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RATINGS: 1741   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2003
Pours dark brown with a medium thin tan head, a lot of carbonation is present. Aroma and flavor of nuts, coffee, and caramel. The carbonation was a little off-putting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2003
weak head dark brown body. sweet, fruity, creamy, and nuty. mild carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Black or just really dark brown? Some really interesting nut flavors ... maybe some pine nut? Smells thick and malty. A good break from the typical lager. A good American Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2009 Close to cola-colored (that’s the best way to describe this one) while still letting a little light through. Good sized head. Smells and tastes like a good Belgian. RERATE NEEDED.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Medium to dark brown cola color with little head. Bready, cookie dough aroma on top of sweet caramel malt. Good complexity of flavors. Wonderful dark chocolate aftertaste crept up on me about ten seconds after swallowing. Light acidic presence toward the end, but not overwhelming. This was like eating chocolate chip cookies, a.k.a. this goes well with milk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2003
I was puzzled. Belgian Style Black Ale, what the hell is that? Maybe like a Flanders Red? ... No more like a dark lager, or schwarzbier, with decent chocolate malt. Ok, but not what i was expecting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2003
No real head. Light raisin, some plum and thin chocolate in the nose. Nearly nothing in the mouth. Faint flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2003
Chocolat and Blackberry aroma. If only it tasted as good as the label and description seemed it would. Good....not great. Seems too light for Black Ale. While the taste is good I'm still a bit disappointed in the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2003
My old buddy Portlandrunk had this just before I did apparently - it must be our psychic wavelength. Nice and malty, surprisingly fruity actually - a bit winelike in flavor and a bit lambic-like in appearance. Nice black malt with hints of cherry, cranberry, marionberry - the most "Belgian Aleish" quality here. Some lingering spice, although I'm not sure what. A nice mix between the barley and yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Came off a little weak for something with such a promising name. Fairly light bodied, with a roasted malt presence. I really wonder how this would age.

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