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Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Enlightened Black Ale uses a light 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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2003
The last of my one-of-each bottles (that I could find) from the brewery. Interestingly, it went from the bleh of Flat Tire on up through their Belgians and now...back down to this. Not as bad as FT, but nothing special, IMO. Pours a dark brown with just a bit of a head and minimal lacing. Smells of roasted malt. Tastes very malty. Coffee/toffee is present. I thought I tasted hops at the first sip but I haven't noticed it since even though I keep searching for it. Mouthfeel is creamy and light, about like carbonated 2% milk would feel like. There's a mineral aftertaste that is pleasant. Drinkability? Eh, maybe in a while, but I won't be reaching for this beer for a while.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Has a light raosted malt aroma, which complemented it's flavor nicely.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Bottle. Pours dark brown and clear with red-orange highlights and a small tan head. Delicious dark roasted malt nose, yeast and spice. Flavor is an interesting blend of the malts and spices with a tart, acidic finish. Medium body and minimal carbonation. Nice ale for a (San Diego) winter night.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Not quite black, its got a nice tan head. Light roast malt aroma which is more distinct in the flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2004 Dark brown-red, lacing, roasty smokey nose. Has a toffee/caramel flavor that is lighter on the palate than it appears. Gave it an extra overall point for the bottle/label appearance. Thanks again Redlem!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Dark ruby color (unfortunately, not black!) with a small beige head. The aroma is peculiar...chocolate, roasty, spicy, nutty, toffee. The flavor was very similar to the aroma with more of a sweet toffee character. Thin feel...mildy carbonated.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 16, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2003 A drunk person can deal with the image of seeing their dead grandmother crawling up their leg with a knife clenched between her teeth - Hunter S. Thompson

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reid (1805) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Apparentlly according to the label this is a revival from an old brewing book hence the 1554 thing. This is an exquisite beer to behold..dark ruby red and topped with a luscious coffee and creme coloured head..beautiful!! Oddly after the gorgeous appearance the aroma was pretty pedestrian , maybe my nose is blocked..i dunno its distinctlly average..some malts and a little fruits, thats about it. Then the taste is excellent ..nice balance of burnt malts and good hops a well balanced brew, I get some toffeeish hints, dark turkish coffee tastes..very nice Very good in the mouth so very smooth yet so tongue tingling!! Over all a good drinkable ale well worth waiting 449 years !!!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1221) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with a thick creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is nutty, lactic roasted chocolate and some medicinal notes.

The flavor is sweet nutty toffee and chocolate malts with a roasted, lightly bitter finish. It is a bit sharp and acidic. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly creamy.

Overall, an enjoyable malt-driven beer. It’s not too exciting for me, but makes for a nice fall-back beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2003
This is an all-around mellow beer. Black in color with tones of brown throughout when held to the light. Light coffee scent. A hint of sweetness to start with tones of dark chocolate flavors. This is an easy drinking beer with the exception of the finish. A somewhat mild metallic finish put a damper on this one. Will have to try another bottle sometime soon.


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