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RATINGS: 1834   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2003
tap-I think this is a fantastic beer! Very porter-eque, but none the less, a good brew. Aroma was full of roasted notes and spice. Appearance was crimson/opaque. flavor was full of coffee and roasted notes. the palate was medium bodied. good brew!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fraternie (916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Dark brown body. Malty aroma. Fairly bland intial malt flavor, sweet and fruity flavors develop (raisin, grape, plum). Thin but smooth malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Deep amber color. Pours wth a nice head. Good aroma of roasted malt and slight yeasty fruitiness. Roasted malt is evident in the flavor along with nice residual sweetness. Very little hops flavor or aroma. A good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Draught and bottle sampled. Dark, frothy beige head and ruby-brown body. Aroma of toasted malts, nuts, and all-spice. Flavor also of nuts, malts, and some maple. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and decent carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Dark brown beer with a nice lacing. A coffee flavor with a nice bite on the palate. Slightly bitter finish. A very nice brew that is a little different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Roasted grain aroma. Small light brown head. Brown colored. Sweet but not overly so. Surprisingly light and dry on the palate given its color. Acidic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Dark in color with a 1/4 inch head that detereates rather quickly. It had a roasted malt flavor with caramel and citrus. It's unique and worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Brown/reddish hue, with a small creamy head and good lacing. Roasted malt, nutty, mild molasses, hint of coffee and chocolate, hint of sweet fruit (ripe blackberries perhaps?) and spice undertone in a nicely complex aroma. Smokey sweet with a interesting citrusy and spicy zing to it. A fruity black beer? Finish clean and dry. Lively mouthfeel and medium-bodied. Whatever the style of this beer (or maybe it's a style on it's own), I really liked it, highly recommended to all who want something different to break up the constant tasting of IPA's and Imperial Stouts. Very non-traditional. Thanks to TAR for picking up a sixer for me!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Another winner from New Belgium. I don't know what I should classify this as, maybe nothing. It's ridiculous to call this a "traditional ale", both because this is not, and because you could call Budweiser a "traditional ale". Anyway, nice red/brown color with a tan head. Nice burnt malty flavors come on first. Flavor is overall sweet but not overwhelming, and just lightly carbonated enough. Lighter than it looks and finishes nice and clean. Who cares what this is, really? It's outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Looking past the outstanding label, it gives off a dark glow of a creature in the night. But this beer is special. Roasted malt aroma follows through on a sweet, fruity, smokey, zesty palate. An intriging beer. What is it? A stark beer, black and tan, stout, porter, a light doppelbock? to me, a dominating well made beer. It's a beer I always come back to.

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