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

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54
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
14.11%
 
 
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 34
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 jaydoc
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dull orange (with a hint of coral) that might be brown enough to qualify as ochre. Despite the fact that there are no visible bubbles, the ivory colored crown was at least two fingers after the pour and is hanging on nicely. It doesn't look too shabby and is no slouch when it comes to glass coverage.

It's pretty much impossible to figure out the proper style for Amarcord beer. They even contradict themselves at times, calling a beer one thing on the label and another thing on the website. In the case of La Putena, the website calls it two completely different styles depending on where one looks.

The label on this one is pretty close to the mark. La Tabachera does, indeed, smell like a brown ale... if a brown ale is allowed to have an ABV of 10.0%. I can certainly see why the original reviewer entered it a doppelbock. It smells brown malty and toasted-earthy, with no hint of alcohol.

Doppelbock fits according to my palate. This is a standard version that isn't the least bit complex and is improving only marginally as it warms. It's caramel malty, not roasted or chocolate malty, and has a toasted bread, tea leaf and tobacco earthiness that makes it taste like an Oktoberfest-bock hybrid.

The alcohol is extremely well-buried given the double-digit ABV. I can taste it (and feel it), but it's so mellow and smooth-edged that it isn't bothersome in the least. The flavor score just got bumped, making the biggest Amarcord beer my favorite Amaracord beer.

The mouthfeel is way too light for the style and for the ABV. Its only saving grace is that it's smooth and has laid back carbonation. Almost too laid back. More malt and more bubbles would have helped.

I've now had the fifth and final Amarcord Birra Artigianale beer. The fact that it's the best of the lot isn't saying much. If you're faced with spending $6.99 on a bottle of <anything> from this brewery or buying a sixer of kick-ass American microbrew, the choice is an easy one. Not recommended.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purposefully avoided/sat on this for a while after not liking the other two from the brewery.

Pours an oddly murky brown with basically no head. Malty grainy nose. Flavor is not too bad really. Woody sweet tone. Leafy aspect. Feel has a decent carbonation to it and the liquid is smooth. Overall not too bad to drink. Nothing to run to the store for (the price!), but decent enough.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of flagmantho
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 500mL swing-top bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely hazy medium-brown hue with a thin layer of ivory head. Not bad, but it doesn't inspire me.

Smell: the aroma's got what I like: a thick maltiness with dark fruits, raisin, hints of cherry, and just a bit of an alcohol bite. Can't wait to dig in.

Taste: not quite as "on" as the aroma. Subtle malt character is reduced, and alcohol heat is increased quite a bit. There's still a little good malt flavor here, but all finesse is out the window. It's not horrible, but I'm not impressed.

Mouthfeel: medium body; relatively chewy. Carbonation and silkiness are low, though, so I can't say I love it. Still, it's not too bad.

Drinkability: this beer isn't horrible, but it's definitely my least-favorite dopplebock. The alcohol really builds on the palate here as kind of a burning. I'm glad I tried it, but unless I find myself stranded in San Marino, I'm not likely to have 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 harpus
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 drpimento
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm, I think the best thing about this is the aroma. Poured witha fine small off white to light tan head that mostly faded. Color is a hazy and kind of funky amber brown. Aroma is malty, caramel, a little wine, nuts, a little hop, yeast, toffee. Flavor is similar but less going on. Body is ok and so is the carbonation. Finish is the flavor that just fades. An average malty beer that is just that - nothing special one way or the other.

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Photo of stcules
2.08/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Amber - cherry wood colour. Decent foam, beige, average in compactness.
The smell is malty, with some toasted notes, with hazelnut, honey, and something woody (burned, and maybe lightly smoked too). A light fruitness, something like japanes persimmon.
In the taste you can feel sharply the malt sweetness, and then the alcohol. A lot of alcohol, that prevails over the rest.
Medium body.
In the aftertaste an assault of the malt to the tongue and palate, with little space for anything else. Maybe some fruits in alcohol. And then again the alcohol, too much alcohol to be satisfactory.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of gford217
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL fliptop poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear amber, fairly light for the style, with a small off-white head that lingers as a soapy swirl and leaves some boozy legs on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is pretty good, though fairly basic with the sweet caramel aromas coupled with some sweet fruits, mostly lighter fruits actually, with some apples maybe. There is a super faint toasty character in the nose as well.

The taste is also very sweet and one-dimensional - honestly tastes a little bit like watered down apple juice, especially in the finish. There are some caramel notes up front and toasted malts in the background, but the fruity sweetness is dominant.

The mouthfeel is very slick and fairly light bodied, almost watery at points.

I'm not exactly sure how to classify this beer and I guess doppelbock is as representative as anything. Either way, it's very one dimensional and sweet and overall a fairly average beer.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes in November 09.

A - Poured dark coppery amber with a slight haze and a short lived 1" white head. Much bubbling from the sides and bottom of the tulip. Large patches of lace. 3.5

S - Heavily malty, much caramel and sweetness. A hint of sweet corn... What?!?! Not much complexity here. Perhaps a touch of figs as it warms a bit. Er... yeah about that corn... 2.5

T - Extremely sweet with some cooked veggies. Lots of caramel and a mildly tangy fruitiness. Decently hidden alcoholic warmth but certainly present. That vegetable taste is weird. 3.0

M - Medium bodied and mild carbonation. Smooth with a warming and dry finish. 3.5

D - The sweetness gets cloying and the alcohol is rather prominent. 2.5

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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 alexgash
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bronzed amber body with a small, tight, off-white head. Smells of caramel, cooked vegetables, sweetbread with fruits, and brandy. Taste is sweet, caramelly bread malts with fruity esters as well. Herbal vegetal bitterness tries to balance, but can't quite. Alcohol is a little too strong tasting. Medium bodied, but not as substantial as you would expect. Lacks complexity and is too alcoholic.

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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 Vancer
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sample glass and poured this brew from it's 500ml swingtop. Looks a murky amber brown with a dead head of ivory that tries to pop up, but needs a pop of Viagra. Does make a better head attempt as she warms.

Bit of Barleywine aroma, with sweet malts, caramel and orange liquor swirling about. Not a dopplebock as listed here, but is it drinkable? It has a thin body that barely covers the alcohol. The hot finish kicks in with a bit of mediciney bite. Now it's kicking like a Samichlaus Bier dopplebock.
Strange brew, but ya know? I'd say to give one a try.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Dentist666
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ABV 9,0
Not very liquid beer deep amber in colour, not absolutely translucent with golden 2-finger tight head.
There are caramel, tofee, grain & some fruit sensations in aroma.
Dense sweet beer, honey, grain & almost no hop at all, well hidden alcohol, middle carbonation. Special mouthfeel like after anti-cough syrup.
Good, but not essential beer
Type is double brown ale, however.

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Photo of yancot
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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 TerryW
2.31/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Yow. This is not a good beer. Just about once removed from being malt liquor. Ew.

Pours clear orange in colour with a short head that immediately goes to just a ring. Some spotty lace. Very plain Jane.

Smells sweet, boozy and fruity. The fruit is probably the most interesting aspect of the beer, but pretty much as soon as it hits my nose I'm thinking. "Uh-oh."

Sweet to taste, lots of malt and what taste like corn. Beyond that, pretty much without character. Hardly even a hint of booze despite being 9%. Must be buried in the sugar.

And the coup de grace is that this not a single - it comes in a four pack. Not suitable for sharing (inflicting) on your friends unless they're simply looking for another notch in their beer belt. Give this one a wide pass.

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La Tabachéra from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
3.33 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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