RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   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 (Sams 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (1634) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2016
Pours light amber with no head. Aroma is raspberry jam. Taste is raspberry sweet, earthy bitter, mild sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (12496) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2016
Bottle at craigs. Pours clear amber, nose is honey, caramel, fruity, taste is raisin, pomegranate, tart, juicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (23255) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2016
bottle at home ... copper .. thin whie lacing ... soft toffee .. soft fruit nose ... oily fruit .. juicy fruit .. zezty fruit .. bitter fruit .. soft honey ... light bready yeasty fruit .. soft metalic fruit ... soft fizzy fruit

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
Pours a hazy medium orangish amber color. Aroma is lightly malty, hoppy, yeasty, with a touch of fruit. Flavor is a nice mixture of malts and fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerdedDave (1528) - Beckley, USA - MAR 31, 2016
cloudy, deep amber color with a spicy, fruity aroma; theres a lot going on in this beer - lots of spicy fruity flavors; the different spices and fruits really blend together in a potpourri of flavors. The pomegranate is the only thing that stands out (although I have no idea what myrrh tastes like)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsporrer (923) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Poured a clear copper colored with an off white ring. Light carbonation with plenty of lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel toffee with Belgian spices. Light body. Starts with a slight tart tingle then the flavors seem to wash out with a somewhat dry finish. Leaves an odd numbing sensation on the tongue and palate. Probably from the myrrh. Complex mix of flavors. Very different but enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JStax (6003) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2016
750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is a clear copper with a head of beige foam that fizzles out quickly, like that of a soda. The aroma has rich, caramel sweetness, grape juice, and some dry, woodlike notes. Very grape forward. Sweet and boozy in the taste. Big body, high carbonation. Super sweet beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Pours a murky chestnut brown with the head dissipating rapidly and has hints of honey, a grainy wheat and a sweet alcohol odor. Taste is mildly sweet with a bold honey presence and a nice bit of wheat creeping in. The finish is has mild yeasty presence with a light lingering tart flavor...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
blueshockey24 (602) - Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours Amber reddish. Aroma is spicy sweet. Taste is spicy sweet with same finish. I like dogfish beers but this one isnt memorable to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Pours a clear dark orange/golden copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger off-white head that immediately disappears. Nice color but has very pour retention with no head or lacing to speak of. Musty, slightly spicy aroma with a prominent vinous dark fruit presence. Some earthy funk with barnyard and oak along with dank, resinous oils and pungent spice. Almost curry-like which I guess is coming from the myrrh. This is pretty strong in the nose but us countered by the dark fruit sweetness. Hints of raisin, plum, date and pomegranate countering the funk and musty spice. On the fuller end of medium body with a surprising amount of carbonation considering how quickly it went flat even with an aggressive pour. Tastes very similar to the notes of the aroma with an even stronger vinous dark fruit presence than expected. Some earthy, musty funk along with strong peppery spice. Again, Im guessing the myrrh is really standing out with an earthy, resinous flavor along with some peppery clove and cardamom. The pomegranate raisin and other dark fruit flavors stand out throughout the palate but are most prominent toward the back end, lingering long after the finish. The pomegranate and raisin sweetness is very prominent along with grape, dark cherry, currant and other dark berries. Kind of reminds me of a prunier barbera wine with strong peppery spice and slightly tart, musty funk. Overall, not the most flavorful beer but more interesting than some of the other ancient ales. I wouldnt order or buy it again but I enjoyed trying it.

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