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RATINGS: 1747   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
libertine (209) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2014
pours a very dark amber with a tan head. nice lacing. aroma is smoke, malt, chocolate, nutty and bread. flavor and aroma are the same. thin to medium body. oily texture. pleasant bitter finish. very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pkmd1 (23) - - JUL 25, 2014
Great med dark with smooth flavors. One of the favorites with it's somewhat nutty brown flavors and smooth finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joelfaber (14) - Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Pours dark with a thin white head that disappeared quickly. Tastes of chocolate, malt and roasted nuts. A Colorado classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pilgrim_211 (4) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2014 does not count
This beer really opened me up to wanting to take on beer as a hobby. Casey Moor's in Tempe, AZ has this on tap in the fall and it's flippin amazing! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (722) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUL 12, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured in a reddish shade of dark brown, off white head, no real lacing on the glass. Roasted malts and some coffee on the nose. Taste is consistent, roast malts, a bit of smoke, some caramel, coffee notes. Very nice beer, tasty and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AKORN (140) - Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Dark amber color with a small head and tiny bubbles. Roasted malt and toffee. Dark fruit sweetness, mild sourness, malt with a light smooth finish. Good beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (1857) - Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle: Very dark brown, hints of ruby with a lasting, creamy tan head. Moderate lacing. Aroma of toasted caramel malts, mild grape sweetness, bread, yeast, a touch of roasted grains. Flavor exhibits a mild vinous character; grape skins & mild alcohol. Notes of toasted bread, dry caramel malt, cocoa dust, a bit of unsweet chocolate in the finish. Notable hopping with a leafy & ashy character, slight bitterness. Faint clove in the aftertaste, Belgian yeast esters coming alive. Not bad for what it is, blurring the style guidelines a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigHoss (172) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2014
It has a dark reddish brown color and light brown head that disparates quickly. I smell malt, coffee, vanilla, caramel and some dark bread. I taste all the same, with a clean finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcervantes75 (4) - Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014 does not count
Pours a very dark brown with a light tan one and a half inch head that leaves a nice lace. Dissipates fairly quickly. Nice roasted chocolate flavor as well as aroma. Good lager with good smoky character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1384) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Pours a dark red almost brown color with off-white head Caramel malt, roasted malt, and some floral hops on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more roasty notes.

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