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RATINGS: 1806   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JAN 6, 2003
Had this on tap while having lunch at the Orchard’s in Sedona - it was their featured “Micro of the Month”; and again at the Meritage Steakhouse at the J.W. Marriot in Phoenix. The nose is fresh with hints of cinnamon and other seasonal spices, along with flowers and alcohol. This brew is a dark ruby. The frothy beige head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. The flavor starts sweet, roasted warm and floral with a long and burnt porterish finish. The medium to full creamy body is lively and feels dry at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Sweet, dark ale. Similar in taste to a belgian strong ale, but a lttile more hops flavor. Nice roasted malt texture and aftertaste. Overall a pretty nice beer, no complaints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Creamy, mostly diminishing head. Definitely dark in color, a real dark mahogoney color with some cherry undertones. Strong malty aroma. Little carbonation. Strong on the palate, roasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrGregAD199 (65) - Medford, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vacek (67) - College Station, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Dark chocolate brown with rapidly diminishing off-white head. Malty, roasted taste and smooth finish. Good beer from a decent brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2002
A unique beverage in itself, this remonds me of a heavier version of Warsteiner Dunkel. Not near as heavy as it’s Black/Red appearance would have you to believe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Nice aroma! Very malty with notes of milk chocolate, creamy coffee, roasted nuts, cinamon and caramel. Interesting and very nice! This ale pours black, but upon closer inspection (ok, using it as a welding shield) it is actually a very very dark, sparkling clear brown/amber ale. A very small, white, quickly diminishing head with surprisingly good lacing. The flavor is lightly malty/sweet and lightly bitter up front. Very well-balanced. A touch bitter and pungent on the backside. A little nutty and spicy, but also fairly thin and watery. Lively carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Short, dry finish. Good beer. I’ll have another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5952) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Very dark red. Roasted grain nose. Sweet nuttiness in a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2002
deep brown/garnet color with excellent offwhite head. aroma is very yeast. flavor is a little toasty with some nutty character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Porter-like taste without the full body. Very dry and bitter with a thin texture. Tastes a little of cloves.

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