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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9096) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Brown pour, very small head. Spice up front, tart fruits, very yeasty, bready, nuts, wheat crackers. Flavor is nice and spice laden, some tart dark fruits, toasted nuts, dark wheat bread. Neat beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8425) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at CK for the official release. Drank this with Sam Calagione for a hot minute. Fortunately I didn’t have to BS because I liked this one. A completely still, amber pour. Looks like Scotch. Nose is sweet, estery, perfumey, white grapes. Taste is not boozy, cloying but rather spicy, perfumey, some rose, ginger, and lavender. Acid in the backed with orange, lemon, tartartic/citric acid. Very interesting. Easier to drink I would guess than Midas Touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1452) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2012 Bottle.
Appearance: The head is thin, but creamy, and light tan with rather poor retention but leaving a light coating over the top and a creamy ring. The body is a clear ruby color, I love the hue here, with a good amount of carbonation in the body. This would get a 5 if the head were a bit fuller.
Aroma: The aroma is spicy, almost like a Belgian, but without the banana, maybe it does hint at banana a little, it’s hard to tell. The aroma is slightly spicy, florally, and maybe a bit doughy. I am enjoying the aroma here actually, it’s interesting.
Taste: Lots of pomegranate from start to finish, but it leans sweet with only a slight tartness to it with the mid-taste being a bit floral and lightly spiced, and the finish comes off a bit reminiscent of flour or dough but in a good way drying out by the finish with a bit of a nutty dryness. This is certainly unlike anything I’ve ever had.
Palate: Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with spritzer like carbonation. Perfect for the beer.
Overall: I really enjoy this, it’s interesting and has a lot going on. I was skeptical at first given the odd list of ingredients, but I think this is something anyone should try, especially if they like pomegranates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4610) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Draft at Churchkey at the Bluejacket & Dogfish Head Collaboration “L’Interimaire” Debut. Poured a clear brown color with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma was some sweet malts initially, and then a nutty character comes through. Sweet malts, some light fruit character, sugars and then a nutty, herbal note to it. Liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (11807) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Draft at Churchkey. Clear deep golden color. Aroma of herbal and earthy spice. Taste is mint and spice. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3554) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Tap. Pours clear, tawny brown with average, creamy off-white head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is candy sugar, caramel malts, figs, mint, floral hops, and light herbs. Flavor is sweet malt and dark fruit esters primarily with heavy sugar and light floral notes; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9667) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear dark amber with a medium, creamy off-white head with medium retention and good lacing. Aroma is earthy hops, nutty and caramel malt with dates, honey and hazel nuts. Flavor is malt dominant with nuts, honey, fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8536) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a clear copper color with a thin creamy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of nuts, caramel, marzipan, dry tart fruits. The taste is bready malts, nuts, pomegranate, spices and herbal notes. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle poured into glass. Another crazy concoction from dogfish with ingredients that I can’t even pronounce, let alone suppose to know what they taste like. This beer was just a little too strange for me to enjoy. The flavors are all over the place and it’s hard to drink more then one glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Draft at alehouse. Cloudy amber. Raisins and honey give a sour grainy taste. Good.

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