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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnoud (281) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2013
2013.03.12 - Dogfish Head Etrusca Bronze - 750ml bottle in goblet glass. Bottled 2012A. Aroma: pomegranate (presumably) and spicy pepper and some unidentified spice. Appearance: Pours around 16-18 on SRM scale. A nice midle of the road caramel an. Moderate white head/carbonation. Taste: wow, where to begin. Like many of these archeological brews this has a good bit going on and is fairly unique in taste. There is a subdued tart fruit that is presumably the pomegranate. This is met midway with the spicy pepper that I am assuming is from the yeast. There is a fairly obvious taste that I can’t identify other tan to say it is similar to Trois Pistoles, Affligem Noel, and some other beers I like. Call it a molasses-y, licorice-y sort of flavor without the obvious sweetness... In the case of this beer it may just be the combo of above flavors. In any case, think dark golden ale, subdued fruity tartness balanced with a peppery licorice sort of flavor. Palate/Mouthfeel: basically light with light carbonation. Aroma 8/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 15/20

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rybomedic (1) - - MAR 12, 2013 does not count
An excellent ancient ale; well thought out and representative of the era. Dogfish Head does not disappoint! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackflag321 (493) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Shared a bomber; pint glass. There is a lot going on with this beer: fruit juicy, yet not fruity; wheat; clover; nuts and about anything else you can imagine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1267) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Yet another fascinating DFH beer. Based on an ancient Etruscan recipe. Strong honey smell up front. Initial taste is honey and raisin sweetness. A bit of tartness at the backend. Interesting lingering spice notes. Obviously this beer defies classification, but on its own is unusual and worth trying -- it's good, even apart from its novelty character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2668) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2013
750 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, light beige, rapidly collapsing to nothing beige head, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 15) body....nose is heavy honey, light raisin, medium spice...taste is heavy with floral honey, lighter hop bitterness, hints of allspice, light cereal, mildly sweet throughout, with slight hints of Balsamic....mouth feel light of medium, slightly sticky, minimally astringent, carbonation low adding a minimal tingle. This is honey dominated in both aroma and flavor making it Mead like in its character. It is an interesting experiment which seems to work. I would not enjoy it every day, but it most surely is better than a Pale Lager. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2013
28th February 2013
Thanks Jack for this much wanted beer, these archeological brews do fascinate me! Clear and bright amber beer, good off white head. Palate is light and a little crisp. Dry! Light tangy citrus, dried fruits and sugared crystallised fruits. Thin creamy malt. Very floral this beer and a pinch of herb. Semi dry finish. Nice juxtaposition of flavours.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanscourt (775) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Aroma is reminiscent of a belgium triple. Spicy and sweet. Yummy, good stuff. Lot of flavor and tasty. Flavors go well together, lot going on but blends nicely. Not the beer I would be drinking many of but a unique, original beer that is a lot of fun.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (7054) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle thanks to Jack. It pours clear amber with a thick white head. The nose is earth, spice, cake, salt, metallic and honey. The taste is earth, nut, honey sweetness, dark fruit, berry, spice, Irn Bru, bubblegum, green banana, peach and apricot with a sweet finish. Medium body and moderate-high carbonation. An interesting brew and a bit more drinkable that many of their other crazy concoctions.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigguns22 (697) - Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Beer in the glass looks a lot like apple cider with a great head. Aroma is very reminiscent of white wine with a little spice. Flavor is spice forward and citrus.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2714) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Reminds me of a Belgian strong. Pours a golden amber with a white head. Fruity aroma with a lot of Belgian qualities. The flavor has the fruit and a bit of pepper. The pomegranates come through as well. Sweet and tasty.


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