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RATINGS: 1737   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (1695) - 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.

4.2
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (374) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryrpat (100) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bricks (584) - Delaware, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Nice dark appearance, aroma of malt.. perhaps a slight smoky essence. Taste is superbly balanced, moderately complex. Me like.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2014
bottle. deep brown with small head. lots of roasted chocolate malt. very smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cousin_Larry (296) - - MAR 16, 2014
Had this one during fantasy baseball draft and didn’t rate until the next day. It was good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopmelt (159) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours brown reddish hue around the edges, half finger off white head. Rich bready malt, caramel slight chocolaty on the nose. Taste folows nose, malty, chocolate and caramel notes with enough noble hop character to balance it out. Medium body and carbonation, nice and drinkable, sweet finish. Overall very tasty beer, well made, more of a blend of styles; vienna lager, english brown, mild, very interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jehoesefat (266) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Sweet chocolate aromas. Pours black with a light tan head. Bitter flavors, goes down smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (675) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2014
12oz bottle. Dark reddish brown pour. Lots of lace. Abbey style yeast in the nose, with lite roasted caramels and coffee. Nutty fruit flavors, mildly sweet. Easy to drink and very enjoyable. Clean finish.


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