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RATINGS: 1884   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 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 (8314) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
desurfer (1278) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Very dark body with little head. Flavor is very roasty and bitter before a rich maltiness takes over. Finish is sweet and dry. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Tasted at brewery several times. Closest thing to a stout that NBB makes, in my book. Somewhat bitter, somewhat sour flavors, malty aroma, overall like a more assertive Fat Tire. Not my favorite NBB beer, but I certainly wouldn’t turn one down if offered to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 I liked this beer. It has a stout like quality to the flavor. It was light but it is so hard to imagine a dark beer being light. It was a very nice beer. I would drink another.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Aroma is pretty lame on this one, Taste, however, is quite nice. Nice toasted grain and raisin flavors. Quite smooth and spritzy. Very drinkable and tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2953) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Pours a very dark blackish color with hints of ruby when put up to light. Aroma consists of roasted malts with a slight touch of chocolate. Flavor is slightly sweet and thin up front with roasted malts and chocolates to finish this brew up. Good flavor, but this could be really good if it were a little fuller. Some roasted coffee in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11971) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Draught. Pours black with a rocky light brown head and spotty lacing. Yeast (sweat) and dark roasted malt sweet chocolate aroma. Dark and chocolate sweet caramel malt creamy flavor. Dark and creamy palate, a bit fizzy.

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