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RATINGS: 1914   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (11220) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Bottle. Smokey malt and dried cherry/prune aroma. Dark cola brown with a small head. Smokey malt flavor with a light malt finish - a bit like a light porter - nicely drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Bottle. I found this to be an interesting brew, sweet caramel maltiness is balanced by a roasty cocoa finish. The flavors took a while to hit the palate, more pleasing as it warmed. Not a great beer but enjoyable nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2006
tap at brewery. great place with great employees. this is the result of a well run brewery. great culture. well done nb! dark pour with thin head. dark malty chocolate aroma. nice mild malt and chocolate. unique beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdawson321 (145) - USA - MAY 7, 2006
Pours black, brown, ruby with a white head that lasts, at least partially, until the end. Lots of lace. Tastes of chocolate covered raisins, oats, and dry popcorn. Not something Id drink every day, but definitely an interesting palate and certainly worth a try. Very good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Draught at the brewery. A deep, black red with a substantial white head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Aroma of linseed oil or some kind of leather conditioner. A really nice, chalky feel to this generously endowed ale. Flavors of puffed oats and dried out driftwood. A long, satisfying finish with wisps of rhubrab and Sharpie marker (it works here). I liked the way this beer looked as much as the way it tasted. Really a cool recipe.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2006 This one was difficult to rate against others because it has a style all its own. First, the pour is a deep garnet with clarity when held up to the light. Head is average sized and fairly pillowy that sticks around for some time. Dark chocolate nose to match the "zesty" citrusy smell along with a nutty character and slight wood-like smell; very interesting. Amazingly, the flavor is much like the nose with all of the same flavors and a Belgian-like character. Finishes with a dry, chocolatey, acidity that is actually rather pleasant and intriguing. Palate is lively and satiny with a medium-thin body. Truly unlike any beers Ive had, kind of like a mix between a dark brown ale, a bock, and a belgian pale. Very mysterious but still making it all work in a captivating, and mildly complex beer. Some extra points for the creativeness.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2006
Roasted spiciness to this one, aftertaste of a porter for sure, but still a flavor of its own, not a bad beer, but not really a favorite flavor for me, I would drink it again, but nothing Id seek out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2006
Great pour. Steady creamy tan head on a dark ruby body which is quite clear except it absorbs all light. The lacing is excellent. Malt aromas are caramel and roasted nuts with citrus and pine hop aromatics. Maybe some nutmeg, but any spiciness is subdued. The mouthfeel is clean, smooth, and slick. Roasted flavors dominate with some acidity.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2006
Not great, but not deserving of some of the trashing it gets in the reviews. Dark, almost black, with a small tan head that gives good lacing; appearance is best part of the beer. Mouth feels dry and smooth, neither light nor heavy. Flavor is intense without great complexity ... hints of chocolate, dark roast, and a little bitterness. Actually quite enjoyable with south western food. Again, not great, but well made and clearly in the Belgian style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 22, 2006
This is certainly a very unique brew. Its dark but not opaque...actually quite light despite the dark color.


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