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RATINGS: 1852   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Toasty and slightly roasty, this has a nice sparkling black appearance and an easy to drink medium thick body. Hints of smoke and fruit float thru the flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1537) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2004 Not as dark or smoky as it looks or smells, but a good roasted finish with caramel and lightly nutty notes. It is slightly acidic, as though it wants to be a porter. I’m glad it’s not, and like it for what it is -- a rich, traditional ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2004
fairly good dark ale, tart at the begining with a sweeter smoky finish. A good desert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Dark brown pour, mostly diminishing tan head. Aroma of deep roasted caramel, spicy yeast and some alcohol as it warms. Rather light at the front, quite malty, very roasted and burnt, almost imperial stout burnt, finish is acidic, dry and slightly bitter. The palate is very watery, could be more aggressively brewed. But it’s very good for what it is. It’s a porter at first glance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2004
Medium brown, small light brown head with minimal lacing leaves rapidly. Aroma possesses quite a good malt base, akin to roasted almonds with coffee fragrance and little dark fruit notes. Dry palate, yeast imparts a slight tartness that surprisingly marry the roastiness adequately. A fuller schwarzbier with subtle fruity aspects. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RogerBurks (45) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Very concentrated and complex flavors. It nearly has a wine-like quality. - maybe like a port. There’s a nice sweet-roasty intensity to it, with flourishes of spice. A wonderful initial flavor and a palate to savor. Great maltiness, but so much more. One of my new favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Brown in color,small off white head that faded quickly leaving little behind.Malty light caramel aroma with maybe a touch of hops in it.Nice malty flavor with a bit of chocolate,roasty with a slight hop bitterness at the tail end of the tasteing.I guess i don’t see where the acidity comes into play.it seems quite smooth and easy drinking with a nice amount of carbonation to help make the flavors dance on your tongue.I have to agree with Grat, it does have some Schwarzbier qualities.Over all a pretty decent brew.Thanks go to Falconseye for sending this brew my way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 This beer is really interesting. Pours a lovely black and garnet color with anice tan head. Nose is of cinnamon, chocolate, roastiness, and a nice dry smoked pepper sort of aroma. on the tongue it almost tastes like a schwarz beer however the mouthfeel is much more generous than a typical black lager. Notes of, roasted pepper, dry roasted fennel, and deep rich vanilla. Not bad not great had better. G-rat

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2004
Bottle-In the vaults of HI International. I kept buying New Belgium beers in the US, and i was always dissapointed. Typically soft, with no guts and no interesting flavours. Light Belgian yeast character, some chocolate and orange. Inofensive, and just plain boring.

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