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RATINGS: 1746   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2004
very dry, really dark, some licorice flavors... nice and malty, pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 My least favorite of the New Belgium Ales. Beautiful black color, but not much of the traditional belgian characteristics that I’m used to from this brewer. I believe that this is a lager, so it may be in the wrong category here. More malt flavoring and a stronger yeast imparting would be an improvement here. UPDATE 10/7: I’m starting to appreciate this one more. caramel toffee finish and horehound candy notes. No aroma whatsoever.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
On Tap at Brewery. Dark Brown, opaque. Significant malt character with notes of licorice, molasses, and yet it seems fairly dry. Nice tan head, lasts and lasts. Dry finish with faint hop support.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
1/14/04: bottle, from “santa-acrodizer”.
smoke and alcohol aroma. deep brown body with a fair amount of lacing. malty taste. as this beer warms the smoked flavor becomes more evident.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2004
very smokey and dark quite good but I am usually a bigger fan of a sweeter style. It was not bitter though and went down great

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddon90 (1466) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Deep black pour with a lacing tan head. Aroma full of malt and some smoke. Pretty decent taste. Creamy. Smokey as well. Some dry malt of dry hops? First one of the style and overall not too bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5334) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Poured a dark ruby color with a medium sized creamy tan head that left nice lacing. Malty, lagerish, sweet aroma and a roasted malt taste. Some caramel noted as well in the taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2004
transparent yet still pretty damn dark ruby-amber color...with a thin to almost non-existent head, tending to halo at the sides of the glass...malty, almost smokey aroma with big notes of barley, oats, and mostly a cereal-like thing going on...malty, toasty flavors mix with sweetness and vegitable squishiness..turning a dark burnt oaty, roasty, but disappointing road to one-dimensional sweetness...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Thanks to Sham for this bottle. Poured a Coca-Cola black with a thick head which died quickly leaving some scattered lacing. Has a nutty grainy malt aroma that is quite interesting. Some yeast is also detected in the aroma. Medium body is crisp with a smooth finish. Flavor is malty and nutty with an almost peanut like flavor to it. Reminds me a bit like Koestritzer Schwarzbier with its pronounced lager yeast. Overall a nice brew. Thanks Mike.

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.


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