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RATINGS: 1841   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imbockinsxtx (82) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Pours a dark reddish black Colour with little off white to light yellow head which dissipated quickly. Coffe bean Aroma. Coffee and watery mouthfeel with a decent blend of Java and Sugar and other rich flavours. Carbonation is questionable and there is some soda like quality. Not a bad brew. I like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Nice offering from this brewer. Has a nice zip of yeast and subdued citrus in the finish. Interesting, would like to try on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Bottle. Black in color, brownish tan head. Medium roast, some cherry, a bit of caramel. Pretty dry, active carbonation, medium bodied. Interesting beer. Thanks Mom!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5448) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Roasty, with lots of bittersweet chocolate and prune, raisin - doughy, almost a christmas cookie-like flavor - carmelized brown sugar - long, bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Nice aroma of toasted rye with some slightly nutty caramel. Deep, dark brown with a slight hint of light coming through the edges. Small off-white head that diminishes. Almost burnt caramel-roasty flavor, fairly sweet with not much bitterness at all. Gets better as it warms. Medium body, almost creamy but still watery and soft carbination. Thanks to Badgerben for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Really roasty, malty, but smoooth. I don’t know what the International Bitterness Units for this brew are, but it’s gotta be in the low teens. Smooth dark dark dark amber, with a fine tan head that thins then leaves a clingy lacing. Smell of smooth toasted rye bread. Mmmmmmm. Taste is just so smoothly dark, hints of chocolate and baked plums, a bit of clove. Really warming. Don’t drink this cold -- just cool, and you’ll notice the depth of flavor. Melt-in-your-mouth smoothness and blend of the flavors, so there’s not one dominant highnote -- just a kind of smooth harmony of rich dark tastes. Very smooth and drinkable for a Belgian Dark Ale, and oh, so available here in Colorado. If you haven’t had some, pick up a case next time you’re through the prettiest state in the USA, which happens to have a lot of really great beers. By the way, though not significant, the bottle I poured tonight read ABV of 5.6%. And . . . did I mention it’s smooth?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElPodo (6) - Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2005 does not count
Next to Abbey, which is transcendent, 1554 is my favorite New Belgium beer that’s produced year-round. Big malt aroma, with fat malt flavor through the finish. Well-balanced and drinkable. The malt profile is complex yet accessible.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a deep rich brown with tinges of auburn. Thin tan head with almost a reddish tinge. A roasted, fruity nose. Light burnt malt and an odd fruity smell, almost like kiwi fruit. Spicy. Taste is all over the place. Spicy like cloves or nutmeg. Roasted smokiness in the malt. A tropical fruity flavor, like kiwi or mango more so than apple or citrus. Also a crisp bitter hoppiness through out, especially in the finish. Medium bodied and crisp with smoky chocolate bitterness that lingers and turns into a sticky maltiness. I enjoy this beer alot, lots of different tastes happening here. Good show.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Tap. Deep brown color with a reddish tint. Medium bodied. Malty aroma and flavor. Interesting. Chocolate and some fruitiness in flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - APR 27, 2005
My aroma experience was tainted by the smoke in the bar I was in. I’m likely to re-rate this later. Very dark, with a medium, creamy looking head. Very smooth, not quite sweet. Gets a little hoppier as you drink. Chocolate notes, toasty. Looking forward to trying this again.

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