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RATINGS: 1895   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2006
I have been a fan of the New Belgium Brewing growing up in KC and drinking Fat Tire like it was bud light, but this is a much better beer. I had to drive 30 miles to pick up 6 different NB brews. The beer pours a rich dark brown with a nice size foamy head. It has a smooth feel and isn’t as dark as it looks. As it came to room temp it was even more enjoyable. I will be making the 30 mile trip more often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Tight tan head, almost black body. Fresh dough, mild hop aroma. Good balance of sweet, sour and acidic flavor. Long dark roasted malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Creamy tan head that lasts nicely under a dark brown pour. Malty aroma with some undertones of yeast. Malt dominated flavors with a bit f a sour character. Finishes slightly sweet. Unusual, but easily drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Thanks to tjthresh. Pours to a transparent dark brownish-black body with red hues. The beer has a thick, lasting, creamy beige head with excellent lacing. The aroma is weird. Roasted meats and grains but has a soapy characteristic to it. The flavor is like a dry stout and has light rauchbier and heavy lemony coffee characteristics. The palate is very drying, heavily carbonated, and acidic. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imn2it (2) - Albany, Kentucky, USA - FEB 19, 2006 does not count
Always a treat when I make it west of the Mississippi. I love this beer and have brought kegs home on 3 different occasions. Definately my favorite beer from New Belgium!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
divepatch (10) - USA - FEB 17, 2006
A relatively lively beer. It should not be consumed ice cold because as the label will tell you, the recipit was concieved in 1554 by some monks. Because of the lack of refrigeration during those times it is not ment to be consumed cold. The flavour matures with the temperature, unfortunately, not enought to sooth my lust for dark powerful stouts. Overall pretty good, but not one of my favorites.

   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.

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