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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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkbachman (179) - - JAN 3, 2013
Light bodied dark ale. Biscuit malt taste is present. Chocolate is also there. Clean finish - session style dark ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1501) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1219) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smallfry (12) - - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sawbuck (325) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Slight notes of chocolate...not much else. Nice ebony color with a tan head that is thick. Sweet, roasted malt up front. Hints of bitter chocolate, and smokey molases. Finishes dry and sweet with a hint of bitterness. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Herbicles69 (51) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2014
From can poured into a pint glass. I am not familiar with this style but it taste like a bock. I really like it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkel07 (3382) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle from The Beer Cellar April 2013. Smooth brew that is easy to drink. Black in colour with a wispy tan head. Malt and bitter dark chocolate come through in the flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13704) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle from GBBF 2014 and drunk at home. Black beer with lasting dark beige head. Chocolate dunkel lager aroma. Tasty as hell. Tasty fresh some milky chocolate with a fresh lager hop finish. It’s a pleasingly tasty dunkel. Not a huge depth, but the flavours work well. The hops are quite dominant especially on the finish, more so than you would get on a typical German dunkel. It’s good though. Very drinkable and yet very interesting and has layers of flavour at the same time. I liked it very much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (1932) - Silver Spring, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Poured from 12 oz. bottle at Limerick Pub in Wheaton, MD. Clear, rusty brown with a khaki head and excellent lacing. Aroma of very mild malt and a little old leather. Taste of chocolate, nuts and lightly roasted malt. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Luvystypotables (655) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Weak aroma of malt, dark brown colour small well laced off white head. Smokey taste with a hint of malt. Watery feel with a smokey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fgv1977 (6) - Hooterville, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2014 does not count
I really like this beer. Puurs dark with a thick head. Chocolate taste, slightly bitter, smoother aftertaste. caramel, bread, coffee, toast, roasty, resin, leather,

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