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RATINGS: 1779   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ewestern (256) - Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Nice deep copper color. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, spices, and hops with a somewhat earthy undertone. Flavor is mostly caramel and biscut with spices, raisin, and hints of chocolate. Slight tartness at the end that hangs, mild carbonation, easy to drink.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagerboy (1321) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
355 ml can as New Belgium 1554 Black Lager. Clear deeper copper, finer lasting tan foam. Darker c-malt nutty chocolate aroma. Taste is roasty toasty malty caramel, milk chocolate, nutty, faint Noble influence. Average carbonation, medium bodied. Very nice. MLF (More Lagerboy Friendly)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
voyageurmike (63) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2014
6-pack from Giant, served in tulip glass. Very dark brown, faint malt nose, minimal head from light carbonation. Mildly bitter taste and nice clean finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2950) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle, thanks in-laws! Nice dark brown with foamy head - looks great. Toasty malt aroma. Really nice chocolaty malt taste. Medium to light silky body. Clean. Bursting with flavour. This is one the best dunkle type beers I have ever had, well done.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerInHeaven (145) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours dark brown almost black with a smallish tan head. Aroma is earthy, biscuity. Taste is malt with hint of coffee. Smooth finish with ever so slight hop presence. Pretty good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hounddog77 (1) - - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
Excellent beer, great taste, surprisingly smooth. I liked it so much at the bar, I went to the store and bought some to take home.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sevenlee (1393) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2014
Pours dark with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, roasty and lightly sweet. Taste is light to medium sweet leading to a dry roasty finish. Decent.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Namespayne (56) - - DEC 3, 2014
12oz bottle --> snifter. Dark brown. Not too heady. Smells like roasted malts and raisins. Tastes chocolate-y and malty with the smoothness of a fine whiskey. None of the typical lager skunkiness. Drinks dry, smooth and clean like a good stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CopterScott (158) - Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
dark brown, almost black, with a thin off-white head. aroma is bread, coffee, and toast. flavor is toasty bread, with some cocoa and coffee.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
liquidhedonism (169) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2014
12 oz bottle. Aroma: roasty and malty, with hints of toffee, dates, vanilla, and leather. Taste/Palate: starts sweet and crisp, and finishes creamy and slightly dry and astringent. One of my favorites from that brewery!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
julesjis (141) - Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Poured from a 12. Color is dark, looks very inviting! Flavor has a nice maltiness to it. Yet fairly smooth with just a slight astringent feel on the tip of my tongue. Finish is slightly sweet and velvety. Great beer!


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