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RATINGS: 1894   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZiggyZ (11) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Probably New Belgium’s best, but all of their beers are better on tap than in the bottle. For some odd reason, most of their bottled beer has a soapy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2810) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2016
Pours almost black, small head. Nose shows cocoa, bready and toasty notes, some light fruity notes too. Flavours include bready and toasty notes, nutty malt, some soft sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PugUglyBrewer (177) - - OCT 16, 2016
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. The appearance shows a light tan creamy head. The color is dark brown. The aroma is caramel and figs. On the taste I get caramel, figs and chocolate. A delicious dark beer with friendly composition and a nice alternative in dark beer for novices and the seasoned.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (6194) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2016
Sample at SBWF 2016. Dark malty smell with chocolate. Similar taste. Deep malty flavour. Clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dervock (992) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle - dark pour with a red tinge in the light. Aroma is fruity, roast malt and chocolate. Sligyt sweetness up front mild malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1456) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2016
Wound up with a few of these and was not excited about drinking them. I remember 1554 from earlier days as a bit bland. Drank a couple and realized how wrong I was. There is a naughty bit of residual sweetness here that really accentuates the chocolate in the malt, but thankfully it finishes just dry and bitter enough to want more gulps.Looking forward to getting to know it better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boydmarq (56) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Really, really nice beer. Balanced, not too hoppy but a really nice bold flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (898) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
On tap at St. Augustine’s during New Belgium 25th anniversary celebration. Pours a dark reddish copper with a white head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate. Taste roasted malt, dark fruits notes. Roasted malt, bready notes aftertaste. Very pleasant. Full-bodied, but easy drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CarpeDiem601 (2) - , California, USA - AUG 22, 2016 does not count
One of my favorite beers of all time. I think that beers are largely unbalanced. This on the other hand is a perfectly balanced beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_rookie (415) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 17, 2016
Pours a very dark ruby red color, but not opaque. Nice two finger beige head. Okay retention, great lacing.

Aroma is roasted malt. Light coffee, medium chocolate. Maybe a touch of licorice.

Taste is malty, chocolatey, creamy. No noticeable hops, barely bitter. Maybe a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium light. Clean, not bitter. Super easy to drink. A little creamy. Sessioinable and easy to drink. Smooth and mellow.

Overall, this is delicious. A delight to drink. A good special occasion, or anytime beer. I would recommend this, and I will buy this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Claves77 (249) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2016
Deep dark color, little carb levels. Smooth malty taste, lasting palate. Good...

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