RATINGS: 1905   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2005
Strong roast and biscuity malts in the aroma. Clear darkest brown body with generous, fine bubbled tan head that recedes to cover with beautiful lacing. Roasted and toasted malts blend nicely with some soy-like character and fair finishing bitterness. Medium body with moderately lively carbonation that tickles the tongue. Footed glass. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle (Liquor Mart, CO, Oct-05).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2006 Terrific crisp roasted taste. Kind of a smokey finish. Although dark in color, it is not very heavy at all - easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeoDoc (34) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Lovely dark color with toasty aroma. Rich flavor with smooth finish that slides down easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6191) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Black, with hints of brown, and a tan head. Interesting aroma of cherry and burnt toast. Much more claean and drinkable than I thought - nice toasty flavors meld with citrus and cherry notes. Maybe like black lemonade? Thanks to Indana_Red for the trade!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Thanks to JohnnyFlake for this one. Pours dark, dark brown with a nearly white head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, cigarettes and figs. Taste is of coffee and chocolate with some peppery notes, but it was hard to escape the odd cigarette smell coming from this one. This tasted like a cross between a rauchbier and an imperial stout without the nice fruity and dark chocolate elements.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
amalsugar (41) - Tremonton, Utah, USA - OCT 28, 2005
The color of this beer makes you expect something else, but when you taste it it is a rather light and refreshing flavor for how thick it appears. The malts and caramels are definately present. This is a great beer to have to relax after getting off work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 20, 2005
12 oz bottle - Pours black with a modest tan head that disapates in a few minutes, however, there is a nice light lacing that hangs around until the finish. Aroma is semi-sweet malt with naunces of yeast and coffee. Flavor is that of light coffee, burnt caramel and roasted nuts. The mouthfeel is pleasant and light, not too much fizz. The finish is semi-sweet and smooth, not too dry. This is very nice, easy drinking beer that is not too filling and has plenty of flavors to offer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silenus (14) - Savannah, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2005
This ales pours a beautiful black with a very fine carbonation and a caramel head. It has strong coffee and caramel flavors and a mouthfeel that liberally coats the tongue. It also has a surprisingly refreshing taste. From the look, youd think it would have a strong alcohol bite but it has a very balanced flavor. I also love the story behind its creation. Definitely one of the collection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Sweet musty, malt aroma. Dark brown with a thumb thick mocha head. Very porter-like in appearance. Full malt flavor in the fore. Some mild roastiness is present and there are, to me, some very porterish asspects except that this is sweeter and far maltier. Sort of a scwarzbier/porter mix. I get some mild molasses notes in the aftertaste. Very satisfying brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zamboni42 (10) - USA - OCT 10, 2005
Very nice beer. Looks like a stout, but this is a different animal. Very earthy and slightly sweet with plenty of coffee and chocolate, with a grounding of pumpernickel bread. Just think of the best "brown foods" combined into a delicous smooth beer. Lovely.

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