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RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 (Sam’s 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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JDBaker11058 (2336) - Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Appearance: clear purplish-red pour, with a thin, light tan head and very little lace. Aroma: intoxicating aroma of fruit juice, honey, spices, wildflowers, roasted nuts, and fresh dough. Taste: raisiny, with notes of grape juice (pomegranate juice?), hazelnuts, wheat, apple skins, lemon juice, citrus rind, honey, and spice. Finish: smooth and light, with lingering fruit juice sweetness. Notes: Really liked this one; it may be my favorite of all DFH traditional ales, although Midas Touch is hard to beat. Almost like a beer/fruit juice cocktail. Think if it almost like a shandy, but with pomegranate or grape juice rather than lemonade. Or mulled wine...

2.9
nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
The aroma is corny, floral, herbal, fruity, and papery. The appearance is copper with a thin head. The taste is sort of like the aroma with a nutty taste. The palate is smooth but a bit thin. Overall I love the concept like most dogfish head beers but I didn’t really like this one like I usually do. Still this is what this brewer does and I hope they never stop!

2.9
Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
a crazy assortment of flavors make this totally unique are highly unusual. the aroma is reminds me of wintergreen gum, taste is slightly tart, its kinda has a funkiness at the end with some spices to round it out.

4
boto (2261) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Draught @ Birreria: This one was served in an interesting stem glass. It poured a clear, amber color. There was a small dense off-white head that left no lacing. It has an interesting nose: a nice spice that must be the myrrh. I also get a whiff of the pomegranate. It has a very nice taste. Spice, a hint of the pomegranate, and some wheat in the body. Somewhat dry, with a faint fruit sweetness in the finish. Really interesting!

2.5
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
(bottle - 750 ml - Night of the Titans 2013) Clear copper pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma is complex to say the least. So many flavors that it was hard to distinguish any particular one. Just smelled mildly sweet and vegetal. Flavor is pretty much the same. Sweet notes, vegetable notes, dry grain notes... way too much going on in it. Didn’t care for it.

3.2
onceblind (10327) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Clear copper with a thin bubbly head. Odd nose of corn tortilla strips and tomatoes...literally smells like enchilada soup. Taste is much better though with nuttiness and grape tones, some odd spices and a little bit more of that corn tortilla tone. Light fruity finish.

3.7
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours a murky amber orange color with white foam head. Aroma of honey, pomegranate, and caramel. Sweet caramel taste, with heavy honey notes and pomegranate on the finish. Slight bitter layer.

3.4
obxdude10 (2367) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
This is definitely one of the more interesting beers of DFH’s Ancient Ale line. The beer poured an amber color with a bronze hue. There was a decent amount of head when I poured the beer into the glass, but it disappeared pretty quickly. There wasn’t any lacing left around the glass, either. The nose is very interesting, with notes of pomegranates, nuts, grapes, yeast and grains. The body is very spritzy, with a strong feeling of carbonation. The flavors taste of pomegranates, grapes, nuts, light raisins, yeast, caramel malt and a hint of clover. The beer finishes on the sweet side, tasting similar to a sparkling wine or champagne. I sensed more nuttiness and a dryness in the aftertaste. This brew is so unique brew, I’m finding it very difficult to put a score in some of these categories. It’s very good, but I’m not sure I would purchase another bottle.

3.6
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Poured orange-red with an extremely fizzy head that faded fast, there are so many aromas going on here, mostly fruit and sweetness, I’m picking up grape, some sort of dark fruit juice and alcohol is noticable. The taste is fruit forward with a lot of vinous character, almost like if you mixed beer and wine, also it is very sweet I’m assuming because of the honey. The mouth feel is medium to light and heavily carbonated. Overall very interesting and one of a kind. If I had to compare this to anything else it is similar to midas touch in some ways.

3.8
Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Aromas of pomegranates, red berries, bananas, and raisins. Clear light red, head foam vanishes quickly, but bubbles constantly. Some sweetness, some tartness, and some farmhouse funkiness. Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation, and has a dry, fruity finish.


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