Brewed by Birra Amarcord
Style: Doppelbock
Apecchio (PU), Italy


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As they say in Rome "Tizio, birra me."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monk191 (892) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
First good Italian beer I have had. Lighter color and taste then I expected, considering the bottle says "double dark". Sweet smell and taste, pretty malty. Tastes like an average Belgian style beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2011
50 cl bottle from Trader Joe’s (Tucson) - Pours a clear deep copper color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is caramel malt and floral. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted caramel malt and esters. The caramel lingers a bit in the finish. Medium body. A decent beer. I dig the bottle too.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Mineral and malt aroma. Mineral and malt flavor with light caramel. Medium bodied. Mineral and malt lingers with light caramel and light spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rayOfBeer (667) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle: pours amber with medium sized creamy beige head. Aroma is mostly malt with a small note of roasted grain and toffee. Flavor is malt and toast ending in a light nutty bitterness. Palate is sweet with a slight bittering,but seems rather thin bodied for as malty as it is. Ok beer but not one I will seek out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2011
500ml flip top bottle from Trader Joes. Hard to avoid at 3.49. Pours with a creamy pale beige head over clear amber. Simple aromatics of light toast and light molasses. Dry and oaky with a simple sweetness that suggests malt extract or a very simple grain bill. Thin bodied, though the creamy head does offer some balance. Lacks the robust full body that I look for in a doppelbock, this comes off more like a heavy Vienna.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2011 Bottle from TJ’s. Medium amber in color. Bready nose with some maltiness. Sweet flavors. Some hops. Tastes like an earthy sort of English hop. Fairly rich dark ale with some tasty hops. Some flaws start to show after a few sips.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
12 ounce bottle purchased at Trader Joe’s in Davis. The aroma is fruity and metallic. Lightly floral, not much else. Transparent honey golden body with a medium off-white head. Starts sweet and herbal. Some metallic hints follow, and then a general nothingness is present later on in this beer. Tastes very floral, and almost a sugary character like pixie sticks. I don’t know what style this is, but it’s pretty awful whatever it is. I don’t know who the dumbass was who entered this as a doppelbock, seeing this beer is an ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
larryLSB (418) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Picked up at Trader Joe’s, poured an amber brown with good sized tan head. Caramel, bready nose, with a touch of an off aroma that I can’t describe. Taste is syrupy sweet, but there is a lingering taste that hits the roof of the mouth, not very pleasant. I must also say it is not worth it even at 2 bucks. This is listed as a dobblebock, but the name of the beer is a dark ale, most confusing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (697) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
500 ml bottle from Trader Joes in Irvine, CA. Pours crystal clear copper/amber with a foamy off-white head. Strongly malty aroma with a light briny sea air edge to it. A light fruity sweetness hits first with a very slight bubblegum/banana characteristic. This is followed by a smooth, creamy medium roasted malt flavor with some woodiness. A good earthy hop bitterness follows this with a slight vegetal bitterness. Leaves behind a creaminess with some vanilla around the edges. The 8% ABV is almost completely hidden (honestly hard to believe it’s this high!) A tasty and very drinkable ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
10-Dec-11 (500-ml flip-top bottle, Best By 03-Apr-13: Purchased 07-Dec-11 for $2.99 at Trader Joe’s in San Diego/Pacific Beach, CA)
The other Nero’s beer, the Apecchio Red Ale, was a drain pour, and this is right there with it. It pours the same clear amber color as the Red Ale, and the inch of fine-bubbled, light-tan head settles to a wide ring and island, leaving large, dense patches of solid lace. The nose combines skunky, grassy hops, wet cardboard, sweet, caramely malt, diacetyl, and a touch of cheesiness for good measure. On the palate, the malt is sweet and caramely, the hops grassy and somewhat skunky, and there are fairly prominent notes of cardboard and diacetyl here that make this beer almost undrinkable. Medium-minus in weight, medium in carbonation, and very slick in mouthfeel. Overall, this is not good beer. Honestly, I was expecting an inexpensive Trader Joe’s alternative to Moretti La Rossa (another "double malt" beer from Italy, which, for the record, I do enjoy), but this utterly pales in comparison and, expectations aside, is a drain pour just like the Apecchio Red. Avoid both!

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