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RATINGS: 1890   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 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 (3456) - 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 (1327) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 This pours a black ruby that is nonetheless transparent and a bit thin bodied. The nose is a bit dirty and laced with plumb fruitiness. It is a bit too carbonated, but the tastes are relatively mild and pleasant with a light roastiness, some spice, and a mild bitter. While not bad, it is very mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 7, 2005
Unique flavor, this beer truly is not a stout or porter as the label bosts. Gritty malty roast without being stoutlike and chocolate richness w/ithout tasting like a porter. Some fruty ester but very malty and well balanced. A triumph in originality and drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
On draft@The Stonehouse, Nevada City. POurs almost black. Malt-bomb aroma with notes of rasins. Sweet taste and bubbly mouthfeel makes me think of Coca-Cola although it isnt quite THAT sweet. Very clean finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA) Not as unique as many of the others in the traditional ale category, this one is more straightforward and "modern", featuring a mildly sweet, mildly roasty maltiness, not unlike the other "black" beers I’ve had. Very malty nose is lightly roasty, mildly bitter, and somewhat sweet. Medium bodied, leaning toward full bodied. Smooth and easy on the palate, and easy to drink. The color is a ruddy, dark brown, clear, and fully translucent. Light tan head, less than an inch in height on the pour, subsides to a thick rim around the edge of the glass, and leaves almost no lace at all. I haven’t had too many traditional ales, but all were very unique, so I guess I was expecting something reasonably unique with this beer. It’s not. It’s just a black beer, albeit a really nice one.

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