La Tabachéra | Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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Brewed by:
Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
Italy | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 04-12-2004

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34
Ratings:
52
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
14.41%
 
 
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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 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 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 revdrjbob
1.73/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Reviewing on the fly! Thanks to Toby at Cellarbrations Horsley for the freebie! Sampled with Teaser.

Poured into a goblet, cloudy dark amber colour (unfiltered?) thick fluffy dull off white head (like whitewash after a storm say Tease), that dissipates to a 1/2 cm layer of foam. Plenty of sticky foam on the glass, bubbles climbing lazily up the glass.

Aroma of malt and lager yeast (I know, I know), alcohol, estery, very little hop.

Taste: Eeeew! Sweet, horribly sweet, like there's 10+ % sugar in there. Boozy and hot, sweeter, leading into a faint glimmer of maltiness. Almost "home brewy". I'm not impressed. The mouthfeel is cloying, like a bad car salesman, you just want it to go away. I think I've judged better Coopers kit home brews.

This is sad, I really wanted to like this beer, hoping that there was something better from Italy than Moretti. This aint it. I don't think I'll be bothering with the others in it's stable, and I'm hesitant to give that bottle of 2005 Barleywine to Toby now. I did really like the bottle though.

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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 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 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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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 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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