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RATINGS: 1818   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2004
My favorite dark beer starter. Pours with a great rich black hue and a creamy tan head. Rich dark malt aromas, hints of chocolate and vanilla, with a slight berry flavor. Drinks much lighter than it looks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Decent white head with lacing throughout. Mostly dark brown color. Aromas of malt and roasted grains. Nicely balanced flavor with small acidic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2004
very dry, really dark, some licorice flavors... nice and malty, pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 My least favorite of the New Belgium Ales. Beautiful black color, but not much of the traditional belgian characteristics that I’m used to from this brewer. I believe that this is a lager, so it may be in the wrong category here. More malt flavoring and a stronger yeast imparting would be an improvement here. UPDATE 10/7: I’m starting to appreciate this one more. caramel toffee finish and horehound candy notes. No aroma whatsoever.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
On Tap at Brewery. Dark Brown, opaque. Significant malt character with notes of licorice, molasses, and yet it seems fairly dry. Nice tan head, lasts and lasts. Dry finish with faint hop support.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
1/14/04: bottle, from “santa-acrodizer”.
smoke and alcohol aroma. deep brown body with a fair amount of lacing. malty taste. as this beer warms the smoked flavor becomes more evident.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2004
very smokey and dark quite good but I am usually a bigger fan of a sweeter style. It was not bitter though and went down great

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Deep black pour with a lacing tan head. Aroma full of malt and some smoke. Pretty decent taste. Creamy. Smokey as well. Some dry malt of dry hops? First one of the style and overall not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Poured a dark ruby color with a medium sized creamy tan head that left nice lacing. Malty, lagerish, sweet aroma and a roasted malt taste. Some caramel noted as well in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2004
transparent yet still pretty damn dark ruby-amber color...with a thin to almost non-existent head, tending to halo at the sides of the glass...malty, almost smokey aroma with big notes of barley, oats, and mostly a cereal-like thing going on...malty, toasty flavors mix with sweetness and vegitable squishiness..turning a dark burnt oaty, roasty, but disappointing road to one-dimensional sweetness...

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