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RATINGS: 1867   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Pour nicely with a quality head & dark brown body. The aroma is of a dark belgian; malty, sweet, & fruity. Once on the palate it comes on with notes of coffee, spice, malt & has roasted characteristics. But finishes like a much lighter ale. A must try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 6, 2003
A pretty brown ale that pours with a nice, dense head. Reminds me of a stronger Newcastle Brown, with more caramel/chocolate flavors, and an interesting tang from the lager yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jzzbassman (1530) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Not my favorite of the New Belgiums, but it has its good points. Very drinkable, although a little thin. I'd drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3446) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2003
tap-I think this is a fantastic beer! Very porter-eque, but none the less, a good brew. Aroma was full of roasted notes and spice. Appearance was crimson/opaque. flavor was full of coffee and roasted notes. the palate was medium bodied. good brew!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fraternie (958) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Dark brown body. Malty aroma. Fairly bland intial malt flavor, sweet and fruity flavors develop (raisin, grape, plum). Thin but smooth malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Deep amber color. Pours wth a nice head. Good aroma of roasted malt and slight yeasty fruitiness. Roasted malt is evident in the flavor along with nice residual sweetness. Very little hops flavor or aroma. A good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Draught and bottle sampled. Dark, frothy beige head and ruby-brown body. Aroma of toasted malts, nuts, and all-spice. Flavor also of nuts, malts, and some maple. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and decent carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Dark brown beer with a nice lacing. A coffee flavor with a nice bite on the palate. Slightly bitter finish. A very nice brew that is a little different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Roasted grain aroma. Small light brown head. Brown colored. Sweet but not overly so. Surprisingly light and dry on the palate given its color. Acidic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Dark in color with a 1/4 inch head that detereates rather quickly. It had a roasted malt flavor with caramel and citrus. It's unique and worth trying.

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