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RATINGS: 1842   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2003
This is a beer that I thought was so so when I first bought a six pack and nothing really too amazing. I was cleaning the brew closet and found a bottle (maybe 3 years old?) and thought I would check it out... Wow really different from the first time I tried. Very malty and smooth, with hints of coffee and chocolate. It almost reminded me of a malty schwarzbier or Dopple. Its finish was clean and smooth. Try this experiment and see what you think...lay it down...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Bottle. Looked like a Coke. Nice head to it. Had a nice rosty flavor to it. Almost a porter taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JUN 6, 2003
Ruby color, slight aroma of fruit and coffee. Coffee, slight carmel and malt. Nice throw back, though not one of my favorite New Belgium brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2003
a pour of black crimson, blood on the tracks; head was the color of unbleached flour. i was gasping for a cool beer and admit that i manhandled this one, choking down perhaps unduly some nuance and delicacy in the carnal pleasure of feeling it slip over my tongue-- which in great thirsty gusto was bucking like a bee-stung bronco. the effect was quite pleasing. even subject to more gulping than finessing, i picked up the moderately roasty coffee malts miming a natural history of grapes from adolescent plump concords to gummy raisins in noble rot. throw in a cherry too, please, a slightly sour bing. it's not hugely bodied, however. remember now, in 1554-- i recall that they had a double dip recession, economies were sluggish, the euro was down, consumer confidence was the pits,so it's not surprising that copying recipes from an era known for hardship and deprivation would yield a parsimonious product. rather thin, with rough carbonation, but no one twisted my arm to make me guzzle it after all. sweet, with minimal hop and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2003
Cola color. Thick frothy tan head slowly diminishing. Tiny bubble carbonation.Thick mouthfeel. Creamy, thick, spicy, sweet, bitter. Lace all the way. This is not a favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 18, 2003
Bottle. A clear dark brown color with a brown head. A strong dark malts (almost sour), caramel, a little toasted, and bitter. A roasted malt flavor with a course texture and long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2003
This one is another one of the many great beers for which i owe mitch my thanks. It pours a slightly cloudy dark amber color with a heavy pearl and brown head mixture. The aroma is of yeast, bananas and some cloves...its very pleasant. The taste is super sweet and just mouthwatering with banana and sweet raisins tempting you and being backed up nicely with vanilla spice and a subtle hint of roasted coffee. The finish is very dry with a heavy espresso like finish thats faintly sweet. It almost has what would be described as a graham cracker finish. Very enticing beer, i want more of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Deep brown/ruby beer with a rather fizzy,off-white,head.Leaves a small ring.Good aroma of nuts,roast,toffee,caramel.Mouthfeel is silky,very fizzy.Medium bodied.Sweet malt flavors are nice,finish is crisp,ends sweet.Extremely drinkable.

   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.

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