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RATINGS: 1867   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.


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2.8
   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (656) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle, deep brown beer, nice cream colored head, decent lace. Aroma malt, faint metal. Taste chocolate, dark fruit. Palate is light, carbonation about average. A touch sweet, but nice!

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (307) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Pours a dark mahogany to black with an off-white ring. Light roasted malt aroma with hints of yeast. Smooth, light malt flavor with a slightly dry finish. Not very interesting or refreshing. Ordinary. OK but not remarkable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorkenstein (257) - - FEB 3, 2016
Roasted malts and cocoa aromas. Taste is cocoa, raoasted malts, faint caramel and figs, then a touch of earthy hops in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nejhleader (1407) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Has a nice chocolate malt aroma. Taste is a good slightly toasty malt with a nice chocolate aftertaste. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggiebob (519) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2016
12 oz can. It poured a dark brown with a two fingers of a tan head that quickly dissipated. The aroma was a roasted chocolate malt, while the flavor included dark chocolate, raisins, and some coffee. The mouth feel was moderately thick and creamy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dagimp (882) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Really liked this one. Sort of like a Schwartzbier, sort of like a bock. Good aroma, mouthfeel and flavor. Winner!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1213) - , Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2016
12oz bottle from the new Folly pack. 3/4" lite tan head drops leaving some lacing and rings... dark brown..not black.. clear deep chestnut red when held to a light. Aroma is fruity yeasty notes and chocolate dark roasted malts.. cold instant coffee.. no hops to speak of. As it warms, some earthy hop notes become evident. Dark malts and dark dried fruit are the main flavor components.. with more coffee at the front.. Chocolate grains and restrained dried cherries and raisins.. Hops are more prevalent than the nose.. earthy hops mix well with the front-side palate.. more yeasty fruitiness .. not Belgian but not necessarily American..not sure. Fun beer that I always overlook just because it is on the shelves.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (1045) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2016
12oz bottle, poured into a plastic cup. The aroma is malty caramel with a light spice, and a late-emerging fudge with nuts. The beer is oily and clear with a caramel hue and a sudsy, tan head that displays good sofy retention and good lace. The taste is medium sweet and a mild, medium light bitter. The texture is oily and smooth with a mild fuzz. The medium body has flavors of dark fruit followed by chocolate and caramel. It finishes crisp and spicy clean with a slightly roasted tone and flavors of fudge and nuts. The aftertaste is mellow and lightly bitter with a roasted coffee hint, chocolate, and a smokey dryness.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
firemarshal (198) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is chocolate, nuts and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet but with enough hops to balance. The lager yeast is hard to discern, but the sweet nutty flavor is bold. A smooth sticky finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (2241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Draft at Moriartys. Dark brown pour with some khaki foam. Burnt chocolate malts. Unexpected large amount of spicy hops. Cold coffee. Roasted nuts. Cocoa nibs. Celery hearts. Poppyseeds. Balanced but feels lacking a clear direction. Hints at a Doppelbock but feels more like a mix of a Black IPA and a Porter.


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