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RATINGS: 1919   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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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Ratman197 (14664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Bottle poured a translucent brownish-black with a long-lasting tan head[ leaving behind Brussels lace]. Aromas of bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Palate was light bodied, smooth and crisp. Flavors of bitter chocolate, hint of bitter coffee, and a bit of smoke with a lingering, crisp bitter finish.

3.5
rpack78 (7) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2005 does not count
Not too bad. I don’t like dark beers too much but this one wasn’t horrible. I would drink it again. Peace out.

3.8
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Poured deep brown, almost like a porter. Tan head. Aroma was raosted and taosted, is this a porter? The taste was smooth, coffee and notes of chocolate. I swear this is a porter, No? Black Brussels Ale? Mmmm good. Thanks.

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Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Dark brown, almost black with a thick head. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Very much like a porter, but a bit lighter. More tastes of sweet malts and spiciness. Some hops give it a good balance. Smooth and full flavored with a toffee aftertaste. Very good.

3.2
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, 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).

3.7
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.

3.8
GeoDoc (34) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Lovely dark color with toasty aroma. Rich flavor with smooth finish that slides down easy.

3.6
Suttree (6358) - 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!

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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.

3.8
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.


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