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RATINGS: 1825   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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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KevinReddirt (194) - Midland, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2016
Filled into a well-used New Belgium globe glass. Appropriate. Possessed of a black body with a tan head that dissipates promptly. A whiff of black licorice and blackened toast. Malty taste followed up by raisins and dates. Something earthy at the finish. I like stouts considerably, this is along that line. Not at the top.

4.6
ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2016
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown to almost black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma has a great malt smell. The flavor is malt, with some coffee, chocolate and bread. This is an outstanding beer.

4.6
ChadPolenz (1842) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 8B Schwarzbier

AROMA: Lightly sweet nose of dark toasted malt, some red fruit, and a hint of iced coffee. Very faint herbal hops. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Deep ruby red or mahogany. Dark but clear with bright ruby highlights. Large, tan froth. Plenty of lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately strong malty presence and sweetness throughout. Bready but also toast/roast flavor (not burnt, however). A mild milk chocolate flavor emerges as it departs, leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste. Red fruits linger as a background note. Clean fermentation. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Texture is soft and smooth. Not refreshing per se but comfortable in the mouth. Aftertaste is fairly clean with slight bittersweet chocolate aftertaste (not astringent). 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Pretty much a perfect beer for the style, albeit slightly Americanized. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 46/50


3.4
ZacM612 (748) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Dark, almost opaque black with a cream colored head. Chocolaty aroma. Sweet flavor, a bit of smokiness. Smooth, creamy.

3.5
Jado (803) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2016
355 ml bottle. Black body but with brown highlights at the edges. Sudsy off-white head that subsides to a thin cap. Raisins, brown sugar, plum and a little chocolate on the nose. Soft fruit at first in the mouth before some cinnamon and coffee come through. Fairly clean finish with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Balanced and easy drinking.

3.2
bastarda (506) - Freiburg, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2016
@What’s brewing 10/16 - blind tasting round side by side with Black Lion of Löwenbrauerei Bräunlingen. Fruity, slight caramel-toffee. A lot of residual sweetness in taste. Smooth.

3.6
bartlebier (4077) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2016
12oz bottles catered by JoeinDahlem, blind tasted against Bräunlinger Black Lion Schwarzbier during and post What’s Brewing 1516-2016. Especially in comparison with the Brasilian-inspired roast and chocolate malt forward Schwarzbier: Not really a Black Lager, maybe loosely inspired by late 19c Belgian brewers copying German/Bohemian recipes...? - Autumnal aromas, marmite on brown bread conjure up fallen foliage, some roasted chestnut sweetness announcing itself...more of that in taste, especially both the gentle sweetness and pronounced nutty bitterness of roasted unripe chestnut, late astringent nutty "sourness" and all. Coca Cola running in between somewhere...none of that expected fig jam or date paste though. A US cover of an extinct Belgian brewery’s Dunkel idea of a Schwarzbier?

3.2
ehaak26 (628) - - OCT 21, 2016
From a bottle. Roasted and chocolate malts. Pour is black with very small white/tan head.

3.5
Davros (3231) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2016
Pours almost black, small head. Nose shows cocoa, bready and toasty notes, some light fruity notes too. Flavours include bready and toasty notes, nutty malt, some soft sweetness.

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PugUglyBrewer (742) - - OCT 16, 2016
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. The appearance shows a light tan creamy head. The color is dark brown. The aroma is caramel and figs. On the taste I get caramel, figs and chocolate. A delicious dark beer with friendly composition and a nice alternative in dark beer for novices and the seasoned.


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