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

Brewed by:
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 dmtjeep
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of NickMGlass
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of morebeergood
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +25.8%
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 bh123
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of n00blar
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Ryan011235
1.61/5  rDev -47.4%
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 -47.1%
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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Photo of Bobhoya
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of zeledonia
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up on the cheap at Trader Joe's. The bottle drew me in. Says "B.B.E. 05/16/13". Best by date?

Pours a very clear cherry wood color. Two finger off-white head, decent retention, but little lacing.

Smells toasty, with a touch of lager yeast, and some mild cinnamon spice. On the bland side.

Taste is just kinda weird. There's actually a lot going on in this beer, but the flavors are fighting with each other, and the result is a bit of a mess. It's like getting punched from different sides, rather than smoothly sliding through different elements of the flavor. Mostly it's malty, but I get some very toasted, some very sugary. Little bitterness. There's a strange flavor running throughout that I don't like - almost like cough syrup, but toned down. This flavor becomes more pronounced through the finish, making it slightly unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is fine, although on the flat side, especially at the beginning. Medium body, slightly syrupy, that starts to feel heavier and thicker as it sits in the mouth.

Overall, not a great beer. Flavors are muddled and just not all that good. I had high hopes, but was disappointed. Oh, well.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my glass looking nice-- a hair of lacing, a built up tightly knit head interspersed with larger bubbles like eyes looking back at me.

Slight nose- nothing special. Hints of malt.

Flavor- for what I expected a malt ale should be, I think this beer has a light body and a light flavor. Even the 8% AVB didn't give the beer the push over the edge... I'll bump the rating a half point because it does seem like a lite bock-- a calorie saver. It does have the sweetness of malt and a cordial flavor.

The rest of the flavor is non-descript. It's got the malt, but in slight proportion. There is the signature of hops as well.

The flavor comes on- almost as if garnering whaterever gusto it can manage, then quickly loses steam.

Mouthfeel is good-- what I'd expect of a craft brew-- so that's just the entry credentials.

Overall I'd rate this beer as "OK"-- there are many just "OK" beers out there. I think this is a fine beer to introduce a newbie to craft beers-- someone who's been weaned on American adjuncts-- maybe for guys-- your GF??? But as a bock it's lacking in body, strength and presence. This beer is not going to replace one's daily bread.

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Photo of Boto
2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from Trader Joe’s: this one pours a slightly cloudy amber color. There was a wisp of a white head that didn’t leave any lacing. Aroma is mainly caramel malt, a little grassiness, and something else I can’t quite put my finger on. Taste is OK, but not great. Caramel, a little alcohol, touch astringent. Not much sweetness. Just rates an OK, don’t know if I’ll be back for another one.

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Photo of BobZ
2.46/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Dark amber in color. Builds a thin 1/2” head that recedes to a ring, minimal lacing.

Smell: Odd, caramel malt, and a sweetness almost like honey.

Taste: Bready malt but unlike other malt–forward beers the sweetness is more honey like than caramel like. Just an odd flavor on the palate. As it warms the flavor intensifies and becomes more unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Despite the sweetness this beer never becomes cloying, smoothness prevails.

Overall: Not an enjoyable beer but hard to pinpoint the specific flavor element that made the beer taste odd. I guess honey-caramel-grassiness is as close as I can come.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of ManuelHerrera
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The good thing about a Trader Joe's risk is that at least it's not a costly risk.

A - Pours from a neatly packaged faux-growler, a ruby red with a faint head.

S - Smells like pure malt, with a little bit of metallic notes and some grassiness.

T- Tastes like, you guessed it, pure malt. Like it's a double malt ale or something. Cooked cabbage and that distinct Simpler Times flavor comes's as one note as a malt liquor.

M - Light and heavily carbonated without any inherent complexity.

O- Meh, it's drinkable at least, but without the novelty of something cheap like Simpler Times.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle - $3.99 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia. B.B.E. 05/15/13.

Appearance: Pours out an amber-hued body featuring good clarity, crowned with an inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Bready, scantly grainy-scented malts wrapped in a noted note of gum with lighter hints of ripe fruits and a whiff of booze. The aroma is not exactly repellent, but it isn't inviting, that's for damn sure.

Taste: Toasted grains and bread glazed with lightly nutty caramel and a couple drop of Amaretto. Moderately sweet. Ripe plums and apple juice, then, a small pinch of resin and peppery alcohol. Drying at the very end with a final accent of cheap fruity-flavored gum, just like in the Apecchio.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I didn't dig the Apecchio and I'm not digging the DDMA.

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Photo of sharpski
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of Yojimbo1941
2.22/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

A - Medium copper hue, bubbly white head. I wouldn't call this "double dark". Looks more like a pale ale.

S - Malt, light toffee, hint of raisin and other dried fruits. Fig? Some honeyed cereal. Slightly nutty.

T - Hmm, kind of tastes like an amber lager. Not really much going one here. Still not much like a dark ale, or double dark for that matter. Alcohol bite on the backend.

M - Lighter than I expected, and again reminds me of a lager. I'm starting to wonder if the brewery mislabeled this beer.

O - This was disappointing. I expected, like the label advertises, a double dark malt ale but what I got was a sub-par amber lager.

I bought this at Trader Joe's and while they sell some decent beers this is definitely not one of them. What a shame.

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Photo of Kromes
2.56/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Was expecting it to be darker...A clear copper color with a thin off-white head. Comes in a stopper bottle.

S: Smells remarkably like a Budweiser. Sweet grainy aroma with some stale, earthy hop.

T: A sweet honey-like toasted grain and caramel malt flavor with some booze and an acrid finish. That strong, stale bitterness lasts a while.

M: Light in body and a slight burn and bitter edge in the finish.

O: Judging it against other Bocks, I'm afraid that it doesn't measure up. The sweet caramel flavors were OK, but I kept getting the sense of stale beer like in a frat house basement.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.66/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown with an orange hue. Fluffy, two finger pale yellow head with nice retention. Smoky rye and wheat bread and molasses in the aroma. Rye bread, dark malts and bourbon on the first sip. Big bready, malty mouthfeel, not much else penetrates. Big oat flavors with smooth molasses and fresh malts. Really enjoyable bock, very simple.

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Photo of kenito799
3.67/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a chalice.
Nice dark browninsh amber with decent head on the pour, fades and leaves no lace.
Aroma is pleasant and fresh, some root beer spice notes.
The palate is quite pleasing with some more of that unexpected clovey spice, and a good balance of malt and soft bitterness. I am not sure how classic a bock this is, but I like it.

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Photo of s4s
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of mactrail
2.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice foam on the clear brown ale in the big globe. The big downer is the smell of old cardboard and your parents' basement. The up side is the big boozy rich malt flavor, though the candy sweetness mars the roast malt some.

Kind of a bitter woodiness. Heading toward astringency with the hops fading into bitterness.

It's a kind of cheap and rustic brew, but then it's three dollars instead of ten, so it gives a lot of beery intrigue for the buck. Not to mention the alcohol factor. Bound to impress the ladies with the sophisticated swing top, and that little gasp as they gulp down a good dose of inhibition-releasing and, oh never mind. Visit your local Trader Joe's.

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Photo of efb123
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Nero's 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 92 ratings