RATINGS: 329   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Beer in the glass looks a lot like apple cider with a great head. Aroma is very reminiscent of white wine with a little spice. Flavor is spice forward and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (3091) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Reminds me of a Belgian strong. Pours a golden amber with a white head. Fruity aroma with a lot of Belgian qualities. The flavor has the fruit and a bit of pepper. The pomegranates come through as well. Sweet and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnstone (3186) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Honey/molasses and tea aroma. Moderately sweet with honey lemon and tea tastes. Pours copper with a light head that settles of quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle from Whole Foods in Chandler, AZ. Has a sweet Belgian like aroma with some pomegranate. Taste is some clove and you get some wheat with a nice smooth honey sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7705) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle split at Bruces. From Total Wine, Naples. The pours deep copper amber with a small head. The nose is rich roasted chestnut, some birch, root beer soda. Flat cocoa cola, some prunes and dates. Slightly herbal grassy accents. Interesting aromas. The taste is more tree bark, birch. Rich mineral. Sweet berries and caramel. Maple bar. More root beer and deep sweet prune. Honeyed brown bread. The beers smooth, the carbonations fine and subdued. Overall, a really interesting beer. Its certainly unique, and I enjoyed that it challenged my modest descriptive vocabulary quite a bit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (6103) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2013
This draft brew from the brew pub poured a extremely small sized head of no head bubbles that were fully diminished and left behind a uncarbonated transparent dark orange colored body and a oily lacing. The mild aroma was sweet and malt hop. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of toffee honey and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (20826) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle at Bruces, London - thanks to Jack! Pours clear amber with a small, creamy tan head. Sugary fruits in the nose, toasty bread, strawberries. Medium to big sweet flavor, sweet berries, bready and lightly doughy malts, mellow bitterness. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish, light warmth, some peppery spice, bit of ripe citrus, bread, low bitterness. Pretty rich stuff but decent overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours rusty burnt orange with a slight red tint. Aroma of honey, caramel, hay, mead, and a slight fruity hint (guess its the pomegranate). Flavor of honey, earth, grass, sugar, mead, slight fruit. Finishes slightly cloying with a gentle earthy, tangy, fruity aftertaste. Medium-heavy bodied, with high carbonation, but not a creamy mouthfeel. No real alcohol presence, but it is a little cloying. Good aromas and flavors, but I could go for a softer, creamier mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (2927) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 Deep, clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet fruit, wine, grain, and spice. Taste is sweet and a bit tart. Medium bodied; smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, served in a stem glass. Pours clear slightly reddish amber with a small, rocky head that fades quickly and leaves no carbonation. On the nose, there are notes of grapes, honey, pomegranate, pale fruit, wheat and spices. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with honey, raisins and fruit, along with a touch of sour fruit and an interesting spiciness. Hops are very subtle. The finish is long, spicy and slightly sweet. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a slightly dryish texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting fruity ale with a delicate spiciness. It is an interesting, complex brew, but it seems to lack something. 2012-12-31

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