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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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2002
This is VERY interesting. The comparison to a schwarzbier is a fair one: thin body and roasted notes are all over. The aroma is really nice; toasted bread is one key component. A little sweet (Yeah, Hennes, I agree with the raison), pretty clean finish, a tiny hint of pepper in the mouth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 12, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2003 A pretty tasty ale. Fairly thin but enjoyable. Love these beers from New Belgium Brewing Company.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 11, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Superb palate and appearance: Creamy and silky; Brown with ruby highlights with a thin head. The slight cocoa nose and muted flavor don't grab me though. Thanks Gusler!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2002
Good enough for Oakes to rate twice and indeed it’s a fine brew - reminds me of March because it’s then that we maple syrupers sample our lastest batches against years past. yes, there is a maple syrup soul to this stuff in with the raison and coffee action.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (19327) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2002
Black as coal. Dry and rather plain. Smooth, but not very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2002
I like most beers that call themselves a ’black ale’, this beer is no exception. Reminded me of an Abita Turbodog....thick, foamy beige head, the taste was sweet and fruity, yet burnt and roasted all at once....pleasant, dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2002
This beer is very dark, like a schwarzbier. It has a hint of Belgian malt aroma and flavor. It’s not as thick as it looks. I can’t get overly excited about this one.

   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.

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