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RATINGS: 290   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 (Samís 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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimsal27 (278) - New York, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Great aroma almost mead like. Pickup caramel, honey and pine. Taste has all those plus a hint of nuttiness. Oily on the palate with soft carbonation and sweet finish, weíll made beer but not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (6077) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2013
Draft sampled at Dogfish Head brewery. Pours hazy brown with a cream tan head. Aroma of malt, wort, caramel, brown sugar, honey. Not sure Iím getting the pomegranate in this. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kathemenos (2) - Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2013 does not count
medium body, slick feel,average carbonation, long finish, lightly bitter, medium sweetness, amber, ginger, citrus,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3625) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2013
750 ml bottle. Fizzy, gluggy pour. Itís a reddish color with a fizzy head. Aroma of flour, nuts, some caramel and pomegranate. I think itís pomegranate. Iíve never had a pomegranate. Some earth and clay notes, basement aromas. Flavor has a mild fruity sweetness balances by some woody bitterness and umami flavors. Medium bodied, somewhat thin textured, with lively carbonation. I like this. Itís interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwcash159 (8) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013 does not count
A - Copper color with white head. Didnít have very much head or lacing. S - Very aromatic with hits of spices and citrus and wood chips. Very pleasant. Was not very hoppy T - Had a slight sweet taste. You could pick up the honey and spice notes. It did have a strange after taste. Maybe because of the blend of spices and honey. M - Very low carbonation. But very drinkable. O - Overall, very unique and good beer. DFH continues to expand what beer is and what good beers are. This strange combination of spices and honey is another fine creation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Concealer (881) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2013
rap. Clear orange-amber with little to no head. Smells of caramel and toasted malt and fruit. Flavor us caramel, sweet fruit, and gain. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Pours a golden amber, moderate froth, quickly gone. Scent brings big floral notes, flowery honey, light herbal quality, some bready yeastyness and spice, sugar and fruit. Taste has a lot going on as well... strong floral, honey, grape notes, moderate sugar, herbal, spice notes, rounded out with a grainy and bready profile. Medium bodied, some prickly carbonation. Overall, impressed with the uniqueness and drinkability of this one, only thing to question is value.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6571) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Draft at blue monk. Shimmery bronze pour. Sweet herbal honey notes, earthy, spicy. Fruit forward pomegranate notes, weird nuttiness. Complex , decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Very unique hay, honey aroma. Dark amber with no discernable head. Palate cleansing qualities. Sweet fruit notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
benpickens (421) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Beautiful clear copper topped with a stark white frothy short-lived head; wonderful aromas of apple pie and spice; very complex flavor profile; refreshing; sweet but not cloying and nice long finish.

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