KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2011 Bottle. The pour was a deep rich black with a reddish hue, it had a small creamy off-white head that dissipated almost fully although it did have some fair lacing.
The aroma was heavy of roasted chocolate malts a light sweet doughy yeast and a touch of resin hops with a hint of caramel and smidgen of coffee.
It tasted slightly sweet with a nice hint of chocolate in the beginning and finished with a nice bitter sweet flavor that had hints of chocolate, caramel and an had an ever so slight presence of dried fruit and hops at the end with the flavor fading quite fast.
Mouthfeel was medium to full in body with the texture being very creamy at first then becoming mildly dry with a flat carbonation.
Overall a very tasty brew, great for sitting around a fire on a cold night or having with dessert after dinner.
Davros (2810) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
PugUglyBrewer (183) - - OCT 16, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
olsvammel (6200) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at SBWF 2016. Dark malty smell with chocolate. Similar taste. Deep malty flavour. Clean.
Dervock (1000) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - dark pour with a red tinge in the light. Aroma is fruity, roast malt and chocolate. Sligyt sweetness up front mild malty finish.
JoeinDahlem (1456) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
boydmarq (56) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really, really nice beer. Balanced, not too hoppy but a really nice bold flavor.
beerplace (898) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at St. Augustine’s during New Belgium 25th anniversary celebration. Pours a dark reddish copper with a white head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate. Taste roasted malt, dark fruits notes. Roasted malt, bready notes aftertaste. Very pleasant. Full-bodied, but easy drinkable.
CarpeDiem601 (2) - , California, USA - AUG 22, 2016 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my favorite beers of all time. I think that beers are largely unbalanced. This on the other hand is a perfectly balanced beer.
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beer_rookie (419) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark ruby red color, but not opaque. Nice two finger beige head. Okay retention, great lacing.
Aroma is roasted malt. Light coffee, medium chocolate. Maybe a touch of licorice.
Taste is malty, chocolatey, creamy. No noticeable hops, barely bitter. Maybe a touch of caramel.
Mouthfeel is medium light. Clean, not bitter. Super easy to drink. A little creamy. Sessioinable and easy to drink. Smooth and mellow.
Overall, this is delicious. A delight to drink. A good special occasion, or anytime beer. I would recommend this, and I will buy this again.
Claves77 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark color, little carb levels. Smooth malty taste, lasting palate. Good...