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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wetterhorn (6) - USA - NOV 24, 2004 does not count
Beautiful beer that is quite tasty! Dark, but unlike a stout or porter. Smooth on the palate and makes a perfect beer for kicking back and having with a fine cigar.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle courtesty of ClarkVV: Dark brown, red tints, small tan head that fades. Aroma: Irish breakfast oatmeal, cereal grains, butter, light yeast, chocolate & wheat combo. Taste: mild chocolate, fruit, dark roasted malt, yeast, earthy dirt, carmelized malt, sweet malts.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (4064) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 2004 bottle. Dark burgundy/mahogany brown. Filtered clear, with a small beige head, rapidly disipating and decent lacing. Aroma of Irish porridge, says bucknaked, but to me it smells like hazelnuts and roast. Nothing exciting. Flavor is pretty solid for a regular brewpub porter. Knowing the style and what they aim this to be, I could stretch to say that I taste belgian yeast, but realistically, I would NEVER know this was a beligan traditional brown ale. This tastes like a decent american porter. Roasty, some chocolate and caramel. I’m pretty sure back in 1554 they didnt filter the hell out of this beer. Why does New Belgium filter all of their normal bottle line so heavily???

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Nothing great...but not bad. med dark looking with not much head. probably won’t have again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mfullerene (27) - USA - NOV 11, 2004
kind of tastes like slightly burnt chocolate. mildly hoppy. fairly sweet. subtle spices are present. could have had a little more flavor and been better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Black color with a small head. Very vegan aroma. Tastes a little like malted Brussels sprouts. A bit spicy. Strange and interesting, but I don’t think I’d keep this around.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Mahogany Brown Coloring. Small Head. Didn’t Find This One to Be Very Characterable or Domineering in the Flavor Department. It’s Sweet...With some Spice and Chocolate Tones.. Overall Smooth and Easy Enough to Drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2607) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Small light brown head, good retention and a fair lace. Almost black with a dark red glow. Buttery, spicey,malty nose. Medium body, creamy. Medium sweet malt flavor. Hints of fruit, chocolate and a touch of black malt? Some caramel notes also. Dry finish. Thanks Whaledude!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 24, 2004
from the bottle into the duvel tulip glass / thanks kevin! / definitely a dusty, sort of roasty sorta burnt, chocolate ale. i think i can understand the zesty acidity mentioned in the commercial description since i do sense acidity and spice. it’s basically a "black pils" or "weak porter." there's definitely a sort of dessert slash thirst quencher thing going on. it's odd. can be refreshing. hmm.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2004
On tap at Shakespear’s Pizza is Columbia MO. Dark but translucent. Rich malt tones and light to absent hops. Earthy and robust yet sweet and gentle. Quite good. A sort of darkened brown ale.


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