TBT BEER REVIEW: Birra Amarcord AMA Bruna

amabrunanew2Brewery: Birra Amarcord
Beer: Ama Bruna
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale/Belgian Dubbel
ABV: 7.5%
Character: Re-fermented in the bottle with brown candy sugar
Ratings: BA: 84 | RB: 68
Metal Connection: DEATH SS – Terror

BeerMetal Rating: 4/5

Throwback Thursday Review!
Original Drink Date: 03/16/13
Originally posted on BeerMetalDude.com

amabrunanewIntro: I bought this bottle at my local grocery store (H-E-B), and I knew nothing about this beer before purchasing it. I clearly bought it to add to my collection of unique beers. I was rather surprised at what this beer had to offer after reading about it, and drinking it. All of which is to my liking! Enjoy the read.

Design: AMA, a three beer special series released by Italian brewery, Amacord with collaboration with American brewer, Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewing Company. The logo design on this bottle and the other two AMA beers were created by artist, Milton Glaser, who is known for designing the famous “I love NY” logo. The color scheme and the design of the letters AMA heavily remind me of old movie titles of the 70’s-mid 80’s.

Appearance: Poured into my Boulevard Brewing Smokestack Series tulip glass. This beer poured a hazy dark brown, caramel color with a very thick tan colored foamy head that stayed a while leaving great lacing on the glass. This was a beautiful beer, and I wish I had a better quality camera to show you what I meant, but the picture I took will do just fine, I guess. (Note: I just tried to touch the original photo up a bit in Photoshop)

Aroma: The aroma of this beer is exactly what I thought it would be. I smell malts, caramel, toffee, spices, and sugar. It was very sweet, like a candy. The sugar hit me first, and the malts were in the middle, and it ended with hints of spices like cinnamon on the end of the smell. In the words of Borat…”Very Nice!”

Taste: The taste was exactly as expected as well, especially after the great first smell of this beer. The flavor is a bit complex with hints of malts, bread, caramel, yeast, brown sugar. There is a mild bitterness present to tie it all together.

Body/Mouthfeel: The mouth feel was a medium body, leaving a bit of a sticky sensation afterwards, I’m sure due to the caramelized sugar.

Overall: I will say this is a very fine beer, made to be drank in moderation, and enjoyed with a nice, elegant Italian dinner. I will now be on the hunt for the other two bottles of this series. I am very curious about those.

Update: I left the original context the same with just a minor edit to match the design of the new site. As you can see, I wasn’t really able to put together as good of a detailed beer review like I do now. It’s pretty funny to read these old reviews. I didn’t even have a Metal Connection for reviews back then, so that section is an update. I do still see these beers around the stores, so maybe I will pick another bottle up, or like I said back then, I am still in the hunt for the other two bottles in this series. I never did get those beers! Cheers!

deathssMetal Connection: As I just stated above, there originally was not a Metal Connection added to this review when I first posted it on BeerMetalDude.com back in 2013, so this pairing is new and awesome! Appropriately, I added a classic Italian band. I had to choose this connection by region as I was unable to find a song with a similar title to the beer name. Back in 1977, a Heavy Metal band was formed in Italy by the name of Death SS. The SS in their band name stands for their singers initials, Steve Sylvester. This band has been on a wild and crazy journey since their inception, and their characters are just as crazy. Each member took on a persona characterized by their outfits and face paint.

The song chosen here is from the band’s debut album, …In Death of Steve Sylvester from 1988. The song is called “Terror,” and was one of the first songs composed by Paul Chain, Steve Sylvester and company. The first recording of this song can be found on their 1981 demo cassette, The Horned God of the Witches. What the fuck were you doing in 1988? I was 11. I was a rocker and into Heavy Metal, but at that point, I was subjected to what was on the radio and TV only. I discovered Death SS later in life when I got more into underground Metal. So I know some of you reading this post will know who these guys are, but if you have not heard of Death SS before, than you are welcome!

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