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RATINGS: 298   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1953) - 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!

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (3834) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (5313) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1096) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours a murky amber orange color with white foam head. Aroma of honey, pomegranate, and caramel. Sweet caramel taste, with heavy honey notes and pomegranate on the finish. Slight bitter layer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2111) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
This is definitely one of the more interesting beers of DFH’s Ancient Ale line. The beer poured an amber color with a bronze hue. There was a decent amount of head when I poured the beer into the glass, but it disappeared pretty quickly. There wasn’t any lacing left around the glass, either. The nose is very interesting, with notes of pomegranates, nuts, grapes, yeast and grains. The body is very spritzy, with a strong feeling of carbonation. The flavors taste of pomegranates, grapes, nuts, light raisins, yeast, caramel malt and a hint of clover. The beer finishes on the sweet side, tasting similar to a sparkling wine or champagne. I sensed more nuttiness and a dryness in the aftertaste. This brew is so unique brew, I’m finding it very difficult to put a score in some of these categories. It’s very good, but I’m not sure I would purchase another bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Poured orange-red with an extremely fizzy head that faded fast, there are so many aromas going on here, mostly fruit and sweetness, I’m picking up grape, some sort of dark fruit juice and alcohol is noticable. The taste is fruit forward with a lot of vinous character, almost like if you mixed beer and wine, also it is very sweet I’m assuming because of the honey. The mouth feel is medium to light and heavily carbonated. Overall very interesting and one of a kind. If I had to compare this to anything else it is similar to midas touch in some ways.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (1536) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Aromas of pomegranates, red berries, bananas, and raisins. Clear light red, head foam vanishes quickly, but bubbles constantly. Some sweetness, some tartness, and some farmhouse funkiness. Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation, and has a dry, fruity finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (7423) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Thanks to JPDurden24 for sharing this. It pours with a copper colored body supporting a light tan head. The aroma is all candy and fresh Hubba Bubbu bubble gum. Hmm the gum note could also leaned toward the gum you used to get in a pack of trading cards back in the late ‘70s. Alright, this is so sugary bubble gum I really can’t get anything else anymore. The taste is straight up Hubba Bubba bubble gum mixing with light amounts of the odd spice or two, some honey and then a ginger sensation into the finish. Interesting and just too reminiscent of sugary bubble gum from my youth for me.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pottygok (530) - Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Aroma: Very complex and winey aromas--dried fruit, honey, berry with hints of earthy yeast aromas. Appearance: Clear bright amber with minimal head. Taste: Medium-heavy sweetness with light bitterness and medium sourness to balance. Palate: Full body, thick oily texture, soft carbonation, long fruity finish. Overall: Wow! This has so many flavors working with each other and against each other. Every sip reveals something different, but still in harmony with the others. Nothing unpleasant here, though a bit too fruity for my taste. Still, this is really well done.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9450) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
Bronze coloured body, no head. Honey smooth, raisiny. FInish is way too banana yeasty. Not super drinkable, glad it was shared out. Thanks, Jon.


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