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

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Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt AleNero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale

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Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 92
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.64/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.1/5  rDev +32.7%
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...

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Photo of matjack85
3.89/5  rDev +25.9%
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.
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.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.46/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A decent caramel pour, not much foam or retention.

Smell: A sweet chocolate aroma. Nice.

Taste: More complex than expected, with chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, yeast, and spices rolling around in there.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. slightly syrupy finish.

Overall: Not bad, especially at the bargain price of $1.99 from Trader Joe’s. It’s a decent, drinkable bottle of malt with an 8% ABV.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.94/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured this Bock from a bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a hazy copper color, produced a off white head, decent retention and it left ample lacing on the glass. The aroma consists a base of sweet malted grain, with hints of white pepper and cherry. Medium in body, the foundation of this bock consists of a sweet malted grain base, some spice (white pepper) and cherry and apple juice. Overall, it was average- Odd variation of the style-

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Photo of TastyAdventure
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - cloudy brown, with a thin off white head.

Smell- dark figs. not too rich, but figs definitely dominate.

Taste - completely different than the smell. mildly sweet malt is immediately followed by crisp apple, some citrus. good balance of sweet and bitterness. not very assertive at all for a "double dark."

overall for the price, at 8%, a good deal to get your buzz going.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.49/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a Southern California Trader Joe's for $1.99. Grading this beer with low expectations due to "budget beer" price.
A: poured with a nice 1" head, cola colored, carbonation bubbles against side of glass, dark without much clarity.
S: smell is of dates, raisins, fruity and malty.
T: forward flavors are molasses and figs, solvent and booze, burnt sugar, some hop bitterness near the end.
M: medium thin, not watery, good carbonation level.
O: for the price, I was very satisfied with this beer. It is richer and more complex than something I would expect in the "bargain beer" catagory. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.46/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Other than being in a cool bottle and available pretty cheap from Trader Joe's this beer isn't all it claims to be. Poured a half inch off-white fine froth head with reasonable lifespan. The body is a slightly hazy burn sienna color, not dark at all like the name claims. It does smell of complex malt. But then when you drink it although you do get malt it's not nearly as malty as I'd expected, certainly not "double dark malt". It's still enjoyable though, and a decent value in beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.41/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into Guiness branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Cola colored with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a floating foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Caramel and chocolate dominate alongside some lighter notes of plum and apricot.

Taste: Begins with fruity sweetness and a bit of spice before finishing with deep caramel malt flavor and a bittersweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thicker in body with sharp carbonation up front. The carbonation rounds out and this beer finishes very sticky.

Overall: A good representation of the style. This may not turn any heads, but is totally worth it at only $2.99 for a bottle. This beer seems to be a bit more of a doppelbock to me, but it stands up just fine as a bock.

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Photo of fezmeister
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yup, it's a doppelbock. All the bock yeast flavors and sweet, musty malts that should be there are present. Nice medium body for an easy-drinking quality in spite of its 8% ABV. All in all, not bad, but nothing to write home about. Worth buying for the beugel bottle if you'd like to have a 500ml of those around for your own bottling operations.

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Photo of woemad
3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber, with a fat finger of frothy, off-white head that lingered well and left a decent amount of lacing.

S: Sweet, bready malt. Faint spice (cloves?) Slight pine scent.

T: Sweet malt dominates, but not in a bad way. There's a fruity taste, a little bit like black cherries. Hops bitterness is there, but just barely. No unpleasant tastes to distract.

M: Moist, but with good carbonation.

O: OK, so it's not often that I give a beer all the same number ranking across the board, but this one fit the bill: Good, but not exceptional, in every category. Tasty, although not especially complex. I'd drink it again, although there are others I like better for the same price.

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Photo of dhannes
4.22/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

A=Lighter amber color...more like rust. Head was almost light yellow...dominated during the poor, but quickly disappeared.

S=Honey smell present, with a backdrop of hops.

T=Honey along with bourbon and bananas; occasionally a sour lemon aftertaste as well.

M=Rather light body and little carbonation...would be a session beer if sourness fades.

O=Not a bock nor a brown ale...more like a sour ale, I think. I think this would go well with barbecued chicken or other hearty foods. May repurchase again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On a recommendation from both Stuart and Kyle. 500 mL swingtop--Definitely saving this one for homebrewing.

Im not really sure about this things straight away. They needed to at least do some filtering to it, it looked like mudwater while pouring, but it did clean up a bit. But it still murky light brown. Lots of bubbles, but very small white head.

Odd smell.nail polish remover, raisins, and brown sugar. The fusel alcohols just dont really work all that well. Might not be a bad spiced christmas ale if it werent for them.

The first thing that comes to mind is a double Munich Dunkel. Smooth and sweet, with some dry grains to make it a bock. Still light bodied, but full flavors of boozy raisins. Finishes very bready reminiscent of rye bread.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
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!!!

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.61/5  rDev -47.9%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.62/5  rDev -47.6%
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.


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