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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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 (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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
yankeepride (10) - Teaneck, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2012
First impression was that it had a bit of a bitter smell to it, which didnít seem to match up with my expectations of the deScription and the pour. It came out light and slightly bubbly, like a refreshing cider. You definitely could taste the fruit, but as a long-time pomegranate fan, I didnít get as much of a tartness that I was looking for. I guess the honey really cut into that. Wasnít too bad overall, but itís not one Iíd actively pursue in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (12963) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2015
Fonefan 110415. Deep golden/Amber colour with an off-white head. Flavouris dry, sweet, herbs, malt, caramel, dried fruits, honey, spices, yeast. Weird beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2015
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 donít even know where to start, but Iíll start by saying that it smells freakiní 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. Iím 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: Iím not at all familiar with what DFH was going for, so itís 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 Iím always glad I tried a strange DFH creation, I usually donít think they are worth the price. This one is different. I would definitely buy this again. ★ 1,264 characters DavoleBomb, Sep 04, 2013

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
geologyguy (1035) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2015
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloshgator (581) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinfull (1147) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (1045) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5814) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2015
On draft at Global Brew EDW. Cinnamon amber with some cloudiness. It has been a while since I had a DFH beer. This is "different" in theory but not so much in actuality. It tends toward a fruity bomb. Complex fruit with something different. Perhaps pomegranate. A bit of wood and darker fruit. Interesting stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElCapitan22 (282) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Pours like dark honey and smells of honey and raisins. Tastes like raisins and honey, very strongly. Has a very sweet taste and finishes drier than you would think. Not DogFishís best offering, but drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (9827) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2015
Draught @ Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Pours hazy copper with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, cedar wood, cinnamon, nuts, spices, dried fruits and hint of tartness. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter and light sour with a long slightly warm , dry, funky, nutty, spiced and vinous finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (15605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2015
On tap at the brewpub. A minimal sized light beige head forms over an unclear dark golden body. Thereís lots of wood in the aroma, sort of like Spanish cedar, with some dried fruits, nuts and honey and a flowery hint. Alcohol, some bready malts and plums too. Itís full bodied, warming and nicely sweet on the palate. Nice carbonation too. Cedar-like wood, blue plums, nuts, some bread and plums in the flavor. A little bitterness and some flowers and green raisins too. Lasting sweet, bitter and very tasteful finish, nice warmth too. A true beauty in my book, wonderful indeed. Love the wood touch. 150621

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