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RATINGS: 1828   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JUN 6, 2003
Ruby color, slight aroma of fruit and coffee. Coffee, slight carmel and malt. Nice throw back, though not one of my favorite New Belgium brews.


4
Bill Becker (1317) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Jan 2006 Poured from bottle(room temp) a pitch black with a huge head of foam that dissipates slowly leaving a fine layer and some lacing. The smell is of roasted malt and there's a bit of a bitterness there as well...I like it. The taste is dominated by roasted malt at first, with a noticeable oatmeal flavour that brings out some sweet notes coming through midway. The finish brings back the roastiness and is teamed with a bit of bitterness that makes for an excellent overall tasting beer. Bottom line: Here's an unusual style of beer that has a lot of good things going on....I recommend it!

3.8
higgsbison (261) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2017
A fine beer. I probably wouldn't go buy a sixpack of it but I would enjoy it if I did. Big malty taste, lightly carbonated, lightly hopped. Very drinkable, improves as it warms. Somewhat nutty with a dry finish that has notes of biscuit ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
ANZUShophunter (507) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2017
From bottle in shaker. Pours reddish brown with thick frothy head and modest choc malt aroma. Tasty and smooth with a bit of malt sweetness in the finish.

4
Bob26 (3) - - SEP 8, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2017 Very smooth dark larger. Downed two after a long day of motorcycle riding before the wife unload the bike!

2.6
szampapal (42) - POLAND - AUG 25, 2017
Aromat kawy, razowego chleba. Kolor ciemnego bursztynu. Dobrze nasycone, piana z dużych pęcherzyków. Dość gorzkie. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
Docavey (88) - Lehigh Acres, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2017
Had this from the bottle. At the bar at the Hilton Garden Inn. Good very dark beer and very malty with chocolate flavor but not heavy. F Avey---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
Bootlegger007 (243) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2017
Pours a dark and deep brown almost black, a reasonable sized off white head, aroma is malty, chocolate and dried fruits, flavour being chocolate sweetness, medium body, this is smooth and very easy drinking, might keep a couple handy.

3.4
paulcliff (57) - - JUL 24, 2017
Malty aroma, dark but clear with minimal head, medium bodied with hint of sweetness on the finish. Black lager isn't my go-to style but this is pretty nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
hauxe (894) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - JUL 13, 2017
Pours dark brown from the bottle and leaves a foamy, off white head that lingers. Aroma is toast, chocolate, caramel. Taste is lightly sweet with some mild bitterness in the finish. Body is medium with a rich, creamy, roasted character. Overall very nice.

3.4
FinnIckler (784) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2017
Bottle. Nose is citrus, earthy, chocolate, coffee. Palate is citrus, chocolate, toffee, bread. Pretty gritty, but still a nice brew.


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