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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tstandiford (10) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Drank in a tulip Carbonated feel that lingers in your mouth Deep gold color with a white fizzy head that dissipates quickly Complex aroma consisting of a hard tack candy-like smell. Fruity scents Fruity acidic taste. honey flavor with a hint of a licorice and wheat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1513) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2013
First, if it wasn’t Valentine’s Day, I’m not sure I would have spent the money on this latest concoction from Dogfish Head. The description on the bottle sounded neat, though, and I have to say I actually love the label art. It pours a golden orange color with healthy carbonation and a white head that fizzes away pretty quickly. The only way to persist the head is to keep pouring the beer. The first thing I said out loud about this beer: "That’s interesting." Initially, it smells like a farm animal, strong of leather and hair, much like a pig or goat. Then some beer-like character finally shows up, offering some soft, caramel malts and notes of light, lager-like yeast. In a nutshell, some Italian farmers were having a party out in the barn... things got crazy and someone accidentally dumped a tub of homebrew on some piglets. Nobody washed them off, and this is what the barn smelled like the next day. Humor aside, it really is an interesting beer, and the hazelnut flour adds a nice, soft sweetness to it. It’s pretty complex and hard to pick apart, but once you get past those it’s really much just like a light, low gravity amber ale well-fermented with some wild yeast. Pomegranate dominates the finish, adding a slightly sour, pungent bite at the end and gives the beer a fruity, juiciness to weigh the beer down enough to prevent it from being too light-bodied. This is definitely a very different beer, and it’s very well executed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (961) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
On tap at Rose and Crown. Lots of spice and sweet juice in the nose. Pours a brownish red with off-white head. Clear. Taste if spice and did with very dry finish. Some nice floral notes throughout. Little nuttiness at the death.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
S_Side_Smitty (433) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Pours amber with a thick off white head that dissipates quickly - you can actually hear the bubbles popping like champagne bubbles. Aroma is heavy yeast and bread and somethig sweet like caramel. Taste is like a heavy thick hefeweissen with bready yeast up front. The banana-clove thing is semi missing. Instead, you get a sweetness followed by a slighty spicy, slightly bitter malt finish - if that makes any sense. Hard to pinpoint the flavors, but interesting to drink. Over all, it reminds me of a yeasty solera raisin wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhamp9 (1030) - Corinth, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Clear dark copper pour with an off white head that quickly fades to nothing. Sweet earthy aroma with a lot honey, hay, and some band aid. Taste is tart, vinous, pomegranate, and honey sweetness. Pretty full body. Nice to try it once but wouldn’t seek it out again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3559) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Is this even biere? Well, yeah. Its good too. And so expensive that it must be served in a tiny little glass. It looks like bronzaaa rustica! And there is no head. It tastes like an amber with Belgian yeast and lots of rusticness mixed in like iron and wood and old brown Belgian yeast. This beer is as complicated and complex as those who drink it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
BigHoss (168) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2013
The color is dark copper brown with small off white head. I smell a lot of stuff, flowers, fruits, nuts, and maple. I taste citrus, spice, wheat, apple and a lot more; a complex ale. I like it:)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (355) - Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours an interesting pinkish golden hue. Has a cloyingly sweet mouthfeel. Some slight tart astringency and an interesting and unfamiliar medicinal bitterness in the background.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2013
0.75 l - Smelled Like beer, look like beer. That’s where it ended. Tasted like a cheap bock mixed with fruit juice. DNF

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2013
from the bottle , poured a nice copper with a off white head no lacing. aroma fruits, grapes honey, cherries, floral, alcohol,. flavor, the pomegranate comes out nice along with the honey and grapes and the cloves top it off good beer

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