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RATINGS: 321   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5283) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Pours deep ruby-tinged amber into a tulip. White head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface leaving no lacing. Spring flowers, hazelnut and bubblegum aromas. Dry with sweet honey and pomegranate upfront turning to hazelnut in the middle before a lasting flowery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5886) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a copper color with nice carbonation. Taste is hazelnut, honey, pomegranate. A flowery taste for sure in there. Pretty unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (5615) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
On draft at the Gaithersburg brew house. Pours a clear dark amber with an off white head. Nutty bubblegum aroma. A melange of flavors, sweet and tart, honey and bubblegum dominate. An intriguing brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (3976) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Draft at the Pine Box, Seattle. Ruddy brown, gorgeous, foamy head. Big grain aroma, some red fruit, lots of cereal and some whole kernel corn. Corn bread body, some pomegranate, grainy but nice. Not incredibly tasty, I won’t be ordering another glass soon, but super interesting and obviously well put together. Impressive beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (3727) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours a clear copper from the bottle with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates quickly to leave little to no lacing. Aroma of bready malts, slight sweetness, but mostly spices. Taste is peppery, grainy, metallic,, the spices are calmed down from the aroma, and a bitter sweet finish. More balanced than I expected when smelling it, but still pretty out there. Nice to try, but I don’t need anymore.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2185) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 12, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy bronze hue with a medium beige head with good retention. Aroma is doughy and full of clovey phenols, honey, grain, fried corn tortilla, earthy. Taste is lightly sweet and savory before turning on a lightly sour note (from the pomegranates, I imagine). Body is a little on the thin side. This is really well made and put together; quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2539) - 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 (5952) - 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 (632) - 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

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