Friday, February 17, 2012

Nero's - Appechio Red Ale; 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale

The Nero beers are brewed by Birra Amarcord in Appechio, Italy.  These beers are sold at Trader Joe's.

Appechio Red Ale - This 6.5% ABV beer pours a reddish copper in color with a half-inch of off-white to light brown foam.  The aroma is malty, caramel sweet, with a touch of dark fruit.  The taste is malty, caramel, fruit notes, smooth mouthfeel, a very nice and drinkable red ale, whose only fault is a slight off-note in the aftertaste, where the caramel takes on a burnt note.  Overall good, especially for its price point.

1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale - This 8.0% ABV beer pours a dark reddish copper in color.  There is a half-inch of off-white creamy and foamy head.  The aroma is malty, caramel and toffee sweetness, with a slight tart dark fruit note.  This is quite similar to the red ale so far.  The taste follows the aroma.  This is just a higher alcohol version of the red ale, slightly heavier in body and taste as well.

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