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RATINGS: 1818   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NoLedge21 (11) - Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Very easy to drink. Some chocolate malt flavors. A bitter after taste. The chocolate taste lingers. You can feel the maltiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartzluke (122) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 28, 2015
12 oz pour from refrigerated bottle into a shaker pint. Pours an attractive off-white one-finger head with moderate retention and lacing. Dark-brown to black and nearly opaque. Nose is milk chocolate and malt. Medium bodied and creamy. Really well done body. Taste is a little roasty, some chocolate, a light candy sweetness. Very little bitterness. A hint of dryness. Well balanced. A very drinkable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierMeHoos (276) - Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2015
On tap, at Willies in Navy Yard. Draft, pint glass. Appearance is deep brown with a small amount of tan head. Aroma is milk chocolate and light caramel, roasted but not bitter malt. Taste is chocolate with mild toffee notes. Palate is moderately carbonated. Very smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1170) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2015
Dragged this back with me from Las Vegas. 12oz bottle, enjoy by 07jun15. Pours coffee black with a beige head that falls quickly. Aroma is dark dried fruits, caramel and chocolate. Flavor follows... raisin, date, caramel and chocolate. Mild carbonation and a hint of mineral in the finish makes this just shy of cloying.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
seuinoz (144) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2015
Strong coffee and chocolate notes in the taste, and aroma sits really well on the palate well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
njnut (334) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2015
UPDATED: APR 29, 2015 Pours into glass a dark glass brown with tan head and lace. Aroma is light coffee and chocolate with a roasted malt. Taste was malt heavy with chocolate in the background. Slightly malty and coffee in the finish. Enjoyed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (1410) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Old rating. Dark brown pour. Roasted malts, some caramel, slightly charred, chocolate, oats, spice, mild bitterness. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3273) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2015
Bottle - 355ml. Opaque black body with an average beige foamy head. Lovelu malty/hoppy aroma with chocolate and roasty hints. Its well balanced malty taste carries roasted cereals, woody and chocolate notes. Ends with a robust bitter/roasty finish. Well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tstamba (405) - Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2015
Bottle to a pint. Deep mahogany pour with ample foamy tan head. Toasted malt nose. Fresh bread, cocoa and dark roast coffee beans... Tasty and easy to drink...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PartyFowle (316) - - APR 8, 2015
1554 definitely looks like a beer should, with gorgeous layered lacing, a huge foamy tan head, and a gorgeous, nearly opaque dark reddish brown hue with notes of crimson when held to the light. Aroma is sweet and fruity with roasted malt and dark chocolate. The flavor delivers smoky roasted malt and tobacco, with a bit of dark chocolate and nuttiness. Also a little bit of bitter hops and a light but noticeable alcohol warmth. Sparkly, moderate carbonation; a pleasant light and creamy mouthfeel. A solid year-rounder from NB.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MadIndian (2562) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle from SJ. Some nice notes of roasted malts, bread, chocolate and burnt malts. Body was thin, but overall not a bad representation of the style.


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