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RATINGS: 262   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.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pottygok (441) - Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Aroma: Very complex and winey aromas--dried fruit, honey, berry with hints of earthy yeast aromas. Appearance: Clear bright amber with minimal head. Taste: Medium-heavy sweetness with light bitterness and medium sourness to balance. Palate: Full body, thick oily texture, soft carbonation, long fruity finish. Overall: Wow! This has so many flavors working with each other and against each other. Every sip reveals something different, but still in harmony with the others. Nothing unpleasant here, though a bit too fruity for my taste. Still, this is really well done.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
60minuteman (698) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Good brew cold and poured into a glass. Dark brown, opaque, not much head or anything. Aroma is dusty; mildew. It has lots of dark fruit, raisins, plums, grapes, coconut milk, roasted malts, mild spice, chocolate and funk. Taste is more robust and fruity than the aroma. The flavors are dominated by raisin, chocolate and malt. Less of that funkiness comes out.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a small off-white head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of honey, caramel, herbs, nuts and spice. Flavor was sweet with honey, herbs, pomegranate, earth, light caramel, hazelnut and spices. Medium body, sticky texture, dry sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Europa326 (13) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Dungeons and Dragons is nothing without a weird new beer to go with it (or so my friends and I have always believed.) The story behind this one was pretty interesting, but then again they always are, aren’t they? Head was short lived and white, while the beer was brownish amber. Aroma was fruity and herbal with just a hint of spiciness. Flavor was tart, with notes of pomegranate, rhubarb, and honey. It was a little on the dry side and very complex, making it a perfect candidate to enjoy over the course of a nice long evening. Quite enjoyable!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle while hanging with the lagunitas crew in chicago, from notes. Sweet, with caramel, moscato wine and dark grapes. Good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2178) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Very interesting beer. Smallish had kind of a muddy color short-lived head. Aroma is honey spices hint of acid. Flavor is fabulous like aroma much more concentrated and exotic. Really good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Rated on 02-28-2013 at DFH Brewpub, Redobeth Beach, DE. This draft beer has a very small beige head with a short retention, golden transparent body, no carbonation noted, and no lacing. The aroma is malt, wheat, honey, fruity, raisins, and spicy. The flavor is spicy, sweet, malt, honey, raisins, fruity, and has a dry finish. This beer is medium bodied and the mouthfeel is mild. This beer is quaffable, a sipping beer, somewhat complex, worth trying, and a beer I would drink again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4443) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Pours a brownish kinda amber with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma of herbs, nuts, brown sugar, grapes and a malty sweetness. Flavor was also herbal with nuts, some tropical fruits and sugary.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (784) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Tap at brewery. Copper pour. Very complex. pomegranate, fruity, herb, floral. Big almost sweet body. A lot of things happening. Interesting

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ADesenberg (561) - Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle: Pours a nice golden bronze color with a quickly dissipating white head. The aroma is full of lots of fruit and herbs... very intense aromas that are hard to identify. Some earthiness as well. The taste is slightly tart, with lots of the fruitiness coming through again. Light in body, with a soft carbonation, this is a nice drinker... Very complex flavors that are unique.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popkow (285) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Amazing how fast the thin head dissipates. Smells of alcohol and floral arrangements. Taste a little bitter and some pomegranates slash rhubarb. Palette is on the thin side with a nice extended finish.


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