Dihos Dactylion - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 80
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 02-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.
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Reviews by hopfacebrew:
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, bottled February 11, 2011, to a tulip glass.

A - The beer pours a bit hazy amber color with a nice 1 finger slightly off-white head with decent retention and lacing. The foam slips to a silky film.

S - A complex aroma consisting of some fruity character: raspberries, cherry. A fair amount of malt sweetness as well as vanilla.

T - Very nice flavor. The beer starts with the malt character, cherry tart, and vanilla flavors. The sour nature of the yeast soon follow and blend nicely with the nice mild bitterness. The beer finishes crisp and dry. Very good. No way I could tell it was as strong as it is.

M - Suprisingly thick and smooth and yet crisp at the same time. Good carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. A lot of the sour beers are too much and perhaps the mild nature of this beer appealed to me for that reason. I really enjoyed it.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.
Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-24-2011 01:33:24

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 2/11/11. Pours a clear dark reddish amber with a medium off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is a whole lot of sour - some tart fruit with some vinous alcohol and some wood.

The flavor is sweet tart and sour fruits with some wood and some vinous alcohol leading to a dry, acidic, bretty, finish. As it warms it gets a little musty and leathery. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an excellent, complex sour. It's a little on the acidic side, but overall, well balanced.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is great. I get a lot of tart fruit and some toffee malt. I could smell this beer all day long.

The flavor is full of tart strawberries with some toffee mixed in. The beer is fairly sour and is very dry and very drinkable. There is also a little bit of funk mixed into the flavor. Very nice.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.17/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber colored pour, thin head. Aroma was mildly tart, didn't reveal the alcohol, slightly vinegary, cheesy and flowery.

Taste, somewhat disappointed, didn't really bring the sour, was more of a kind of muddled profile, wasn't crisp, refreshing, sour that I was looking for based on its appearance. Didn't pull any distinct fruit flavor from it, it was just kind of this earthy, flower and mild sour feel. Old sock funk drives its flavor profile more than sour.

Photo of mondegreen
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an Avery Tulip.

Pours a rusty copper with a thin off white head. Looks rather still, not showing any bubbles moving through the body.

Nose is tart, with elements of sweet fruits, tart vinegar, and a touch of funk.

Taste is interesting. The beer has a sweet/sour thing going on, but rather than a fruit sweetness it's more of an alcohol sweetness. I keep thinking this should be called a "Sour English Barleywine." I'm not getting any of the Cabernet, but I'm no expert in wine.

Mouth is heavy. It's not bad, but it doesn't have that dry, crisp quality that so many great American Wilds display. It is moderately carbonated.

Overall, an interesting take on the American Wild style. Worth a look, but not the best in category.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of lightly tart red cherry and raspberry aromas. Also present are light hints of funk and larger amounts of vanilla from the oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as complex. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of vanilla and larger tart cherry flavors. Midway through the sip some funkiness dries things out a bit, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was one of the more mild sours I've had from Avery. Easy-drinking but lacking the complexity and bite from their better attempts at the sour beer. Still, worth a shot if you see it around.

Photo of GilGarp
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb. 11, 2011.

12oz foil wrapped bottle served cool into a goblet.

Dihos Dactylion pours a pretty redish brown color with good clarity. The head is fizzy and so it settles quickly.

Aroma is really what strikes me first about the beer. Before I've even poured it into the glass, the sour wild yeast makes itself known. With my nose in the glass, I get more of the dark fruit, red wine, and oak.

Flavor is also really enjoyable and full of depth. Sweet black cherries lead things off before it starts to get all sour and tart towards the middle. The cab barrels come forward with oak derrived vanilla and tannins. It actually has a pretty tannic finish too with the sour flavors coming back at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good balance for a wild ale. Not too sour to enjoy the entire bottle. The alcohol is faily mellow even after just five months of aging.

Overall a really nice sour and probably one of my favorites in the series.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours peachy orange with but a little white head surrounding it, yielding miraculous lace as I finish from my Tops goblet. Somewhat Bretty musty yeasty aroma. The taste from the get go is outstanding. A full mouthfeel of fruit, with grape in the background, olives, pickle juice, apricot. A palate cleanser. Just what the Doc ordered, thanks JMBSH.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to OtisCampbell for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Bottled 2/11/11.

Pour yields a 1.5 finger light pink cream colored head with low retention that dissipates into a thick ring around the glass. Beer is a semi-cloudy muddy peach. Not the most attractive color. Lacing is patchy and patterned with good cling though.

Nose is sufficiently funky. Sour red fruit along with some oak notes. Wet hay with a subtle wine-like characteristic. Not the most aromatic but clean and appetizing.

Opens soft cherries. Spices up quickly with some clove and a huge tartness that erupts in the middle. Vanilla and sour cherries and raspberry notes. A touch of woodiness. End is puckering with some Brett funk. Fruity. Finish is some wine-like tartness. Aftertaste is clean. Rather intense in a good way with a nice earthy backbone. Impressive.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Crisp and lively in the mouth and goes down abrasive and puckering. Finish is filmy with a clean aftertaste. Appropriate and rather amazing considering the ABV.

That this beer is 10.3% is pretty astounding. There's almost no booziness and the alcohol is all but undetectable. Not exactly smooth but very easily drinkable and crisp and refreshing. Definitely a standout in the series.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small snifter. Pours a ruby sort of amber ish. Hazy. Thin white head dissipated to nothing but a thin ring. No lacing.

Aroma smells super sour. Super funky too. Bit of sour cherry.

Taste is not as good as expected according to the aroma. It's really plain. Really just a bit of that Bret funk with a bit of tartness. It really needs some more tart and flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Good high carb.

Overall an ok beer. Not worth the price for the 12 oz though.

Photo of thagr81us
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had while at Brewvival! Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured a reddish brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided quickly to a minimal amount. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherries, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, tart cherries, and a nice sour followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was another winning sour on the day. Avery really brought they A-game to this event. Really glad that I got the chance to try this one as the flavor was very nicely balanced and all aspects worked really well together. Even the aroma was quite nice. This is an absolute must try for anyone out there.

Photo of alleykatking
2.47/5  rDev -40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to SuperNova777 for opening this bottle for a couple of us.

A- Pours a coppery amber color. Two finger white head shows great retention that ends up lightly capping the top of my beer. Nice streaky/sheety lacing on the sides of the glass when I took each sip.

S- This is interesting to say the least. I picked this up first and another couple people said the same thing. It smelled of some soured vinegar upfront. Nothing wrong with this of course....which leads to the next aroma. Tuna fish...as weird as this sounds this was a huge aroma as well. I mean canned tuna like scent. Like I said I had others agree with me on this one. After this there was a barnyard funk that went along with the style of the beer. Alcohol was light in the nose in the ending. Oddly enough this beer didn't have a horrible smell it was just well...disinteresting to me.

T- This beer starts off with a nice vinegar like sourness to it. Good start I think...haha. Next comes that damn tuna fish flavor. Like I said it tasted to me just like a fresh opened can of tuna. It wasn't horrible to be honest but not what I was looking for in what I thought was a soured beer..haha. Ending shows off some horseblanket barnyard funk. Alcohol comes in the very ending with a hint of vinegar as well. The flavor profile was pretty much dead on to what I was smelling...it wasn't too terrible but not what I was looking for in my flavor profile.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style I thought. Barnyard funk and tuna fish are left on the palate. Aftertaste showed a little tuna fish, alcohol, barnyard funk and hints of vinegar. Flavors were not out of balance but with such funky flavors I suppose it was in balance. No real off flavors?? Tuna fish I suppose was a off flavor but I couldn't tell of any other. High alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was interesting. Not horrible but nothing that I would be seeking out again. ABV really isn't a huge part of this beer until it drys out the ending. Like I said the tuna fish flavor and scent was not only picked out by me in the group but others as well. Don't know what that was about oh well...can't win them all.

Photo of rsdaugherty
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Goblet, bottled 2/11/2011
A - A hazy amber with a slightly red hue, 1 finger head disappeared quickly to a minimal crown 3.5
S - Fruity in the front, sweet malts amongst a general sourness, raspberries & banana 4.5
T - Wow tangy sour start, cherry/berry notes, slightly medicinal, a bit of an astringent finish, definitely a red wine tannin quality to it, a bitterness throughout the whole taste I'm unable to describe without more wild ales under my belt 4.0
M - Light to moderate mouth feel but so big in taste, I enjoyed the level of carbonation 4
O - A crisp flavorful drinking beer, enjoyable even to an amateur like me, I would have another one but not in the same sitting 4

Photo of DearthVader
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours a beautiful clear, copper red, with a thick inch of tan head that is leaving behind gobs of lacing. Bubbles are very easily seen racing up the edges of the glass to keep the head lasting. The head does last the entire time as well. By far the most impressive looking sour ale I've seen. Excited for this one.

Smell is exactly like a glass of fine red wine. Very strong oak aromas with huge bursts of dark fruits coming through. There's actually not much acidity in the nose. Just a nice little tingle at the end of a huge breath in.

Taste is extremely oaky. It kind of works though. It covers up a lot of the complexity that I was getting in the nose, but it was still a great base flavor to have.

Good mouth feel with the nice dry finish you'd expect in a glass of cabernet. Medium to full bodied with slightly high carbonation, but it made this 10.3% extremely easy to drink. Quite a refreshing beer for such a high ABV.

I've been craving a good wild ale for a good week or two now, and I'm really glad I chose this one to get my fix. I have a few more bottles of this and I'm really curious to see what some time will do to this beer. Highly recommend giving this one a shot.

Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brewvial 2011.

Pours a lovely amber with a creamy off-white head. Very funky and sour, with aromas and flavors of tart lemon juice, cherries, and apples, with an intense tannin finish like a big red wine. Slightly syrupy and oily with fairly crisp carbonation. Moderately drinkable, but definitely a sipper.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a very nice and hazy amber color right of the top. A good three finger high head of white colored foam then reached up and sat on top for a good few minutes before finally settling down

nice and sour. Lots of nice yeast likes smells coming off of here. A nice grain base was evident as was some fresh grass and a touch of light fruit. Nice sour cherry like smell coming off of it now. Nothing too heavy with the overall profile staying nice and light. This was very nice indeed, with just the right amount of tartness balanced against a good little bit of sweetness. apples and pears, with a touch of some light peach and fig notes. A good bit of spices. Nice sour and tart fruit notes in the back now, really starting to dominate the closer it gets to the finish. Very nice long finish with a nice sour bite that helped walk you through the finish, but never got too out of hand or too harsh, with the flavor staying light right up until the end.

Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous dark ruby color with nice medium size bubbles. Looks like the wine literally mixed with a golden ale to get this color. Gorgeous.

Smell is funky as all hell. Almost goes overboard to the canned tuna whiff that ruins some wild and sours beers especially geuzes.

The taste is effervescent and robust. The wine taste of the cab is there but in the back ground. Refreshing and hides the ABV well.

Photo of claspada
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a small quick-to-recede white head that leaves some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with lactic tartness and perhaps just a touch of vinegar. A little bit of a sour cherry aroma and some nice red wine and oak aromas. As it warms it gets a little funky, almost cheesy with increasing vinious characteristics.

The tastes begin with a great deal of vinious grape and a solid oak quality, including a fairly strong tannic and vinegar presence. As it warms there is a mild funky fruity mix of cherries and grapes, perhaps a little bit of red berry, as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is quite sour and tannic and makes the finish a bit astringent.

Overall I have had a few of these Avery sours and this we probably my least favorite to date. The vinous and oak flavor profile was a bit over the top and aggressive which says a lot considering how much I love red wine and wild ales.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes last week of a 12 oz bottle bottled 02/11/11.
A: Slightly cloudy burnt orange/red, cream collar and film and lacing.
S: Oaky cabernet, musty, cranberry, caramel... OK.
T: Slightly over-acidic, but otherwise balanced. Lemon finish, dark candi sugar, grape juice, and a sticky sweetness that stays on your teeth.
M: Thin and bubbly like champagne, it is crisp and sticky.
O: Nothin mind-blowing, but good nonetheless. I probably won't get another bottle, but I might try it on tap if the occasion arises.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour yields a light reddish beer with a small white head and a bit of light lacing. The nose brings forward a bit of wine character plus some raspberries. A bit of oak and mild acid. The flavor brings forward a good amount of red wine, oak, and lactic acid. A bit of berry and slight dark fruits. Body is light to medium with good acidity and some mild tannins. Pretty nice, though not my favorite in the series.

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Choice City Butcher for stocking up on this-- Allowed me to try a 12oz bottle, months after Avery's release event. I poured into a tulip glass.

A -- Pours a gorgeous cloudy auburn color with a swirl of solid carbonation. Nice fizzy beige head of about one-half inch.

S-- Sourness, grape, blackberry, blueberry, Cab Sav. Slight oakiness.

T-- Wow. Bitter, tangy melon flavors. Hint of cantaloupe on the finish. The heavy alcohol is part of the experience. Not for the timid. You've got to love beer and red wine.

M-- Medium bodied and somewhat creamy. Well carbonated from the get-go and the carbonation is pretty relentless. Nice quick finish leaves you feeling puckered and wanting more-- but not too much more.

O-- I estimate this bottle had been aging for four months or so. That must have helped. I bet I would like this beer anyway, but it seems to be aging very well. Excellent. I tend to like Avery's experimental stuff, and this is another feather in their cap.

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Red amber color beer with a good sized white head that had some decent retention. Faded to an uneven cap with some pretty solid lacing on the sides.

S - Vinous qualities are fairly pleasant. Lot of berry flavor here with strawberries, raspberries, and some general other berry stuff going on. I get some sort of sweeter, more melon-like flavors on the nose as well.

T - Oak from the barrel, as well as wine qualities. There is a good amount of berry flavor with some lactic sourness on the end. Not bad, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden considering the ABV.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, tannic on the end.

O - Pretty good beer, not great as far as a wild goes, but quite good and enjoyable to drink.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 12/8/12

Bottled: Feb 11 2011

Rustic appearance; tobacco and copper hues. One and a half finger head drops to about 1/4th of an inch. Foam clumps at the collar and trails up to lace on the glass. Good lace.

Smells woody and funky; moderate acidity. Vinous and floral tones drift atop sweet grains and mild prairie grass notes. I really like the barrel on this one; it's clean, not musty.

Wow, the taste is a lot funkier and mustier than the aroma. Moderate amounts of sourness tempered by a spot of sugar to cut the puckering aspects. The sugars are compounded with warmth, loaded with grapes and dark fruits.

Medium body with something of a creamy feel despite gritty underpinnings and moderate carbonation. As it warms it starts to get slick with sugars and some alcohol.

While there are some decent aspects, I don't much care for this one overall. Very disheveled.

Photo of stabzmcgee
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is of cherries and raspberries. Some hints of Cabernet sauv from the barreling. Appearance is beautiful glowing golden amber that is somewhat translucent. Head is a tan white that laces the rim of the glass. Taste is somewhat tart and slightly vinegary sweet cherry/ Rasperry, The cab sauv taste just peeks it’s head in to say hello and then is gone just as quick. Palate is fizzy, sour and has a long delightful finish that holds the taste of wine and berries. Overall one of the best sours I have had. At 10% alc this is also one of the stronger sours I have had.

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Oakquinox

A: The beer pours amber in color with a medium sized khaki head.

S: Starts off with a nice lactic tartness and perhaps just a touch of vinegar. A little bit of a sour cherry aroma and some nice wine and oak aromas. In fact, there's quite a heavy cabernet note to this beer.

T: Lots and lots of wine flavor with a solid oak quality, including some mild tannins. A mild fruitiness which consists primarily of cherries and grapes, perhaps a little bit of red berries, too.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: Good beer from Avery. Pleasant to drink and surprisingly easy to do so, despite a rather high ABV.

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Dihos Dactylion from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.