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Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Enlightened Black Ale uses a light 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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Deep dark brown, bordering on black. Thick, dense, frothy tan head. Strong malty sweetness with an immense roasty presence. Traditional ale maybe, Schwarzbier definately. I wish that this was more available to me. Very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Peppery and yeasty aroma. Dark muddy, amber/brown. Flavor is figgy, chocolate and dates. Nice yeasty flavor as well. Dry finish. A bit thin, but still quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Dark ruby color with minimal head. Aroma of chocolate, plum, and an underlying yeastiness. Bitter-sweet cocoa flavor with a hint of fig and a slightly spiced bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Almost no carbonation. Somehow looked thin??? Pleasent roasted maltiness and slight hint of yeast in the flavor. Aroma was malty and slightly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Pours a dark brown with just a tiny bit of tan head. Roasted aroma, taste is very malty with hints of chocalte and maybe fig? Tasted flat and very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAY 1, 2004
Mahagony colored,m no head no carbonation. Malty - roasted chocolate nose. Chocolate - roasted taste. Crisp mouthfeel - peppery finish. Nice hazelnut flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2004
Draught. Dark garnet pour with a thin dense off white head. Nose is flat. Flavor notes of raisin, molassses, and malt come through. Very mild and unimpressive. Perfectly neutral in every way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
Almost flat, maybe mine is special? I find it hard to believe that any beer is this flat on purpose. No head because of this. Nice dark brown color with a little amber to keep your eyes occupied. Smooth bitterness with a somewhat rich/soapy texture. This is a beer that improves with warmth so let it warm up out of the fridge. The overall experience was too much like drinking dishsoap for me to buy this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2004
This reminds me of a slightly fruity schwarzbier, with some dryness and pretty fair drinkability. Flavors of black caraffe, chocolate, some spice and a bit of mustiness. Different and worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2004
Pours garnet with a rich tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Kind of like malt powder one puts in a malted. Nice body. Flavor is also malty. Supposedly a reproduction of an old Brussels style beer. Anyway, it's good and worth a try.

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