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RATINGS: 1891   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2004
Draught. Dark garnet pour with a thin dense off white head. Nose is flat. Flavor notes of raisin, molassses, and malt come through. Very mild and unimpressive. Perfectly neutral in every way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
Almost flat, maybe mine is special? I find it hard to believe that any beer is this flat on purpose. No head because of this. Nice dark brown color with a little amber to keep your eyes occupied. Smooth bitterness with a somewhat rich/soapy texture. This is a beer that improves with warmth so let it warm up out of the fridge. The overall experience was too much like drinking dishsoap for me to buy this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2004
This reminds me of a slightly fruity schwarzbier, with some dryness and pretty fair drinkability. Flavors of black caraffe, chocolate, some spice and a bit of mustiness. Different and worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2004
Pours garnet with a rich tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Kind of like malt powder one puts in a malted. Nice body. Flavor is also malty. Supposedly a reproduction of an old Brussels style beer. Anyway, it's good and worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2004
Pours a clear deep, deep amber color and is topped by a light brown head that starts out a good 3 inches thick. The dominant aroma is of toasted malt, it is joined by perhaps a hint of caramel sweetness, and lots of biscuit type aromatics. This beer has quite a smooth body that goes down quite well. It is lightly sweet. The finish laden with notes of toasted malt, that is not quite approaching a roast character. This beer is quite malty overall, though it is balanced by a dark fruitiness that reminds me of cherries, raisins, and perhaps a bit of fig.. This beer could definitely use a bit more Belgian yeast character, but that is perhaps a wee bit of a shallow complaint, as this is a great session beer as is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2004
Super dark brown clear with a decent size dark tan coloured head. Faint hoppy and earthy roasted malt aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied smooth with a touch of astringency. Uncomplicated medium light caramel malt sweetness and roasted grains flavours. Pleasant drinking but didn't get the refreshing zesty acidty.

   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 (2665) - 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.

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