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RATINGS: 1750   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryecatcher (790) - 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 (329) - 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 (1199) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Campy877 (171) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep dark black with a thin off white head. Aroma of chocolate malt. Tastes like a porter but a lot lighter in the palate and stomach. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlbeer (792) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of dark malts, chocolate and slight hops. Tastes of the same with a clean finish. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7844) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2014
Draught at New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, on April 6, 2014.
As "New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Lager".
Clear dark red color, teal head. Malty, hoppy, sweet, herbal, caramel taste. Caramel, mineral aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness. Malty, grainy scent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (2547) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 10, 2014
UPDATED: APR 13, 2014 Pretty interesting brew for sure, didnt have high expectations, but i did end up liking this traditional ale. Tastes a little burnt with malty notes. Some smoke and bitterness. Dark pour but good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StLsportsfan (56) - Hazelwood, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2014
Very good, balanced Schwartzbier. Not remarkably complex. Some coffee and chocolate. More lager than stout. Not quite as good as Sprechers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arnold931 (547) - Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Very dark color. This beer is readily available. Smooth bock-like flavor and very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jw0406 (769) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a nice off white head. Aromas of nuts, caramel, roasted malt. Medium bodied, very good

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