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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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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Added by notchucknorris on 12-09-2011

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of mwar
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.49/5  rDev +14.1%
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 JorgeOjeda
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of Proteus93
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +10.5%
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 Lucidious
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.46/5  rDev -19.6%
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 Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.47/5  rDev +13.4%
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 vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev +3.6%
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 mkennedy119
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.41/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +20.9%
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 ruckus232
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of TheDarkestYouveGot
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of fezmeister
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
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 1Adam12
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of woemad
3/5  rDev -2%
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 +30.7%
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 +37.9%
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 MathNut
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
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 +5.6%
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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Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 92 ratings