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RATINGS: 1742   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arnold931 (524) - 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 (757) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BackyardDogs (41) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. Nice black lager with almost a stout feel. Good consistent beer. The New Belgium brewery has done a excellent job bring craft beer to large markets. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3889) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Not bad, really just tastes like a schwazbier. Some roast malt here and a light note of dark chocolate. Pours black with ok head and lacing. Finishes crisp with a light dose of bitterness. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gafasdecervesa (3) - - MAR 28, 2014 does not count
New Belgium always gets it right. This reminds me of a chocolate stout which I usually can stand after 3 sips, but this beer is balanced rather then overpowering and syrup like. This beer is too sweet to drink with ribs , and to thick to drink golfing, but perfect with some salty popcorn around a fire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (1761) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle from a friend. Dark brown color, brown head. Bittersweet taste with nuts, toffee, citrus, roasted malts and dark fruits. Bitter finish with nuts, roasted malts and toffee. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ndhoeh (2) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2014 Good dark beer. Goes well with do food or as an after dinner beer. Would definitely recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (424) - CROATIA - MAR 23, 2014
Tap, dark brown in color with an off white head. Sweet flavor of malt, chocolate, and coffee with a slight bitter aftertaste. Good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryrpat (111) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Surprisingly drinkable. Not as strong of a malt taste as a porter makes this smooth though wouldn't go out of my way for it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bricks (590) - Delaware, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Nice dark appearance, aroma of malt.. perhaps a slight smoky essence. Taste is superbly balanced, moderately complex. Me like.

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