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Immitis - Avery Brewing Company

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90
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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 49
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.54% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 09-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 39
Photo of jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear cola brown color with small off white soapy bubbles. The aroma has sour brown character with red wine, tannins, cherry, musty grapes, and wood. The flavor has a nice tart character, cherry, vinous, wood, with some sweetness as well. Solid.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for Best Damn Night Of The Barrels held at The Beer Company in San Diego, CA.

Bottled 8/17/11.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with a super sour fruity wine 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 good beer that is tasty and quite sour.

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent sour, I sort of enjoyed this one. Beer is amber / brown with a white head, low retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is oaky, sour, cherry, red wine. Lactic mostly.

Beer is fruity with a tannic finish, nice oak, decent amount of fruit left in here. An interesting beer.

Photo of RuckusDu
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Head is quick to disappear. Dark beige/tan in color. Body is a deep root beer/brown color. No lacing since foam disappeared so quick.

S - A lot of red wine and sweet. Some earthy raspberries and lemon. Not very aromatic. Green apple.

T - So much earth and funk and not enough sour. Classic horseblanket, but way too much of it. The funk hits you in the back of your mouth. Little bing cherry flavor. Some alcohol.

M - Puckering and a little drying. Nice carbonation and a pretty good body.

O - A little heavy on the funk side and not enough sweet. Sour is a little lacking too. A nice little beer, but not spectacular.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with an off-white head. A touch of vinegar on the nose along with lots of black cherry, red wine, and oak. Just a little bit of grassy and earthy funk. Pretty solid Flanders Red sort of aroma. The flavor is nicely tart with some balsamic vinegar notes along with a strong fruity quality. Nice cherry, grape, and raisin with red wine flavor, tannic oak, and a mild grass.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My man Kiddwhiz hooked this up, thanks man! Poured from bottle to Duvel tulip. Bottle dated 8/17/2011. The beer pours a deep rich black color with clack edges, only towards the end of the glass did I see a deep mahogany hue when the beer was thin, otherwise very dark. A nice 2 finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is prevalent the second you crack the bottle and builds with intensity as the beer warms. Tart and sour upfront with hints of fruit: apples and a hint of cherry, a distinct oaky zinfandel tone that works well with the fruit. A hint of funk on the back end as well. Smells great. The flavor starts very much the same with an immediate sour tartness on the tongue. The apple and cherry fruit flavors are more pronounced and work well with the sourness. The oak zinfandel is less prevalent but provides a gentle tone that lasts throughout the beer. Finishes dry and sour with a lingering sour apple flavor. A thin caramel malt flavor and mild bitterness accompanies the more dominant theme of the beer. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this beer was a treat and a half. I wish I could find more to enjoy, extremely recommended.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled 8.17.11,

A: Pours a deep red mahogany with a fizzy off-white head. Poor to fair retention. Good colour.

S: Red currants, blackberries, notes of acetic acid, balsamic vinegar.

T: Full notes of black and red currant, the Zin barrel is clearly there. Some vinegar, a lot like a Flanders Red in some ways.

M: Medium-high acidity, not cruel as the bottle states. Lightly tannic with some wood notes. Medium/full-bodied.

O: A very good sour beer from Avery. Fans of Flanders Reds and/or Zin will enjoy this. Big wine barrel character.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of a Colorado trader of recent times. Apologies, I'm not able to look up my history at the moment but I appreciate you!

Mahogany pour with reddish highlights along the edges. Big initial head plummets to a bubbly outer ring. Spotted lacing follows suit.

Lactic and vinegar notes on the nose along with some mulling spices. Light cherry and oak. Zinfandel is understated.

Cherry, spice, and funk on the front end. Transitions to big vinegar and acedic notes. Sharp pucker. End is all barrel: Zinfandel and tannins. Oak is drying.

Carbonation is quite high but not overly distracting.

Overall, I like a puckering sour and I enjoy big acidity. I much prefer an abusive sourness to an understated sourness and this beer plays to this preference. Vinegar notes are appreciated, cherry works, and the wine barrel finished well. Wouldn't mind having this again.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A masterful creation, and i must say the nexus of wine and beer, and oak. Somewhat cherry, tannic but not unpleasantly so. Solid Red body with fast disappearing head. Above average mouthfeel. Ageing a year has likely helped it, and very good drinkability for the style, a function of understated carbonation.Thanks JMBH.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled November 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, creamed amber tinged head that leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a near black color that shows some bright, clear brown around the edges when held up to the light. As I pour this beer I smell the fruity red zinfandel barrel notes as well as a sort of apple like smell. Toasted oak notes meld with a toasted malt character and this is tied together by a solid tart smelling note that can suggest at cherries at times, though really smells more lactic influenced than anything. There is a hint of cheesy funkiness to this beer, that is perhaps brought out by some buttery oak notes coupled with the funky fermentation character; whatever the source, I like that this is not a totally “clean” sour beer, the touch of funk boosts the complexity of the aroma without overwhelming the other notes. The malt, is mostly present as a toasted, brown bread crust type thing, but there seems to be a hint of roast to this beer (I could be imagining it, though I will not when I taste it) and a nice chewy, raw, whole-grain medley type aroma. In the end the fermentation character plays the lead role, followed by supporting oak character that is closely followed by the chewy malt aromatics.

A prickly, light carbonation, couples with a comprehensive sourness that grips the palate from beginning, to lingeringly sour finish. The acidity is predominantly lactic in character and is quite pronounced. A touch or red wine, sort of berry, definite structure oak, and wine-grape tartness are accentuated by the lactic sourness. This beer is sour enough to make me pucker just a bit. I really like how the finish is quite dry and quite sour, yet still manages to see a tart-berry like fruitiness to it. There is a suggestion of chewiness to the front and middle of this beer that is hinted at from a touch of whole grain, toasted malt character; this is not quite as prominent as it was in the nose. There is also a touch of roasted malt character towards the finish that tells me my nose didn’t lie, it provides a burnt tartness in the finish (though this is overwhelmed by the lactic character) and a roasted / blackened grain note that plays a supporting role in this beer. A soft buttery note seems to be contributed more from the oak character than from any funkiness, though I think the latter plays a role here as well. The oak seems to contribute a texture and heft to this beer (though the malt likely contributes too) that helps keep this beer almost chewy. There is a supporting funkiness to this beer that comes out as it warms up; it contributes notes of phenolic, sort of musty, not really medicinal, slightly mushroom-like, with perhaps just a touch of muskiness and odorous funk.

Definitely a quite enjoyable beer and experience. I never know quite what to expect when I open one of these Avery Barrel Aged-Series beers, but this is certainly one that is quite nice. I really like how the Zinfandel Barrel character comes through in this beer, and the ample sourness from the bright lactic character plays really well with the other notes in this beer too. This was even more than I was expecting

Photo of FosterJM
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1084th Review on BA
Bottle to stemmed tulip
12 oz

2011 bottle- 8/2011

Thanks to Poonamibaxter for this one.

Shared with GuruDel

App- A really interesting mix of crimson, red, purples and browns. Very small head and that was it gone. Looks like the red wine of the barrels it was aged in.

Smell- Quite aromatic and takes on a very interesting note of a small brown ale/small BSDA with some spice character and a little bit of sour vinergar-esque notes.

Taste- Taste sort of fell off. It was a bit one sided as just a bit acedic and grapey. The spice was lost and washed out. Better than average but not by much. This lacked a certain boldness and balance of flavors.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation. A little bit more carbonation and tart to balance would have worked well.

Drink- Overall, slightly above average. It wasn't the best of the sours I had had from Avery but still quite good in the end.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bottled Aug 17th, 2011.

2.5 A: Very dark brown, nearly black color. Just about a half finger of fizzy head that fell quickly and left just traces of lacing.

4.0 S: I wondered if this was aged in white or red zinfindel barrels, but one whiff quickly answered that (red). Big vinous grape component with a strong acetic acidity. Earthy and animal funk with a rotting log undertone. Oaky with lots of cherry fruitiness and toasty malts.

4.0 T: Interesting mix of acetic and lactic acid. The acetic hits you hard and quick at the start. Then the tangy lactic sets in, giving peachy and cherry fruitiness. Vinous grape again. Oaky with a mild vanilla component and surprsingly little tannins. Earthy and fruity funk.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Very smooth despite the acidity.

4.0 D: I definitely enjoyed this. Lots of good flavors with a nice balance of acidity and funk.

Photo of corby112
2.33/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger beige head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

funky, acetic aroma with a strong barrel presence, some dark malt and an off-putting nail polish remover character. As it warms the acetic notes are countered by toasted oak, roasted malt and vinous fruit.

Medium bodied with a harsh acetic acid presence that overpowers things at first. Tart and puckering with a slightly overwhelming vinegar flavor that lingers well after the finish. As it warms the dark malt and wine barrel character start to develop. Hints of toasted oak and vinous fruit with some grape and other dark berries. That being said, the acetic quality is just too strong making this beer tough to drink.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This smells strongly of red wine... Huge vinous grapey notes. There's a big dose of malt in here-- even getting a light chocolate note. The oak is entirely overpowered by the zin.

The beer is a dark reddish brownish purple color... Small head belies the fact that this *feels* overcarbonated.

Overall-- this is interesting, but not the best, even of the Avery sours.

Photo of muskabeatz
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Alewatcher, thanks Jeff!

A- I think Jeff said it best, this pours exactly like cola, a dirty brown, with an off white head.

S- smells initially of sweet malt and candi sugar. A bit of alcohol is present in the nose, and eventually a swell of red grapes.

T- Sharply sour up front, which quickly couples with subtle malt sweetness, eventually giving way to the finish which is all grapes. Very interesting and unorthodox.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is slightly tart and dry, similar to how a red wine would be, especially if that wine were a sour beer.

O- Very interesting beer. Not really like anything else I've had recently. Pretty good, but didn't set my world on fire though.

Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was shared by Alewatcher, thanks Jeff!

This beer pours a medium bodied cola brown in color with a slight cream colored head. The nose is very malty and sweet. I get a lot of red fruit, grape skins, and chocolatey and caramel malts. Very strange and unique nose. The flavors are interesting to say the least. It is sweet and has plenty of grape juice characteristics, but not really Zinfandel. The initial flavor profile is dark malts and grape juice. It then takes a crazy turn to dry and tart, a really strange type sour. It finishes really dry and leaves a grape jolly rancher type grape sweetness behind. It's not exactly my cup of tea. It drinks light to medium in body with good carbonation. It's an interesting beer and a unique sour.

Photo of litheum94
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/17/11. Enjoyed 1/7/12.

Dark brown body with some ruby tones on the edges. Only vespers of a head.

Strong zinfandel aromas, vinous and fruity, with strong acetic tones. Tart cherries and oak. I swear when I took my first sniff, I got some chocolate.

Subtle on the palate at first, with flavors of oak and thin malts. Slowly builds into a red wine, tannic bite, with sour cherry tartness. Drinks like a bottle of wine that's been open for two weeks, but I a good way. Tons of acetic acid on the finish, with balsamic vinegar flavors. Dry and kind of low on carbonation.

Very nice sour, tart and complex. The zin barrels really shine through, which is great since I love zin. Complex and rewarding.

Photo of illidurit
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of scray24, shared at the December iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours dark brown with a tiny tan head. Solid sourness coupled with a really nice roast/cocoa character. Usually the sour + roasty thing doesn’t appeal to me but this is really really good. Very sour flavor with cocoa, full round red wine, and even some salted peanuts. Don’t ask me. It works.

Photo of Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with almost no head.
S: It smelled like red wine and oak and sour yeast, with some vinegar and dark chocolate and pepper.
T: It tasted super sour and tart, with oak and vinegar and some red wine and citrus and dark chocolate, and a bit of pepper and blue cheese. It had a clean and lasting sour aftertaste.
M: It was thin and very bubbly, like champagne.
D: This was a great sour with tons of zinfandel character. It had a refined tart scent and taste with fitting body. The alcohol was pretty well hidden too, but this must be sipped to enjoy and contemplate. Could probably age a long time. Recommended.

Photo of Khazadum
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, burgundy, low carb. Simple body.

Burnt grain, grapes, tart cherry. Acetone at back end, volatile.

So much better in tastes. Very puckering. Acidic, acetic. Grapes, strong lactic, some harsh tannins.

Lips biting, cheek puckering. Great lingering sticky flavor.

Photo of rsdaugherty
2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – 1 finger fizzy tan head disappeared quickly to a glass ring, no lacing. Beer is a hazy & deep burgundy-brown 4
S – An acidic red wine nose dominates with sour/tart cherries, a grape/apple sweetness 3.5
T – Very tart cherries, citric acid, in a tannic red wine base with vinegar notes and a very slight sweetness. Notes of the barrel definitely present 2.5
M – Moderate body, mild carbonation, a finish I’ll call dry but with so much acidity it is what it is, thinner 2.5
O – Bummed, perhaps a bit too much of a sour for me, I really enjoyed Dihos Dactylion and was hoping for an equal. As I look up the definition of Immitis - cruel| rough| harsh| sour; rude| rough – all of them apply here 2.5

Photo of auroracrisis
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a Duvel tulip.

Dark mahogany with crimson highlights, and a beige head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the edges.

Opens with fruity vinous notes similar to red currants and pear. Some tannin and a touch of grape with an acidic quality to it.

On the tongue, we again have those nice fruity red currants with a very sharp, acidic bite. Pears and grapes move in and smooth things out, with a touch of oak and a hint at vanilla.

Medium bodied with low carbonation, some drying and a bit sticky.

Good wine like fruityness with some barrel presence and a biting sour. If you like the Avery sours, this one is worth a try too.

Photo of russwbeck
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very interesting pour. Deep brown with hints of ruby on the edges. An extremely creamy khaki colored head rises up and lasts forever. Just a ton of lacing down the side of the glass. The head is very stubborn, it won't go away!

S: Very tart, a ton of dark fruits and cherries/raspberries. Some booze is coming through as well as a nice maltiness.

T: Wow the taste is all about the booze and the tartness. A lot of dark fruits create the base for this, and is complimented by a slight funkiness, and some notes from the barrel. Not getting a lot of, but surely some, Zinfandel.

MF: Medium to heavy body for an American Wild Ale, carbonated very well, and the notes of alcohol are not overbearing.

O: I very much enjoy the taste, so I think it's pretty darn drinkable. Love the mix of tartness, booze, and dark fruits. Becoming a huge fan of the Avery sour series.

Photo of kmatlack
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, first off has anyone noticed all the awesome sours in the background of this beers picture? Holy shit.

12 oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottled Aug 17 2011.

A- Pours a dark brown color with slight ruby hues around the edges. Creamy khaki color head just barely covers the top of the beer. Very fine bubbles, its a nice change of pace from sours that dont have much of a head.

S- A ruthless blast of funk on the nose. Sweet green apples, tart fruits, the oak starts to shine through, grapes, wine, acidic lemon. God this smells great, im hoping the taste follows the nose here, my mouth is watering.

T- Delicious, mouth puckering sourness. Green apples and white wine, followed by relatively strong oak notes that creates kindof a clashing buttery flavor on the back end but its just barely noticeable. A little sweetness on the palate, acidic lemons, more wine, Brett funkiness, lingering oak. Amazing.

M- Mouthfeel is thin, carbonation is good, not as dry as i would like it, but im not very concerned about it.

O- This was an amazing beer. I get so stoked on sours that i tend to give high ratings, but this one is definitely deserving of the badge of honor im giving it. Drink this one slowly folks, it sneaks up on you. Bravo Avery, bravo.

Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC on 10/25/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a dark reddish brown color. There is a small layer of foam resting on top. The foam slowly falls, leaving behind some lace on the glass. The nose is very sour and boozy. It is funky and acidic. There is also some hop aroma, along with a bit of dark fruit and wine. The taste pretty much follows the nose. It is mouth puckering sour, and there is some tart wine and woody flavors. I am also getting quite a bit of acidity, mostly on the back end. The finish leaves lingering sour acidic, and wine flavors on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down pretty easy and has a big mouth puckering sourness to it. It is also tart, acidic, and dryness to it. This has good drinkability. I wouldn't mind a few glasses of it over an evening. Overall, I think it is a nice sour beer, and I would drink it again. I definitely think it is worth a try if you come across it.

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Immitis from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.