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RATINGS: 1799   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Above average. I wouldn’t have ordered it if I didn’t need it for my Old Chicago World Beer Tour, but I’m glad I did. I was pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5133) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 13, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 The body poured from the bottle as black but shows a dark ruby when held to light. The head is a dark khaki. The aroma is nutty with some light roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate. The taste is smooth coffee with a hint of sweet honey. There is also some peaches. I am still not a fan, but not as bad as I remember. original rating follows. On tap at the Ginger Man in Dallas. Aorma was slightly sweet with oak. The taste was bubblegum with a nasty finish. Also had peaches and tobacco. A strange combination.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Deep dark brown, bordering on black. Thick, dense, frothy tan head. Strong malty sweetness with an immense roasty presence. Traditional ale maybe, Schwarzbier definately. I wish that this was more available to me. Very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Peppery and yeasty aroma. Dark muddy, amber/brown. Flavor is figgy, chocolate and dates. Nice yeasty flavor as well. Dry finish. A bit thin, but still quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Dark ruby color with minimal head. Aroma of chocolate, plum, and an underlying yeastiness. Bitter-sweet cocoa flavor with a hint of fig and a slightly spiced bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Almost no carbonation. Somehow looked thin??? Pleasent roasted maltiness and slight hint of yeast in the flavor. Aroma was malty and slightly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Pours a dark brown with just a tiny bit of tan head. Roasted aroma, taste is very malty with hints of chocalte and maybe fig? Tasted flat and very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2516) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Mahagony colored,m no head no carbonation. Malty - roasted chocolate nose. Chocolate - roasted taste. Crisp mouthfeel - peppery finish. Nice hazelnut flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2004
Draught. Dark garnet pour with a thin dense off white head. Nose is flat. Flavor notes of raisin, molassses, and malt come through. Very mild and unimpressive. Perfectly neutral in every way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
Almost flat, maybe mine is special? I find it hard to believe that any beer is this flat on purpose. No head because of this. Nice dark brown color with a little amber to keep your eyes occupied. Smooth bitterness with a somewhat rich/soapy texture. This is a beer that improves with warmth so let it warm up out of the fridge. The overall experience was too much like drinking dishsoap for me to buy this one again.

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