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RATINGS: 1832   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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
vyvvy (6834) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2006
Very dark brown body with a reddish tint - beige / tan head. For the dark body there was a surprising light aroma with toasty malts, some caramel, bit of sweetness and possibly some citrus. Light bodied beer that is quite crisp. Flavor was roasted malts with traces of nuts and coffee. Crisp finish with bits of acidity. I nice easy to drink beer.

3.3
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - APR 18, 2006
Very Dark! Nice creamy slightly tan head that left a nice lace all the way down. Smell... slightly sweetish malt smell. Tast.. Had a very slight sour tast to it. After taste was a little off as well.. I’m guessing that i am a dyed in the wool hop Head, and need to stick to IPA’s

1.9
luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2006
Umm...teetering between a snooze and an "ewwwww," this beer pours a clear, very dark brown with a small, off-white, mostly and quickly diminishing head. Thin tendrils of lacing on the glass. The aroma is malty with heavy notes of husky roasted grain / dog food and milk chocolate; hoppy with light notes of herb and resin/pine; yeasty with light notes of basement. The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic with a short, tangy, unclean/husky, faintly warm finish. The body is thin, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.

3.7
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2006
Bottle. Dark dark brown pour. Strong roasty malt aroma for style. Sweet roasty malty flavors, a bit fruity and a tad yeasty. Reminded me of a nice porter. I really liked.

3.5
hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 6, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 On tap at Stonhhouse in Nevada City, CA. Dark brown with a medium off white head. Very strong malts. Somewhat bitter. Bit of a bite. Too much carbonation for me, and also a little sweet. Overall I would rate this as just average for a traditional ale. Oraiginal ratin: Aroma - 5, Appearance - 3, Flavor - 6, Palate - 3, and Overall - 14/ I decided to give this a second try, this time from the Northcoast Coop in Eureka, CA via a bottle. This was colder this time and after it poured a nice deep mahogany collor with a really attractive fat white head. .The trouble with draft beers is they often leave off the head in order to try to fill the glass. Was bitter as before but overall was a much better drink this time. Rating revised to improve appearance, aroma, and palate. Overall boosted a point also.

3.5
Tmoney99 (15116) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
Bottle. Poured black with an average frothy off-white head that diminished quickly. Moderate roasted malt aroma. Medium body. Medium sweet roasted malt flavor with a light spice bitter finish. Interesting brew.

3.7
jakepete (13) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Good effort on an unusual style. Was expecting some sort of dark Belgian beer, but it’s more of a cross between an American brown and a stout. Poured very dark, but not quite opaque. Rich roasty/caramel flavor with a well balanced bitterness.

3.1
bhosford (1) - Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2006 does not count
Fruity aroma, almost smells like a dark wine with a roasty scent as well, nice dark color with a nice lighter head, the flavor is a little unbalanced, a bit fruity but not bad, highly carbonated, and a not so pleasant aftertaste. somewhat of an unusual beer, but easy to drink. check it out.

3.3
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2006
A decent enough black ale. Dark chicory taste with a hint of strong hops. Much more like a porter than a black ale.

4
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2006
I have been a fan of the New Belgium Brewing growing up in KC and drinking Fat Tire like it was bud light, but this is a much better beer. I had to drive 30 miles to pick up 6 different NB brews. The beer pours a rich dark brown with a nice size foamy head. It has a smooth feel and isn’t as dark as it looks. As it came to room temp it was even more enjoyable. I will be making the 30 mile trip more often.


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