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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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Nice deep red/brown color. Medium head. Nice mouth feel on this beer. Well rounded on the roasted grain and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2002
Re-Rate 10/15/02: The beer pours a clear deep ruby to almost brown color, the head is light chocolate in color, creamy, long lasting and moderate in size. Nose is malt, caramel, slight hints of roasted grains. Front is sweet, the top medium, the finish is somewhat sour, pleasingly dry, fairishly acidic, and a decent drinking beer. Ranks #662 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2002
Malty flavor, and typical of New Belgium, very unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Black color, medium head. Roasted malts, slightly hoppy. Somewhat lighter tasting with an underlying spiciness. Crisp and refreshing, unusual for a black beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and round. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is malty, slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (701) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 Excellent. A spicy, slightly hoppy odor, Excellent appearance. A light tan head, good lace, creamy, smooth (like soft water) mouthfeel, rich black/red color, slightly transparent, bitter, warm, spicy. Nice finish with a bright, almost cider-like tatse. Another great beer from New Belgium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 23, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2003 (7/28/03): Clear dark brown body with off-white head. Sweet, malty, caramel. Taste is rich and sweet caramel, malty. Medium body, with no real bitterness. (9/23/02): Healthy beige head atop dark red-brown body. The aroma is strongly caramel, with some roastiness and burnt cherry. Flavor is much the same. Overall, I find this beer too sweet to truly enjoy. (7/4/5/3/11)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miggl (32) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2002
Nice dark brown color, black almost... rich taste... leaves little to be desired for ;-) Great beer!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2002
nice coffee aroma but weak.good creamy lace, with medium size carbonation. the color is dark syrup color. the flavor is thick , but the finish is nice with hops and balanced with the carbonation. overall an enjoyable brew to drink

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2002
A nice dark and malt flavor. Easy to drink with a slight toast/toffee flavor. Not like other beers from the brewery, but very popular locally.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2002
Incredibly dark and ruby with a creamy and thin beige head. Slight carmel and malt aroma. Flavor is something different I can’t describe well. Not very strong, but has some good stuff in there. I will check the rating after I finish the other five. Rerate: still pretty good, had to drop a point though. Just not too incredible.

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