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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2457) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pours a two finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Honey and gentian root nose. Flavor has a lot going on - at least honey, gentian root - reminds me of juniper, higher ABV is hidden. Pricey as usual for DFH at $14.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tully’s Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5741) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
(750ml bottle poured by Sam Calagione himself) clear gold, not too many bubbles. Nose of myrrh, juniper, honey, pomegranate, complex. Taste of pomegranate up front, honey, herbal, spices, well integrated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syzzer (605) - Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2013 The smell is of a rich honey, the color is a true clear bronze with a nice head that eventually dissipates. A very unique, great beer. The hazelnut/pomegranate taste is terrific. 9.5 BD 8.5Joek- reminds me of a hard cider. 7-4-13 9.7 BD; 9.9 Joek

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volsconti (21) - - JAN 9, 2013
Very tasty and I don't agree with Dogfish Head here. Malbec's are crap an this is a very good beer with real taste. Reminds me of a drinkable Barley Wine with an ale feel. Try it!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Pretty red-brown pour with a large light tan head. Wow is this different than anything I’ve had before! Cereal grains (capn crunch), corn, red fruits, and baking spices. Actually quite complex - I wasn’t expecting that - and really tasty. A lovely surprise with a great story!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle from Bottleworks. Clear, medium amber pour with a brief white head leaving no lace. Nose is spices, honey, wildflowers and fruits. Medium body with light carbonation. Pomegranate, honey, green and red apple and spices. Finish is shortish, tart and sweet, with an ending spiciness - lavender and...something. Very much an Italian amber, but more interesting than most. Fun, but I doubt I’ll be going back to the well here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2347) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Shared bottle at craft ale house. Pours clear copper with no head. The aroma reminds me of a hard water euro lager with a sweet trail.. Maybe a fruit of sort (pom mentioned on bottle.). The taste is very honey forward.. Actually reminds me of a light mead I had from Lithuania. A fun brew but a bit sweet for a big serving.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olr1984 (1265) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2013
750 ml bottle. Golden orange pour with slight tan head. Strong fruit aromas. Very easy sipping beer, a lot of carbonation, with lots of tart fruit and honey taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
odinstyr (587) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Pours an amber red with a minimal and short lived fizzy head. Smells of grape, clove, honey, fruit, wheat. Taste is sweet, sour and mildly bitter - wheat, spices, grape, sour apple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mwmanvt (13) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Thanks to ben4321, Aroma is super sweet..smells of raisins. Nice copper color, and a bit of head. Nice and foamy on the palate. Overall quite an interesting beer, but I a word it’s sweet.

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