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RATINGS: 1919   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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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3.2
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2003
Deep brown color, medium head. Has a fruity aroma, slight taste of raspberry on the nose. Maltyness is average, any hops taste is well-masked (I couldn't detect much of one.)


3.9
Bacchus66 (182) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2017
12oz bottle. Midnight black, frothy light tan head. Toasty malt, bready nose. Flavors are roasted malt, caramel sweetness, nuts, pleasant bittering hops. Delicious, balanced roasted finish. Very tasty.

3.4
bigericsports (83) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 17, 2017
Draft at Cornerstone. Pours pitch black with tan head into a pint glass. Aroma is roasted malts, light coffee, and light licorice. Flavor includes dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some coffee. Ends with a robust bitter/roasty finish. Would buy this again!

3.7
alobar (3754) - 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
olio (10163) - 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
Christos (5691) - 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
Ronritter (652) - 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
Carlisle (727) - 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
culchiem (3924) - 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
ebone1988 (1848) - 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, I’m a fan. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light carbonation, nice bready roasty aftertaste. Overall, very very good.

3.5
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.


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