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RATINGS: 1867   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3220) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Bottle Pours a very dark reddish black witha very thick off white head that is still there after several minutes. The lacing almost completely coates the insie of the glass. Aroma is of a dark roast, yeast and malt. Tastes dark and smokey with nutty yeasty smokey darkness. A very creamy smooth mouth feel and a somewhat bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2961) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Draft. Finally got my first New Belgium at Soulard Ale House in St. Louis, and this one because they were out of Fat Tire. But this does not disappoint. A deep brown beer with a stouty head. Very estery like a dunkel weizen. Smoothness almost cancels out roastiness. Despite being average in ABV, it had a good alcohol burn, too. And the lacing leaves nice, regular rings down the entire length of the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2004
Strong malt aroma with some hops. Dark brown, light head. Smooth body. Brown sugar / malty flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Wow now this is a super good brew. Pour dark black with a small tan head. Tastes like semisweet choclate with a bit of nuttyness. This is a great brew to drink!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2004
pours out dark with a tan head. smells sweet and yeasty and somewhat malty. taste is sweet nutty and has hints of chooclate. a really fine traditonal ale, does it stack up to adam? no...but not many beers do. this is an awesome traditional ale though. thanks for this one bill!

   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 (1565) - 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 (144) - 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.

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