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RATINGS: 1889   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2016
12oz bottle from the new Folly pack. 3/4" lite tan head drops leaving some lacing and rings... dark brown..not black.. clear deep chestnut red when held to a light. Aroma is fruity yeasty notes and chocolate dark roasted malts.. cold instant coffee.. no hops to speak of. As it warms, some earthy hop notes become evident. Dark malts and dark dried fruit are the main flavor components.. with more coffee at the front.. Chocolate grains and restrained dried cherries and raisins.. Hops are more prevalent than the nose.. earthy hops mix well with the front-side palate.. more yeasty fruitiness .. not Belgian but not necessarily American..not sure. Fun beer that I always overlook just because it is on the shelves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (1117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2016
12oz bottle, poured into a plastic cup. The aroma is malty caramel with a light spice, and a late-emerging fudge with nuts. The beer is oily and clear with a caramel hue and a sudsy, tan head that displays good sofy retention and good lace. The taste is medium sweet and a mild, medium light bitter. The texture is oily and smooth with a mild fuzz. The medium body has flavors of dark fruit followed by chocolate and caramel. It finishes crisp and spicy clean with a slightly roasted tone and flavors of fudge and nuts. The aftertaste is mellow and lightly bitter with a roasted coffee hint, chocolate, and a smokey dryness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
firemarshal (204) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is chocolate, nuts and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet but with enough hops to balance. The lager yeast is hard to discern, but the sweet nutty flavor is bold. A smooth sticky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (2714) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Draft at Moriartys. Dark brown pour with some khaki foam. Burnt chocolate malts. Unexpected large amount of spicy hops. Cold coffee. Roasted nuts. Cocoa nibs. Celery hearts. Poppyseeds. Balanced but feels lacking a clear direction. Hints at a Doppelbock but feels more like a mix of a Black IPA and a Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dambor (397) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 8, 2016
Pours dark brown with nice head. Aroma of chocolate, dark malt, with a touch of coffee. Taste: very nicely balanced black lager with a clear character. I like to chocolate taste, which is however not too intense. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oskart (60) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Nice dark brown color with slightly persistent head. Lasting semi sweet bread aroma. Malty taste of grain and bread with a medium mouthfeel. Faint carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (2464) - Tuusula, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2015
Bottle at charles street, mariposa. Black color, tanned head. Aroma has roasty notes, chocolate and some malty sweetness. Taste has chocolate, burnt sugar, some coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
60minuteman (1335) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Smooth and balanced. Chocolate roasted malts and hops. Empty follow through, the beer simply disappears, a good sign of a good beer I say. Simple and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lbianchi66 (318) - FRANCE - DEC 2, 2015
Robe brune avec des reflets cuivrés. Arômes de chocolat noir et café. Goût chocolat, fumé, fruits noirs, caramel, biscuit. Final fumé. Longue en bouche. Une bonne bière.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kingaugusta (235) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2015
deep red with a quick off white head. Nose is roasty with a touch of brown sugar. flavor quickly shifts from roasted to a fairly generic sweetness and a dry finish. a little sticky but a very good example of the style

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