RATINGS: 1905   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (3633) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2016
12oz bottles catered by JoeinDahlem, blind tasted against Brunlinger Black Lion Schwarzbier during and post Whats Brewing 1516-2016. Especially in comparison with the Brasilian-inspired roast and chocolate malt forward Schwarzbier: Not really a Black Lager, maybe loosely inspired by late 19c Belgian brewers copying German/Bohemian recipes...? - Autumnal aromas, marmite on brown bread conjure up fallen foliage, some roasted chestnut sweetness announcing itself...more of that in taste, especially both the gentle sweetness and pronounced nutty bitterness of roasted unripe chestnut, late astringent nutty "sourness" and all. Coca Cola running in between somewhere...none of that expected fig jam or date paste though. A US cover of an extinct Belgian brewerys Dunkel idea of a Schwarzbier?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ehaak26 (255) - - OCT 21, 2016
From a bottle. Roasted and chocolate malts. Pour is black with very small white/tan head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2944) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2016
Pours almost black, small head. Nose shows cocoa, bready and toasty notes, some light fruity notes too. Flavours include bready and toasty notes, nutty malt, some soft sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PugUglyBrewer (325) - - OCT 16, 2016
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. The appearance shows a light tan creamy head. The color is dark brown. The aroma is caramel and figs. On the taste I get caramel, figs and chocolate. A delicious dark beer with friendly composition and a nice alternative in dark beer for novices and the seasoned.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (6606) - rebro, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2016
Sample at SBWF 2016. Dark malty smell with chocolate. Similar taste. Deep malty flavour. Clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dervock (1100) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle - dark pour with a red tinge in the light. Aroma is fruity, roast malt and chocolate. Sligyt sweetness up front mild malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1472) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2016
Wound up with a few of these and was not excited about drinking them. I remember 1554 from earlier days as a bit bland. Drank a couple and realized how wrong I was. There is a naughty bit of residual sweetness here that really accentuates the chocolate in the malt, but thankfully it finishes just dry and bitter enough to want more gulps.Looking forward to getting to know it better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boydmarq (56) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Really, really nice beer. Balanced, not too hoppy but a really nice bold flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (1155) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
On tap at St. Augustines during New Belgium 25th anniversary celebration. Pours a dark reddish copper with a white head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate. Taste roasted malt, dark fruits notes. Roasted malt, bready notes aftertaste. Very pleasant. Full-bodied, but easy drinkable.

   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

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