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RATINGS: 1844   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7768) - NUNEATON, 3rd, Warwickshire, - OCT 2, 2012
Bottle from Big Sur. Ruby-edged mahogany with a falling, nicotined beige foam. Aroma of carob, orange, leaf matter and lightly cocoa-dusted roastedness. Full and smooth with a gentle carob, orange (Smartie), black bread, black cherry and insinuating cocoa character. The flavour profile and smoothness of any one of hundreds of English milds/smilds/porters/storters/dark malty bitters. Church End Stout Coffin springs to mind. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OnTheTrail (140) - Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Pours black, medium head. Aroma is toffee, cocoa, dark malts. Taste has some tang, then sweet malt, cocoa on the finish. Full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
On2wheelsh (2) - Van Alstyne, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2015 does not count
My go to beer when I can’t find a German my favorite from Collins. Pretty color

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
simonblaine (445) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2015
Drank from bottle after a long slog biking in moab. Good roasted flavours, dried fruits, Malty. Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (1052) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Deep mahogany color. Fluffy beige head. Light roasted malt nose has a hint of nuts and smoke. Sweet roasted malt flavor has spicy notes. Milk chocolate, cola, raisins, vanilla and herbal hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (1456) - SPAIN - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle 35,5cl / Botella 35,5cl. @ R & J Liquors, Granby, CO, USA A: Dark brown / Marron oscuro. T/S: Roasted malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate / Malta tostada, caramelo, cafe, chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
floydian1 (1215) - FNQ, Australia, - SEP 26, 2015
355ml bottle in Brisbane. This one has big (lightly milky) chocolate malts on the nose and tongue with a medium smooth palate and sweet biscuity finish. It’s all about the malts for this beer. Goes down easily with a lightish carbonation. Pours deep red-brown with a decent-sized foamy beige-coloured head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jlkerley (9) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2015 does not count
Delicious! Possibly the best black lager I have tried. Goes well on a warm fall day into a cool fall night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2243) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Dark with a tan head. Solid bitterness upfront gently washes away to chocolate sweetness. Medium body with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (476) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2015
355ml bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with a medium, short lived, beige head that laces. Roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate. Sweet flavour of roasted malt and dark chocolate with a dry, coffee finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Smooth and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerRenter76 (347) - Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Originally rated on 1/10/08. Pours a nice very dark brown/ black body, the taste was a little toasty, with subtle hints of chocolate. Smooth and a little sweet,it is a little watery though. it still is a really good beer.

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