Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale - Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
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1.6/5 rDev -47.9%
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.
05-22-2012 03:59:38 | More by Ryan011235
1.6/5 rDev -47.9%
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.
04-29-2012 06:41:04 | More by kojevergas
2.15/5 rDev -30%
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.
03-25-2012 02:16:37 | More by Yojimbo1941
2.15/5 rDev -30%
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.
02-10-2012 14:32:59 | More by mikeg67
2.43/5 rDev -20.8%
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.
11-14-2012 00:28:46 | More by TMoney2591
2.43/5 rDev -20.8%
500ml Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.
Appearance: Dark amber in color. Builds a thin 1/2” head that recedes to a ring, minimal lacing.
Smell: Odd, caramel malt, and a sweetness almost like honey.
Taste: Bready malt but unlike other malt–forward beers the sweetness is more honey like than caramel like. Just an odd flavor on the palate. As it warms the flavor intensifies and becomes more unpleasant.
Mouthfeel: Despite the sweetness this beer never becomes cloying, smoothness prevails.
Overall: Not an enjoyable beer but hard to pinpoint the specific flavor element that made the beer taste odd. I guess honey-caramel-grassiness is as close as I can come.
04-12-2012 16:35:10 | More by BobZ
2.5/5 rDev -18.6%
Another disappointing experiment to accompany the Nero's Red Ale I tried a few weeks ago.
As with that one (and the previous reviewer said that the Red Ale is actually blended into this one--I thought I recognized the same nose/flavor there!), this smelled much like an adjunct lager more than a doppelbock. The flavor was similar, with light malts, not much hop character, and the long finish the previous reviewer noticed--it became more pronounced and more unpleasant as the beer warmed up. Mouthfeel was nice enough, coating the tongue.
The best aspect was the appearance, with a nice head and a clear orange/brown color with tiny bubbles. Not particularly dark, but attractive. The head dissipated, leaving a little bit of lacing that disappeared over time.
In general, I had high hopes for these beers, given the provenance and the attractive packaging. I guess I shouldn't judge the beer by the bottling...
01-11-2012 04:20:16 | More by jlmorgan4
2.55/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
03-23-2012 22:49:56 | More by Kromes
2.6/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
01-20-2012 20:35:08 | More by Jerone
2.6/5 rDev -15.3%
A 500 ml swingtop bottle, so in case I can't drink the whole bottle in one sitting, I can some the rest for later. Nah. Let's try to kill it in one setting. On to the beer:
Rusty copper colored with visible bubbles runnning through the body and a sturdy enough head which initially is ½ inch thick. Some sweet breads and malt in the nose, also some minerals.
There's a strong sensation of alcohol, minerals, caramel, and bread at the begining. More sips come and go, and the stronger the mineral sensation gets while diluting the malt flavor. Not quite full and not quite medium bodied. The aftertaste is tough to take, a pool of bitter minerals that linger on and on.
Initially it looked that this was going to be good, but the aftertaste killed the mood. Not a particularly fun one.
01-02-2012 05:32:02 | More by DoubleJ
2.63/5 rDev -14.3%
(Served in a snifter)
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.
04-25-2013 21:26:10 | More by rhoadsrage
2.68/5 rDev -12.7%
The good thing about a Trader Joe's risk is that at least it's not a costly risk.
A - Pours from a neatly packaged faux-growler, a ruby red with a faint head.
S - Smells like pure malt, with a little bit of metallic notes and some grassiness.
T- Tastes like, you guessed it, pure malt. Like it's a double malt ale or something. Cooked cabbage and that distinct Simpler Times flavor comes through...it's as one note as a malt liquor.
M - Light and heavily carbonated without any inherent complexity.
O- Meh, it's drinkable at least, but without the novelty of something cheap like Simpler Times.
04-06-2012 04:01:35 | More by ManuelHerrera
2.73/5 rDev -11.1%
500ml bottle - $3.99 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia. B.B.E. 05/15/13.
Appearance: Pours out an amber-hued body featuring good clarity, crowned with an inch of off-white foam.
Smell: Bready, scantly grainy-scented malts wrapped in a noted note of gum with lighter hints of ripe fruits and a whiff of booze. The aroma is not exactly repellent, but it isn't inviting, that's for damn sure.
Taste: Toasted grains and bread glazed with lightly nutty caramel and a couple drop of Amaretto. Moderately sweet. Ripe plums and apple juice, then, a small pinch of resin and peppery alcohol. Drying at the very end with a final accent of cheap fruity-flavored gum, just like in the Apecchio.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I didn't dig the Apecchio and I'm not digging the DDMA.
04-05-2012 19:40:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
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