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RATINGS: 1825   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 9, 2003
A different kind of brew. Cola colored with caramel and citrus aroma and brownish head. Fairly light bodied with vanilla and a slight tartness. Lightly hopped and refreshing. I don't know what to compare it to but I think it is excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2003
Black as night, little head. Flavor was slightly roasty with some nutty/fruity notes. While the bottle claimed that this was neither a stout nor a porter, it sure seemed like a porter to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2003
I liked this beer. Dry but malty. A refreshing and medium bodied beer. Dark brown with little noticable head. Taste of roasted grain (not burnt though).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2003
This definitely has a much lighter flavor then appearance suggests! Excellent head and lacing with a cola color to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Looks like flat cola. Everything is subtle. I taste peanuts, fruit, malt flavors. Good head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6145) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2003
First impression was of a flavor of peanuts. Changed to a typical maltiness after that. Dark tea appearance - little to no head - slightly malty aroma - pleasant. Has a bit of a muted flavor - nothing realy sticks out - would make a good session ale in my opinion. Good mouthfeel - goes down smooth. First of many New Belgiums to come - cannot find them around Florida.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4638) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2003
A very interesting beer. After sampling a Coopers Extra Stout, this had a distinct peanut aroma and flavor to me. Dry malt, nutty flavor. Great cola appearance, bottle and label, light filmy head. Finishes ale-y and tart. Sufficient bittering of some sort, but not very hoppy. An unusual brew, with a session-weight body. 1554 is cruising for food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Extremely yummy. The perfect mixture of a cream stout and a porter. A mellow roasted malty flavor with hints of vanilla and fruity sweetness, all the way through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
A new style for me. A stout-colored ale that tastes nothing like a stout. Good body - though the color throws you off until you convince yourself it's not a porter or stout. Very roasty with an almost sweet flavor. Esters are pleasant and kind of fruity. A must try.

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