Dihos Dactylion - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 137
rAvg: 4
pDev: 6.5%
Wants: 80
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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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: 65 | Hads: 137
Photo of AAxsom
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Meddlesome Moth in Dallas. Was able to have a bottle a few days after their Avery Experience Dinner. Split with a friend and chose this over the Depeuceluce due to the fact that this had Cabernet undertones. We were not disappointed.

Aroma is very strong Cab. Basically it smells just like a red wine. Taste begins the same, but the sour notes, fruit (cherry) and the carbonation take over.

Overall, this is an excellent beer from start to finish. I highly recommend this! (486 characters)

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb. 2011.

A: Warm medium amber maple sizzurp. No head to mouth of.

S: Holy tits. So aromatic with deep funky fruity sourness. I love cab barrels. This one almost hints a tiny bourbon aroma.

T: I repeat, I love cab barrels. Richer and bolder than the nose. I can't quite give it a 5, although it's at least in the upper quartile of the sours I've had.

M: Moderate thickness. Relatively neutral one the wrecking, only very modestly drying, although I split this 12oz. Carbonation is appropriately low. Oh and btw, 11%!?!?!? -> upgrade 0.5

O: Used to celebrate. Didn't disappoint. Will definitely pursue again, 12oz wasn't enough. (639 characters)

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.6/5  rDev +15%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't able to make it up to Avery for the release, so thanks to Ratman for sharing a bottle with us the other day. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice white head. Good tart/funky aromas, red grapes, wood, raisins and brett. On the palate, this one is light to medium bodied, with a nice tartness, wood, grapes, bordeux and brett. Excellent. (351 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, orangish red color with small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is nice and sour with noticeable brett and sweet, red fruits. Taste is initially oaky, followed by some tart cherries. Then I get some crazy buttery flavors that make this beer stand out from any other sour I've ever had. These butter flavors seem to work for this beer. It gets more sour as the flavors mesh with your palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. Nice and mouth puckering. Drinkability is high (as long as the ABV doesn't catch up to you). Overall, this beer tasted amazing to me, and I had no idea whatsoever this beer was even half the ABV it actually is. So drinkers beware! (678 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of FoxiBoxi
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know when you pop this that you have something special. Darker than I expected; almost like a burnt sugar color. Even a careful pour left our beer a little cloudy, but we didn't mind.

The nose is definitely something that starts the excitement in you if you are a fan of all things sour. You can feel it in your palate from a few inches away, but there is also a boozey quality in the nose.

The Cab barrels bring out a very earthy and slightly fruity quality in the beer. The alcohol hits you on the way out, just a sharp little note on the finish. You get an almost "terroir" flavor from the beer, because the wine comes out a lot (we had it pretty fresh). Good stuff (675 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a big creamy beige head that shows some lacing. The legs from the alcohol are actually noticeable, showing the higher ABV.

Aroma is heavy on the cab barrel, very vinous with red grapes alongside an earthy wood character. There is some funk coming out but maybe more lacto than brett overall in the nose. I have to say, it smells wonderful.

The taste has more funk than the nose with an initial kick that shows the brett earthiness. The backbone is sugary red grapes, blackberries and spicy yeast. The finish is all about the wine barrels - dry with lots of oaky tannins.

Mouthfeel is lively with strong carbonation and dry and almost spritzy in the finish.

This is a very good sour and definitely showing the alcohol. But, still, it's one of the better Avery barrel beers I've had. Really enjoyed this one. (857 characters)

Photo of Doodler
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had tonight at Avery's. Pours cherry colored brown with a thin, tan head. Crazy nice nose of dark fruit and apricots. Mmmm...love sticking my nose in this one. Balanced flavors of barrel wood, sweet cherries. sour funk, straw and citrus. Finishes mildly dry. A very nice wild ale /sour and another winner from Adam and the crew. (328 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of Brew33
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up recently not thinking much would come of it, I was wrong.

This beer is fantastic. The apperance is good, reddish, amber in color with a very thin head.

The aroma is very promising. Huge Bretty nose. Stinky cheese, lactic tartness and big dose of fruit. The Cab barrel is very evident. A ton of oak in the nose.

The flavor is flat out excellent. TONS of Brett complexity. Stinky cheese, hay, grass, earthy flavors all over. Then a rush of sour followed by a mild sweetness and a very dry finish. Wow, I'm actually stunned at how good this beer is. The Brett plays lead no doubt. No trace of the abv. The mouthfeel is good, not great. Would like a little more carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed the hell out of this beer and plan on buying it up if I can find more. On par with some of the best AWAs available in the US. (840 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Caramel, almost clear. Not much near white head... Lots of spots for lace.

S - Ouch. Atringent. Harsh. Good.

T -Sour, nice, tart, appley, fun.

M - Errs to the sour, but that is the deal.... Yum.

D - Hard to drink all day, but like the chance to drink at all. (266 characters)

Photo of b3shine
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip. Liiks good; like a barrel-aged ale. Smells and tastes excellent. The sour and the cab-barreled wood complement each other nicely. Mouthfeel is good - warm though. Overall, a good beer. It borders on excellent, but not at $9/12 oz. bottle. (255 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of kmatlack
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new belgium snifter from a 12 oz bottle. Bottled FEB 11 2011.

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange with some slight red notes. Creamy off white head swirling around in the glass. Small amounts of lacing on the glass. Looks to be glowing a red color when held to the light.

S- Super funky, nose hair curling, acidic vinegar. Amazing. Past the sourness is an amazing plethora of red wine, green apples, sour cherries, oak, berries, lemon, sweet grapes, more oak. Smells amazing.

T- Not as tart as the nose suggests, but sour as shit nonetheless. Onslaught of tart cabernet, cherries, green apple peels, buttery oak, a little bitterness, and a lingering tartness. A little bit of warming alcohol in the stomach. Hides the 10+% abv well.

M- Mouth puckering dry, thin, good carbonation.

O- Another amazing sour from Avery. (840 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Lots of big thick and rich foam grows when shaken... Brew is crystal clear amber with orange and yellow hues. Medium consistency. Some spotty lacing, head and brew mix like blood ;)

S - This one will pierce through your senses. Very Cabernet, lots of big grape. Cranberry stands out too. Lovely lemon and lime. Almost smells like it was in both Chardonnay and Cabernet barrels. Very high heat.

T - Big and RICH. Lots of aggressive peach and grape. Also some light red delicious apple, with a kick from Johnathan. Delightful-slight sour punch, but not like a Warhead. Cherry gently overcomes you when you're not paying attention too.

M - Awesome! Great carbonation! No heat burn. Dry and Rich.

O - Wonderful brew! Super glad I have more of these coming my way ;) Hopefully I hold enough self-restraint to keep away; I look forward to see how they continue to change. Very dry and perfect just like a wine barrel-aged brew should be! Nice work Avery. (957 characters)

Photo of drumrboy22
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an Avery tulip.  Beer was a hazy amber color with a one-finger, off-white head.  Soft carbonation with some lacing around the glass.

Aroma was sour lemons, grapes, raspberries and some funky brett notes.  Very nice.
Taste was sour cherries, grapes, vanilla, grains and oak.  Not as complex as the aroma, but still quite delish. 
Another delicious treat from Avery's barrel aged series. The last couple of releases have been fantastic!  (475 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (1,067 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,304 characters)

Photo of CuttDeez
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at SAVOR on tap into the SAVOR glass

A - A bricky reddish body with an offwhite head that yeilds decent lace.

S - Great yeasty character on the nose. There is some nice fruit notes in the nose as well - A little bit of cherry. I also pick up some oaky tones on the back end.

T & M & D - A good berry and cherry flavor in the beer. There is a great wine character to the beer as well with good oak notes and some great yeasty tones. The beer is very crisp with the perfect level of acidity. The mouthfeel is great as the beer is medium to light bodied with great carbination (all aspects that play off the crisp nature of the beer.)

O - I sat at this table at SAVOR and talked to the guy pouring and stayed there for a while - Why - Because I had 3 glasses of the stuff - So good! Get your hands on some.

-Cheers (823 characters)

Photo of holden303
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a tulip dihos pours a dark copper with a red hue quite a bit of head that dissipates pretty quick leaving nice lacing.

S: funk! smells of tartness, brett, cherry and a bit medicinal.

T: quite a bit of cherry on this one, first taste very tart with a long finish.

M this one has quite a bit of carbonation, nice amount of bubbles coming up throughout the entirety, finishes pretty dry.

O: overall this is a great beer for sour fans and even if you don't like sours you should be able to enjoy this beer thoroughly. the 10.74% is masked very well. (566 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,004 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance 2013 at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a sour fruity flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice sour flavors that make it easy to drink. (588 characters)

Photo of RWNewhouse
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a khaki, fizzy loose head that dissipates quickly. Noses of tart cherries. Starts very sour, lingers with fruity middle (cherry, raspberry?), finishes tart and dry. Carbonation maintains throughout. Crisp mouthfeel. Pungent and strong. One of the better sour ales I've tried. (297 characters)

Photo of Schmittymack
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into that trusty shaker glass--again. Poured a amber/brown color with no head to speak of. Tartness and funk on the nose; taste was great: sour cherries, malt, and wood with a little funk thrown in. Avery has done some nice things with their BA releases; looking forward to their next one. (315 characters)

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Dihos Dactylion from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.