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RATINGS: 1879   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (782) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2005
12oz bottle best before 07jun05. Pous a deep rich mohogany with a thic dark brown head.
Aroma is musty, caramel, roasty, sugary malt.
Flavor is smokey, roasty, maybe burnt coffee, with some caramel thrown in. finish is short and roasty coffee like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - FEB 24, 2005
This stuff had a caramely, syruppy taste just like yuppie coffee. Very dark that was a deep brownish red when held up to a light. Light tan colored thick creamy head. I didn’t hate it but I surely didn’t like it much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierfinder (10) - College Station, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Reddish brown to dark brown, small even head and great smoky treat for the palate. Great Malty flavor. A beer tha goes down easy with no after-taste. One of the best domestic (USA) dark brews I have found.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
bottle. burgundy in appearance, small off-white head. roasty aroma, hints of smokiness, and very malty. sweet, heavily malt-accented flavour, notes of raisins. moderate carbonation. dry bitter finish. I was expecting something different. overall a mediocre brew from New Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rajendra82 (1029) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Another purchase from a recent trip to Arkansas, this beer intrigued me with the unusual style moniker. When poured into a standard pint glass, this did not look black, but rather dark brownish red. The head was uneven and foamy off-white. The aroma was grainy and grassy, with some sweet corn syrup like smell. The taste was closest to an English brown ale, with some burnt characteristics of a porter creeping in. Lot of nutty malt sweetness, tempered only slightly by the aromatic hops. The mouthfeel was slick and oily. An easy drinking beer for sure.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Dark brown pour with smallish off white head. Smells of yeast. Sweet malt and sugar cookie taste. Unpleasant bread aftertaste. Odd oily mouthfeel. I didn’t like this and I don’t like the NB "biscuit" taste. (12 oz bottle)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Pours dark brown, not black. Slight tan head/ Nose is malty and sweet. Roasty. Flavor is much of the same with mild sense of chocolate. Finishes with slight hop bitterness. An OK beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ghett0yeti (29) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2005
I was surprised to find a bottle of this in the bar back in my redneck hometown. Sweet at first then the hops barely kick in. Kind of a funky aftertaste, but I’m a smoker so I can kill any taste left on my palate. If you can find it at your local bar I recommend it. It’s great for kicking back and playing a few games of pool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Pours clear brown and sits a nice dark brown with light black and a small quick dissapating head. Aroma is roasted and smokey. There is also a slightly hidden sweetness in the aroma. Flavor is roasted but not as distinct as the aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 3, 2005
bottle 12 oz. 18 May 05. Dark brown/mahogany w fair tan head that fell away quickly. Mod carb, min lace. Aroma is dark roasted malt w a slight burnt sugar essence, faint Belgian yeast, & min hops w a touch of non sweet choc. Flavor is rather dry/sour dk roasted malt w light hops. Has a faint tar/asphalt taste. (I don’t necessarily mean this to be negative though). On the low end of Med bodied. OK but lacks depth, fullness, richness. If there is any complexity going on here its below my radar level. Mouthfeel is light/watery. Finish is somewhat crisp & dry. My selection will have to be very tight to buy this again.

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