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RATINGS: 1912   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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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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1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
beer4bears (75) - Ontario, - JUL 30, 2011
Deep brown with almost no head. Suprisingly thin for such a dark beer. Chocolate and coffee malts, but overall the aroma is lacking. Theres nothing on the nose, even after warming it up a bit. In my mind it doesnt justify the high ratings others have given.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1758) - 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 (246) - 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 (9181) - 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 (1591) - 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 (9207) - 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 (7460) - 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 (2850) - 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 (7211) - 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 (120) - 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


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