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RATINGS: 1888   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Yet another beer that I have sampled numerous times but have never bothered to rate. Dark Rubyt. Deep aroma of black malt, giving tons of coffee along with chocolate, fruit, nuts and a delicate bitter hoppiness. Thin, yet somewhat creamy texture. Edgy, somewhat astringent and sharp. Malt driven. An ok beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Bottle. Pours dark brown with little head. Strong roasty coffee aroma, smells great. Smooth, a little light-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2727) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Ahh, like a stout that is not a stout. Smells of something roasted, which you should pick up from its dark coloration. Once sipped, it becomes even mysterious, as it mingles flavors of coffee and malt without becoming overly heavy. Strangly brisk in spite of all of its darkness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CjileAle (2) - wilmot, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2004 does not count
Is smooth upon first sip with a rosty flavor. Slight lace on the side of the glass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeissGuy (10) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2004
The color is amazing, a deep red, the inishal taste wavers fast, but still is vary intence. There is a sharp bite but with rosty overtones

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pours black with a big tan head. Nice lacing as the head subsides. Somewhat yesty nose, the other aromas seem to be coffee and roasted oats? The beer has a nice mouthfeel and a roasted coffee flavor that gives away to floral/citrusy flavor. The finish is mild, but flavorful. This is an interesting beer. Despite its dark color and flavor, it is very easy to drink, even in the hot summer heat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wetterhorn (6) - USA - NOV 24, 2004 does not count
Beautiful beer that is quite tasty! Dark, but unlike a stout or porter. Smooth on the palate and makes a perfect beer for kicking back and having with a fine cigar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle courtesty of ClarkVV: Dark brown, red tints, small tan head that fades. Aroma: Irish breakfast oatmeal, cereal grains, butter, light yeast, chocolate & wheat combo. Taste: mild chocolate, fruit, dark roasted malt, yeast, earthy dirt, carmelized malt, sweet malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (5657) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 2004 bottle. Dark burgundy/mahogany brown. Filtered clear, with a small beige head, rapidly disipating and decent lacing. Aroma of Irish porridge, says bucknaked, but to me it smells like hazelnuts and roast. Nothing exciting. Flavor is pretty solid for a regular brewpub porter. Knowing the style and what they aim this to be, I could stretch to say that I taste belgian yeast, but realistically, I would NEVER know this was a beligan traditional brown ale. This tastes like a decent american porter. Roasty, some chocolate and caramel. Im pretty sure back in 1554 they didnt filter the hell out of this beer. Why does New Belgium filter all of their normal bottle line so heavily???

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Nothing great...but not bad. med dark looking with not much head. probably wont have again.

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