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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Sampled at the Richmond Gathering 19. Clear amber with ring of offwhite head. Tangy pomegranite does come through. Also a peppery, floral, honey. Interesting, but not something I would want again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HopTsing (567) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
From the bottle poured a golden brew with a white head. Aromas of malt and bubble gum. Medium bodied with flavors of malt and bubble gum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9219) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
On tap at Low Brau, Sacramento. Pours reddish bronze with no head and a strange fruity aroma. There is a gruit-like pomegranate and grain flavor wth a honey finish. Complex, unique and pretty tasty.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
obguthr (5699) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Green beans and candi nose, weird. Clear copper, thick off-white head. Less vegetal on the palate, tart pomegranate. Odd hint of coffee in the finish, that turns out to be the best thing about it. Pomegranate isn’t something I want in beer. As a matter of fact, I don’t like pomegranate at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Thick beer that had a nice gold color and head that held up well. Taste was of sour fruits with a small bit of nuttiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5535) - 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 (6662) - 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 (6252) - McLean/Jackson Hole, 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 (4721) - 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 (4107) - Marietta, 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.

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