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RATINGS: 1898   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JUN 6, 2003
Ruby color, slight aroma of fruit and coffee. Coffee, slight carmel and malt. Nice throw back, though not one of my favorite New Belgium brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jado (779) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2016
355 ml bottle. Black body but with brown highlights at the edges. Sudsy off-white head that subsides to a thin cap. Raisins, brown sugar, plum and a little chocolate on the nose. Soft fruit at first in the mouth before some cinnamon and coffee come through. Fairly clean finish with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Balanced and easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
bastarda (441) - Freiburg, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2016
@What’s brewing 10/16 - blind tasting round side by side with Black Lion of Löwenbrauerei Bräunlingen. Fruity, slight caramel-toffee. A lot of residual sweetness in taste. Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (3507) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2016
12oz bottles catered by JoeinDahlem, blind tasted against Bräunlinger Black Lion Schwarzbier during and post What’s Brewing 1516-2016. Especially in comparison with the Brasilian-inspired roast and chocolate malt forward Schwarzbier: Not really a Black Lager, maybe loosely inspired by late 19c Belgian brewers copying German/Bohemian recipes...? - Autumnal aromas, marmite on brown bread conjure up fallen foliage, some roasted chestnut sweetness announcing itself...more of that in taste, especially both the gentle sweetness and pronounced nutty bitterness of roasted unripe chestnut, late astringent nutty "sourness" and all. Coca Cola running in between somewhere...none of that expected fig jam or date paste though. A US cover of an extinct Belgian brewery’s Dunkel idea of a Schwarzbier?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ehaak26 (126) - - OCT 21, 2016
From a bottle. Roasted and chocolate malts. Pour is black with very small white/tan head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2831) - 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 (193) - - 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 (6293) - 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 (1007) - 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.

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