RATINGS: 1902   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Blackish, deep brown pour. Smelled of sweet caramel and subtle chocolate hints. tasted kinda like a schwarzbier to me (spelling?). Had that slightly roasted flavor to it but with a bit more of an alcoholic bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3855) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2005
Deep brown, small tan head.Pleasant dry/choc malt nose.Sweet malt profile with a hint of chocolate

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Pours like root beer. Flavor is serious malt with an acid bite and smokey flavor. A little too malty sweet for this IPA lover. The bottle clearly says this is not a porter or stout, but I tried it anyway. Easy to drink and develops a nice buzz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3649) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Well, I certainly dont remember saying the quote that Rudy posted, but judging from my handwriting on this rating, its extremely possible I said that. Bottle thanks to Tim, sampled with Rudy, Tim, and Sammy. Aroma is slightly roasty and mildly chocolatey with bananas present as well. Semi-transparent mahogany color with a light tan head. The only thing I remember about rating the flavor of this beer is that Sammy told me that "Salty nuts are bad for you"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2358) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2005
"I try to not get shot so I stay away from Niagara Falls" - Casey
Thanks to Tim. Nose is chocolate, dirty malt, caramel. Flavor is chocolate, tea, lightly fruity with a light chocolate/tea finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11375) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
Nice aroma, dark appearance, dry, yeast, aggressive carbonation. Roast, chewy, malty. Thanks Tim (IPFreely) for sharing. Quite good and drinkable,cocoa, mult-dimensional and it all comes together

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Pours a nice deep translucent brown with a quickly evaporating head. Smells roasted peaty and malty. Smokey flavor the leaves the tongue with a little bit of burnt taste on the back of the tongue. A little watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2084) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Very dark almost black. But helpd up to the light its a deep red. No head. Big roast aroma. A little chocolaty. Not much flavor, but easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (991) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 Im impressed. I didnt think Id like this one but I was wrong. This is very tasty. Roasty coffee flavors and a creamy palate to boot. So far my favorite of all NB beers. Having said that, a creamy lasting head on this would help this one immensely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
fatguys (76) - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2005
25 oz. draft at Reds Old 395 Grill in Carson City, NV (55 beers on tap, yum yum) Looks much like a stout at firts. Nearly totally black with a creamish head, just slightly lighter than Guiness. A nice roasted flavor with hints of caramel and brown sugar. Very well balanced with subtle hops and malt flavors. Goes down very smooth. I could have several of these.

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