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

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Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt AleNero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Bock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 12-09-2011)
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Reviews by elNopalero:
Photo of elNopalero
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A cheap find at the local Trader Joe’s. Honestly, expectations are not high for this one. If it wasn’t in a flip-top I’d probably just as soon have passed it over.

But still…

This pours a ruby amber-malty color with tight foam. I found an ok malty-sweet aroma to it, with something akin to candied cherries and a light caramel aroma. The flavor comes across as sweet and smooth, with a dialed down sweetness. Thin bodied for the style, thinner than I had expected at any rate. There’s a light bitterness with some caramel-toffee hints. Pleasant enough but not one that I’d recommend for anyone with a love of dopplebocks.

elNopalero, Nov 18, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of 1Adam12
3/5  rDev -2.3%

1Adam12, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.63/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

LXIXME, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +27%
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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of kenito799
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

kenito799, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of rhino54
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

rhino54, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of dhannes
4.25/5  rDev +38.4%
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.

dhannes, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of benyto
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

benyto, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of schucke
2/5  rDev -34.9%

schucke, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
3.5/5  rDev +14%

CEDAMA, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3.86/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

matjack85, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Proteus93
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Proteus93, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

JamnesCameron, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Kromes
2.55/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Kromes, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of dmtjeep
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

dmtjeep, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Yojimbo1941
2.15/5  rDev -30%
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.

Yojimbo1941, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Allurex
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Allurex, Nov 13, 2013
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

Reidrover, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Dave_Treat, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Jerone
2.6/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Jerone, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of NickMGlass
3.5/5  rDev +14%

NickMGlass, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Mattyb79
2.25/5  rDev -26.7%

Mattyb79, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Lockedin
3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

Lockedin, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
2.15/5  rDev -30%
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.

mikeg67, Feb 10, 2012
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Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
72 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.