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RATINGS: 1895   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sebilinz (1826) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 10, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown body tan head. Very nice roasted and caramel malts and cocoaaroma . Taste is nearly the same but with some spices. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin. Aftertaste is roasted malts and some malty sweetness. Very nice black lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2154) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle not sure I got this one. Pours dark brown almost black, with an inch of tan head. Smoked Peat, dried leaves in the nose. Taste is smoked chocolate, leaves, earth. Tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiddleBrau (1168) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2016
First had this sometime around 1998/99 west of the Mississippi but now its made it to PA. Always found the profile pleasant. Dark brown/translucent with light tan head. Hint of roast and caramel nose. Caramel with burnt malt finish. Thinner palate, mild hop profile. Nice balance of malt (up front) and roasty finish. Maybe not as memorable as when I first found this but it still holds a nice place in my heart based on that early experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1729) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 26, 2016
From bottle at BKL München 2016.
Dark brown body, with a medium, creamy, dark beige head.
Aroma of toast, cocoa, subtle coffee, dark bread, some dark fruits.
Tastes of toast, espresso, caramel, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, some dark fruits.
Medium, slick mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes smooth, medium dry, toasty, with cocoa, caramel, coffee.

Tasty. Very smooth, with manifold dark malts and a great balance between sweet, roasty and dry. Outstanding, unique style example, propably the best Dunkel lager I’ve had so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (17704) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 26, 2016
Rund malziger, etwas herber Beginn. Wässrig bitter, geringfügig herb rund. Spritzig, rund. 11/9/10/9/11/9

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itzjerm (2316) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Impressive head. Chocolate malty. Light astringent nose but mild. A decent beer. Toasty ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bg80 (84) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2016
Bottle. Really delicious dark beer with hints of Belgian dubbel/quad (at first) and American porter dryness(at the end) mixed together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsandman (1083) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2016
On tap at New Belgium hub DIA. Pours deep reddish brown / black, beige head. Aroma is prune, roasted malt, caramel, smoke, candied fruits. Flavor is sweet malt, candy, caramel, floral notes, light pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Felsenbrau (45) - Middletown, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2016
12oz can. Sweet, flowery aroma. Nearly-opaque rootbeer/black color with minimal head and persistent lacing. Strong malty and sweet flavor quickly dissipating to finish somewhat walnut and hazelnut, slighty bitter. Good with pie, not so ood with salty snacks. Will buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (2425) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 18, 2016
This is actually a delightful malty brew. Pours a purely black body with a thick, frothy beige head. The nose is bready with a light toasted caramel malt. Sweet malty front with a light grassy hop and a mild toffee, hazelnut note. Finish is mild and lightly bitter with a great balance and a light floral note.

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