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RATINGS: 1754   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elamericano (32) - Moscow, USA - OCT 12, 2013
A superior medium-bodied brew from New Belgium. Pours a very dark blackish burgundy. On first taste this struck me as being incredibly balanced compared to most of the beers I’ve recently tried—the taste is practically perfect in its own way. Hints of dry chocolate and a preponderance of malt. At its modest price, this refined yet sessionable ale is one I would recommend for nearly any occasion. Respect the 1554. PS I saw one reviewer compare this to Killian’s Stout. This is superior.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beese (1837) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle from GBBF 2014. Poured a clear, dark ruby with a thin, off white head. Aroma of chocolate, rye bread and Oxo meatiness. Sweet fruit flavours, with cake and lager malt notes. Bitter dark chocolate in the finish, with some treacle and roasted malt. Different.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
noid1985 (96) - Broadview, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Poured from a 12oz bottle tasted of chocolate and caramel...a thicker and more refined taste than the Shiner

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (696) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 29, 2014
Aroma is a breadiness, dark roasted malts and slight fragrant hops. Taste is a very well balanced malt/hop profile. Malts are sweet and roasty yet finishes very smoothly. Light hints of toffee and dark chocolate and coffee. Appearance is a clear dark amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly poorly.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bob_w (321) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Deep dark cola color, almost opaque. Reasonable head. Rich brown malt, caramel aroma. Mild esters. Malt forward, a little malt sweetness. Solid medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barnoloid (204) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Easy drinking, quite complex in flavor at the same time. Lots of roastiness in here, with a rye bread feel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wmubronco1992 (617) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours black. Light tan head. Some lace. Flavor = chocolate with a bit of roast. Dry finish. Very drinkable, and enjoyable, but I was expecting a little more based on the last couple New Belgium’s I’ve had. Would have liked a little bit more body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HKdIPA (243) - HONG KONG - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle from QClub at Justin's bday. Surprisingly chocolatey aroma and taste while still being light and crisp. Better than expected, would get again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1507) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Dark brown appearance with a large, off white head and good lacing. Toasted malt aroma of nuts, licorice and toffee. Smooth, earthy flavors duplicated the aroma, maybe a little heavier with the caramel malts and the nuttiness more evident in the aftertaste. Affable offering from a reliable brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1424) - - SEP 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-25-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance- The brew pours a deep brown color with ruby highlights shining throughout. Upon pouring there is a one finger tan head that fades slowly over time to leave persistent foam on the top of the brew. Smell- The aroma has a nice roasty malt aroma mixed with notes of an earthy hop. There are nice smells of chocolate and coffee as well as a caramel smell giving it an overall sweet and toasty smell. Taste – The taste begins with sweet caramel and some sweeter chocolate flavors. While sweet, there is some more roastier flavors with some bready notes as well. Some nut flavors come to the tongue along with flavors of dark fruit. More toward the end some lightly bitter flavors of coffee and an earthy hop come to the tongue leaving a moderately sweet and smoother roasted more porter like flavor is left on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thicker and creamier side with a medium to slightly lighter carbonation level. The creamier body and lighter carbonation are great for the sweeter and roasted more porter like flavors of the brew allowing them to fully sink into and be sensed by the tongue. Overall – A rather tasty brew. A little on the sweeter porter like side but still quite drinkable and refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smallfry (17) - - SEP 11, 2014
On paper everything seems fine with this beer. But it really lacks any kind of personality. In the end, it’s by no means bad (in fact it’s quite drinkable), but it’s also a pretty simple and forgettable beer.


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