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RATINGS: 1834   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Very dark reddish brown, velvety tongue feel, Sweet maltiness. mediumm body, creamy. On draught

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diablokev (162) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2003
The aroma is thick and malty. The appearance is a mid brownish/burgandy. The flavor has a bit of a coffee taste, and caramel. The beer is smooth and crisp. Overall not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2003
Deep brown color, medium head. Has a fruity aroma, slight taste of raspberry on the nose. Maltyness is average, any hops taste is well-masked (I couldn't detect much of one.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2003
Pours dark brown with a medium thin tan head, a lot of carbonation is present. Aroma and flavor of nuts, coffee, and caramel. The carbonation was a little off-putting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2003
weak head dark brown body. sweet, fruity, creamy, and nuty. mild carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Black or just really dark brown? Some really interesting nut flavors ... maybe some pine nut? Smells thick and malty. A good break from the typical lager. A good American Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2009 Close to cola-colored (that’s the best way to describe this one) while still letting a little light through. Good sized head. Smells and tastes like a good Belgian. RERATE NEEDED.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Medium to dark brown cola color with little head. Bready, cookie dough aroma on top of sweet caramel malt. Good complexity of flavors. Wonderful dark chocolate aftertaste crept up on me about ten seconds after swallowing. Light acidic presence toward the end, but not overwhelming. This was like eating chocolate chip cookies, a.k.a. this goes well with milk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2003
I was puzzled. Belgian Style Black Ale, what the hell is that? Maybe like a Flanders Red? ... No more like a dark lager, or schwarzbier, with decent chocolate malt. Ok, but not what i was expecting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2003
No real head. Light raisin, some plum and thin chocolate in the nose. Nearly nothing in the mouth. Faint flavor.

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