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RATINGS: 1805   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevd193213 (896) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Draught sample. Reddish brown pour. Aroma of faint bitter chocolate and nuts. Medium bodied, very smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1453) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Mild roasted aroma, pours a clear ruby red with a thin off-white head. Mild chocolate and roasted notes, fading to a short roasted finish. Light bodied, and really easy drinking. Most of the complexity comes from the malts, with just a small hint of hop characteristics. This is one you could sit and drink all day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spatenfan (43) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2014
This beer was the one that started me on a path to better craft beer. Dark, sweet, and a hint of smokiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayzz (466) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, sweet, very easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2408) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2014
12oz bottle from Ptaz! Thanks bro! Pours a dark brown color with ruby red highlights and a finger of frothy tan head. Aroma of lightly roasted coffee, cocoa powder, toasted nuts, and whole wheat bread. Taste of bitter weak day old coffee, earth, nuts, caramel, and whole wheat bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (3395) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2014
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear brown with a beige head of foam. Good retention. The aroma is roasty and nutty, good malt presence. The taste is delicate nutty notes with mild sweetness. Medium to high carbonation. Light to medium body. Pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagerboy (1443) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
355 ml can as New Belgium 1554 Black Lager. Clear deeper copper, finer lasting tan foam. Darker c-malt nutty chocolate aroma. Taste is roasty toasty malty caramel, milk chocolate, nutty, faint Noble influence. Average carbonation, medium bodied. Very nice. MLF (More Lagerboy Friendly)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
voyageurmike (117) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2014
6-pack from Giant, served in tulip glass. Very dark brown, faint malt nose, minimal head from light carbonation. Mildly bitter taste and nice clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2980) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle, thanks in-laws! Nice dark brown with foamy head - looks great. Toasty malt aroma. Really nice chocolaty malt taste. Medium to light silky body. Clean. Bursting with flavour. This is one the best dunkle type beers I have ever had, well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerInHeaven (210) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours dark brown almost black with a smallish tan head. Aroma is earthy, biscuity. Taste is malt with hint of coffee. Smooth finish with ever so slight hop presence. Pretty good beer.

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