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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 7   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Working with our archeologist friend Dr. Pat McGovern, this beer was created to incorporate the ancient ingredients and techniques described in Egyptian hieroglyphics. It was brewed to 11.4Plato with Emmer (an ancient form of wheat) and loaves of hearth baked bread and flavored with dom-palm fruit, chamomile, and zatar. Fermentation was carried out by a native Egyptian saccharomyces yeast strain captured by Sam and Floris during a recent trip to Egypt. ABV went from 5 to 4.5%.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2012
tepid tan, transparent. Odd spice: wood, stale, grassy. Flavor is flat, spice and sugar, bit of wood. Thin, oppressive body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1392) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2012
750mL bottle. A clear amber pour with a smallish beige head. A fresh & crisp aroma of peaches, wheat, light cream, caramel, and lemons. Goes down thin and crisp. Sweet and fruity upfront taste-wise with some peaches and apricots. A little crackery and lightly bready in the middle. A yeasty tanginess at the end with some lemon. Herbal tea qualities here and there. A unique wheaty/graininess throughout. Light, crisp, and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Aroma of bread, chamomile, and slight yeast. Pours pilsner blonde with a sizable head. Taste is sweet and herbal. Nice yeasty notes in there. Drinkable but weird.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Honey and apple spice nose. Taste is moderately sweet with no noticeable bitterness, lots of honey and golden fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10243) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle shared by Travlr. Aroma is biscuit malt with heavy spice notes and fruity esters. Flavor is malt, spices, hops and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4283) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2012
1st Batch, Vintage 2011. 750mL capped bottle. Clear, pour, bright orange color, thin white head. Aroma of a can of tuna (in spring water, of course). Some scent of herbal tea (chamomile), and an off-wheat grainy smell. Tastes of stale chamomile flowers, some of the odd-wheat grain that is in the nose. Then it all finishes up with a odd spiciness on the palate. Overly sessionable body, very light, low ABV; makes this welcoming. Love the herbal tea character with the stale bread notes. Love it. Some of the other ratings I’ve read on this beer have been against the beer. Overall, this is one of the best "unique" off-center ingredient beers from DFH that I’ve truly enjoyed.
This beer was my way of celebrating Epiphany Day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2587) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Tap at the Porch Key West into a snifter. Pours a moderate golden color with a well carbonated body and a small white head. Aroma is of some odd meaty notes, spice coriander, light citrus, bread and odd herbal notes. Taste is clean, wheat malts, coriander, light lemon peel, odd spicy notes, some herbs and an underlying earthy taste. Definitely an interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vandemonian (32) - USA - JAN 6, 2012
Clear orange colour and crappy head. Roasty smell. Grainy and slightly sour with some earthy muddy flavours in the finish. Foamy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
davey101 (707) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2012
2011 vintage. 750ml into an over sized wine glass. A - Dark amber hue. Small bit of lacing and edging. Very clear with tons of bubbling. S - Pizza flavored goldfish. That is all I can think of. Bread and spices. Very peculiar and not very inviting. I don’t want to smell this anymore. T - More of those weird spices. They seem almost synthetic. This is followed by some sweetness and herbs. Bready and grainy. Light mouthfeel with decent carbomation. O - Did not enjoy this. I’m usually a big fan of these crazy dogfish head beers including the ancient ales. This was pretty terrible though. I respect the history and work that went into it, but its just awful. Waste of money...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5366) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Amber pour with a short foamy white head. Aroma is very grainy with strong, dusty yeast. Faint fruits notes in the background as well. Taste is different. The grains have an odd flavor not unlike a multigrain bread. The yeast if upfront here as well with subtle fruit notes and soft herbal notes. Body is light-medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more bread and grains with strong yeast notes, light fruit and mild herbs. Unique but still tasty. It will grow on you.

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