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RATINGS: 1909   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IAmTheBeerKing (14) - Cherokee, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Dark red-ish color, coffee and chocolate hits the palate, good winter ale, mild spice, not bitter...not my favorite New Belgium ale, but not bad either. Enjoy-ability - 7.8 out of 10


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (9029) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinfull (1573) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (8966) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (7288) - some beerplace, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (2784) - New York, TURKEY - JAN 3, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with slight reddish tint, large foamy beige head, roasted malt aroma, medium carbonation, slightly sweet roasted malt taste, smooth medium thick body, abrupt finish with creamy aftertaste. Very tasty and smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (7093) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2016
355ml bottle [Thanks and a heartly "sapere aude!" to the Old Belgian philosophe des lumires Pierre Bartle (pron. Bayle) for this 1554 (Renaissance?) brew!]. Opaque, darkest brown colour with ruby glimmer and small to average, thick, foamy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Chocolately, dark malty aroma, hints of treacle and pumpernickel, a nuttily touch. Taste is mildly roasty dark malty, minimally ashy, some cola and treacle sweetness in the middle part, again more roasty, minimally ashy and mineral finish, chocolately interludes throughout; full body, slightly viscous texture.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StoutBeerReviews (112) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2016
roasted malt, chocolate. Full-bodied, tad sweet. for some reason i wasnt a huge fan on this, and i dont remember why, will have to try this again in the future

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3810) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with a medium, short lived, beige head with lace. Roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate. Sweet flavor of roasted malt and dark chocolate with a dry, coffee finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Smooth and very drinkable. Suprised me how good it was.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KevinReddirt (118) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (1599) - 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.


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