Heavy and oily, okay but a strange concoction. Heavy, again.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dyetube (1336) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2005
even though this beer is touted aa a "black" lager it is far from (or more) than that! it is very roasty flavored but surprisingly refreshing. it looks like a good porter but drinks like an excellent lager! this is my favorite of the New Belgium brews!


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