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RATINGS: 275   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2014
On tap at the Knick. Coriander, sassafras, teaberry, and bubblegum. Sweet and spicy. Dark coppery amber-brown clear with thin head. Medium body with mild carbonation. Starts sweet with honey and sugar tang. Herbal, fruity with alcohol warming. Sweet tang in the after, honey. Just a little cloying.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2014 Neat idea - bad beer. +++ Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a caramel-amber color with a small foamy white head that faded and left no lacing. The aroma was medicinal with a strong pepper corn presence. The flavor was apple, almost cinnamon, a fairly strong medicinal presence, strong pepper corn and some perfume. Long medicinal pepper corn finish. Medium body. Not good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swanmann (604) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle: It’s a beautiful mahogany, red color with quickly disappearing tan foam. Smells of honey, florals, some spice and wood, dark fruit. comments from wifey, "It smells like nag champa. It tastes like a dirty hippy." The flavor is fruit and honey sweetness with just a bit of tartness, dark brown sugar, a bit of powdery toasty bitterness. Also a touch of woody spice blending with a slightly numbing medicinal quality. I like it, reminds me of a dubbel, but less heavy on the un-aged sweetness, and with a slightly medicinal quality. It’s all over the place, yet cohesive, considering origin. Slightly syrupy with very lively, quick carb. The lingers with a sweet, fruity note. What a wild style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
delnoche (443) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - JAN 1, 2014
1pt 9.4fl oz bottle poured into an English pint. Bronze with an ample amount of quickly fading off-white lively head. Aroma is grape and some sort of spice. Flavor is sour grapes and slight honey. Finish is muted cinnamon and dirt. Very interesting brew; I really like this. Another win for Sam's Ancient Ales. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5458) - Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks good; a transparent bronze with off-white lacing. Smells solid; dark fruit, spices, and what seems like Belgian yeast; maybe a bit of toastiness too. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnurda (1132) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottled sample from Specks in San Antonio. Pours pinkish with minimal head. Tough to describe this one as they were so many flavours, pomegranate, honey, etc... Very complex Very interesting .

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bronze and clear, nothing special about the head or lacing, in fact there wasn’t much notable there. Appearance aside, the typical dogfish head aroma and flavor come through with the usual elevated expected value. Fruit and honey come through immediately and are the natural descriptions for this beer, but there’s also a somewhat funky, earthy, floral component that’s hard to put my finger on. It may be this indescribable, yet awesomely delicious aspect of DFH ales that makes me love this brewery so much. Body is really pretty light considering the fairly ample alcohol content and full flavor. Drinks way too easy. Always luv DFH ales.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROBC3366 (644) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Pours a dark amber with minimal white head. Smells of honey and fruit with some earthiness. Tastes sweet like juice but definitely not too sweet. Well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Pours an orange red color with a medium sized foamy off white head. Notes of peanut butter, dirt, yeast, brown sugar, and fruit.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (790) - Queens, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle: pours light brown with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears, aroma of honey, taste is sweet, with a nice light warming finish. Reminds me a little bit of Bier de Miel.


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