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RATINGS: 1735   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2002
A very nice dark lightly roasty ale. Somewhere between a porter and sweet stout in flavor, though light on aroma and body. A nice ale but one truly made for sipping as a dessert beer due to its sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2002
I’m not sure how to rate this. It is just a nice interesting balck ale. Bitter raosted grains along with dark fruit. Slightly lactic yeast characteristics. Just nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 26, 2002
Dark but not very overpowering. Decent taste, very smooth mouthfeel. Not bad for an American.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2002
I was presented this by a friend who said it was a porter (it is not). I was pleasantly surprised. Black in color, thick beige head. Roastly malt nose with hints of spice. Sweet malt start, full middle, roasty dry finish. A must try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CourageBest (51) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2002
A beer calendar I have called this the best bottled beer in America. I’ll have to disagree, although it wasn’t to bad. A bit roasted for my taste, but not as much as a porter. I enjoyed what I had, but wouldn’t buy it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2002
As the label states, its neither a stout, nor a porter. A medium-bodied black ale that is very drinakable. For some reason, I was reminded of the old Michelob Dark commercial that used to say ’Don’t be afraid of the dark.’ As with the other New Belgium products I’ve tried, it has a very distinct spice to it and an enjoyable one at that. Very, and I do mean very, slight sweetness to it that gives way to the spice on the finish. I could see this being nice off the tap, but the bottle was very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 25, 2002
malty with super subtle chocolate aroma. Stout black. wierd malty taste, very nice, good feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2002
Dark molasses body with and ice cream float-like head. Sweet, medium toasted malting, quite an enjoyable Belgian Ale though more restrained than typical.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2002
Beautiful color and aroma. And another great label from a great brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2002
Reminds me of Asahi black, except a little bit thicker and creamier. Still not too heavy though, and it is true that it isn’t as good if ice cold.

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