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RATINGS: 1783   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2002
A nice dark and malt flavor. Easy to drink with a slight toast/toffee flavor. Not like other beers from the brewery, but very popular locally.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2002
Incredibly dark and ruby with a creamy and thin beige head. Slight carmel and malt aroma. Flavor is something different I can’t describe well. Not very strong, but has some good stuff in there. I will check the rating after I finish the other five. Rerate: still pretty good, had to drop a point though. Just not too incredible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2002
Interesting beer. The aroma I got was very standard--not bad, but just rather plain, like a strong ale. Much more of interest in the flavor. Some alcohol, malt, hint of roasted notes/smoke, some hidden fruitiness, but not at all on the sweet side of things. Chewy at moments, but also somewhat watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2002
It’s not a porter or a stout. Reminds me of a shwartzbeer. Black ruby color. Toasted maltiness. Caramel flavor? Drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
senjiro (35) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2002
dark and malty. nice toffee overtone, but kind of a weak finish. very nice head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 17, 2002
Ok, maybe it’s not a porter, a stout, or a dark lager, but I have to compare it to something. Has the look of many American porters and the head retains nicely. Aroma of burnt caramel and a very light alcohol smell. Tastes very similar to Saranacs Black Forest except with a better palate and a less obtrusive after-taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 I found this a bit lacking for a Belgian-style. Looks great, nice head. It simply lacks any depth which I have come to expect from Belgian styles. This seems to be filtered, and I think it should not be. Re-rate: 8/22/03: I decided to give this another try. Maybe I got a bad bottle before, but it seems much better now. Chocolatey, roasty, without any sharp coffee flavors. A little on the sweet side, low on bitterness. Better than before.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
I bought a six of the New Belgium Trippel, and someone had switched one of these out with a Trippel. Very attractive beer with a nice dark head. Combination of roasted and sweet flavors, blends well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k2 (146) - USA - JUL 20, 2002
Very full bodied beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2002
It does remind me af a schwarzbier, roasted toffee flavor, sweet dark and drinkable.

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