RATINGS: 1912   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Another very good beer from New Belgium. Crisp nutbrown flavor with a great malty ton. The alcohol is well hidden and the palate is smooth and warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Really refreshing - and refreshingly light, despite appearance. Nice roasted, heavy malt character. Light coffee bean and some very subtle nuttiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2007
12 oz. bottle - Pours a clear deep mohogany color with a one finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Flavor and aroma is lightly smoked, dark roasted malt with a touch of dark esters. Has enough bitterness to balance the beer. A smooth, medium body beer. Another decent NB offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brstp (201) - - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle. Black color, brownish around the edges, brown head. Typical roasted malt/coffee aroma with some belgian yeast/wheat. Pretty thin and smooth mouthfeel, taste is similar to aroma with some licorice and black cherry. Improved a lot as it warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrdeath5493 (113) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Black. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Tastes of the same with an underlying sweetness. The flavor and malt profiles are less pronounced than in other stouts. This results in a subtle refreshing stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Poured black with big fluffy head. I couldnt really catch the aroma but thats typical for me. Taste was slightly acidic and finished dry and somewhat metallic.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 (Bottle, thanks Beachbum25) Pours deep dark red with a nougat coloured head. Caramelly aroma with spicy soap and a slight smokey touch. Roasted undertones and some liquorice. Smooth mouthfeel. Roasted and almost light burned flavour with a salty sting. Tiny notes of nuts,chocolate, coffee, liquorice and a light spicyness. Thin aftertaste with a dryish touch and a light to medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - JAN 26, 2007
On tap at The Graduate. Hint of light shinning through. Rich white head, very fine bubbles. Couldnt detect exact scents initially, but after sampling I could pick out some odors. I thought this beer to have some unique flavors. When it first hits your tongue, it is somewhat ordinary and tame possessing a bit of a weak mouthfeel. However, right before swallowing you are hit with a sweet honey-like wash of flavor. Once the honey subsides, chocolate and other toasty flavors emerge. If you think you may like honey beers or brown ales mixed with malt, this might be your beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Treephiend (58) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Pours deep brown, with a tan head. aroma is of roasted malts. The taste is of coffee, chocolate, molassess and the roasted malt makes it farily smoky. The body is pretty watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Bottle courtesy of ford9719. Watery medium brown, minimal off-white head. Aroma has soem burnt grain and coffee and not much else. Flavor much the same with some caramel, smoke and raisin. Mouthfeel really thins in finish. Not bad, just something doesnt mesh well.

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