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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (3036) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Brownish red appearance. Head disappears very quickly leaving a pretty weak mouthfeel. Honey sweet with some dark fruit flavors. Tried with Jay in Lawrence in 2013.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBoxer (2059) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle to glass. Bronze brown color. Nutty Andalusia but light with lots of liveliness. Very drinkable and easily sessionable despite the abv. Like it a lot ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Pours sparkling copper with thin white head that quickly recedes. Very complex aroma with elements I couldn’t hope to identify without reading the label. Similarly complex and delightful flavor. Sweet and wine-like... I can definitely detect the pomegranate and a tiny bit of the Gentian (luckily not too much... I find Moxie revolting). Thanks Dogfish for once again showing me that I could’ve managed to survive in a different historical period.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (1033) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Very interesting beer. Pours a red/copper with a small tanish head. Lots of pomegranate and raisin on the nose. Flavor has the pomegranate and raisin with notes of hazelnut and honey. Really complex and well-balanced I don’t feel like any one flavor overpowers the others. It is a sweeter brew but I don’t think it’s super sweet to the point of it being a negative. Very interesting beer, I love that DFH always tries new things with their beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
annunz123 (864) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Sweet aroma with raisins, fruit, honey, and spice. Flavor is rich and sweet with orange, grape, and spice, with some drying alcohol in the finish. If you can handle your beer on the sweet side, this is pretty enjoyable and definitely a change of pace.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BobFrapples (49) - Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2013
The aroma of this beer is wonderful. The appearance is a little strange - like fizzy apple juice. Although I appreciate the research and effort that went into producing this beverage, it just doesn't click with me. Prevailing flavor is dry, metallic and pomegranate rich. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
moonbug (67) - Bryan, - JUN 20, 2013
Strong pomegranate aroma. Color is unusual...browned like dirty water. I can taste the pomegranate too, but then it flattens out. Maybe a bit of nuttiness, but there is an almost metallic taste (from the bronze) that disturbs my palate. Interesting beer...fascinating back story and process. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5863) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
had a small glass at Bangers in Austin,TX .. . a strange beer- cardboard dust and hazelnuts .. . quite sweet and slight perfume .. . abv is well done .. . a bit bold, but a small sample was enough .. . . some people really are living in the past, its pathetic! now bugger off, i’m trying to listen to my Walkman!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwood04 (4030) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2013
750ml bottle in a bulb glass. Pours amber/ruby with a small head. Aroma of pomegranate, dark fruits, a little bit of honey, and light bitterness. Flavor the same with a good fruitiness. Average texture. An interesting beer, but not for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5358) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of honey, citrus, spices, orange, citrus, nuts, and light alcohol. Taste of orange, pomegranate, spices, nuts, caramel, and light alcohol.


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