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RATINGS: 1890   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 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 (13266) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rpack78 (7) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2005 does not count
Not too bad. I don’t like dark beers too much but this one wasn’t horrible. I would drink it again. Peace out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Poured deep brown, almost like a porter. Tan head. Aroma was raosted and taosted, is this a porter? The taste was smooth, coffee and notes of chocolate. I swear this is a porter, No? Black Brussels Ale? Mmmm good. Thanks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Dark brown, almost black with a thick head. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Very much like a porter, but a bit lighter. More tastes of sweet malts and spiciness. Some hops give it a good balance. Smooth and full flavored with a toffee aftertaste. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2005
Strong roast and biscuity malts in the aroma. Clear darkest brown body with generous, fine bubbled tan head that recedes to cover with beautiful lacing. Roasted and toasted malts blend nicely with some soy-like character and fair finishing bitterness. Medium body with moderately lively carbonation that tickles the tongue. Footed glass. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle (Liquor Mart, CO, Oct-05).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2006 Terrific crisp roasted taste. Kind of a smokey finish. Although dark in color, it is not very heavy at all - easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeoDoc (34) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Lovely dark color with toasty aroma. Rich flavor with smooth finish that slides down easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Black, with hints of brown, and a tan head. Interesting aroma of cherry and burnt toast. Much more claean and drinkable than I thought - nice toasty flavors meld with citrus and cherry notes. Maybe like black lemonade? Thanks to Indana_Red for the trade!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Thanks to JohnnyFlake for this one. Pours dark, dark brown with a nearly white head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, cigarettes and figs. Taste is of coffee and chocolate with some peppery notes, but it was hard to escape the odd cigarette smell coming from this one. This tasted like a cross between a rauchbier and an imperial stout without the nice fruity and dark chocolate elements.

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