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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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (255) - Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Dark reddish brown, tan head. Crisp roasty malty aroma. Distinct and familiar dunkel lager aroma. Sweet malt up front leads to a roasty malty finish. Very nice drinkable craft beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewskilover85 (17) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Great full flavored lager that has an incredible malty kick to it. The smell is as amazing as the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
coyforce (608) - Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Pour is a thick black color with a nice white head. Taste is roasted malty grains.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanuta06 (327) - Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Serving: from tap at Moe’s Original BBQ. Aroma: light malt. Appearance: very small, light-brown, initial head with no lacing and fully-diminishing longevity. Clear, dark-red/brown body. Taste: moderately sweet, initial flavor and moderately sweet and smokey finish with average duration. Palate: medium body, syrupy texture and lively carbonation. Overall: pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cheap (4053) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2014
From a bottle, perhaps some roasted smells in there. Looks just fine! Taste is perhaps more personalty than i care for yet it is still well behaved. Yes, one of my favorite styles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2014
12oz bottle, roasted malt aroma, tan head. Flavors has some stout characteristics, not nearly as heavy and without the bit of a stout. Clean qualities as well. A little heavier than a lager, fits dunkel character. Definitely worth the try!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (349) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2014
On tap at New Belgium Hub at DEN. Deep reddish brown with a thick tan head that leaves sheets on the snifter. Nose is lots of toasted malts with coffee and vanilla. Low sweetness chocolate and nuts with a medium dry bitterness. Medium creamy mouth with average carbonation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryecatcher (787) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours chestnut brown, thin head, no retention. Nose is malty, some caramel, hint of coffee. Mouth is medium bodied, malt forward, coffee, cocoa, toasted brown bread. Not terrible, but I’ve had better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scotchzombie (327) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2014
Pours black with hints of chestnut and a yeasty, lacing tan head that fades to a chunky coating. Aroma is nuts, earthy chocolate malts and mild darkfruit. Taste is a bit thin, short and syrupy. Flavor, however, is very pleasant. Roasted toffee, raisins and a hint of noble hops to finish. Mild carbonation and an active mouthfeel. Overall tone is sweet with some roast and some bitter out back. Very drinkable and even a bit stout-like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1198) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2014
355mL bottle BB JUL14 Pours an attractive deep garnet body, a bit of clarity to it. A dense off-white foam holds, leaving clumpy lace in its wake. Good intensity of aroma; dark grain bread, burnt toast, brown caramel, hint of almost clove-like spice. Nice smooth carbonation, has a creaminess about it bolstered by a good amount of body; certainly more than expected with a beer of this strength. Palate follows on with more notes of bitter chocolate, cola, burnt caramel, dense breads, savoury spice and a hint of coffee grinds. Dry finish, moderately low bitterness. Very well made, very tasty, very drinkable. Certainly a good sort of "gateway" dark beer.

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