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Dihos Dactylion - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 83
Gots: 65 | 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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Zbeetleman

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

05-15-2013 05:23:49 | More by Zbeetleman
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-16-2011 04:25:54 | More by HopStoopid120
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alleykatking

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 05:21:14 | More by alleykatking
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -32%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 21:50:17 | More by Ryan011235
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david131

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-20-2013 05:33:00 | More by david131
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portia99

Massachusetts

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

12oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a bit murky and with lots of carbonation rising throughout the glass. Has a pinkish red tinted amber color and is capped by a finger of off-white foam that fizzes a bit quickly but then leaves a thick collar and a low layer on the surface for most of the remainder of the glass, as well as leaving behind some spiderwebby lacing too.

S - Interesting aroma. I get cantaloupe, over-ripe strawberries, red wine and lots of horsey funk. Mildly tart on the nose - lactic especially. Some interesting aromas here.

T - Somewhat sweet and fruity up front, still getting some strawberry but no cantaloupe in the flavor, but add in some cherry. Lactic sourness is on the low side, really just enough to make this pretty refreshing but not intense enough to be puckering. Red wine flavors come through more as it warms a bit. Alcohol shows up as the beer warms too - I found it unnoticeable in the first half of the glass, but it crept up on me in the second half.

M - Crisply and refreshingly tart, filled with fruity and winey flavors and somewhat light in body. Carbonation is ample and lively complementing the beer well. Sweet up front but dries out a bit on the finish.

O - Overall, a good effort. I find this very enjoyable. I wouldn't put it in the top tier of American Wilds...too many outstanding ones out there. I'd certainly have this again, although the $11 price tag for a 12oz bottle is a bit of a detractor for future purchases...rather go with a Girardin 1882 for a couple bucks less.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 22:04:45 | More by portia99
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GilGarp

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 00:36:20 | More by GilGarp
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CoolEthan

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

09-15-2013 00:19:21 | More by CoolEthan
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WeisGuy

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-31-2012 20:31:34 | More by WeisGuy
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SpeedwayJim

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:47:29 | More by SpeedwayJim
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CelticAleMan

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-16-2012 17:51:25 | More by CelticAleMan
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tbeq00

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-11-2013 03:09:46 | More by tbeq00
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a slightly hazy copper color with a tan 1/4 inch head that quickly forms a nice collar around the glass. Some lace. Sour fruit like notes in the nose along with some brett like florals. Some alcohol notes as well. The cab barrel is tough to really pick out but the grape notes are there. Medium/light mouthfeel with carbonation. Grape/raisin flavor up front pretty immediatly. Sweet start transitions to mild sourness and brett funk with a lingering bitter oaky note. Ends fairly dry. Some sherry type flavors. The booze warms the throat at the end. For being a "young" sour its not too bad, it's a little sweet upfront and I have a feeling the sour/funk notes will continue to develop over time.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 23:43:08 | More by kbutler1
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Spider889

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

11-14-2011 12:26:18 | More by Spider889
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Graciously provided by Boatshoes. I've always been interested in trying all of the Avery Barrel-aged series so I'm lucky to have connections with Fletcher out there. Poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed tulip.

This bottle says 10.74%ABV Bottled on Feb 11, 2011
Appearance
Its a completely hazed ruddy ruby red. The foam rises up tall and will stand up out of the glass before fading to some trails of lace.

Aroma
The aroma here is very soft and quite surprising. It lacks a big acidic and sour wallop that I was expecting from a beer of nearly 11%abv that contains Brett, Lacto and Pedio. The Cabernet Sauvignon barrels are what is doing all the leg work. Its essentially like a berries and creme aroma, its very nice. Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries create a sweet berry blend. Vanilla notes of angel's food cake and whipped cream are dolloped on top. Some alcohol is buried beneath, it takes some swirling to uncover it's sharp astringency and wine essence. Boy, this is inviting to say the least. I just wish things were pumped up, where's the volume knob on this stuff?

Taste
Well, this beer certainly isn't stuck on mute. The taste is evidence of this. This is a big sour. The actual sourness is very softened, but the aroma had me prepared for that. Rhubarb flavors bring the tartness that really bites on to the sides of the palate. This modest sourness is, at least, held even throughout the whole flavor experience. There is lots of sweet cherry and raspberry present. A silky vanilla note is woven throughout. The finish is nearly citrusy with perceivable orange zest.

Mouthfeel
Very dry and highly acidic. The body is quite near full and the alcohol is very potent. This is a very warming beer, especially for a sour. The effects of the near 11% abv are easily felt all the way down the chest.

Overall
Pretty good stuff, it starts off in a really nice, interesting direction but I'm not sure if it reaches fruition.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 21:32:12 | More by MbpBugeye
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ms11781

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

06-23-2012 03:14:43 | More by ms11781
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-29-2011 01:19:45 | More by DeutschesBier
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-10-2013 16:49:46 | More by savagepm
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-30-2013 03:17:55 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-16-2011 03:23:00 | More by JMBSH
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bauermj

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-15-2011 14:33:21 | More by bauermj
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DovaliHops

California

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 07:50:19 | More by DovaliHops
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the first sour beers which was better than expected. Got this beer in a trade with Listenatjoes when we met in Brussels.

Poured in my La Trappe small tasting glass this beer looks like a typical sour beer. A nice amber colour and the fresh sour smell in the glass.

This is not (and will not be) my favourite style but this is a good sour ale to try this style.

Thanks Joe!!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 21:32:08 | More by Brabander
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claytong

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-27-2012 03:35:41 | More by claytong
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

10-01-2012 16:41:11 | More by hiphopj5
Dihos Dactylion from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.