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Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Enlightened Black Ale uses a light 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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xBEERxNOLA (57) - - MAR 8, 2014
Pour - med brown black. Heavy head. Aroma - slight malt. Not much there. Mouth - carbonated. Very carbonated. Taste - very pleasant light malt flavor at the finish. Very light malt. Overall - not bad. Very light and flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DBob5150 (175) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2014
A little confused, my label says "Black Lager" although according to the the description and taste I believe it’s the ale. Regardless it pours a deep dark amber with a creamy head. The aroma is a sweet coffee, toffee and caramel. Taste is a crisp, slight coffee, hops and mocha. Finishes fairly clean, slight aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mep3222 (315) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Nice roasted malt aroma and flavors without being heavy. Some cocoa aroma and flavors. Full flavored and has some stout flavors but not as heavy. Has some refreshing crisp qualities as well. Enjoyable if you wasn't the roasted malty cocoa characteristics of a stout but lighter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
geeklimit (131) - USA - MAR 3, 2014
Pours a translucent cola color with loads or carbonation and a large cream head. Black licorice aroma with a lingonberry or currant undertone? Milk chocolate taste with dark chocolate middle. Clean and lighter than expected palette with some back-of-the-throat acridity. Slightly smoky malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
wmatyi (9) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2014 does not count
Pours a nice head, dark coffee like color, taste of mild chocolate and has a great malty carmel goodness, very drinkable and I would consider a bit lighter for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (1578) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle from Heinens. Dark brown with lasting head and full lace. Chocolate bready aroma. Mild dry chocolate with hints of cinnamon and woody hops. Medium light body. Been letting it warm a little to see if there is anything really interesting about it but I gave up. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chucklemation (318) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2014 Pours a dark mahogany with a small white head. Has a chocolate and coffee aroma. Flavor is also chocolate and coffee, with a touch of malts and bitterness. Taste and feel are both a tad light. Overall this is pretty decent, but not too memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1guywith_aboat (172) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - FEB 22, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Pours a very dark brown with clear dark copper edges with off white cap. Spotty lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, yeast, toffee, and chocolate. Flavor follows with some light fruity esters. Body is slick and medium-light. Drinks like a light bodied stout. Very tasty but not too interesting. Good beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydslip (140) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Deep mahogany beer with a foamy light beige head. Fairly light nose with some bitter chocolate, candied nuts, and salt. Flavor is much richer than the aroma with an initial burst of smoky burnt chocolate followed by vanilla bean, a little bit of hazelnut, and some sweet malt. This culminates in a touch of bitterness. The body is surprisingly light with perky carbonation, which makes it seem less full-flavored than it actually is. Good beer that can be drunk in quantity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukedarock (107) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Smells like a different style but very good, taste is somewhat toffee like or chocolate with a medium to light body, smooth as can be very drinkable a beer that surprised me!

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