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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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a deep rich brown with tinges of auburn. Thin tan head with almost a reddish tinge. A roasted, fruity nose. Light burnt malt and an odd fruity smell, almost like kiwi fruit. Spicy. Taste is all over the place. Spicy like cloves or nutmeg. Roasted smokiness in the malt. A tropical fruity flavor, like kiwi or mango more so than apple or citrus. Also a crisp bitter hoppiness through out, especially in the finish. Medium bodied and crisp with smoky chocolate bitterness that lingers and turns into a sticky maltiness. I enjoy this beer alot, lots of different tastes happening here. Good show.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Tap. Deep brown color with a reddish tint. Medium bodied. Malty aroma and flavor. Interesting. Chocolate and some fruitiness in flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - APR 27, 2005
My aroma experience was tainted by the smoke in the bar I was in. I’m likely to re-rate this later. Very dark, with a medium, creamy looking head. Very smooth, not quite sweet. Gets a little hoppier as you drink. Chocolate notes, toasty. Looking forward to trying this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6537) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 This is the first beer I have encountered from this brewer. Sampled from an attractive 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a small tan head. The aroma is toasted malt and dry chocolate. The flavor is dry chocolate and toasted malt with a nice toasted finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amnoisis (4) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - APR 22, 2005 does not count
Not really black, but oh well. Nice, complex flavor. Easier to drink than some other dark beers. Yeasty mix of florals, chocolate, coffee, and a fruity background. Good Beer Overall and my favorite New Belgium brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3415) - Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2005
This pours a deep mahogany brown with all of the ruby highlights one could wish for. Large light brown head that gives off a yeasty floral aroma with chocolate, coffee and tangy apple in the background. Some bittersweet chocolate on the tongue that is devlivered smooth and creamy. Imagine a good Brown Ale, a Porter and a nice spicy Belgian blended together. Thanks to csbosox for sending this one a while back!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2005
tastes a lot like a belgian ale with a generous helping of roasted barley and/or chocolate malts. very dry and roasty, surprisingly clean, but very interesting. could be just a porter fermented with belgian yeast, but either way i like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 8, 2005 Pours dark brown. Aroma is a bit malty with a hint of fruityness. Malty flavor and a grassy/grainy hint that stays around for the finish with the malt. Mild/low bitterness. A pretty good mildly dark brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Very dark beer, Aroma is a mixture of a dull wine, sweetness, and malt. Flavor is nice and smooth, like a dull malt flavor that lingers pretty nicely. not to bad a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Dark, dark red with a rich and frothy head. Tart aroma with a malt and caramel aroma. Earthy in flavor with a unique toasted grain finish. Nice body. Well made.

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