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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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2004
Dark black color. nice head out of bottle. some lacing. Tastes smooth and spicy. A warmer upper of a beer. I haven't had a bad New Belgium yet. This

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2628) - GERMANY - APR 11, 2004
Dusty, grainy nose - like cracked barley. Dark brown color and low clining head. Chocolately roasty body with a nut character (almonds?). Great balance. The simplicity of the beer is what makes this attractive and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2004
12 oz bottle. Pours very black,ruby/red when held up to light. Aroma= Moderate malt, roasted, light bread and yeast, and earth. Appearance= Creamy, just slightly off-white, surprisingly small head. No lacing. Flavor= Slightly bitter and acidic with sour yeast and burnt/roasted malt. Palate= Dry, medium/full body and slightly astringent at the finish. Not bad, I thought the flavor would be more robust and complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2004
Dark with a rapidly dissipating head. Aroma is malty with anise and caramel. Flavour is dry and malty with some fruity notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2004
Dark with tan thin quickly discipating head. The nose is sweet and malty. The tate is malty and dry. One of the better black beers taht I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2009 11/25/2009 Bottle expires 11/2009. Mahogany body, crystal clear, topped with a medium-small tan head, creamy, quickly shrinking to a thin ring. Rings and splotches of lace. Roasty aroma of spent coffee grounds, scorched bean soup, molasses, and that’s about it. Mouth is medium with light, creamy carbonation and a wet finish (eventually dries out). Flavor is kind of bland. Heavily biased towards roasted malts including stale coffee, roasted grain, caramel, semi-hoppy finish with wood tones, the white of a grapefruit rind, plastic, and almost smoky notes. Good looking beer, smells pretty good, totally sessionable. 3/29/2004 Bottled. Pours a clear, dark reddish brown. Color in the glass is a very nice mahogany color. Good sized head off-white, rocky, great lacing. Nice medium body(slightly watery finish), fizzy, creamy carbonation that lasts after you swallow. Odor is yeasty like a homebrew and rising dough(very strong and sour), alcohol in the odor and very bitter bakery yeast smell(some sweat). Smells similar to something gone bad, that you wouldn’t eat. Touch of coffee and some caramel sweet. The odor is "interesting." Flavor improves as it warms. It’s very bitter and sour and harsh fresh from the fridge with noticable acloholic flavor. Once warmed up it has a light flavor that’s rather "there" up front and the middle has some sour and sweet from caramel, kind of toffee. Aftertaste is a coffee-toffee kind of blend and sticks to your mouth. Overall: I actually dislike this beer; it leaves a nice coating on my mouth, but I don’t like the flavor or the smell. Looks great...smells intriguing...flavor is not for me. Aroma: 5 Appearance: 5 Taste: 5 Palate: 4 Overall: 12

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2004
bottled: pours nice and dark clear brown. with a tan creamy head that stays with lots of lace. malty nose and warmth. in the mouth sweet and malty, almost what i expected from the nose, choc malt taste and toffe, not alot of hops noted. reminds me of kostiser or a dunkles with a little more choc malt flavor or a light porter. very good and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
thegreenrooster (3499) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Pours a not quite black, more of a deep red. Aroma is of roasted malt and flavor is suprise roasted malt. Good burnt flavor gives this brew a nice chocolate taste. This beer is not a every day brew but should be had at least once. Very different

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2004
New Belgium is very impressive all over but 1554 is great. Super dark, nice roasted quality. Dark and chocolatey malts, just a hint of sweetness Great texture and body. Overall a great black beer. Smooth, very smooth through and through.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fly (1429) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Was much more impressed the first time I tried this. Not sure why as I don't feel it has changed. Not a bad beer by any stroke, easy to drink. Nice flavors, but lacking complexity and real character it falls a tad flat after a bit. Lord, please don't let me become TOO jaded.

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