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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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This beer is based on a beverage that may have been enjoyed by the Etruscans of Ancient Italy around 800 BC. For this one Sam traveled to Italy with Dr. Pat McGovern where they met up with Teo and Leo (Sam’s buddies from Baladin Brewery and Birra Del Borgo respectively) and researched ingredients from various Etruscan dig sites. The result of their research is a strong ale containing an Italian heirloom grain called Cappelli Senatore, along with pomegranate juice, raisins, and hazelnut flour, together with 3 types of honey: chestnut, wildflower, and clover. The brew was then spiced with several hop flowers, Gentian root and tree resin (think Myrrh) in the kettle. To simulate fermentation in a bronze vessel (which possibly would have been what the Etruscans used), we actually tied a bronze plate inside our modern stainless fermenter which was suspended in the wort as it fermented. The aroma is dominated by pomegranate and spice from the yeast. The flavor is an intriguing interplay between the tangy pomegranate fruit and nuttiness from the hazelnut flower. One can definitely envision sipping this unique brew while relaxing on the Mediterranean coast. Versions of this brew will also be made at Baladin and Birra Del Borgo with the same ingredients but varying processes.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JStax (4298) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2016
750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is a clear copper with a head of beige foam that fizzles out quickly, like that of a soda. The aroma has rich, caramel sweetness, grape juice, and some dry, woodlike notes. Very grape forward. Sweet and boozy in the taste. Big body, high carbonation. Super sweet beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Pours a murky chestnut brown with the head dissipating rapidly and has hints of honey, a grainy wheat and a sweet alcohol odor. Taste is mildly sweet with a bold honey presence and a nice bit of wheat creeping in. The finish is has mild yeasty presence with a light lingering tart flavor...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
blueshockey24 (182) - Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours Amber reddish. Aroma is spicy sweet. Taste is spicy sweet with same finish. I like dogfish beers but this one isn’t memorable to me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Pours a clear dark orange/golden copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger off-white head that immediately disappears. Nice color but has very pour retention with no head or lacing to speak of. Musty, slightly spicy aroma with a prominent vinous dark fruit presence. Some earthy funk with barnyard and oak along with dank, resinous oils and pungent spice. Almost curry-like which I guess is coming from the myrrh. This is pretty strong in the nose but us countered by the dark fruit sweetness. Hints of raisin, plum, date and pomegranate countering the funk and musty spice. On the fuller end of medium body with a surprising amount of carbonation considering how quickly it went flat even with an aggressive pour. Tastes very similar to the notes of the aroma with an even stronger vinous dark fruit presence than expected. Some earthy, musty funk along with strong peppery spice. Again, I’m guessing the myrrh is really standing out with an earthy, resinous flavor along with some peppery clove and cardamom. The pomegranate raisin and other dark fruit flavors stand out throughout the palate but are most prominent toward the back end, lingering long after the finish. The pomegranate and raisin sweetness is very prominent along with grape, dark cherry, currant and other dark berries. Kind of reminds me of a prunier barbera wine with strong peppery spice and slightly tart, musty funk. Overall, not the most flavorful beer but more interesting than some of the other ancient ales. I wouldn’t order or buy it again but I enjoyed trying it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jesperhammer (3786) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2015
30-OCT-2015, bottle @Ulkløbben meeting, @Sonni. Hazy red/golden with low head. Nuts, fruit, Herbs, yeast, honney. Like a herbal honney candy. Herbs are too much for me. I don’t like it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
floydian1 (1285) - FNQ, Australia, - NOV 1, 2015
750ml bottle from Slowbeer, Melbourne. Appears hazy copper-bronzed with a transient loose off-white head and minimal lace. Aroma is like a fruit compote with honey, cherries and plums to the fore plus notes of alcohol and a light yeasty spiciness. The taste is moderately sweet and fruity with a low bitterness and light dryish spiciness to the finish. There is a faint alcoholic burn. Palate is sticky and medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Not unlike a rich Belgian Dubbel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1658) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2015
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a hazy amber with a small off white head. Perfumy fruity aroma. Taste is sweet roasted malt and a tart vinous quality (apple cider?). Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (13588) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2015
Fonefan 110415. Deep golden/Amber colour with an off-white head. Flavouris dry, sweet, herbs, malt, caramel, dried fruits, honey, spices, yeast. Weird beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Poured into a snifter. 3.5 A: Clear medium amber color. Two fingers of fizzy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing. 4.75 S: Goddamn this is interesting, which is always what I want from a DFH ancient ale. I don’t even know where to start, but I’ll start by saying that it smells freakin’ great. Honey is perhaps the most prominent. Pomegranate, raisin, apples, and grapes make a medley of fruit that works the nose so well. The hazelnut flour complements the other aromas perfectly. The other crap, that I know nothing about, adds an earthy herbal component. I’m really impressed. This is awesome. 3.75 T: The taste is also very good, but not insanely good like the nose. Raisin really comes out. Apple is almost as strong with pomegranate and grape under that. Hazelnut and honey. Booze is supremely well hidden. Like the nose, it is complex and super interesting. 3.75 M: I’m not at all familiar with what DFH was going for, so it’s tough to comment on this aspect. Carbonation is on the lower end of moderate. Super smooth with a lighter medium body. 4.0 D: I very much enjoyed this. While I’m always glad I tried a strange DFH creation, I usually don’t think they are worth the price. This one is different. I would definitely buy this again. ★ 1,264 characters DavoleBomb, Sep 04, 2013

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
geologyguy (1165) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Smells like a cigar shop...completely different than anything before!!! Smell becomes more like tomato as you smell it, taste is kinda perfumey touch of spice...knocks me outta my socks! So different than anything before! Better cold


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