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RATINGS: 1851   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.

KajII's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2010
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BruceHartford3 (4) - - NOV 23, 2015 does not count
chocolate, resin, toffee, red, black, clear, minimal head, tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, medium body, creamy, fizzy,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryanscourt (1063) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Not sure what isnt doign this for me, i guess there is a strange smokey flavor at the end that kind of takes over the malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
miyauchi38 (977) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Black lager. こんがり香ば&

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bcBelgianbrew (111) - , British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2015
Pitch black in the glass. Espresso crema head... Or I want it to be:) it's exciting. Flavours of espresso & rye. Cereal grain on the nose. It's a terrific lager. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillHick420 (450) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Pours black with an offwhite head.Some roasted malts on the nose. Nice, smooth black coffee, roasted grain, velvety mouthfeel. A nice brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dayth (20) - - OCT 19, 2015
Crisp lager with more malt backbone. Darker and chewier than standard lager, but still low bitterness and smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brownaler (414) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Dark brown appearance. Chocolate toffee front with a slight caramel mix. Not as good as I remembered.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OnTheTrail (175) - 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 (469) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2015
Drank from bottle after a long slog biking in moab. Good roasted flavours, dried fruits, Malty. Yummy.

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