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RATINGS: 1888   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Brown, somewhat hazy, light cream colred head. Nose is sour, yeasty, and nutty. Taste is interesting. Nice fruit notes combined with generous dark roasted malts and some nice funky yeast. Balanced out at the end with some light bittering hops. good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zoso137 (52) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2005
this is an extremely nice brew with great color and a great finish, but its just not my style. it makes you feel like you have your winter coat on and youre in the middle of the ocean on an island with a candle and a bar of soap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
The aroma is one of sour yeast and nuts. A cloudy maize color with a small head is the trademark of this beer. The taste is a mild sweet yeasty one that has a mild tang that lingers a good while after swallowing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5000) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours a deep blackish brown color. Aromas of chocolate, nuts, roasted malts, with a hint of spice. Flavors of chocolate and a bit of roasted barley. This is probably my favorite New Belgium beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghawener (1564) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - DEC 16, 2005
Draft: Black with small beige head, found it on tap in Arkansas a nice try to brew a Belgium style beer; not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ronjeremy230 (3) - USA - DEC 6, 2005 does not count
A dark beer amost opaque when held up to light through the bottle. Slight bitterness. It is nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2005
12oz. Pours a speckled brown color with a light brown head. Nose is lots of dark fruit, malty, lightly smokey, some yeast involved, light nuts. Taste was mostly apples, figs, dates, some light chocolate notes here and there and finishes with a nice bitterness and a clean palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2005
The bottle poured a clear, dark amber-brown beverage with a small fizzy light tan head that was most diminishing but that left good lacing on the glass. The aroma was nicely balanced with sweet nutty malt character and grassy hop notes. It has a nice full body with average carbonation and a smooth texture. The flavor started out moderately bitter with notes of chocolate and coffee and the finish was average in length.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Tap. Pours dark, dark brown with a thick brown head. Aroma is bitter; coffee, baker’s chocolate, and smoke. Taste is questionable. Some pulls were good, others seemed sour. I think the yeast is to blame. It seemed to be fighting the hops and malt for dominance. Needs more balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (13072) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Bottle poured a translucent brownish-black with a long-lasting tan head[ leaving behind Brussels lace]. Aromas of bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Palate was light bodied, smooth and crisp. Flavors of bitter chocolate, hint of bitter coffee, and a bit of smoke with a lingering, crisp bitter finish.

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