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RATINGS: 1834   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
njnut (357) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2015
UPDATED: APR 29, 2015 Pours into glass a dark glass brown with tan head and lace. Aroma is light coffee and chocolate with a roasted malt. Taste was malt heavy with chocolate in the background. Slightly malty and coffee in the finish. Enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (1591) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Old rating. Dark brown pour. Roasted malts, some caramel, slightly charred, chocolate, oats, spice, mild bitterness. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2015
Bottle - 355ml. Opaque black body with an average beige foamy head. Lovelu malty/hoppy aroma with chocolate and roasty hints. Its well balanced malty taste carries roasted cereals, woody and chocolate notes. Ends with a robust bitter/roasty finish. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tstamba (425) - Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2015
Bottle to a pint. Deep mahogany pour with ample foamy tan head. Toasted malt nose. Fresh bread, cocoa and dark roast coffee beans... Tasty and easy to drink...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PartyFowle (670) - - APR 8, 2015
1554 definitely looks like a beer should, with gorgeous layered lacing, a huge foamy tan head, and a gorgeous, nearly opaque dark reddish brown hue with notes of crimson when held to the light. Aroma is sweet and fruity with roasted malt and dark chocolate. The flavor delivers smoky roasted malt and tobacco, with a bit of dark chocolate and nuttiness. Also a little bit of bitter hops and a light but noticeable alcohol warmth. Sparkly, moderate carbonation; a pleasant light and creamy mouthfeel. A solid year-rounder from NB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MadIndian (2614) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle from SJ. Some nice notes of roasted malts, bread, chocolate and burnt malts. Body was thin, but overall not a bad representation of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPagan5 (106) - San Marcos, California, USA - APR 2, 2015
Pretty good very mild coffee, some caramel. Enjoyed the crisp clean lager characteristic. Not a huge fan of this style but this one is better than most.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
78samh (230) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2015
12 oz bottle pours dark brown and barely translucent. Big off white foam head. Hints of oats, chocolate and coffee aromas. Taste is creamy, roasted malts and slightly nutty. Smooth and balanced finish. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1746) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Poured a dark brown color with a lot of malt rye and yeast flavors. Dry and medium finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
trichoeg85 (34) - Sumrall, Mississippi, USA - MAR 23, 2015
12oz bottle poured to pint glass. Nice thin off white persistent head moderate lacing. Smells of toasty malt and faint coffee. Rich deep mahogany color. Mild coffee taste, sweet malty backbone and mild yeast flavor. Nice flavors and a dry finish. The best of both worlds easy drinking like a lager and nice flavors of a darker porter. Cheers!

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