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La Tabachéra - Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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BA SCORE
78
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46 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 04-12-2004)
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Photo of revdrjbob
1.68/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Reviewing on the fly! Thanks to Toby at Cellarbrations Horsley for the freebie! Sampled with Teaser.

Poured into a goblet, cloudy dark amber colour (unfiltered?) thick fluffy dull off white head (like whitewash after a storm say Tease), that dissipates to a 1/2 cm layer of foam. Plenty of sticky foam on the glass, bubbles climbing lazily up the glass.

Aroma of malt and lager yeast (I know, I know), alcohol, estery, very little hop.

Taste: Eeeew! Sweet, horribly sweet, like there's 10+ % sugar in there. Boozy and hot, sweeter, leading into a faint glimmer of maltiness. Almost "home brewy". I'm not impressed. The mouthfeel is cloying, like a bad car salesman, you just want it to go away. I think I've judged better Coopers kit home brews.

This is sad, I really wanted to like this beer, hoping that there was something better from Italy than Moretti. This aint it. I don't think I'll be bothering with the others in it's stable, and I'm hesitant to give that bottle of 2005 Barleywine to Toby now. I did really like the bottle though.

revdrjbob, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of stcules
2.05/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Amber - cherry wood colour. Decent foam, beige, average in compactness.
The smell is malty, with some toasted notes, with hazelnut, honey, and something woody (burned, and maybe lightly smoked too). A light fruitness, something like japanes persimmon.
In the taste you can feel sharply the malt sweetness, and then the alcohol. A lot of alcohol, that prevails over the rest.
Medium body.
In the aftertaste an assault of the malt to the tongue and palate, with little space for anything else. Maybe some fruits in alcohol. And then again the alcohol, too much alcohol to be satisfactory.

stcules, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of TerryW
2.29/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

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.

TerryW, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of nick76
2.63/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is papery and fruity with yeast, malt, corn, grass, and flowers. The appearance is amber with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. This is not a good beer in any way except appearance. I don't want another one. Pass.

nick76, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of mmmbirra
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

mmmbirra, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of irishgreensoda
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

irishgreensoda, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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

DmanGTR, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of rostencrantz
3/5  rDev -9.9%

rostencrantz, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -9.9%

jaydoc, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of alexgash
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bronzed amber body with a small, tight, off-white head. Smells of caramel, cooked vegetables, sweetbread with fruits, and brandy. Taste is sweet, caramelly bread malts with fruity esters as well. Herbal vegetal bitterness tries to balance, but can't quite. Alcohol is a little too strong tasting. Medium bodied, but not as substantial as you would expect. Lacks complexity and is too alcoholic.

alexgash, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

drpimento, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of skomahon
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

skomahon, May 25, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

gford217, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of kwakwhore
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

kwakwhore, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of BGDrock
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:
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

BGDrock, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of yancot
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

yancot, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Dentist666
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ABV 9,0
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.

Dentist666, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

flagmantho, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dull orange (with a hint of coral) that might be brown enough to qualify as ochre. Despite the fact that there are no visible bubbles, the ivory colored crown was at least two fingers after the pour and is hanging on nicely. It doesn't look too shabby and is no slouch when it comes to glass coverage.

It's pretty much impossible to figure out the proper style for Amarcord beer. They even contradict themselves at times, calling a beer one thing on the label and another thing on the website. In the case of La Putena, the website calls it two completely different styles depending on where one looks.

The label on this one is pretty close to the mark. La Tabachera does, indeed, smell like a brown ale... if a brown ale is allowed to have an ABV of 10.0%. I can certainly see why the original reviewer entered it a doppelbock. It smells brown malty and toasted-earthy, with no hint of alcohol.

Doppelbock fits according to my palate. This is a standard version that isn't the least bit complex and is improving only marginally as it warms. It's caramel malty, not roasted or chocolate malty, and has a toasted bread, tea leaf and tobacco earthiness that makes it taste like an Oktoberfest-bock hybrid.

The alcohol is extremely well-buried given the double-digit ABV. I can taste it (and feel it), but it's so mellow and smooth-edged that it isn't bothersome in the least. The flavor score just got bumped, making the biggest Amarcord beer my favorite Amaracord beer.

The mouthfeel is way too light for the style and for the ABV. Its only saving grace is that it's smooth and has laid back carbonation. Almost too laid back. More malt and more bubbles would have helped.

I've now had the fifth and final Amarcord Birra Artigianale beer. The fact that it's the best of the lot isn't saying much. If you're faced with spending $6.99 on a bottle of <anything> from this brewery or buying a sixer of kick-ass American microbrew, the choice is an easy one. Not recommended.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of mick303
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mick303, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 ;)

eduardolinhalis, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

RblWthACoz, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sample glass and poured this brew from it's 500ml swingtop. Looks a murky amber brown with a dead head of ivory that tries to pop up, but needs a pop of Viagra. Does make a better head attempt as she warms.

Bit of Barleywine aroma, with sweet malts, caramel and orange liquor swirling about. Not a dopplebock as listed here, but is it drinkable? It has a thin body that barely covers the alcohol. The hot finish kicks in with a bit of mediciney bite. Now it's kicking like a Samichlaus Bier dopplebock.
Strange brew, but ya know? I'd say to give one a try.

Vancer, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

BierFan, Feb 07, 2009
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La Tabachéra from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
78 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.