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RATINGS: 323   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3305) - 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 (21227) - , 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 (1272) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (11784) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigguns22 (767) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (3051) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnstone (2516) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Honey/molasses and tea aroma. Moderately sweet with honey lemon and tea tastes. Pours copper with a light head that settles of quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle from Whole Foods in Chandler, AZ. Has a sweet Belgian like aroma with some pomegranate. Taste is some clove and you get some wheat with a nice smooth honey sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (6782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle split at Bruce’s. From Total Wine, Naples. The pour’s deep copper amber with a small head. The nose is rich roasted chestnut, some birch, root beer soda. Flat cocoa cola, some prunes and dates. Slightly herbal grassy accents. Interesting aromas. The taste is more tree bark, birch. Rich mineral. Sweet berries and caramel. Maple bar. More root beer and deep sweet prune. Honeyed brown bread. The beer’s smooth, the carbonation’s fine and subdued. Overall, a really interesting beer. It’s certainly unique, and I enjoyed that it challenged my modest descriptive vocabulary quite a bit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5497) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2013
This draft brew from the brew pub poured a extremely small sized head of no head bubbles that were fully diminished and left behind a uncarbonated transparent dark orange colored body and a oily lacing. The mild aroma was sweet and malt hop. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of toffee honey and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

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