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RATINGS: 1891   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.

aletales' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aletales (73) - , Oklahoma, USA - AUG 11, 2009
light roast aroma with sweet caramel. Brown pour with a tan head. Lots of malt in the flavor and light on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dervock (972) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle - dark pour with a red tinge in the light. Aroma is fruity, roast malt and chocolate. Sligyt sweetness up front mild malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1454) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2016
Wound up with a few of these and was not excited about drinking them. I remember 1554 from earlier days as a bit bland. Drank a couple and realized how wrong I was. There is a naughty bit of residual sweetness here that really accentuates the chocolate in the malt, but thankfully it finishes just dry and bitter enough to want more gulps.Looking forward to getting to know it better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boydmarq (56) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Really, really nice beer. Balanced, not too hoppy but a really nice bold flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (779) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
On tap at St. Augustine’s during New Belgium 25th anniversary celebration. Pours a dark reddish copper with a white head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate. Taste roasted malt, dark fruits notes. Roasted malt, bready notes aftertaste. Very pleasant. Full-bodied, but easy drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CarpeDiem601 (2) - , California, USA - AUG 22, 2016 does not count
One of my favorite beers of all time. I think that beers are largely unbalanced. This on the other hand is a perfectly balanced beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_rookie (403) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 17, 2016
Pours a very dark ruby red color, but not opaque. Nice two finger beige head. Okay retention, great lacing.

Aroma is roasted malt. Light coffee, medium chocolate. Maybe a touch of licorice.

Taste is malty, chocolatey, creamy. No noticeable hops, barely bitter. Maybe a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium light. Clean, not bitter. Super easy to drink. A little creamy. Sessioinable and easy to drink. Smooth and mellow.

Overall, this is delicious. A delight to drink. A good special occasion, or anytime beer. I would recommend this, and I will buy this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Claves77 (240) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2016
Deep dark color, little carb levels. Smooth malty taste, lasting palate. Good...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (696) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Bottle pour. Appearance is dark brown/mahogany with 1/2 finger-width light brown head with poor retention to ring. Aroma is toffee, light fruit. Taste is roasted malt with toffee, mild dark fruits, European hops. Palate is medium bodied with thin, creamy texture, average carbonation with fruity, toffee more sweet than bitter finish. Overall, a dark beer with a pretty light palate that still packs a decent amount of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cajun (388) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JUL 14, 2016
12oz bottle - Pours rich dark brown with some red, white sudsy head. Coffee, chocolate, dark sweet fruit, roasted malt. Mild drinkable flavors of the same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jabah (388) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2016
Decent flavor and feel for the style. Appears heavier on the malt than actually is. Flavors of mild chocolate, light hops, with a yeasty finish. Balance is ok, but borderline macrobrew feel. Something along the lines of a black and tan.

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