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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Very unique hay, honey aroma. Dark amber with no discernable head. Palate cleansing qualities. Sweet fruit notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
benpickens (462) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Beautiful clear copper topped with a stark white frothy short-lived head; wonderful aromas of apple pie and spice; very complex flavor profile; refreshing; sweet but not cloying and nice long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2013
This beer has some intense flavor that makes it a sipper. It’s very wine-like, with a taste of cherry-grape and, yes, the pomegranate is evident.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1607) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle. Pours transparent amber with slight, quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of caramel and something like root beer. Taste of mixed fruit and carbonated like a soda.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (1387) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2013
reddish pour not much head. Aroma of big nutty barley, honey, and pomegranate. tastes quite acidic sour, complex cola-like. Somewhat perfumey. sweetness is well restrained with significant bitter on the end coming from the gentian. sorta like a pom-tini old fashioned crossed with a beer if that makes any sense. Someone else will really love this beer. I just appreciate it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arayaga2 (1982) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Reddish brown and headless. Aroma and taste are both like Belgian cough syrup. $6/9 oz ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2013
On draft at The Common Table. Pours a dark reddish amber with a medium white head. The aromas are leather, musk, honey, lemon zest. The mouthfeel is dry, syrupy and has a medium body with good carbonation. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - AUG 28, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours translucent copper color with a two finger white rocky head that falls quickly. Smell is very sweet with some banana, licorice, honey, and floral notes. Taste was a bit grainy, toasty, nutty, with caramel malts and a touch of honey sweetness, bittering pomegranate essence, herbal hops. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2235) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Draft at Good Dog. Tulip. Hazy orange amber with a lasting fizzy ring. Some dark toasted wheat flavors off the nose but tastes much juicier than expected. Amber red fruit. Plum pudding. Celery stalks. Blood oranges. Fizzy figs. Burnt mangoes. Apple plum wine. Medium malt caramels. Some black pepper finish at the end. Unusual mix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (1730) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2013
A perfect example of Sam getting a wild hare and traveling across the world to make a beer. Actually, it works. It’s not awesome but is interesting. It seems to lean toward witbier characteristics without the same color profile. Fruit and spice are up front. The color is copperish with an average head. Medium body and good carbonation. There is a lot going on with the flavors and its tough to identify most. Some nuttiness, cinnamon, citrus, wheat and yeast. Hard to categorized.

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