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RATINGS: 326   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 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 (7069) - 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 (5794) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18706) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s, London - thanks to Jack! Pours clear amber with a small, creamy tan head. Sugary fruits in the nose, toasty bread, strawberries. Medium to big sweet flavor, sweet berries, bready and lightly doughy malts, mellow bitterness. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish, light warmth, some peppery spice, bit of ripe citrus, bread, low bitterness. Pretty rich stuff but decent overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours rusty burnt orange with a slight red tint. Aroma of honey, caramel, hay, mead, and a slight fruity hint (guess it’s the pomegranate). Flavor of honey, earth, grass, sugar, mead, slight fruit. Finishes slightly cloying with a gentle earthy, tangy, fruity aftertaste. Medium-heavy bodied, with high carbonation, but not a creamy mouthfeel. No real alcohol presence, but it is a little cloying. Good aromas and flavors, but I could go for a softer, creamier mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (2630) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 Deep, clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet fruit, wine, grain, and spice. Taste is sweet and a bit tart. Medium bodied; smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, served in a stem glass. Pours clear slightly reddish amber with a small, rocky head that fades quickly and leaves no carbonation. On the nose, there are notes of grapes, honey, pomegranate, pale fruit, wheat and spices. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with honey, raisins and fruit, along with a touch of sour fruit and an interesting spiciness. Hops are very subtle. The finish is long, spicy and slightly sweet. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a slightly dryish texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting fruity ale with a delicate spiciness. It is an interesting, complex brew, but it seems to lack something. 2012-12-31

   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 (5533) - 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.

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