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RATINGS: 1918   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - APR 20, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2014 Pours dark caramel color with a frothy tan head. Roasted malt smell. Roasted malt, caramel, toffee and some chocolate flavors. Smooth finish and medium body.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3730) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Pours cola brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of toffee, biscuit, and chocolate. Toffee and chocolate sweetness with some bread. Creamy body with solid lacing. Very nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (10065) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2017
355 ml bottle. BBE 09.07.2017
Rated on 20170519.
Pours clear dark mahogany color with a large off-white head. Malty and nutty aroma with hints of cocoa, mild hops. Flavor has caramel and nutty dry malts, mild orange notes, subtle resin and some chocolaty bitterness at the end. A bit mellow, easy to drink though.
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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christos (5557) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2017
(New Belgium 1554 Black Lager) Bottle 355ml at home, served into a small tulip. ABV 5.6% Dark brown colour on the body, clear, tall and thick light beige head on top. Aroma of caramel, toasted malts, some toffee. Taste follows, caramel, toasted malts, coffee grounds, toffee. Medium thin body. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ronritter (590) - 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
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Carlisle (702) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
culchiem (3881) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1802) - 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, Im a fan. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light carbonation, nice bready roasty aftertaste. Overall, very very good.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigben873 (249) - Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Nice smooth black lager. Slightly smoky, light hops, smooth finish. March madness 2017.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (9327) - 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!


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