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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2005
bottle...Dark brown/mahogany pour with medium beige head that disappeared fast. Very fragrant. Musty, yeasty aroma. Complex flavors, reminds me of an English Strong Ale. Musty, earthy flavors, some burnt malt type flavors also, without the bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, a little oily. I like this beer a lot.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Cola colored. Minimal brown head. Tastes malty, too sweet. Throw in a little coffee and Count Chocula.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Tap at Breckenridge ski resort. Dark red/brown body with a light tan head. Aroma was well balanced between roasty malt, dark chocolate, and fruit. Smooth body, if not a little watery. Flavors of carmel, smoke, and dark fruit. finishes whith a bit of sweetness and yeasty tang. Quite intresting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Pours dark brown with tan head. Has little aroma of malt. Light bodied with tastes of malt and a roasted flavor. Much better this time for some reason, seems more flavorful and smoother. Good Stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
movolsfan (11) - Parkville, Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2005
I really enjoy this ale that looks to be thick, but goes down very smooth. This is good year round whether its hot or cold outside. One of NBBs best!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2005
12oz bottle BB 07JUN05. Dark, nice head, some lace. Smells of smokey, slightly raisin tinged, dark malt with a bit of yeasty funk. Very smooth, with the dark carmel malts, smoke, and yeast funk coming together to make something real interesting...a bizar sort of porter is the best I can think of to describe it. I get some slight black liquorice and maybe even cinnamin too...nice complexity of malts & yeast and a light body make this a fun beer to chug.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evster64 (107) - Kempner, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Aroma - Almost non-existent, just a light hint of malt. Appearance - Deep black, with almost no head. Flavor - Chocolate, smoke, malt. Dry and crisp. Palate - Crisp, dry finish with a deep malty residual. Overall - A nice ale. Bravo to the folks in Fort Collins, Co., who brew the stuff. I will definitely drink it again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 26, 2004
bottled. i must have been a real glutton for punishment as i kept tasting new belgian beers as though each bad one made me think i was getting closer to finding a good one. this was pretty black and had a bad homebrew stout and brown sugar aroma. some nasty tang there and powder chocolate. i dunno

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Black ale? A new appellation for me, but after tasting, its more accurately a brown ale painted up in blackface, ...not that theres anything wrong with that. Dark brown in color, more reddish when seen through light. A full, frothy, creamy off-white head towers on top. Powerful aromatics waft out, fruity and floral, soft, sweet notes of toffee, cream, and nuts. Bold brace of hops jump on board the palate and carry through the finish. Excellent texture, chewy and substantial. Hops start to bow out, as they are muted by the full feeling of the powerful malt presence. Very satisfying, and a superior choice for a session ale. I have to wonder if they didnt blacken this brew, which otherwise tastes like an excellent example of brown ale, to avoid comparison to the inferior Newcastle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10215) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Thanks to BBB63 for this. Pours great ruby with big, creamy white head. Aroma of malt, fruit, corn flakes, merlot. Tastes malty, with chocoff, nuts, corn flakes, like liquid Wheaties with finishing fruit and a slight dry cognac flavor. Great stuff. Get one for yourself, and one for your mother

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