La Tabachéra - Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
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Reviews by mmmbirra:
2.68/5 rDev -19%
A deep gold and transparent beer. Lighter than I remembered it being last time I had it, and also somewhat out of style if it indeed claims to be a doppelbock.
The smell is sweet and fruity. No hops. Really not very interesting, but could be much worse.
The flavor is quite disappointing. Kind of harsh, a little sweet, with nothing that stands out as being a defining flavor. Just tastes messy.
Overcarbonated, thin, with a strong alcohol sensation that further takes away from the enjoyability of this already underwhelming beer.
Amarcord makes a couple of decent beers, but this isn't one of them.
11-17-2012 23:32:07 | More by mmmbirra
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3.25/5 rDev -1.8%
Appearance: light amber, toffee colour; egg white head fades to nothing in a few minutes
Aroma: bready malt; very mild; slightly acidic
Taste & Mouthfeel: not a whole lot going on; some spice notes and a mild nuttiness; feeling some flavour of cognac or brandy; toffee malt; red grapes, dates; acidic, and alcohol come through quite strong; much better at warmer temperatures
Overall: not complex or very interesting, but provides a warming feel and is fairly easy-drinking
04-23-2012 02:17:19 | More by BGDrock
3.5/5 rDev +5.7%
Decent though basic malty beer. Good head on yellow. Very lacey, average aroma. A bit aggressive carbonation, but drinkable, about average mouthfeel. some bitterness, though a bit sweetness. And that's what's left on the lips.A little peppery, rather on the weak side of its style but drinkable.
12-19-2008 20:20:50 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev +21.8%
Note to future samplers: drink these brews a bit warmer than normal! They're crap when they're cold.
Paid 2.50 or so euro for a bottle. This is a clever brew for Italy. Nothing special in the appearance, Dull brick red-brown. Interesting smell. Like fragrant wood, or decaying leaves, but not in a bad way. Some fruit, chocolate, and a vague hint of some type of cleanser, which I've noticed before from Amarcord. Taste is strong, very strong for Italy again - alcohol up front with candied oranges. Definitely citrus. Cherries. Again something musty in the back that I can't quite put a finger on.
Very nice mouthfeel, good bubble, good alcohol, but overall nice and smooth.
I don't know if this is really a doppelbock as it's listed, but for a good experience nonetheless.
04-02-2006 16:35:55 | More by benmiliron
3.18/5 rDev -3.9%
I found this beer from an italian market near my house, and was excited about it since it looked like an Italian microbrew that was darker and more interesting than other Italian beers I'd had.
It is more interesting than Moretti and other Italian beers...but its achilles heel was mentioned by another reviewer: mouthfeel. For 10% ABV, and its claim to be a double bock, the mouthfeel is not complex or rich enough. On the plus side, I also agree the alcohol is well hidden, and it has some citrus scents reminiscent of belgian beers...but the flavor is also lacking some complexity.
I'd recommend this only if someone is very focused on Italian beers...but have heard that other Amarcord varieties are better, so I may try those instead.
05-25-2008 00:48:33 | More by skomahon
3.48/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured from a half liter swing-top brown bottle into a flute glass.
Appearance: Clear reddish brown, with an off-white head. Little to no carbonation.
Smell: Nice malty and sweet aroma.
Taste: Very sweet with alcohol in the background. It's alot like caramel candy and the big alcohol content gives it a bit of twang.
BA lists this beer as a doppelbock, the back label on the bottle says brown ale, but in my opinion this beer fills the characteristics of a wee-heavy/Scotch ale the best.
02-07-2009 03:39:03 | More by BierFan
3.23/5 rDev -2.4%
Reddish brown pour with an off white/light tan head. Nice retention and lacing.
Sweet bready malt aromas and even some hops.
Taste is a bit of a letdown. Not anything like what a doppel should taste like. Malt character is attenuated but there is actually a bit of hoppy character and a bit of cough syrup character in the finish. It only gets worse as it warms up.
Mouthfeel is thin.
10% abv limits the drinkability of this beer and it is evident as one drinks it.
Not sure what the brewer was trying to do with this beer. If it's a doppel it's too thin. If you want an Italian doppelbock Moretti La Rossa is a much better choice.
12-31-2008 04:24:42 | More by kwakwhore
3.68/5 rDev +11.2%
My grabbed this new arrival to the shelves for me as a midweek treat. She's a keeper folks!
500 ml bottle flip top bottle. There was a slight spritz when the topper popped. Poured into a pilsener glass. Thin white head is pretty quick to recede. Color is a toasty reddish amber. Micro streamers fly up from the bottom of glass.
Smell is sweet and malty. There is lots of raw sugar, ginger, honey, and orange blossom. Taste has more brown sugar and ginger. I do not sense the alcohol at all, very well hidden, especially for a sweeter beer.
Mouthfeel is like a simple syrup. Not very thick, but still slick. Very mild carbonation keeps things moving. I don't think it's very much in the style, but as a beverage it is pretty good.
Blipped "That's Amore" by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin
07-29-2009 04:58:03 | More by bort11
3.63/5 rDev +9.7%
This is a strange one! I spotted this in a small café in a backstreet in Rome and asked for a bottle. Being in a half litre bottle, I did not suspect that it would have an ABV of 10%!!
Anyway, BB 09 09 (tasted on 31.05.2009) it poured a hazy red-brown body with a reasonable cream coloured head. Smelled of rust and malt. The taste was not for the faint hearted; an upfront red rusty malty beer. Alcohol not quite "in your face", but evident shortly. Peppery also.
There was not too much subtlety or complexity to this brew, and I probably shouldn't have liked it but, I did!
06-30-2009 10:40:31 | More by JohnfromDublin
3.73/5 rDev +12.7%
Sampled this beer on a quiet evening at home. The beer pours a reddish brown color with a nice off-white head. It has a nice malt nose, and a bit of alcohol and over-ripe fruit (plums and pears). It's a refreshing smell, given all of the uninteresting euro lagers that I've been having lately. The taste is decent, with a focus on malt. The alcohol isn't very well hidden, though. It's a little beyond warming, and can be a little distracting. The beer is farily well balanced, and although sweet, it doesn't become cloying. It's body is mouthfilling, and the brew has some serious heft. It's refreshing to have something malty and different in Italy. I'd try this one again.
08-18-2007 16:07:55 | More by Suds
3.28/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured from 500mL swing-top bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: extremely hazy medium-brown hue with a thin layer of ivory head. Not bad, but it doesn't inspire me.
Smell: the aroma's got what I like: a thick maltiness with dark fruits, raisin, hints of cherry, and just a bit of an alcohol bite. Can't wait to dig in.
Taste: not quite as "on" as the aroma. Subtle malt character is reduced, and alcohol heat is increased quite a bit. There's still a little good malt flavor here, but all finesse is out the window. It's not horrible, but I'm not impressed.
Mouthfeel: medium body; relatively chewy. Carbonation and silkiness are low, though, so I can't say I love it. Still, it's not too bad.
Drinkability: this beer isn't horrible, but it's definitely my least-favorite dopplebock. The alcohol really builds on the palate here as kind of a burning. I'm glad I tried it, but unless I find myself stranded in San Marino, I'm not likely to have this one again.
08-14-2010 00:24:35 | More by flagmantho
3.85/5 rDev +16.3%
a: brownish gold color, little carbonation & medium foamy head dissipating to thin ring
s: fruity sweet, malty with hints of alcohol
t: sweet malty finish balanced by small hoppy bitterness -- pretty good balance with strong alcohol presence throughout
m: lots of carbonation up front, with medium body, a balanced beer that goes down smooth
d: enjoyed this one, with good balance and a good kick at 10% abv, look forward to the next one in the future
05-02-2007 10:13:15 | More by belgbeerdrinker
3.4/5 rDev +2.7%
Purposefully avoided/sat on this for a while after not liking the other two from the brewery.
Pours an oddly murky brown with basically no head. Malty grainy nose. Flavor is not too bad really. Woody sweet tone. Leafy aspect. Feel has a decent carbonation to it and the liquid is smooth. Overall not too bad to drink. Nothing to run to the store for (the price!), but decent enough.
09-01-2008 01:10:08 | More by RblWthACoz
3.68/5 rDev +11.2%
so i stopped at the other six pack shop on the way home from work--the one at the italian restaurant-- and saw this beer in a flip top next to the grolsh. looking at the label i see doppio malto. so i say to myself, an italian doppelbock? why not!
pours a cloudy tan color with a foam head that quickly recedes leaving some lacing.
smells sort of sour. malty and noticable alcohol.
a nice strong dopplebock taste. fruity and sweet up front. malty on the back. but hello alcohol.
not my favorite doppelbock, but pretty damn good. probably the best italian beer ive had.
12-08-2007 07:00:24 | More by perfectkaos
3.2/5 rDev -3.3%
500mL fliptop poured into a snifter.
Pours a clear amber, fairly light for the style, with a small off-white head that lingers as a soapy swirl and leaves some boozy legs on the glass after each sip.
The aroma is pretty good, though fairly basic with the sweet caramel aromas coupled with some sweet fruits, mostly lighter fruits actually, with some apples maybe. There is a super faint toasty character in the nose as well.
The taste is also very sweet and one-dimensional - honestly tastes a little bit like watered down apple juice, especially in the finish. There are some caramel notes up front and toasted malts in the background, but the fruity sweetness is dominant.
The mouthfeel is very slick and fairly light bodied, almost watery at points.
I'm not exactly sure how to classify this beer and I guess doppelbock is as representative as anything. Either way, it's very one dimensional and sweet and overall a fairly average beer.
07-12-2009 01:42:59 | More by gford217
3.78/5 rDev +14.2%
Flip top bought and sampled in Italy.
Excellent head, plenty of froth. Orange colour to the light, a mahogany ice tea body otherwise. Head diminishes, but lacing. Aroma fills the room. Plenty of bubbles. Almost entirely transparent, different colour tones. Strong, aggressive aroma, notes of unrefined brown sugar/malt. A little "hot" in the mouthfeel, kick-ass strong with alcohol punch. However, served cool this stays under control. Similar to other Italian attempts at dopplebocks this seems a little off. Otherwise, quite good, but just cant seem to hold it together. The ingredients are there, style is there, but lacks a ...polish? Flavour malty but high gravity wears it thin. Good lasting finish on the mouthfeel. Yeast jumps into the flavour unwanted at times. The alcohol doesn't distract from the flavour, a lot of maltiness. That said, the character isn't defined enough to put this over the top for me. Quality doesn't seemed matched by the taste. As far as this high gravity, I was impressed - almost fell apart at times, but overall alcohol stayed down as it warmed. A really nice dopplebock but where's the need for 10% ? A good beer, something different from Italy, a good sign.
09-08-2006 15:59:47 | More by biegaman
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