Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale - Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
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4.25/5 rDev +38.4%
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.
07-18-2012 02:11:55 | More by dhannes
4.11/5 rDev +33.9%
trader joe's special!!
pours very, very dark brown. no head.
smells a tad fruit-y, and musty...
tastes... hmmm.... idunno, kind of malty, a little bit of fruit, easy to drink.
another italian special. my heritage. decent, but not great. easy to drink, but not best in class. very good, though. i can finish a few of these before switching over...
03-03-2013 02:06:36 | More by pkalix
4/5 rDev +30.3%
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.
07-23-2012 02:35:02 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
3.9/5 rDev +27%
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.
12-27-2012 17:29:24 | More by NeroFiddled
3.88/5 rDev +26.4%
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!!!
06-12-2012 22:32:23 | More by BeerManDan
3.86/5 rDev +25.7%
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.
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.
02-06-2013 01:42:21 | More by matjack85
3.73/5 rDev +21.5%
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.
10-11-2012 10:20:06 | More by Mosstrooper
3.7/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
03-20-2012 23:42:49 | More by kenito799
3.68/5 rDev +19.9%
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!
12-10-2011 03:01:35 | More by Lockedin
3.65/5 rDev +18.9%
Deep brown with an orange hue. Fluffy, two finger pale yellow head with nice retention. Smoky rye and wheat bread and molasses in the aroma. Rye bread, dark malts and bourbon on the first sip. Big bready, malty mouthfeel, not much else penetrates. Big oat flavors with smooth molasses and fresh malts. Really enjoyable bock, very simple.
03-23-2012 00:33:51 | More by YouSkeete
3.51/5 rDev +14.3%
Picked this up at a Southern California Trader Joe's for $1.99. Grading this beer with low expectations due to "budget beer" price.
A: poured with a nice 1" head, cola colored, carbonation bubbles against side of glass, dark without much clarity.
S: smell is of dates, raisins, fruity and malty.
T: forward flavors are molasses and figs, solvent and booze, burnt sugar, some hop bitterness near the end.
M: medium thin, not watery, good carbonation level.
O: for the price, I was very satisfied with this beer. It is richer and more complex than something I would expect in the "bargain beer" catagory. I would drink this again.
11-24-2012 17:24:21 | More by Aaron_Ramson
3.5/5 rDev +14%
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
01-01-2012 06:29:46 | More by Reidrover
Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
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