La Tabachéra - Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
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2.29/5 rDev -30.8%
Yow. This is not a good beer. Just about once removed from being malt liquor. Ew.
Pours clear orange in colour with a short head that immediately goes to just a ring. Some spotty lace. Very plain Jane.
Smells sweet, boozy and fruity. The fruit is probably the most interesting aspect of the beer, but pretty much as soon as it hits my nose I'm thinking. "Uh-oh."
Sweet to taste, lots of malt and what taste like corn. Beyond that, pretty much without character. Hardly even a hint of booze despite being 9%. Must be buried in the sugar.
And the coup de grace is that this not a single - it comes in a four pack. Not suitable for sharing (inflicting) on your friends unless they're simply looking for another notch in their beer belt. Give this one a wide pass.
11-28-2013 03:09:53 | More by TerryW
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
3.35/5 rDev +1.2%
9% ABV. Pours a light tan head, recedes really quickly leaving hardely any lacing, fair bit of carbonation. Medium brown in colour.
Some bready malt aromas, maybe a slight fruity mineral touch, not much else.
Strong initial taste which bounces off a number of contrasting flavours, sweetness, roast, nutty, (maybe a bit earthy?). Definite fruity aspect, contrasted with a range of somewhat cloying flavour. Strength is apparent but not too imposing. Seems a bit sour by the end.
Aftertaste is bitter, but also slightly nutty. Quite dry.
Overall, I'd say its definitely flavourful, but that it seems quite unfocused. I wouldn't say its a bad beer, but am struck by a potential to be a lot better.
06-22-2012 02:41:43 | More by mick303
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
3.38/5 rDev +2.1%
750ml bottle poured in a mug.
A: Pours a golden orange clear color. Forms a small white to beige bubbled head. Characteristic strong ale low carbonation appearance with practically no lacings left
S: Smell is sweet and fruity. Caramel malts dominate. Yeasts. Honey. Candy. Bit citrus hops in the end. A Doppelbock with hints of a Belgian ale
T: Sweet upfront. Caramel. Caramel malts, honey, yeasts, flowery hops. Mild bitter aftertaste
M: Medium creamy and bit molasses body. Low carbonation. Sweet upfront and mild citrus and bitter aftertaste. Detail: It's a 9% ABV, not 10% as described above
O: Good drinkability. Good beer. Amarcord is a honorable tribute to master Fellini ;)
01-03-2012 11:17:18 | More by eduardolinhalis
3.78/5 rDev +14.2%
Amber/copper colour, solid ring of off white head, no lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, baked bread, fairly fruity notes, caramel and toffee, light alcohol on the nose. Taste is sweet biscuity malt up front, apple and other fruity notes, caramel and toffee, solme light alcohol notes, nice yeasty finish. Creamy feel, smooth, light carbonation, full body. This was pretty decent, not a show stopper but a solid brew that is quite pleasant, available at TBS for two bucks and change and well worth it.
09-27-2011 19:03:03 | More by peensteen
United Kingdom (England)
3.8/5 rDev +14.8%
A respectably long-lasting crop of visibly volatile ivory foam crowns a hazy, burnt orange beer - looks Belgian to me. Is this really a Doppelbock? It doesn't really smell like one; much more fruity and yeasty than most lagers, with notes of baked apples, pears, brandy, musty cellars, and dried figs. Ripe, doughy, and caramelly - nice, but nothing special, really. Certainly pleasant enough to drink, although this is one of those beers whose flavor doesn't justify its strength. Chalky mineral dryness frames a profile of honey, orange peel, light rum, and golden raisins with an odd wheat beer-like character in the background: banana, lemon, and clove. Pleasantly dry and easy to drink, but I can't help but want just a little bit more.
07-10-2011 21:53:59 | More by soulgrowl
3.58/5 rDev +8.2%
A - Clear gold with a moderate head with some heft.
S - Nose is malty-sweet, with some apple, caramel and some light fruit.
T - Boozy. Strong alcohol and a big hit of apple. Bitterness is strong but not overwhelming. Lots of maltiness and seems relatively well balanced. Not too sweet.
M - Medium bodied and sharply carbonated.
D - Better than I expected. Decent balance makes this drinkable, but it's still a big, heavy beer.
06-27-2011 00:01:49 | More by allergictomacros
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
2.88/5 rDev -13%
Review from notes in November 09.
A - Poured dark coppery amber with a slight haze and a short lived 1" white head. Much bubbling from the sides and bottom of the tulip. Large patches of lace. 3.5
S - Heavily malty, much caramel and sweetness. A hint of sweet corn... What?!?! Not much complexity here. Perhaps a touch of figs as it warms a bit. Er... yeah about that corn... 2.5
T - Extremely sweet with some cooked veggies. Lots of caramel and a mildly tangy fruitiness. Decently hidden alcoholic warmth but certainly present. That vegetable taste is weird. 3.0
M - Medium bodied and mild carbonation. Smooth with a warming and dry finish. 3.5
D - The sweetness gets cloying and the alcohol is rather prominent. 2.5
03-20-2010 03:22:07 | More by DmanGTR
3.25/5 rDev -1.8%
Not very liquid beer deep amber in colour, not absolutely translucent with golden 2-finger tight head.
There are caramel, tofee, grain & some fruit sensations in aroma.
Dense sweet beer, honey, grain & almost no hop at all, well hidden alcohol, middle carbonation. Special mouthfeel like after anti-cough syrup.
Good, but not essential beer
Type is double brown ale, however.
01-18-2010 14:20:15 | More by Dentist666
3.48/5 rDev +5.1%
A cascading golden head ultimately locks in at four fingers, leaving clinging foam as it slowly settles with a fine coating of lace lower in the glass. The beer itself is honey amber and is about as translucent as honey.
This doppelbock is dominated by the grain bill with some wet wheat in the background and highlighted by a surprise of nutmeg and cinnamon. However, the grains really are the main player.
While tilted to the sweet side, this is more balanced than expected from the aroma. Honey, rather than grains, takes the lead and there is no measurable bitterness, however, some hop flavors do come through. The finish is brief and almost instantaneous, leaving no other memorable impact.
This pilsner hosted a medium bodied, lightly carbonated lager with a silky texture. The alcohol, though weighty, is completely disguised.
While I have had few Italian beers to date, this one is by far the superior offering. La Tabachéra should work well with light foods and light occasions.
01-07-2010 12:54:15 | More by SLeffler27
3.1/5 rDev -6.3%
Hmmm, I think the best thing about this is the aroma. Poured witha fine small off white to light tan head that mostly faded. Color is a hazy and kind of funky amber brown. Aroma is malty, caramel, a little wine, nuts, a little hop, yeast, toffee. Flavor is similar but less going on. Body is ok and so is the carbonation. Finish is the flavor that just fades. An average malty beer that is just that - nothing special one way or the other.
12-21-2009 05:57:50 | More by drpimento
La Tabachéra from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
77 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.