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RATINGS: 1742   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (1621) - Christchurch, - MAY 19, 2013
Woooooow, this is like the colour of Burgundy when held against the light and dark blood when out of it. There is a latte coloured head that was voluminous but subsided and left good lace in time. Smells of charry oak, coffee grounds and dark chocolate. It even smells good enough to drink. Cool in the mouth with slightly creamy carbonation. The flavour isn’t as deep as the aroma somehow but this impresses with a mousse-like carbonation. The finish is of on-going burnt toast and charry cocoa. Started strongly and had a muted but elegant finish. I still liked this beer a lot.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkel07 (3339) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13598) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (1899) - 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

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Luvystypotables (618) - 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.

3.8
   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,

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
libertine (203) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2014
pours a very dark amber with a tan head. nice lacing. aroma is smoke, malt, chocolate, nutty and bread. flavor and aroma are the same. thin to medium body. oily texture. pleasant bitter finish. very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pkmd1 (23) - - JUL 25, 2014
Great med dark with smooth flavors. One of the favorites with it's somewhat nutty brown flavors and smooth finish

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joelfaber (14) - Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Pours dark with a thin white head that disappeared quickly. Tastes of chocolate, malt and roasted nuts. A Colorado classic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pilgrim_211 (4) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2014 does not count
This beer really opened me up to wanting to take on beer as a hobby. Casey Moor's in Tempe, AZ has this on tap in the fall and it's flippin amazing! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (703) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUL 12, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured in a reddish shade of dark brown, off white head, no real lacing on the glass. Roasted malts and some coffee on the nose. Taste is consistent, roast malts, a bit of smoke, some caramel, coffee notes. Very nice beer, tasty and quite enjoyable.


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