Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
THOUGHTS: A little disappointing. Overly sweet. More like a fruit juice than a beer. Hid alcohol almost too well, making it seem even more like a fruit juice.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark amber with a small, off-white head that fully diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma had mostly pomegranate juice; light to moderate hazelnut and wheat; light fruity yeast; honey; and odd spices. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, lightly acidic and slightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately acidic, slightly sour and lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was honey, pomegranate juice, odd spices, hazelnut, and wheat; but mostly pomegranate and raisin. The medium body was sort of syrupy with fizzy carbonation and a dry, slightly metallic and lightly alcoholic finish.
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear dark orange/golden copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger off-white head that immediately disappears. Nice color but has very pour retention with no head or lacing to speak of.
Musty, slightly spicy aroma with a prominent vinous dark fruit presence. Some earthy funk with barnyard and oak along with dank, resinous oils and pungent spice. Almost curry-like which I guess is coming from the myrrh. This is pretty strong in the nose but us countered by the dark fruit sweetness. Hints of raisin, plum, date and pomegranate countering the funk and musty spice.
On the fuller end of medium body with a surprising amount of carbonation considering how quickly it went flat even with an aggressive pour. Tastes very similar to the notes of the aroma with an even stronger vinous dark fruit presence than expected. Some earthy, musty funk along with strong peppery spice. Again, I’m guessing the myrrh is really standing out with an earthy, resinous flavor along with some peppery clove and cardamom. The pomegranate raisin and other dark fruit flavors stand out throughout the palate but are most prominent toward the back end, lingering long after the finish. The pomegranate and raisin sweetness is very prominent along with grape, dark cherry, currant and other dark berries. Kind of reminds me of a prunier barbera wine with strong peppery spice and slightly tart, musty funk. Overall, not the most flavorful beer but more interesting than some of the other ancient ales. I wouldn’t order or buy it again but I enjoyed trying it.
jesperhammer (3686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
30-OCT-2015, bottle @Ulkløbben meeting, @Sonni.
Hazy red/golden with low head.
Nuts, fruit, Herbs, yeast, honney. Like a herbal honney candy. Herbs are too much for me. I don’t like it.
floydian1 (1249) - FNQ, Australia, - NOV 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from Slowbeer, Melbourne. Appears hazy copper-bronzed with a transient loose off-white head and minimal lace. Aroma is like a fruit compote with honey, cherries and plums to the fore plus notes of alcohol and a light yeasty spiciness. The taste is moderately sweet and fruity with a low bitterness and light dryish spiciness to the finish. There is a faint alcoholic burn. Palate is sticky and medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Not unlike a rich Belgian Dubbel.
wxman (1610) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a hazy amber with a small off white head. Perfumy fruity aroma. Taste is sweet roasted malt and a tart vinous quality (apple cider?). Good stuff.
gunnfryd (13338) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fonefan 110415. Deep golden/Amber colour with an off-white head. Flavouris dry, sweet, herbs, malt, caramel, dried fruits, honey, spices, yeast. Weird beer.
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Clear medium amber color. Two fingers of fizzy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.
4.75 S: Goddamn this is interesting, which is always what I want from a DFH ancient ale. I don’t even know where to start, but I’ll start by saying that it smells freakin’ great. Honey is perhaps the most prominent. Pomegranate, raisin, apples, and grapes make a medley of fruit that works the nose so well. The hazelnut flour complements the other aromas perfectly. The other crap, that I know nothing about, adds an earthy herbal component. I’m really impressed. This is awesome.
3.75 T: The taste is also very good, but not insanely good like the nose. Raisin really comes out. Apple is almost as strong with pomegranate and grape under that. Hazelnut and honey. Booze is supremely well hidden. Like the nose, it is complex and super interesting.
3.75 M: I’m not at all familiar with what DFH was going for, so it’s tough to comment on this aspect. Carbonation is on the lower end of moderate. Super smooth with a lighter medium body.
4.0 D: I very much enjoyed this. While I’m always glad I tried a strange DFH creation, I usually don’t think they are worth the price. This one is different. I would definitely buy this again.
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geologyguy (1096) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2015
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells like a cigar shop...completely different than anything before!!! Smell becomes more like tomato as you smell it, taste is kinda perfumey touch of spice...knocks me outta my socks! So different than anything before! Better cold
sloshgator (597) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca Bronze is a unique rustic brew. Pours with a nice head but quickly goes flat to a dark bronze liquid. Moderate aroma of honey. Taste is like a cross between a mead and a beer -- with detectable honey notes. Birra Etrusca is unique and interesting study in history, but probably not your everyday beer.
sinfull (1193) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer , especially if you want something unusual . Hazy color of buckwheat honey . Aroma of honey , pomegranate , nuts , malt and dark fruits. Fruity taste with notes of wine , moderate sweetness , good balanced . Beer for everybody who wants to discover how wide the term "BEER" is.
gripweed57 (1111) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Bright Amber orange color with a moderate foamy beige head that disappates quickly. Big berry-like aroma is perfumy and nutty. Tart, fruity flavor has notes of dried fruit, nuts, cedar and some pomegranate. Hazelnut and alcohol come through in the midtaste. Earthy, nutty dry finish. Lots of complex flavors to deal with here. Notes of sherry and lime leaves. Quite unique.