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RATINGS: 1740   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 2004 bottle. Dark burgundy/mahogany brown. Filtered clear, with a small beige head, rapidly disipating and decent lacing. Aroma of Irish porridge, says bucknaked, but to me it smells like hazelnuts and roast. Nothing exciting. Flavor is pretty solid for a regular brewpub porter. Knowing the style and what they aim this to be, I could stretch to say that I taste belgian yeast, but realistically, I would NEVER know this was a beligan traditional brown ale. This tastes like a decent american porter. Roasty, some chocolate and caramel. Iím pretty sure back in 1554 they didnt filter the hell out of this beer. Why does New Belgium filter all of their normal bottle line so heavily???

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Nothing great...but not bad. med dark looking with not much head. probably wonít have again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mfullerene (27) - USA - NOV 11, 2004
kind of tastes like slightly burnt chocolate. mildly hoppy. fairly sweet. subtle spices are present. could have had a little more flavor and been better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4392) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Black color with a small head. Very vegan aroma. Tastes a little like malted Brussels sprouts. A bit spicy. Strange and interesting, but I donít think Iíd keep this around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Mahogany Brown Coloring. Small Head. Didnít Find This One to Be Very Characterable or Domineering in the Flavor Department. Itís Sweet...With some Spice and Chocolate Tones.. Overall Smooth and Easy Enough to Drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2464) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Small light brown head, good retention and a fair lace. Almost black with a dark red glow. Buttery, spicey,malty nose. Medium body, creamy. Medium sweet malt flavor. Hints of fruit, chocolate and a touch of black malt? Some caramel notes also. Dry finish. Thanks Whaledude!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 24, 2004
from the bottle into the duvel tulip glass / thanks kevin! / definitely a dusty, sort of roasty sorta burnt, chocolate ale. i think i can understand the zesty acidity mentioned in the commercial description since i do sense acidity and spice. itís basically a "black pils" or "weak porter." there's definitely a sort of dessert slash thirst quencher thing going on. it's odd. can be refreshing. hmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2004
On tap at Shakespearís Pizza is Columbia MO. Dark but translucent. Rich malt tones and light to absent hops. Earthy and robust yet sweet and gentle. Quite good. A sort of darkened brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3052) - Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2004
I really enjoyed this beer. Dark mahogany brown/black with a velvety tan head that lingers in a lacy topping. Rich chocolate notes are contrasted by slightly sharp hops. The flavor is rich chocolate like a chocolate cake or brownies near the edge where itís almost, but not quite burnt. Very rewarding, but not heavy or overwhelming. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2004
On tap at Shakespeare Pizza in Columbia, Missouri. Dark brown/black body topped by a thin-medium tan head. Earthy aroma with strong notes of toffee. Flavor was somewhat porter-like, with chocolate, toffee, caramel and dark fruit mingling with light, earthy hops. On second thought, the lack of roast led me away from porter and towards an amber ale of sorts and finally an altbier. Well, I guess itís a "Traditional Ale." At least Iím not the only one whoís confused!

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