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RATINGS: 1765   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smurfe (7) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - NOV 8, 2014 does not count
Toasty and chocolaty with a rich smooth flavor. It’s classed a dunkel but flavor wise leans to stout or porter. Very enjoyable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (890) - Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle. This one holds a special place in my heart as it was a college graduation beer in 2006. A: Mahogany with an off-white head. N: Cocoa, coffee, char, and toast. Biscuit and a hint of vanilla. T: Very clean sweetness. Coffee bitterness. M: Light body, fizzy carbonation, no alcohol presence. O: A flavorful, clean lager with an appreciable ’stout’ quality. Compares favorably with Heater Allen Schwarzbier.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Weevo (40) - Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle, pours black with a hint of red. Thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt continues thru to palate along with chocolate. Have had this on several occasions, every time I'm glad I did. Putting this on my favorites list. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2278) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2014
when you see the name NEW BELGIUM on the bottle or tap you can rest assured you are going to drink a brew that is going to satisfy even the most discriminating palate. these people know what they are doing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EcnarM (100) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2014
A perennial good drink for the fall and winter months. Pours a nice smooth dark from the bottle. Consistent black lager taste but leaves the palate a little late in my opinion ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
batneil (332) - - OCT 17, 2014
Very very tasty. Deep copper brown to black, slight fizz. At Fibbar Magees in Sunnyvale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aumentm (72) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Very special beer. 1554 is a black lager that is very smooth and has a great finish. Love the aroma as well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"looks and tastes more like a robust brown, porter, or most closely-a black lager. full flavored, but not overpowering on the belgian yeast strain. just a hint of spice in there with all the roasted malty flavors. good beer."

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2014
12 oz bottle at home. Pours with just a few bubbles, moderate lacing. Gorgeous dark color; hints of deep burgundy and caramel dominate. Aroma is somewhat faint, but lager-like. Yeasty, some roasted malt, bright red fruit. Tasty and bright flavors that jump on the finish. Light chocolate bready malt flavors dominate. There’s just a hint of raspberry or red currants in there, too, which brightens it up. A little citrusy. A bit of yeast on the finish. Nice palate that develops from smooth to crisp rapidly. Overall very nice for the style. Normally I’m not into New Belgium but I really enjoyed this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2455) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle at the Blind Monk. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Dark roasted malt aromas. Dark roasted malts, dark chocolates, mild coco notes. Good body and mouthfeel.


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