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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (389) - 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 (1033) - 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 (1073) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ExpendableHero (771) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Hazy copper colored beer with an off-white head. Aromas are nutty/earthy with some scents of fruit. Tastes of hazelnut, earthy notes, hints of honey, and some brown sugar thrown in as well. These flavors mix with the taste of pomegranate juice for an interesting mix, at times the fruity flavor overpowers the other flavors. Sweet finish with some mint. Interesting. Boozy brew with warming alcohol mainly in the finish. This was much better than I expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1461) - Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Appearance: clear purplish-red pour, with a thin, light tan head and very little lace. Aroma: intoxicating aroma of fruit juice, honey, spices, wildflowers, roasted nuts, and fresh dough. Taste: raisiny, with notes of grape juice (pomegranate juice?), hazelnuts, wheat, apple skins, lemon juice, citrus rind, honey, and spice. Finish: smooth and light, with lingering fruit juice sweetness. Notes: Really liked this one; it may be my favorite of all DFH traditional ales, although Midas Touch is hard to beat. Almost like a beer/fruit juice cocktail. Think if it almost like a shandy, but with pomegranate or grape juice rather than lemonade. Or mulled wine...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4304) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
The aroma is corny, floral, herbal, fruity, and papery. The appearance is copper with a thin head. The taste is sort of like the aroma with a nutty taste. The palate is smooth but a bit thin. Overall I love the concept like most dogfish head beers but I didn’t really like this one like I usually do. Still this is what this brewer does and I hope they never stop!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palidor19 (3048) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
a crazy assortment of flavors make this totally unique are highly unusual. the aroma is reminds me of wintergreen gum, taste is slightly tart, its kinda has a funkiness at the end with some spices to round it out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1928) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Draught @ Birreria: This one was served in an interesting stem glass. It poured a clear, amber color. There was a small dense off-white head that left no lacing. It has an interesting nose: a nice spice that must be the myrrh. I also get a whiff of the pomegranate. It has a very nice taste. Spice, a hint of the pomegranate, and some wheat in the body. Somewhat dry, with a faint fruit sweetness in the finish. Really interesting!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (3793) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
(bottle - 750 ml - Night of the Titans 2013) Clear copper pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma is complex to say the least. So many flavors that it was hard to distinguish any particular one. Just smelled mildly sweet and vegetal. Flavor is pretty much the same. Sweet notes, vegetable notes, dry grain notes... way too much going on in it. Didn’t care for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (5209) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Clear copper with a thin bubbly head. Odd nose of corn tortilla strips and tomatoes...literally smells like enchilada soup. Taste is much better though with nuttiness and grape tones, some odd spices and a little bit more of that corn tortilla tone. Light fruity finish.

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