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RATINGS: 1921   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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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3.1
Ronritter (729) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2017
on tap black pour very thin tan head aroma was slight roasted malt taste was smooth if not slightly watery

2.9
Carlisle (745) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2017
Draft. Pours dark brown-black with light beige head. Light bread malt aroma. Bread malt with some caramel notes and a subtle touch of chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
culchiem (3978) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 28, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate malt. Sweet malty flavour, nutty chocolate, smoky porter.

3.8
ebone1988 (1925) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2017
Aroma is roasty, chocolate, earthy hop, bready, slight coffee, pretty nice. Appearance is dark brown reddish, light brown head, mostly clear from what I can see. Taste is roasted malt, slight cocoa, bready, earthy hop, coffee, I’m a fan. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light carbonation, nice bready roasty aftertaste. Overall, very very good.

3.5
ludhaber (126) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Very nice porter like beverage. Chocolate malt to keep the sweetness in check but not overwhelm it. Good malty texture. Aroma is pretty muted. Good beer, easy to drink. Not a light affair however.

3.8
bigben873 (257) - Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Nice smooth black lager. Slightly smoky, light hops, smooth finish. March madness 2017.

3.3
tderoeck (9710) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2017
5/II/17 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ train station Brugge, post-Brugs Bierfestival - BB: V/6/16 (2017-158) Thanks to bartlebier for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, small creamy beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving some lacing in the glass. Aroma: very malty, grains, hay, cow fodder, caramel, bit sweet, malty. MF: lively carbon, medium body. Taste: malty, grains, bit sourish, malty, caramel, bit greenish, hoppy touch. Aftertaste: bitter, grains, malty, bit sourish, lemony touch, some cardboard. Decent one!

3.8
sinfull (1655) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Dark brown color. Big , tan head . Aroma of malt , bread and roasted caramel. Moderate sweetness in rich malty taste. Gentle, roasted bitterness at the end. I'd say it is a Dunkel , not a Shwarzbier . Anyway it's great ,classy beer . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
77ships (9827) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2017
Thank you Bartlebier! 355 ml. bottle split post Bruges Beer Festival 2017 @ train station. BBF 5 JUN 2016. Black, creamy tanned head. Nose is thick soy sauce & grains, mocha, herbal coffee grounds. Taste is lightly metallic upfront, herbal, thick very sweet soy sauce, worth, grains, bit umami. Body is thick, soy sauce. Bit too thick with heavy soy sauce character, almost faint soy sauce but still pretty decent especially considering the age of this.

3.4
kraddel (8116) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2017
Pours rather clear dark brown. Small white headm smell is bit sweet. Taste is rather bitter , aromatic dark malts. Rather sweet. Ok. Bit weak though.


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