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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davey101 (716) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2013
2012A, 750 ml into a DFH signature glass. Ugh....another ancient ale that I must tick... A - Pours a dark brown/red body. Very clear with some rising carbonation. Bronze? Eh, close enough. Three fingers of very dense bone white foam forms and disappears rather quickly. Leaves behind a thin soda like cap of awkwardly large bubbles. Moderate lacing with weak retention. S - Well, theres a lot happening here. Not in the "woah, this beer is uber complex" way either. Just in the way that several very different aromas get to clash it up in my nostrils. I don’t even know. Its nutty and sweet, with some herbal and savory notes. Mix in a bit of burnt plastic as well. T - Again, just a cavalcade of question marks and nonsense. Starts off with some honey sweetness ala Midas Touch but with a bit of tart pomegranate fruit, then a wave of nutty flavors, then it all gets hit in the face with an odd savory tea/herbal like quality on the end. Its drinkable enough, just weird. M - Thin to medium bodied with a decent carbonation. O - Just another one of those silly ancient ales. Much, much better than the travesty that was Ta Drainpour, but this is still not a great beer. I might be tired of the beer history lessons because I’ve yet to have one of these beers that warrants a repeat purchase. Decent enough beer, but just wildly confusing in all aspects.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Bottle pours deep amber with large tan head. Sweet, citrusy aroma. Flavors of tart pomegranates, slightly sweet raisins, honey, and hazelnuts with a nicely balanced hop finish. Very unique, thoroughly enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with an eggshell head and fairly active carbonation. Aroma is honey, anise-like notes, and some fairly pungent spice. Taste is sweet with nut, honey and spice. It’s almost like a common type of Indian (Hindu) incense. I love the aroma, but not sure about drinking it. A bit of tart as well. Medium bodied and sticky. Good in small doses, but too frangrant, aromatic and pungent for my tastes. Interesting idea though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnoud (289) - 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

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackflag321 (539) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1415) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2803) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (16552) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanscourt (848) - 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.

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