1554 Enlightened Black Ale, a dark beer based on an old, obscure Belgian style.
The 1554 pours black, with roasted, malty overtones and a hint of chocolate. Not too bitter or too sweet, and thankfully not too hoppy. 1554 also doesn't have a real pronounced Belgian character, or at least the character my taste buds seem to associate with Belgian beers - another plus. This unique flavor is due to that bygone recipe which supposedly dates back to the year it is named after. To me 1554 seems like a not-so-distant relative to a dark lager or Schwarzbier. Pick up a six-pack now at your local store. In Ashland, the Caboose has been stocking it. Cheers.