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RATINGS: 1822   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggie80 (788) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6043) - 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 (4603) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2003
Belgian Steam Beer! At first I was thinking Schwarzbier, but boy was I wrong.Roasty,fruity with a clean finish.Lots of malt with a touch of sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Roasted aroma, espresso with hints of sweetness. Very dry and roasty on the palate with a light balancing vanilla and banana fruitness towards the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Dark brown, very close to black, light brown head. . . huge nutty malt aroma. Good flavour, slightly smokey, lots of nuts, good bitter hops on the back of the tongue and a roasted finish.

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