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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and some dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that has a pretty good smell but the taste doesn't match up.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 DoubleJ
2.63/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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 beertunes
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Trader Joes bargain beer. If nothing else, I'll have a 1-pint swing top growler. Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear medium brown with about 1/4 inch of off-white head that had low retention and decent lacing.

The aroma and flavors were very closely tied, mostly sweet malts with some yeasty spice and a bit of noticeable alcohol. The body was good, just a little fuller than medium, but not heavy, smooth and with a surprisingly (considering the sweetness of this beer) dry finish.

Drinkability was solidly good. Overall, a decent value brew. Worth trying if you see it. Plus, you get a sweet mini-growler out of of the deal.

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 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 Boto
2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from Trader Joe’s: this one pours a slightly cloudy amber color. There was a wisp of a white head that didn’t leave any lacing. Aroma is mainly caramel malt, a little grassiness, and something else I can’t quite put my finger on. Taste is OK, but not great. Caramel, a little alcohol, touch astringent. Not much sweetness. Just rates an OK, don’t know if I’ll be back for another one.

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.

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 pkalix
4.1/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of morebeergood
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stemmed beer glass. Light caramel colored body. Decent looking head. Smell was nutty and fruity. Taste was mostly average. It was very one-note; all it featured was malt. No layers of flavor at all. Plus, the mouthfeel was very sticky sweet and a bit hot from the abv. Not extremely enjoyable to drink. But I guess you get what you pay for, as this was a fairly cheaply priced beer. Not a horrible beer to gamble on for $3.99. Cool bottle at least.

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 woemad
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL swing top bottle purchased at Trader Joe’s in Spokane. According to the label, this beer is best by July 12, 2013. Not sure if naming a beer after a guy like Nero is really the way to go.

The bottle came open with a mighty, champagne-like “POP.” Very dark in color until held up to light, whereupon it took on a ruby hue. A light beige head was formed, but it did not linger.

Fruit and roasted malt greeted the nose. Hops were conspicuous by their absence.

Mild dark fruit flavor, paired with a brown sugar taste that was similar in intensity. There’s some clove-like spiciness, and a bit of booze to this as well. Odd, in that there are lots of individual flavor components but nothing really seems dominant.

A little bit of a leaden mouthfeel to this, nothing a little more carbonation wouldn’t fix.

A so-so beer. A little off the beaten path, style wise. I was hoping would be better, but I did buy it at Trader Joe’s, after all, and it was rather cheap. For some reason I had hoped it was a Belgian dubbel, but Bocks are good, too.

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 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 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 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!!!

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.

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