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RATINGS: 1916   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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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4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CarpeDiem601 (2) - , California, USA - AUG 22, 2016 does not count
One of my favorite beers of all time. I think that beers are largely unbalanced. This on the other hand is a perfectly balanced beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_rookie (546) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 17, 2016
Pours a very dark ruby red color, but not opaque. Nice two finger beige head. Okay retention, great lacing.

Aroma is roasted malt. Light coffee, medium chocolate. Maybe a touch of licorice.

Taste is malty, chocolatey, creamy. No noticeable hops, barely bitter. Maybe a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium light. Clean, not bitter. Super easy to drink. A little creamy. Sessioinable and easy to drink. Smooth and mellow.

Overall, this is delicious. A delight to drink. A good special occasion, or anytime beer. I would recommend this, and I will buy this again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Claves77 (260) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2016
Deep dark color, little carb levels. Smooth malty taste, lasting palate. Good...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (932) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Bottle pour. Appearance is dark brown/mahogany with 1/2 finger-width light brown head with poor retention to ring. Aroma is toffee, light fruit. Taste is roasted malt with toffee, mild dark fruits, European hops. Palate is medium bodied with thin, creamy texture, average carbonation with fruity, toffee more sweet than bitter finish. Overall, a dark beer with a pretty light palate that still packs a decent amount of flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cajun (531) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JUL 14, 2016
12oz bottle - Pours rich dark brown with some red, white sudsy head. Coffee, chocolate, dark sweet fruit, roasted malt. Mild drinkable flavors of the same.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jabah (462) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2016
Decent flavor and feel for the style. Appears heavier on the malt than actually is. Flavors of mild chocolate, light hops, with a yeasty finish. Balance is ok, but borderline macrobrew feel. Something along the lines of a black and tan.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
axl (823) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2016
Draft. Pitch black with tan head. Aroma of aroma is roasted malts, light coffee, and light liqorice. Taste is similar with light roasted malts, chocolate, light roasted coffee and light liqorice as well as a soft bitterness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation and slight roasted bitter aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (14787) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2016
Draft - Cocoa and some toast. Jet brown with a nice beige head. Light cocoa and dark toffee malts. Cocoa is the dominating smell and taste which is odd for the style.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Omar1991 (10) - - JUN 5, 2016
This is the by far one of the best beers I've ever tried. Very well balanced with smoky and very subtle chocolate notes. Looks fantastic and goes down very easy with no aftertaste . Highly recommend ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (5400) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2016
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 4/3/2016. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light cocoa/coffee, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light cocoa/coffee, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light cocoa/coffee, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roasted character as well. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice dark lager. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. This tastes like a cross between schwarzbier and dunkel lager styles. A very enjoyable offering.


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