La Tabachéra | Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
Italy
amarcord.it

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stcules on 04-12-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
14.11%
 
 
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of benmiliron
4.02/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note to future samplers: drink these brews a bit warmer than normal! They're crap when they're cold.

Paid 2.50 or so euro for a bottle. This is a clever brew for Italy. Nothing special in the appearance, Dull brick red-brown. Interesting smell. Like fragrant wood, or decaying leaves, but not in a bad way. Some fruit, chocolate, and a vague hint of some type of cleanser, which I've noticed before from Amarcord. Taste is strong, very strong for Italy again - alcohol up front with candied oranges. Definitely citrus. Cherries. Again something musty in the back that I can't quite put a finger on.

Very nice mouthfeel, good bubble, good alcohol, but overall nice and smooth.

I don't know if this is really a doppelbock as it's listed, but for a good experience nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of soulgrowl
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A respectably long-lasting crop of visibly volatile ivory foam crowns a hazy, burnt orange beer - looks Belgian to me. Is this really a Doppelbock? It doesn't really smell like one; much more fruity and yeasty than most lagers, with notes of baked apples, pears, brandy, musty cellars, and dried figs. Ripe, doughy, and caramelly - nice, but nothing special, really. Certainly pleasant enough to drink, although this is one of those beers whose flavor doesn't justify its strength. Chalky mineral dryness frames a profile of honey, orange peel, light rum, and golden raisins with an odd wheat beer-like character in the background: banana, lemon, and clove. Pleasantly dry and easy to drink, but I can't help but want just a little bit more.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: brownish gold color, little carbonation & medium foamy head dissipating to thin ring
s: fruity sweet, malty with hints of alcohol
t: sweet malty finish balanced by small hoppy bitterness -- pretty good balance with strong alcohol presence throughout
m: lots of carbonation up front, with medium body, a balanced beer that goes down smooth
d: enjoyed this one, with good balance and a good kick at 10% abv, look forward to the next one in the future

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of chileman
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of rpopescu
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this beer on a quiet evening at home. The beer pours a reddish brown color with a nice off-white head. It has a nice malt nose, and a bit of alcohol and over-ripe fruit (plums and pears). It's a refreshing smell, given all of the uninteresting euro lagers that I've been having lately. The taste is decent, with a focus on malt. The alcohol isn't very well hidden, though. It's a little beyond warming, and can be a little distracting. The beer is farily well balanced, and although sweet, it doesn't become cloying. It's body is mouthfilling, and the brew has some serious heft. It's refreshing to have something malty and different in Italy. I'd try this one again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flip top bought and sampled in Italy.

Excellent head, plenty of froth. Orange colour to the light, a mahogany ice tea body otherwise. Head diminishes, but lacing. Aroma fills the room. Plenty of bubbles. Almost entirely transparent, different colour tones. Strong, aggressive aroma, notes of unrefined brown sugar/malt. A little "hot" in the mouthfeel, kick-ass strong with alcohol punch. However, served cool this stays under control. Similar to other Italian attempts at dopplebocks this seems a little off. Otherwise, quite good, but just cant seem to hold it together. The ingredients are there, style is there, but lacks a ...polish? Flavour malty but high gravity wears it thin. Good lasting finish on the mouthfeel. Yeast jumps into the flavour unwanted at times. The alcohol doesn't distract from the flavour, a lot of maltiness. That said, the character isn't defined enough to put this over the top for me. Quality doesn't seemed matched by the taste. As far as this high gravity, I was impressed - almost fell apart at times, but overall alcohol stayed down as it warmed. A really nice dopplebock but where's the need for 10% ? A good beer, something different from Italy, a good sign.

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Photo of peensteen
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber/copper colour, solid ring of off white head, no lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, baked bread, fairly fruity notes, caramel and toffee, light alcohol on the nose. Taste is sweet biscuity malt up front, apple and other fruity notes, caramel and toffee, solme light alcohol notes, nice yeasty finish. Creamy feel, smooth, light carbonation, full body. This was pretty decent, not a show stopper but a solid brew that is quite pleasant, available at TBS for two bucks and change and well worth it.

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Photo of bort11
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My grabbed this new arrival to the shelves for me as a midweek treat. She's a keeper folks!

500 ml bottle flip top bottle. There was a slight spritz when the topper popped. Poured into a pilsener glass. Thin white head is pretty quick to recede. Color is a toasty reddish amber. Micro streamers fly up from the bottom of glass.

Smell is sweet and malty. There is lots of raw sugar, ginger, honey, and orange blossom. Taste has more brown sugar and ginger. I do not sense the alcohol at all, very well hidden, especially for a sweeter beer.

Mouthfeel is like a simple syrup. Not very thick, but still slick. Very mild carbonation keeps things moving. I don't think it's very much in the style, but as a beverage it is pretty good.

Blipped "That's Amore" by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin

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Photo of perfectkaos
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

so i stopped at the other six pack shop on the way home from work--the one at the italian restaurant-- and saw this beer in a flip top next to the grolsh. looking at the label i see doppio malto. so i say to myself, an italian doppelbock? why not!

pours a cloudy tan color with a foam head that quickly recedes leaving some lacing.

smells sort of sour. malty and noticable alcohol.

a nice strong dopplebock taste. fruity and sweet up front. malty on the back. but hello alcohol.

not my favorite doppelbock, but pretty damn good. probably the best italian beer ive had.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper and filtered, little fine bubbled carbonation, topped with a finger of beige head.

A cream caramel covered stinky foot. A hint of banana and creme brûlée.

Creme brûlée, banana in the background like a banoffee pudding, light sweetness, a sort of burnt bitter finish.

Light for the style, but still a lightly syrupy feel, and little carbonation.

A nice brew, a lot like a barley wine in some ways in overall profile. Just a few flaws mentioned. Got and drank in Chiang Mai, June 24th, 2015.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy orange brown with a big and rocky cream colored head. Head retention is excellent. Leaves a heavy lace.

S: Take one whiff, and you'll know that this going to be strong stuff. Alcohol isn't front and center, but it makes up a fair amount of the total aroma. Dark fruits, toffee and pepper make up the rest.

T: Strong without being over the top. Toffee flavors dominate out front. Bitterness has a well balanced pepper bite. There's a faint chocolate taste in the background. Finishes with a serious alcohol warmth going down.

M: Medium body is a touch doughy. Carbonation level is right on.

D: I picked this up on sale simply because I'm a sucker for flip-top bottles for my homebrew. Overall, I liked this beer. The high ABV crept up on me and would keep me from drinking more than one. A decent beer, but I must say that I'm glad I didn't pay full price.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a strange one! I spotted this in a small café in a backstreet in Rome and asked for a bottle. Being in a half litre bottle, I did not suspect that it would have an ABV of 10%!!

Anyway, BB 09 09 (tasted on 31.05.2009) it poured a hazy red-brown body with a reasonable cream coloured head. Smelled of rust and malt. The taste was not for the faint hearted; an upfront red rusty malty beer. Alcohol not quite "in your face", but evident shortly. Peppery also.

There was not too much subtlety or complexity to this brew, and I probably shouldn't have liked it but, I did!

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear gold with a moderate head with some heft.

S - Nose is malty-sweet, with some apple, caramel and some light fruit.

T - Boozy. Strong alcohol and a big hit of apple. Bitterness is strong but not overwhelming. Lots of maltiness and seems relatively well balanced. Not too sweet.

M - Medium bodied and sharply carbonated.

D - Better than I expected. Decent balance makes this drinkable, but it's still a big, heavy beer.

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Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent though basic malty beer. Good head on yellow. Very lacey, average aroma. A bit aggressive carbonation, but drinkable, about average mouthfeel. some bitterness, though a bit sweetness. And that's what's left on the lips.A little peppery, rather on the weak side of its style but drinkable.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djwhit24
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vsarmatov
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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La Tabachéra from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
3.33 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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