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RATINGS: 1879   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1589) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with a thick creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is nutty, lactic roasted chocolate and some medicinal notes.

The flavor is sweet nutty toffee and chocolate malts with a roasted, lightly bitter finish. It is a bit sharp and acidic. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly creamy.

Overall, an enjoyable malt-driven beer. It’s not too exciting for me, but makes for a nice fall-back beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2003
This is an all-around mellow beer. Black in color with tones of brown throughout when held to the light. Light coffee scent. A hint of sweetness to start with tones of dark chocolate flavors. This is an easy drinking beer with the exception of the finish. A somewhat mild metallic finish put a damper on this one. Will have to try another bottle sometime soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrDick (354) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
On tap at New Belgium. Roasted malt aroma overwhelms the senses but this ale if very light. Some spicy undertones accompanied by sugar, molasses coffee. Leggo my eggo yo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Faint, roast coffee aroma. Dark brown-garnet color, with a tan head. Flavor is roast malt, with some nice sweetness in the background. Fades to a nice slight acid balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Pours black but reveals a dark chestnut heart when held to the light.Quickly dissapating tan head. Nose is reminiscent of a spiced porter, very roasty.The flavor has hints of spices that remind me of anisette. Light to medium body makes this a very enjoyable and easy drinking brew. Wish I could get some more of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9082) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2003
Dark amber. Slight amber-brown head, very lacey. Nose like a spiced (cloves, allspice) dark Münich. Taste is clovey, liquorice, sweet but balanced, nothing over the top. It's both bold - spicey and delicate. No trace of hops, but somehow they're not missed. Medium-bodied. This time I believe the brewer. This DOES taste as from another age, in the positive way. Must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Nice dark color..almost black, with a pretty quickly disappearing but thick off white head. Tastes like chocolate and coffee. Seems a little watery when cold, but gets a lot better as it warms up, with a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Dark ruby color, and a light brown head. The aroma is that of chocolate malts. The taste is sweet and full bodied, a toasted middle, and a slightly bitter finish with a dark chocolate aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Has a deep coffee-like aroma due to the heavily roasted malts. Appearance is a wonderful deep brown in color. Flavor is excellent, not thinck like a stout but full and deep due to the dark malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Pours a dark black with amber edges, nice frothy head and some lace. Roast malts in the nose and small fruits. More roast malts in the flavor, some fruit. Smooth finish, slightly carbonate. Good ale.

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