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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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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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3.8
luvcasks (178) - USA - JUN 4, 2006
Aroma: Coffee, Chocolate and some spicy/floral hop notes in the background. Some yeasty notes as the beer warms up. Appearance: Deep deeeeeep brown with amber highlights pours with a medium tan head which settles down to a thin film while leaving nice lace on the glass Flavor: Coffee (Espresso), malty slightly spicy and touch of chocolate Palate: Medium light body, semi dry with a residual and slightly roasty.... very nicely balanced Overall: Contradiction... looks black, pours deep brown but lighter than it looks... (A Belgian Schwarzbier :0)) Definite MUST Try yum!

4.1
rojinn (3) - USA - JUN 4, 2006 does not count
Complicated beer with a flavor that is overpowered slightly by a coffee aroma and taste. Not as heavy as it would seem by looking at it. A must try for anyone who can find it.

3.7
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Bottled. Pours a garnet-tinged clear dark brown with a spare, lacy tan head. Aroma had the coffee, chocolate and toasty malt I was expecting, with a slight contribution from the hops. Lightly creamy, medium body with light/medium carbonation. Taste is sweet with a big shot of roasty malt, nuts, some coffee, molasses and a bit more that I can’t put my finger on. A little bit of spice in the finish, but I’m picking up very little of the "zesty acidity." This is one of those beers that I could put away in rather large quantities,

4.7
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Black. Heavy but smooth with a good hearty aftertaste. Full flavored and wonderfull. Tastes amazingly the same from the bottle or tap.

3
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
While dining at The Fish Market in San Jose with my best buddy, I found this one on the menu and rather suprised it was on tap, I ordered it. The aroma was hardly detectable at first, but after about 30 minutes of warming up it finally release some roasted malt notes but that was really about it. Appearance was a very nice dark color with highlights of brown around the outer parts. It looked close to a Kostritzer, but not quite. Mouthfeel was lively with a good amount of carbonation, but not harsh. Flavor was fairly simple, not complex at all. Roasted malt sweetness, slightly (and I do mean slightly) hoppy and some toffee in there. Overall, I’d say not a poor choice I made (especially given what my choices were) but I’d say that I wouldn’t go out of my way to get this. If it’s all you’ve got to choose from then pull the trigger.

3.7
jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Dark brown pour with an ample tan head. Taste is a blend of coffee, maltiness, chocolate, and caramels. Sweet in a sense, ends with a dry and roasty finish. Smooth drinking brew and very balanced taste overall.

3.5
warriorx99 (85) - USA - MAY 19, 2006
This ale pours a near-black red-brown color with a large foamy tan head. The aroma is strong toffee and sweet caramel. The aroma is the same caramel flavor with a slight coffee/toffee flavor. This is a good heavy, but well balanced beer.

3.6
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Huge thanks to Zathrus13 for this one. Pours a dark brown, almost black color, nice light tan bland looking head with decent lace. Aroma is almost peated malt, light chocolate, other roasted such smells. Flavor is smooth and dark. Lots of roast, lots of melding of the flavors. A very tasty brew. Black Bavarian, watch out!

3.6
Brew102 (13) - USA - MAY 18, 2006
Burnt coffee/toffee flavor and dark appearance, but really a light-to-meduim drinker. An interesting brew that reminds me of Anchor Bock, but less complex.

4.1
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Lovely pour to black translucency, with a creamy, grayish-tan head that retains well and boasts wonderful, sticky, cascading lace. Aroma allures with mild dark chocolate, espresso grinds, mocha beans and turtle fudge. Dry, lactic aromatic elements prevail with an unsweetened cocoa edge and a hint of permanent marker. Tasty approach rolls out semi-bittersweet chocolate, which then teams with uppity effervescence. Cool mocha coolers emulate mild coffee bitterness and milk chocolatey traits (along with a lactic overturn as well.) Slightly burnt Tollhouse morsels hug the tongue on the backend. Effervescence turns over to a whole mouth flavor experience and is fairly dry on its way out. Dark chocolate melt-aways come through in the finish, along with a subtle slip of espresso beans and toffee. Thanks to RooftopRogue for the bottle!


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