fezzy (105) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2015 Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear, medium amber pour, white head. Floral, caramel, and toasty notes on aroma. Nothing else really stands out when sipping it, just more sweet caramel and floral hops on a moderately light body. I’m really not seeing the "double dark" or the doppelbock aspects, but it remains quaffable.
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. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 4, 2014
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After having this one back to back with Paulaner’s Salvatore, this one was just as tasty and I’m betting in a blind tasting many people would be quite surprised. A semi-sweet malty aroma, almost like smelling malt syrup, a bit of honey, and candied walnuts. Flavor has some nice sweetness to it, a little boozy actually, caramel malts, a little nutty and very smooth. As I said, it stood up quite nicely to Salvatore. Good stuff. slowrunner77 (12040) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"of the red and doppelbock, i was expecting this to be better, but it’s a pretty weak representation of the style. less liquid bread...more overripe sweet, especially the aftertaste. if not for that it would an above avg taste, but the aftershock ruins it a bit. everything else is average. it’s not BAD but it’s a 1 dimensional doppelbock light. sucks that it’s bring down my scores for a style i REALLY like when done well." GarrettB (1599) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
March 2nd, 2012 - Of all the beers Trader Joe’s could choose to put on its very limited shelf space, I am surprised it gives so little to beers who give so little to consumers. There are exceptions, of course. Here in San Diego, Trader Joe’s fields such celebrities as Unibroue, and some more local stuff. But the beers from Nero’s are neither local nor especially good. Is it because Italian, and someone can buy an Italian beer to go with their Italian wine for Italian night? Is the appeal of the long-necked bottle too quaint not to pass up? I’m uncertain, but every time I encourage myself to try one of these beers on the off chance that this time will be different, it never is. The label promises a “double dark malt ale” which hints at something deep, dark, viscous, and maybe even sweet. Not so in the least. Both nose and taste are pallid, weak and wan, with a light, restrained flavor that’s more like a slightly nutty light brown ale than anything else. The aftertaste has light grains and touches in the same weight class as a wheat beer, but without the figure for it. italianjohn (3133) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Hazy deep golden pour with a thin off white creamy head and light sticky lacing ..... aroma of grainy malts, caramel malts and some earthy qualities ... taste is of caramel malts, toasted malts, grainy earthy hops and a little sweetness .... real simple brew and the abv is hidden real well
Cory (372) - , California, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bottle. Wheat and malt aroma, cloudy brown, white head, medium carbonation, long syrup finish, after taste is like mineral water. Pretty good but Italy has got better stuff. JK (6146) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Thin palate. Bock aroma with caramel and a dy malt flavor with alcohol. Thin palate. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2013
A sickly copper brew with a long lasting off white head. Sweet peaches and malt are up front in the smell. There is also abc gum and a little bit of old wood. This tastes like sweetened peaches covered in brandy. There is also some toffee in the finish. Notes of wood come through in each drink. A decent brew, but it’s an odd combination of sweet and dry. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottled. Poured medium orange with a tall whitish head. The aroma picked up sweet caramel and dark fruity notes with black pepper and detergenty accents.. more of the latter as it warmed up. The flavor found sweet caramel, nutty notes, and dark fruit at the core with tangy fruit skins and clovey/white peppery yeast around.. tasty, sweet finish. Medium-bodied with an ok flow through the palate.. decent drinker. IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
500ml bottle from Trader Joes Bakersfield. Nose is ripe bananas, sweet caramel, and a hint of molasses. Clear redwood brown with a medium, heavy lacing, beige head. Flavor is slightly sweet with moderate molasses. Actually a good dopplebock for 1.99.