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RATINGS: 1779   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 12/20
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Definitely an interesting ale, but not really to my liking. Pours blackwith a little scalet. Very malty, sweet ale. Just not enough going on to really impress, but not a bad quaff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Bottle pours dark brown, hues of dark cherry, medium foamy tannish head, with sticky lacing.   Straight forward roasted malts on the nose, and quite heavily roasted at that.   Smooth malty flavor, roasted, with subtle hints of chocolate.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Finishes with a mild hop bitterness, still quite malty & roasty.   Smooth... me like!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 23, 2005
this black ale poured black,but turned ruby red when held to light.it gave off an off-white head that soon evaporated.i got a really nice caramel hop smell,along with some vegtables.i really enjoyed the taste of this one.it had a nice mixture of vegtables,caramel,and roasted malts.very good stuff indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Pour is a dark brown with ruby accent, and a thin cream head that forms and fades quickly. Aroma is very heavy caramel, toffee, and a bit nutty. Taste is heavy toffee, rasion, chocolate. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2005
bottle...Dark brown/mahogany pour with medium beige head that disappeared fast. Very fragrant. Musty, yeasty aroma. Complex flavors, reminds me of an English Strong Ale. Musty, earthy flavors, some burnt malt type flavors also, without the bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, a little oily. I like this beer a lot.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Cola colored. Minimal brown head. Tastes malty, too sweet. Throw in a little coffee and Count Chocula.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Tap at Breckenridge ski resort. Dark red/brown body with a light tan head. Aroma was well balanced between roasty malt, dark chocolate, and fruit. Smooth body, if not a little watery. Flavors of carmel, smoke, and dark fruit. finishes whith a bit of sweetness and yeasty tang. Quite intresting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Pours dark brown with tan head. Has little aroma of malt. Light bodied with tastes of malt and a roasted flavor. Much better this time for some reason, seems more flavorful and smoother. Good Stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
movolsfan (11) - Parkville, Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2005
I really enjoy this ale that looks to be thick, but goes down very smooth. This is good year round whether it’s hot or cold outside. One of NBB’s best!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2005
12oz bottle BB 07JUN05. Dark, nice head, some lace. Smells of smokey, slightly raisin tinged, dark malt with a bit of yeasty funk. Very smooth, with the dark carmel malts, smoke, and yeast funk coming together to make something real interesting...a bizar sort of porter is the best I can think of to describe it. I get some slight black liquorice and maybe even cinnamin too...nice complexity of malts & yeast and a light body make this a fun beer to chug.

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