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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
S_Side_Smitty (625) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Pours amber with a thick off white head that dissipates quickly - you can actually hear the bubbles popping like champagne bubbles. Aroma is heavy yeast and bread and somethig sweet like caramel. Taste is like a heavy thick hefeweissen with bready yeast up front. The banana-clove thing is semi missing. Instead, you get a sweetness followed by a slighty spicy, slightly bitter malt finish - if that makes any sense. Hard to pinpoint the flavors, but interesting to drink. Over all, it reminds me of a yeasty solera raisin wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhamp9 (1386) - Corinth, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Clear dark copper pour with an off white head that quickly fades to nothing. Sweet earthy aroma with a lot honey, hay, and some band aid. Taste is tart, vinous, pomegranate, and honey sweetness. Pretty full body. Nice to try it once but wouldn’t seek it out again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (4046) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Is this even biere? Well, yeah. Its good too. And so expensive that it must be served in a tiny little glass. It looks like bronzaaa rustica! And there is no head. It tastes like an amber with Belgian yeast and lots of rusticness mixed in like iron and wood and old brown Belgian yeast. This beer is as complicated and complex as those who drink it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
BigHoss (171) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2013
The color is dark copper brown with small off white head. I smell a lot of stuff, flowers, fruits, nuts, and maple. I taste citrus, spice, wheat, apple and a lot more; a complex ale. I like it:)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - 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 (1051) - 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 (1082) - 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 (794) - 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 (1647) - 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 (4322) - 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!

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