Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale - Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Italy

Style | ABV
Bock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: notchucknorris on 12-09-2011

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Reviews by BeerManDan:
Photo of BeerManDan
3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color when poured in pint glass was medium dark brown with a minimum amount of foam and no lace. The smell of roasted malts was very evident, along with a hint of chocolate. The taste was of the roasted malts (bitter/sweet) and a touch of chocolate and caramel. Nice long flavorful bitter/sweet aftertaste. Just remember the is a malt ale and that is exactly what it is!!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.64/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a snifter)
B.B.E. 5/16/13
A- This beer pours a clear slightly dense orangish-brown body with a bubble light tan head and some microcarbonation strands.

S- The clean soft toffee nougat note has some raw wet grain and iodine notes that grow as the beer opens.

T- The nougat melanoidin flavor has a touch of sweetness with a cheese note that lingers a bit. The soft lemon hop tartness peaks through the dry finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a soft fizz texture and no alcohol heat.

O- The soft bland nougat flavor dominates the other flavors. When it is cold it masks much of the other flavors but as it opens it just gets more odd and difficult to drink.

Photo of LXIXME
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized light brown head settles into a pretty decent lacing above a clear dark reddish amber colored beer.

Light aroma of dark fruits and roasted malts that have a woody toffee and wine aspect to it.

Roasted grain malts with aspects of caramel and toffee blend well with a dark fruits like taste.

A light dryish aftertaste that brings with it the tastes of roasted grain malts and the darker fruits.

This beer seems to be a better version of similar beers like Amber Bock or Shiner Bock.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale
16.9 oz. / 500 ml bottle, swing top closure
marked "B.B.E.06/23/13 B.C.3571101
$2.49 @ Trader Joe's #719 in Omaha, NE

Pours a slightly hazy, deep chestnut brown body beneath a creamy head of khaki foam. The head drops slowly but it maintains a solid surface covering, and it still manages to leave craggy streaks and tiny spots of lace behind.

The aroma is distinctly fruity (apple, pear, dried apricot, grape) over a light malt base of caramel and nuts, backed by some light floral and leafy hops.

The flavor follows suit, and it's surprisingly fruity and estery. I'm guessing that it's fermented at a fairly high temperature as I also seem to be finding some higher alcohols amidst its 8.0 % a.b.v. As it warms the malt widens a bit and it becomes sweeter, offering a more appropriate base for the wide fruitiness. The hops appear towards the swallow shifting gears a little bit, and adding depth. There's not a whole lot of bitterness present, but along with the leafy, floral, and somewhat earthy hops it does develop a dry, balancing finish.

In the mouth it's medium-full with a creamy smooth, moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue.

Everything considered, it's an interesting beer that's surprisingly unique. The execution could be better, but its charm more than makes up for its faults.

Photo of kenito799
3.67/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a chalice.
Nice dark browninsh amber with decent head on the pour, fades and leaves no lace.
Aroma is pleasant and fresh, some root beer spice notes.
The palate is quite pleasing with some more of that unexpected clovey spice, and a good balance of malt and soft bitterness. I am not sure how classic a bock this is, but I like it.

Photo of dhannes
4.22/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

A=Lighter amber color...more like rust. Head was almost light yellow...dominated during the poor, but quickly disappeared.

S=Honey smell present, with a backdrop of hops.

T=Honey along with bourbon and bananas; occasionally a sour lemon aftertaste as well.

M=Rather light body and little carbonation...would be a session beer if sourness fades.

O=Not a bock nor a brown ale...more like a sour ale, I think. I think this would go well with barbecued chicken or other hearty foods. May repurchase again.

Photo of matjack85
3.89/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $2.79. 500ml swing top bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a slightly hazed light caramel color with a 2½-finger light beige head. Retention was only a minute long and lacing consisted of a few sticky splotches.
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The beer smells wonderfully malty and sweet. There's also a bit of a bubble gum scent.

The taste is not as strong as the smell led me to believe it would be, and it doesn't really live up to the "double dark" name on the label. Still, sweet caramel malt and brown sugar are the predoninent flavors along with some dark cherry fruit. After the initial light dose of sweetness, a mild hop bitterness and some sour twang come into play. The 8% alcohol, while noticeable, isn't that unpleasant.

Not that thick for a sweet beer. In fact it's only medium bodied at best. Carbonation is also on the moderate side.

This isn't bad. I liked it, but if you're going to call yourself a double anything, it ought to have more punch (flavor) to it.

Photo of Proteus93
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up at the Trader Joe's in Charlottesville... it was priced at only about $2.69, so I imagine I can't complain about value.

A: Pours a somewhat hazy copper, with a nice billowing head--almost three fingers tall! It recedes to about a half finger within a couple of minutes.

S + T: Rather fruity... almost like a cherry skin scent in there, along with some malty sweetness. It smells like it will taste quite sweet. That's a little deceiving, though, as the flavor comes across as a little bit muted. Toasted malts, and a little spiciness.

M + D: Medium bodied, rather plain. I would prefer a little more carbonation or crispness. Not a bad beer, but not one I'll be repeating anytime soon.

Photo of Kromes
2.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Was expecting it to be darker...A clear copper color with a thin off-white head. Comes in a stopper bottle.

S: Smells remarkably like a Budweiser. Sweet grainy aroma with some stale, earthy hop.

T: A sweet honey-like toasted grain and caramel malt flavor with some booze and an acrid finish. That strong, stale bitterness lasts a while.

M: Light in body and a slight burn and bitter edge in the finish.

O: Judging it against other Bocks, I'm afraid that it doesn't measure up. The sweet caramel flavors were OK, but I kept getting the sense of stale beer like in a frat house basement.

Photo of Yojimbo1941
2.22/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

A - Medium copper hue, bubbly white head. I wouldn't call this "double dark". Looks more like a pale ale.

S - Malt, light toffee, hint of raisin and other dried fruits. Fig? Some honeyed cereal. Slightly nutty.

T - Hmm, kind of tastes like an amber lager. Not really much going one here. Still not much like a dark ale, or double dark for that matter. Alcohol bite on the backend.

M - Lighter than I expected, and again reminds me of a lager. I'm starting to wonder if the brewery mislabeled this beer.

O - This was disappointing. I expected, like the label advertises, a double dark malt ale but what I got was a sub-par amber lager.

I bought this at Trader Joe's and while they sell some decent beers this is definitely not one of them. What a shame.

Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml swing top bottle ( very attractive package) from TJs Salem Oregon, $3.49 Amber/orange ale with a big ole thick bubbly off white head Subdued aromas..mainlly creamy cereal,roasted peanut..not that bad really Taste is again of course malty..bready,hay..slightly toasted..some semi-dark coffee bittering at the very end. I actually liked the mouthfeel..its rich enough yet still easy..only a touch of the alcohol. I actually did like this beer but its no doppelbock..a nice strong bock/ale hybrid

Photo of Jerone
2.62/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Caramel color with red tinges and a thin head that fades quickly, lots of bubbles.

S - Sweet malt, apple, no hops.

T - Taste is initially of malt and apples then goes to an acidic thing that I don't like and fades to a lingering sweetness.

M - Thin and with medium carbonation, dissapointing for this beer.

O - Wouldn't buy again, not terrible but not a well executed beer.

Photo of Lockedin
3.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Captive cork bottle from Trader Joe's - at 2.99 I figured "why not"

A: Big POP! on opening. Pours a deep red gold and amazing clarity, 2.5 fingers of marbled ivory head with tight bubbles appears and never quite leaves, active small bubbled carbonation continually rises. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Immediate biscuity malt scent fills the room - no surprise as this says it is a malt ale on the label. A bit of wet cardboard; reminds me a bit of a malt liquor. Not bad, but not good either.

T: Very much a malt bomb. Bready, doughy, yeasty malt upfront, sweeter biscuit malt as it coats the tongue, and more malt on the - wait a minute - nice, subtle hop(?) bitterness balances out and blends with the finish (which lasts forever), especially on the exhale. Not at trace of alcohol to be found - amazing for 8%abv. Taste is much better than the smell!

M: Medium body, though somewhat thicker and slicker than I would have thought - I suppose that is part of the extra long finish.

O: This is my first go at this style since I started reviewing. While I lean more to West Coast DIPAs and Belgian styles, this is something that will be in my fridge again when the malt mood strikes. Enjoyable experiment - TY to the Trader Joe's guy that recommended trying it!

Photo of mikeg67
2.18/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours red with a short lived white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of caramel malt, grassy hops and some funk. Malt, hops and booze unpleasantly combine on the palate. It was a drain pour beer for me. What a waste of money.

Photo of Ryan011235
1.61/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 5/2/12

B.B.E. 05/15/13 printed on the bottle

The appearance is stained oak with a hint of haziness. A fizzy two finger head rises quickly, but isn't inclined to last. Retention consists of a smooth, thin layer.

Here are some fun things going on, aromatically speaking: tangy wheat and toasted grain, nuts, dusty yeast, cooked veggies, herbal hops, stale veggies, sickly sweet candied notions and a type of manufactured fruitiness I can describe only as "dental office." Make of that what you will. Oooh, there's some band aid, too.

Ewh. Everything about this tastes artificial and it's riddled with off flavors. Nutty, herbal and tangy with the grain. Nondescript dark roast lining the bottom. Metallic. Yucky.

The feel is puffy, and not in a good way. It's encroaching my personal space. Carbonation is low; perhaps the only truly redeeming thing about this beer. Slightly warm with alcohol.

Overall, this is one that deserves taking a pass. I won't be revisiting.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I'm sure he swigged some o' this whilst not fiddling, eh? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises fake (Runt-like) banana, maple syrup, light biscuit, powdered sugar, and light sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a strangely candied orange peel, which lends a cloying sweetness that doesn't sit well with everything else. Damn delinquents... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an odd bock, one that goes all over the place before landing in an unappetizing place. Even for the price, there's plenty better out there, folks.

Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Little head that leaves nearly no lace on the glass. Attractive neutral amber color. Crystal clear.

Sweet, even for a Bock. Not much typical caramel, it smells more like whipped sugar (cotton candy?).

The taste is drier than the smell. The caramel is present in the swallow. Light hop, which I think adds to the flavor. Short aftertaste. Appropriately full bodied with an above average level of carbonation.

Photo of fezmeister
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yup, it's a doppelbock. All the bock yeast flavors and sweet, musty malts that should be there are present. Nice medium body for an easy-drinking quality in spite of its 8% ABV. All in all, not bad, but nothing to write home about. Worth buying for the beugel bottle if you'd like to have a 500ml of those around for your own bottling operations.

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.94/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured this Bock from a bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a hazy copper color, produced a off white head, decent retention and it left ample lacing on the glass. The aroma consists a base of sweet malted grain, with hints of white pepper and cherry. Medium in body, the foundation of this bock consists of a sweet malted grain base, some spice (white pepper) and cherry and apple juice. Overall, it was average- Odd variation of the style-

Photo of kojevergas
1.62/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

500ml brown glass bottle with swingtop served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of thin cream, nice cream, and awful retention. Colour is a rather dark caramel-copper. Not opaque. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Artificial cherry esters and malts. The cherry is dominant. A strong aroma. Not particularly pleasant.

T: Artificial fruit esters, cola, and bland malts. Not complex, layered, or subtle in any way whatsoever. Boring, bland, and largely garbage.

Mf: Somewhat syrupy. Thick and wet. Smooth. Undercarbonated/flat. Doesn't suit the flavour really at all.

Dr: A garbage Italian beer meant to rob clueless Americans under the excuse of nonexistent cachet. Leave this on the shelf so we stop importing this swill. It hides its ABV well to its credit, but it hardly tastes like a beer. It's syrupy cola crap.

F

Photo of notchucknorris
2.94/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at Trader Joes

A: Clear dark brown color with a gorgeous creamy off white head. Fantastic retention.

S: Some toasted malt, bread and a slight bit of nuttiness.

T: I'll be honest, I can't figure out this style. It's like a weird cross between a bock, a brown and a dark lager. I read in the specs that it's a blend of a few beers but I can't remember them off the top of my head. I'll amend this when I find out. Flavor is super bready with a bit of an off-tasting stale bitterness. I suppose it's hops but I don't really know. Some funky yeast and overroasted malt as well.

Edit:
OK, so the beer is 60% "Birra al doppio malto" and 40% Red ale, presumably the same red ale that's used in the other Nero beer that just hit Trader Joes. Still not exactly sure what to classify it as.

Photo of zeledonia
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up on the cheap at Trader Joe's. The bottle drew me in. Says "B.B.E. 05/16/13". Best by date?

Pours a very clear cherry wood color. Two finger off-white head, decent retention, but little lacing.

Smells toasty, with a touch of lager yeast, and some mild cinnamon spice. On the bland side.

Taste is just kinda weird. There's actually a lot going on in this beer, but the flavors are fighting with each other, and the result is a bit of a mess. It's like getting punched from different sides, rather than smoothly sliding through different elements of the flavor. Mostly it's malty, but I get some very toasted, some very sugary. Little bitterness. There's a strange flavor running throughout that I don't like - almost like cough syrup, but toned down. This flavor becomes more pronounced through the finish, making it slightly unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is fine, although on the flat side, especially at the beginning. Medium body, slightly syrupy, that starts to feel heavier and thicker as it sits in the mouth.

Overall, not a great beer. Flavors are muddled and just not all that good. I had high hopes, but was disappointed. Oh, well.

Photo of mactrail
2.89/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice foam on the clear brown ale in the big globe. The big downer is the smell of old cardboard and your parents' basement. The up side is the big boozy rich malt flavor, though the candy sweetness mars the roast malt some.

Kind of a bitter woodiness. Heading toward astringency with the hops fading into bitterness.

It's a kind of cheap and rustic brew, but then it's three dollars instead of ten, so it gives a lot of beery intrigue for the buck. Not to mention the alcohol factor. Bound to impress the ladies with the sophisticated swing top, and that little gasp as they gulp down a good dose of inhibition-releasing and, oh never mind. Visit your local Trader Joe's.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber, with a fat finger of frothy, off-white head that lingered well and left a decent amount of lacing.

S: Sweet, bready malt. Faint spice (cloves?) Slight pine scent.

T: Sweet malt dominates, but not in a bad way. There's a fruity taste, a little bit like black cherries. Hops bitterness is there, but just barely. No unpleasant tastes to distract.

M: Moist, but with good carbonation.

O: OK, so it's not often that I give a beer all the same number ranking across the board, but this one fit the bill: Good, but not exceptional, in every category. Tasty, although not especially complex. I'd drink it again, although there are others I like better for the same price.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into Guiness branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Cola colored with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a floating foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Caramel and chocolate dominate alongside some lighter notes of plum and apricot.

Taste: Begins with fruity sweetness and a bit of spice before finishing with deep caramel malt flavor and a bittersweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thicker in body with sharp carbonation up front. The carbonation rounds out and this beer finishes very sticky.

Overall: A good representation of the style. This may not turn any heads, but is totally worth it at only $2.99 for a bottle. This beer seems to be a bit more of a doppelbock to me, but it stands up just fine as a bock.

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Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
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