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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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Another New Belgium winner... a handsome looking beer that looks almost exactly like coca-cola. no lacing, little head. Nice taste, gives off a burnt bitterness in the taste, a fine brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kepano (261) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Decent smoky flavor to it. Not too complex but fairly malty. Almost like a higher gravity Fat Tire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
On tap at California brewfest. This dark ale poured with a short beige head. Strong flavor of roasted malt with a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thoreaubred (42) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2005
This beer tastes and smells like the smell of garbage or rotting fruit. That must be the "odd" flavor everyone else mentioned. Yeah, beer that tastes like the smell of a dumpster is "odd."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Bottle. Heavy and oily, okay but a strange concoction. Heavy, again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2005
even though this beer is touted aa a "black" lager it is far from (or more) than that! it is very roasty flavored but surprisingly refreshing. it looks like a good porter but drinks like an excellent lager! this is my favorite of the New Belgium brews!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 Like a cross between a schwarzbier and a porter. Or, like a medium-light bodied porter with an odd but refreshing tart finish. Good use of roasted malts for color and flavor. Overall, not bad. But where’s the Belgian character? After reading the label, it’s like false advertising. Perhaps I am mistaken on their view of style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Draft. Brown beer with a thin beige head. Grassy, roasty aroma. Roasty malt flavor with noble hops. Very well balanced. Clean flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Very dark, not a stout or a porter... Starts roasty and slightly bitter then a Full of taste and maltiness rushes into your mouth without warning. Finish is a nutty sweetness.... good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maawallace (7) - USA - AUG 21, 2005 does not count
I really enjoy this black ale, which should actually be called a black lager, as they use lager yeast in fermenting. Anyway, it has a very odd character to it which I was not used to, maybe because I have not had many black ales. Regardless, there is a very nice acidity to this beer that makes it bright, crisp, and citrusy. Excellent finish and thoroughly enjoyable, while not outstanding from start to finish.

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