1554 Black Lager beer 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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.

Tasting Notes:
  Visual – Brilliant/clear, mahogany
Aroma – Slightly fruity, herbal, spicy, rooty, coffee, chocolate, toffee
  Flavor – Starts bitter chocolate with bright acidity, roasty and toasty, sweetness to round it out sweet/spicy, rooty, peppery undertones, lingering fruit acidity,
  Mouthfeel – Due to the lager yeast ferm at high temps and the chocolate and black malt- this beer starts and finishes dry yet the middle is round and malt rich. session!
Body – Light – Medium

Beer Facts:
ABV: 5.6%
IBU: 21
Yeast – Lager Yeast
Hops – Nugget
Malts – Pale, Carapils, Black, Munich, Chocolate

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