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RATINGS: 1822   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ghett0yeti (29) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2005
I was surprised to find a bottle of this in the bar back in my redneck hometown. Sweet at first then the hops barely kick in. Kind of a funky aftertaste, but I’m a smoker so I can kill any taste left on my palate. If you can find it at your local bar I recommend it. It’s great for kicking back and playing a few games of pool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Pours clear brown and sits a nice dark brown with light black and a small quick dissapating head. Aroma is roasted and smokey. There is also a slightly hidden sweetness in the aroma. Flavor is roasted but not as distinct as the aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 3, 2005
bottle 12 oz. 18 May 05. Dark brown/mahogany w fair tan head that fell away quickly. Mod carb, min lace. Aroma is dark roasted malt w a slight burnt sugar essence, faint Belgian yeast, & min hops w a touch of non sweet choc. Flavor is rather dry/sour dk roasted malt w light hops. Has a faint tar/asphalt taste. (I don’t necessarily mean this to be negative though). On the low end of Med bodied. OK but lacks depth, fullness, richness. If there is any complexity going on here its below my radar level. Mouthfeel is light/watery. Finish is somewhat crisp & dry. My selection will have to be very tight to buy this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BCAR (222) - 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 (6300) - 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 (1796) - 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 (2044) - 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.

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