Dihos Dactylion - Avery Brewing Company

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 81
Gots: 64 | FT: 2
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 02-15-2011)
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Reviews by kscaldef:
Photo of kscaldef
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a 1 finger off-white head. A clear reddish-amber. Aroma is primarily cherries and wine barrel. Initial taste impression is cherries, some spice, and vinegar; quite tart and prickly from carbonation. As it warms, the carbonation mellows and some wood and pomegranate appear. The alcohol is very well hidden. Overall, quite a nice sour, if not exceptionally complex. Worth the trade (thanks, doobliebop).

More User Reviews:
Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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 ricoch3t
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
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
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
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 kkrez
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of alleykatking
2.45/5  rDev -40.5%
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 buffs9
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jsilva
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of rsdaugherty
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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 jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Dihos Dactylion from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.