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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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VinegarStroke (208) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle: Clear, deep toffee brown that pours with a thick head. Dissipates quickly to a light head but with good lace. Roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, toasty profile. Dense but bright. Off dry, not sour and moderately low bitterness. Very roasted, toasty to slightly burnt flavors. Dense, soapy and moderately long. Hint of hops and fruit. Black fruits. Nice easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hbchrist (61) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014
User GIJOE described it as burnt red in color, which is a perfect description. It pours well and looks great. The palate comes and goes in a flash, but I would have to agree with others that it reminds me of porters. The recipe really triggered some buried memories from my childhood, and it tasted like my grandfather smelled. Maybe it has some sort of parallel aroma with Pabst, which he used to drink. Don’t misunderstand, this is a good beer, and I recommend it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Dark, unusual, and tasty. Tastes similar to some porters I have had. Many burnt, malty notes. A little smoke and bitterness. Quite drinkable. Something I could drink quite regularly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
brl2833 (2) - Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2014 does not count
This fine brew gives you hints mocha. It’s a very popular drink available virtually anywhere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (472) - Monterey, California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Pours burnt red with a foamy, white head that lasts a while. Nose is malty, with notes of chocolate and cola. Taste is well-balanced: sweet backbone and a bitter, dark-chocolate finish. Medium body, lively carbonation. Quite good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hockeybeerguy (910) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 2, 2014
She pours a dark brown/somewhat black colored body with a slim half fingered white foamy head and barely any lacing, but what there is spider webs a bit. The smell has earthy sugary maltiness, light Belgian yeasty notes but super subtle and one really has to let this warm as I think I may have picked this up just a bit too cold. The taste showcases the same flavor as the smell and gives off a sugary yet somewhat Belgian yeasty aftertaste that comes across in the finish and ends up adding a light chocolate in the finish as well The palate is basically a medium on the body with a slim soft carbonation that comes across pretty well for the style and to me. Overall, I’d say this is a pretty good Belgian dark beer that I think I would have again if offered.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (343) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle. A- Coffee, roasty, dark chocolate, dark fruits, licorice. A- Black color, dark liquid,minimal tan head. T- Cocoa, molasses, dark fruits, malty, dough. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, roasty finish. O- For some odd reason the aroma and taste of this beer reminds me a lot of Skoal tobacco. It also has a much thinner body than I was expecting. Maybe it was the hype that had be all excited for this beer. While it was a good beer, it wasn’t as great as I was led to believe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enwiebe (62) - - JAN 31, 2014
1/31/14. Draft at Blue Note. Good solid black ale. Definitely thinner and lighter than a standard porter. However well balanced with nice dark notes without the any bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swesson (133) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2014
From the tap. Pours a dark, rich burgundy color with a medium small head. Good mouthfeel. Given the color, I'm surprised it doesn't taste more full-bodied. I expected a deeper, richer chocolatey thickness, but I was head faked by this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (958) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Poured from bottle. Nice toffee / cocoa aroma. Resembles a porter. Toffee and caramel flavors with creamy malt, cocoa, nut, pepper and cola notes. Great drinkability. Remarkably good.

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