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RATINGS: 1750   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Pours a dark black with amber edges, nice frothy head and some lace. Roast malts in the nose and small fruits. More roast malts in the flavor, some fruit. Smooth finish, slightly carbonate. Good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2003 Excellent inviting aroma, head dissapates quickly. not opaque but more of a very dark brown, (is there such a thing as light black)? roasty flavor giving way to toffee/vanilla tones with underlying fruitiness, slightly bitter aftertaste. Interesing drinkable beer as a stand alone and would compliment heavy beef dishes as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
When poured, this beer makes a decent head, and has a dark color. The aroma is pleasant. It is very smooth and feels nice on the palate. It has a wonderful sweet, malty flavor. This is a definite must.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Pour nicely with a quality head & dark brown body. The aroma is of a dark belgian; malty, sweet, & fruity. Once on the palate it comes on with notes of coffee, spice, malt & has roasted characteristics. But finishes like a much lighter ale. A must try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 6, 2003
A pretty brown ale that pours with a nice, dense head. Reminds me of a stronger Newcastle Brown, with more caramel/chocolate flavors, and an interesting tang from the lager yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Not my favorite of the New Belgiums, but it has its good points. Very drinkable, although a little thin. I'd drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3242) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2003
tap-I think this is a fantastic beer! Very porter-eque, but none the less, a good brew. Aroma was full of roasted notes and spice. Appearance was crimson/opaque. flavor was full of coffee and roasted notes. the palate was medium bodied. good brew!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fraternie (820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Dark brown body. Malty aroma. Fairly bland intial malt flavor, sweet and fruity flavors develop (raisin, grape, plum). Thin but smooth malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Deep amber color. Pours wth a nice head. Good aroma of roasted malt and slight yeasty fruitiness. Roasted malt is evident in the flavor along with nice residual sweetness. Very little hops flavor or aroma. A good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Draught and bottle sampled. Dark, frothy beige head and ruby-brown body. Aroma of toasted malts, nuts, and all-spice. Flavor also of nuts, malts, and some maple. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and decent carbonation.

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