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RATINGS: 1889   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
12oz bottle, best before 24MAR06. Pours a clear very dark brown with a small, light beige head. Nose of chocolate, nuts, and a little bit of coffee. Tastes fairly nutty and sweet. Not a terribly complex beer, but not too bad, either. I wouldn’t try too too hard to seek this one out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Solz16 (5) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2006 does not count
Looks alot like a cup of coffee. Pretty smooth begining followed up with a hoppy coffe bitterness. One of the better New Belgium Beers

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Slightly translucent dark brown in color with medium carbonation. Aroma of coffee and chocolate with a slight fruityness. Starts sweet and roasty, then moves to a mild coffee/hops bitterness. Smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamAdams777 (37) - Abilene or Stephenville, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2008 First off, I love the bottle. It has a nice look, but anyways, that wont affect my beer rating. The smell is fantasic. Nuts, maybe chocolate. The apperance is nice too, could pass for a latte if it were just a picture. The flavor is bold. I love this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Draught. I’ve had this many times in bottle, but this is the first draught. Dark brown color with bubbly tan head. Milk chocolate nose and flavor with a hint of roasty coffee and a strange cola aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5665) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
A strange beer, sort of like a light rauch or schwarzbier. Black appearance and a small head. Aroma of roasted meat with a lighter flavor than I expected from the aroma and appearance. Dry finish. Pleasant; and I am always happy to try any traditional ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
pandaDH (3) - Oak Harbor, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2006 does not count
This beer has a full flavor but a little bit of an after taste. Good color for a black ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5550) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Smells pretty good, but kind of like a black lager. I must say I felt pretty smart when I read the label later. Chocolate flavor is good and noticeable but not too sweet. One of their best, if not, best beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Definitely acidic. There is a small roastiness here that accents that, as well as some plummy/figgy/oaky notes. The rest of the malt was middling sweet and gave nutty and toasty flavors. Mouthfeel was medium. Don’t know that I’d drink it regualrly, but a very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Thin head, dark red colour, nearly opaque. Thin wisps of fruit and woody aromas. Mostly fig and wood flavour. The carbonation was a bit more pronounced than I expected with the thin head.

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