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RATINGS: 1831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2004
On tap at Shakespeare Pizza in Columbia, Missouri. Dark brown/black body topped by a thin-medium tan head. Earthy aroma with strong notes of toffee. Flavor was somewhat porter-like, with chocolate, toffee, caramel and dark fruit mingling with light, earthy hops. On second thought, the lack of roast led me away from porter and towards an amber ale of sorts and finally an altbier. Well, I guess it’s a "Traditional Ale." At least I’m not the only one who’s confused!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5181) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2004
Bottle: Poured a dark colored beer with a medium head with good retention. Aroma is comprised mostly of roasted malts with some subtle spice mix. Taste is quite different from what I expected and I would described as a mix between a dry stout and a Belgian ale. Roastiness is prevalent but you can still see the Belgian inspiration in this beer. Body is above average. Overall, this is a fine drink and I applaud the fact that the brewer tried to brew something different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Bottle: Little light beige head over a mohogany brown body. Aroma is lightly roasty, chocolatey, hints of caramel and smokiness, and pretty clean grainy malt. Flavor is much the same, but more subdued. Roastiness is most prevalent, followed by a clean, well balance, lightly diacetyl. My fault! Bottle says "best by 08/09/04. Clean of fruitiness, hints of alc flavor at a low ABV, at least to me right now! Chocolate, toffee, & crisp! Lighter body, almost watery, highly carbonated, and lightly acidic. A schwarzbier it is not. But a very good summertime, dark lager beer, it is! A lot of complexity for a dark lager style. I’d try to find this if I could around here for something lighter with flavor!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - AUG 16, 2004
pours black witgh a off white head and a lasting lace. aromas of roast malt chocolate and coffee. round, roasted malt bitter then smooth dark chocolate sweetness then roasted malt again with a lingering chocolate sweetness. good brew with some charactor in the flavor changes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2865) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Bottle Pours a very dark reddish black witha very thick off white head that is still there after several minutes. The lacing almost completely coates the insie of the glass. Aroma is of a dark roast, yeast and malt. Tastes dark and smokey with nutty yeasty smokey darkness. A very creamy smooth mouth feel and a somewhat bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Draft. Finally got my first New Belgium at Soulard Ale House in St. Louis, and this one because they were out of Fat Tire. But this does not disappoint. A deep brown beer with a stouty head. Very estery like a dunkel weizen. Smoothness almost cancels out roastiness. Despite being average in ABV, it had a good alcohol burn, too. And the lacing leaves nice, regular rings down the entire length of the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2004
Strong malt aroma with some hops. Dark brown, light head. Smooth body. Brown sugar / malty flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Wow now this is a super good brew. Pour dark black with a small tan head. Tastes like semisweet choclate with a bit of nuttyness. This is a great brew to drink!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2004
pours out dark with a tan head. smells sweet and yeasty and somewhat malty. taste is sweet nutty and has hints of chooclate. a really fine traditonal ale, does it stack up to adam? no...but not many beers do. this is an awesome traditional ale though. thanks for this one bill!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Definate toasty smell then malty...sweet and nutty tasting...definately easy to drink...nutty and sweet...did I say that already?

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