RATINGS: 1908   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2360) - 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 (11657) - 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 (2095) - 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 (997) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2005
12 oz Dark black with a creamy tan head. Toasted malt, some roastiness in the nose. Otherwise it is fairly malty, caramel and toasty. Flavour is fairly sweet up front, more like a porter than a stout. Flavour is caramel malt, bread, chewy dark malt, a touch of anise and light molasses. Flavour is well balanced with a touch of noble hops. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imbockinsxtx (82) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Pours a dark reddish black Colour with little off white to light yellow head which dissipated quickly. Coffe bean Aroma. Coffee and watery mouthfeel with a decent blend of Java and Sugar and other rich flavours. Carbonation is questionable and there is some soda like quality. Not a bad brew. I like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Nice offering from this brewer. Has a nice zip of yeast and subdued citrus in the finish. Interesting, would like to try on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Bottle. Black in color, brownish tan head. Medium roast, some cherry, a bit of caramel. Pretty dry, active carbonation, medium bodied. Interesting beer. Thanks Mom!

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