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RATINGS: 297   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (772) - West Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
From the bomber. Aroma is complex. Fruity, dark fruity. Flavor is also dark fruits. Really good beer, just hard to put a finger on all of the complex flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chalicemaster (111) - Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Sadly, my very first disappointment with Dogfish. I guess it had to happen eventually. I had my suspicions going in, because in my experience any beer that uses "real juice" is treading on dangerous ground. The aroma and the first few sips gave off an abbey-like quality with an interesting kick on the finish. As I continued to drink, I realised it wasn’t good - a seemingly solid beer ruined by sickly sweet fermentation. This honestly tastes like half Midas Touch, half 2.99 sparkling wine. All things considered, it’s far from undrinkable, but it’s an experiment gone wrong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3688) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle from total wine Sterling. Pours Light brown with an inch of brown foam. Doesn’t leave any lacing in the glass. Has a kind of fruity sweetness on the nose.a mix of flavor sensations on the tongue that lean towards sweet and dry. Finishes clean. An Interesting beer that hides its alcohol well though I’m not sure I’d have another.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (6754) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2013
7/6/13. 750mL bottle shared by Brian at his moving/cellar cleaning party. Copper/amber pour with a small fizzy khaki head. Very herbal aroma, almost perfumey in a way, with lots of sticky, sweet fruits. The sweet fruits pop even more in the flavor with lingering herbal perfumey aspects... reminds me of Grandma’s house in a bad way. Weird.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2577) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Copper colored pour. Small layer of off-white bubbles that quickly disappear. No lacing. Aroma of fruit and incense. Almost like a dirty hippy. Dry spicy flavor. Much like licking a dirty hippy. Not overly offensive, but not overly good either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7419) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2013
750 ml bottle from The Party Soure. Pours a super clear orange color with a minimal off-white head. Lots of spice on the aroma; I guess that’s the gentian root and myrrh and heirloom grains, as if I could identify those otherwise. Also lots of fruit juice, honey, hazelnut. Flavor is the same way, loaded with spices and juices. Minimal malt and zero hop character. Light-bodied, with crisp carbonation and a crisp, fruity mouthfeel. Odd beer, like most of their traditional ale experiments. Worth trying out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3055) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Pours a bronze color with an off-white head. Aroma of fruit, spice, nuts, and honey. Hazelnut flavor with spice, honey, and touch of fruit. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
XaenDovet (1219) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle share. Clear amber. Aroma of root beer, raisin, vanilla. Taste is prune, jam, root beer, bubble gum? Super sweet. Couldn't have a bomber on my own.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1644) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
Dark golden with a pale head. Aroma is honey, heather, jasmine, apricot, peach blossom. Sticky mouthfeel, quite sweet on the palate, floral and almost cloying finish. Taste is jasmine, peach blossom, heather honey, dried apricot and dried tropical fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 1, 2013
THOUGHTS: A little disappointing. Overly sweet. More like a fruit juice than a beer. Hid alcohol almost too well, making it seem even more like a fruit juice. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark amber with a small, off-white head that fully diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma had mostly pomegranate juice; light to moderate hazelnut and wheat; light fruity yeast; honey; and odd spices. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, lightly acidic and slightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately acidic, slightly sour and lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was honey, pomegranate juice, odd spices, hazelnut, and wheat; but mostly pomegranate and raisin. The medium body was sort of syrupy with fizzy carbonation and a dry, slightly metallic and lightly alcoholic finish.

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