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RATINGS: 1921   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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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3.4
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Nottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours dark with with a small white head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, sweetness, and caramel. The flavor is sweet, caramel, chocolate, roast, mild hoppy traces. Good brew.

3.1
mattcoats (47) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 23, 2007
A bit chalky, but overall a good brew. It has some nice smoked coffee tones and a rich malty texture.

3.6
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Bottle shared by nolankowal: Light black, not quite a dark brown, off white head. Aroma, roasted notes, some toffee, coffee, and some fruits. Flavor, fruity, roasted malts, caramel, and coffee. Not bad.

3.5
Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2007
12oz bottle-A dark brown almost black black with an off white head. Aroma of coffee and dark roasted malt. Taste of roasted malt and coffee. Nice beer.

3.1
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Pours black with a small off-white head. Malty and hoppy with caramel and maybe some chocolate, and a slightly bitter aftertase. It has a pretty watery feel to it. Overall a good beer, but nothing special. This is typically what I drink when I want a beer, but don’t feel like a high-dollar one.

3.3
sallad (115) - USA - MAR 5, 2007
Dark brown to black with ruby and rusty highlights. Thick tan head slowly fades. Chocolate aromas, dark caramel and light rubber. Soft carbonated mouthfeel releases charred malts and toffee and dark cherry to appley hops. Finish is lightly cocoa. Moutfeel is medium -light with playful carbonation.

3.3
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Hard to define this style of beer. Reminds me of the old ale style (Old Peculier). I decided to try this because I’m such a big fan of Fat Tire. I wasn’t disappointed. This brewery seems to know what they’re doing. Black (not pitch), thin, stout-like pour with dissipating light tan head. Aroma gives away the hop character along with the bready malt notes. Some chocalate or caramel in there as well. Overall impression is (as other raters put it) a zestiness that really comes out at you. Not as drinkable as Fat Tire, but good.

3.7
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Pours like a stout. Has the strong hoppy taste that New Belgian is famous for. Goes down very smooth and has a lasting aftertaste of roasted spices. Highly recommended.

3
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Thinner than expected. First thing that hit me was scent of yeast. Beer tastes of faint caramel or toffee malts, light hoppines. wasnt unimpressed but this beer is nothing more than drinkable. Decent ale.

3.7
IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
12 oz bottle; Nose of caramel malt with some chocolate notes and a little breadiness; very dark cherry brownwitha big glass-lacing tan head, nice lookin’ ale; flavor has some coffee and caramel malts with a little faint chocolate. Very good ale.


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