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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UncleKorm (1163) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2013
On tap deep orange hue w/ fully diminishing head. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a faint bitter finish. Tastes are honey, dried apricot, lemon, cranberry, and straw. Big bodied, soft carbonation, and a crisp finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (10308) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Tap @ Black Bottle. Pours a hazy copper orange appearance with very little head. Funky fruity, quite spicy, big pomegranate, slightly nutty aroma. Flavor is really dominated by notes of pomegranates and raspberries with a hint of olives. Not a big fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (4634) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Barcade, Brooklyn tap ($7): Pours clear copper with a small head... whatever there was dissipated quickly. Aroma is Dr. Pepper, herbs, sugar, early 1900s patent medicine, and pomegranate. Taste is somewhat sweet. It is kind of a hodgepodge of everything mentioned above. My girlfriend found that Dr. Pepper was one of the main things going on. Complex, but weirdly balanced. I didn’t get any pepper or nuts in this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (4032) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Draft. Pours almost clear medium copper brown with a very very thin head. Tastes like pine, flowers, grassy, roasted. Very complex and strange. Medium body and low/medium carbonation. Smells like herbs, malty, musky, rotten.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
There is a flavor in this beer that is both awesome and totally foreign to me. Maybe it’s the "tree resin (think Myrrh) "

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (4426) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Pours a lovely clear bronze with a thick but very effervescent light tan head. Sorry, point off there. Aroma has malty, hay, grape juice and subtle yeast notes. Flavor seems a little different with each sip - malty, yeasty, wheaty, hints of caramel and horehound. Texture, though, leaves something to be desired - smooth, but lacking fizz or thickness. An interesting beer, nonetheless. Let it "bronze" your palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a clear copper hued body and a medium sized off-white head that fades pretty rapidly. Aromas are quite herbal and a bit spicy, floral, honey, thistle, grassy, medium malt, tree sap, walnut bread. Low esters. Flavors are spicy, off dry and pretty tannic to be honest. Light isoamyl acetate, floral and fruity, mildly nutty. Dry finish, light pomegranate. Lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvanFriend (457) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Sour pomegranate and honey are the dominant flavors here, a little nuttiness is definitely there as well. Certainly interesting. Too fizzy for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GoForShlomo (47) - - OCT 22, 2013
Floral malt aroma; amber color with frothy off-white head; sweet raspberry taste; sharp fizz on the palate with a bitter finish; overall, a fruity beer that is interesting for it's representation of an Etruscan beer, but only stands up on it's own if you're looking for a fruity beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2014 Bottle: thanks, Matt! Deep copper with shades of amber & ruby-red. Foamy, white head lasts for a few minutes then retains well as a collar outlining the glass. Aroma is... unique & interesting. Fruity, somewhat tart berries, wheat, grains, crispy & musky hops, ginger, coriander, pepper, & a collage of other spices I can’t identify at all. Taste contains honey-coated cherries, strawberry, pomegranate, raspberry... sounds great, but there is a HUGE medicinal twang that’s killing the vibe. Weird, residual, chalky taste & feel on the palate, think of the aftertaste of chewing a vitamin. Ashy, musty, dry hops. Big wheat. Not getting any hazelnut. What a damn weird beer... Wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for those horrid, medicinal off-flavors. Hard to finish this one.

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