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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Wormwood, locally gathered wild Yarrow, Grains of Paradise, local honey from Hewittís Market in Berlin, Maris Otter floor malted Scottish malt. The artisanal herbs are slightly psychotropic and íwake you upí as opposed to the drowsy effect of hops.​

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ByTheirLimpin (248) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Holy.....Not prepared at all for this one. Big sour nose of rotten something. Palate follows suit...to quote, "Tastes like bigfootís d*!#. But, I get it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (7839) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Draft at the tasting room. Pours gold with a white head, Moderate honey sweetness, odd spicy notes, pale toasted malts, low bitterness, and a relatively dry finish. Odd, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewBoxer (2527) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Draft at the brewery...made a pit stop for gas and saw this random gem across the street and had to stop in... got the girlfriend furious but it was totally worth it! Has a spicy sourish tangy taste. One of the more interesting ones Iíve had there

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3077) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2013
The aroma is sweet, honey, flowers, wood. The appearance is slightly hazy amber, white head. The flavor is sweet, flowers, orange juice, wood. The finish is spicy, flowers. Medium in body. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (5395) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Location: Sampled at Tap NY, 4/27/13

Aroma: The nose is sweet and malty, some tart notes and a bit of wood as well
Appearance: It pours a dark orange color, cloudy, with a beige head
Flavor: The taste is pretty similar to the nose, a mix of sweet, spice, and wood
Palate: The body is medium, it is a little sticky, and it drinks like less then 9%
Overall Impression: I thought this beer was alright, but it wasnít a favorite of the festival for me. It certainly hits the marl for interesting though, so Iíll give it that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (12383) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2013
22 oz. bottle, bonused to me by BrewtopiaofPJ (thanks a lot, Mark), pours a cloudy orange with a small off-white head. Nose is full of scottish malt, honey, tree bark, and weird herbs that I cannot discern. Flavour brings out dry oranges, an interesting melange of spices that I canít really identify, along with wood, and earth. Very earthy, medium spicy and juicy despite being dry. ABV is no where to be noticed and itís fairly highly drinkable. Unorthodox, but pretty decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Interesting beer I was able to sample at Gigantic Brewing in Portland, OR. Nice flavors interesting spices and easy dry finish. Very sweet with honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (13236) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle thanks to BrewtopiaofPJ. Pours orange gold with white head ring. Nose and taste of rotten wood, florals, smoked pear, scottish malt and gently rotted citrus. Medium body. Refreshing. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear burnished gold with a somewhat fizzy linen white head that vaporizes almost immediately and leaves no lace. The aroma is very mild and difficult to differentiate. A bit of malt, some light sourness detected along with a few notes of honey. The flavor is malt with some light honey sweetness, followed by some mild sour cherry. The aftertaste is similar to a wine vinegar. Very mild bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied. Certainly different, although Iím not so sure this is something I would drink with any regularity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1604) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a goblet. There was no freshness date, though Iíd imagine itís a fresh bottle since I bought it straight from the brewer himself.

Appearance: Dark brown/mahogany hue. A tea-like appearance thatís noticeably hazy. Forms a small, yellow, soapy head which evaporates quickly and almost completely. No lacing.

Smell: A strange herbal potpourri and a slightly soured fruit aroma, like cider and Brettanomyces.

Taste: Hereís the thing about gruits and herbal beers - people tend to either love them or hate them. I know thatís how the majority of drinkers will likely react to The Beer Diviner Ancient Gruit Ale. Itís an acquired taste for sure since these herbs arenít your typical craft beer adjuncts. Wormwood, honey, grains of paradise and some other African-style herbal components create for a strange taste. Itís sweet, but not too sweet. Whatís odd is the honey and the spices combine to form a slightly bile-like sensation. Thatís not just my opinion, I know several other people who have mentioned having a similar reaction to it. To be fair, I found that particular flavor to be only noticeable for a moment and then mostly on the finish.

As for the main palette itself itís reminiscent of a strong, spicy, hot cider you have for Thanksgiving or Halloween. It also has similar characteristics of a higher-end sorghum-based gluten-free beer. Additionally, I get some red apple flavor, a bit of smoky astringency (likely due to the Maris Otter floor malted Scottish malt), an herbal twang, and some peanut shell earthiness. These flavors are best described as interesting rather than good or bad per se.

Drinkability: The true drinkability of this beer lies not in its delivery, but in whether your palate is the kind that enjoys an herbal beer like this. I would describe the drinking experience as being rather intense, though the mouthfeel itself is on the thinner, flatter side. In fact, I was a bit disappointed by how non-effervescent this beer was. Though potent at 9% ABV, the alcohol is well masked with no boozy character at all. If drank at fridge temp itís actually quite refreshing, but becomes a sipper as it warms. The Beer Diviner Ancient Gruit Ale isnít for everyone, but those that enjoy it will be able to appreciate its originality.

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