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RATINGS: 309   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Pours a decent orange with a nose of smoky candy. Flavor is smoky fruit with a weird honey smoke finish. Light notes of bbq’d beechwood. Average mouthfeel. Meh, another good intentioned DFH beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
4thAgeChris (66) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Decent head, not much retention, pretty carbonated, caramel, fruit, a little sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle. Clear reddish orange with a fizzy white head. Sweet pomegranate, grape, and honey aroma and taste with notes of hazelnut with a brassy sweet spice finish with a thick sticky palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Bottle... Poured reddish clear with a thick forming, light khaki head. Head faded quickly. Fruity and sweet. But enough bready malt tones to balance it. Figgy pudding, fruit bread, candied sugars, spice, caramel, and pomegranate. Nice tastings, but didn’t exactly pick out everything that went into it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdrinker79 (1805) - Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2013
750 ml. bottle- Pours hazy orange with a two finger bone white head that is reducing. Aroma is kind of beery, maybe some sweet honey and pomegranate. Taste is similar, honey and pomegranate definitely come through, especially the pomegranate, but the base beer is very basic. I appreciate these ancient styles, but I am usually not blown away by them I am noticing, it is good, no offnotes, but not anything I would go out of my way to purchase again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2013
I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m a total sucker for these "ancient ales." I’ll buy them with almost no concern about the actual ingredients. And lets face it, pomegranate usually doesn’t inspire confidence. Pours a clear copper, with slight head that fades quickly and entirely. Aroma is slightly of tart fruit, and stronger of rather odd grains - think in terms of a gluten free beer. Some spice too, somewhat herbal in character. Flavor is essentially identical to the nose, although more spicy, and only the faintest tartness from the pomegranate. Not bad, but not great. But definitely interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Floback (545) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours viscous with a dark amber-colored body and a small head that diminishes fast. Nose is slightly malty with notes of grape juice. Flavors exude copious red grape and other dark berries, cucumber, subtle soy sauce, and crisp red apples in the finish. Medium/high carbonation and medium body. An Interesting brew, for sure. And the high ABV is hidden well, as DFH does masterfully.

   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 (1526) - 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 (1424) - 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.

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