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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
Reviews by rye726:
Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is the second beer in the series that I found the be adequately sour for a sour beer. The others, aside from Meterix, were quite boring and lacked any sort of substantial sourness. Nice depth and complexity. Well balanced, clean crisp body. Drinks well. Looks like Avery is starting to head in the right direction with these beers. And considering beers like voltron and platypus, it has taken way too long.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Golden Road Brewing Grand Opening Party
Golden Road Brewing
Los Angeles, CA

Dark brown with glowing auburn and ruby edges and a thin khaki colored head; this leaves the glass nearly clean, with just a few splotches of lace down the glass.

Stinging sourness, a bit of wood, and a strong vanilla component are the major makings of this beer's aroma, and it's my favorite aspect of this beer. There's also a bit of comforting barnyard/hay aroma which I think is a nice complement.

This is a delicious, and unique, sour red. There's a strong, biting sourness throughout, earthy and bittersweet vanilla, cherries, a bit of oak flavor, and a hint of tangy yeast.

Thin to medium mouthfeel, though a bit oily.

I really enjoyed this beer a lot--an interesting take on the Flanders red style.

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 SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to BeermmanuelLewis for this beer. Cheers! Split with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours a quite dark, chocolate color into a tulip. Slight head is achieved with a vigorous pour, and the head dissipates almost instantly.

Smell – Barnyard funk, must, sour/tart cherries and granny smith apples. Tannin, oak, and alcohol.

Taste – Similar to the aroma. The first sip makes my mouth pucker a ton. Heavy tannin, cherries, oak, red wine vinegar, alcohol and acidic qualities. My throat gets quite a bit of warming.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation, slightly creamy, finishes dry and burning.

Overall – Wow. A very intense sour. Nothing like Meretrix. Heavy acidity and burning is not the most favorable experiences, but the sour was interesting nonetheless. Have one more I will sit on for a few years to see what happens.

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 oline73
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark mahogany color with just a hint of off white head that disappears completely.

Smell: Extremely tart and somewhat funky. I'm picking up a lot of wine and some dark fruit.

Taste: Really tart. The wine barrels have added some really nice tart wine and wood to the flavor. The tart, vinegary sourness mixes with some acidity and it is quite intense on the tongue. I'm enjoying this.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer a lot. I is intense, but I'm liking the sourness. I probably won't have another, but I would given the chance.

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 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 AgentZero
2.48/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Kind of an ugly brown beer with a tan head. Head faded to a bit of a ring with some minor stick on the sides.

S - A lot of balsamic vinegar here. I guess they were going for vinous but the wine seems to have turned. A lot of caramel malts, some funk.

T - Some caramel malts. Unfortunately it's massively heavy on vinegar and horribly astringent. Pretty bad stuff.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, a bit harsh on the end.

O - Not a good beer. I'm not sure I would have picked this out as an American Wild given how malt forward it is. Really just a bad beer.

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 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 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 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 BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From an excerpt mybeerbuzz.com:

"(Immitis is a) new 9.54% ABV brew will be bottled on Aug 12 in 12oz bottles with a limited production of 198 cases. Immitis was aged in Zinfandel Barrels…”No. 9 IMMITIS – Mercilessly & cruel sour. A very dark & superb blend from 11 of our finest first use Zinfandel barrels. So yes, expect loads of barrel character to compliment the malt & acidity. Brewed with Imported specialty Belgian malted barley, malted wheat, Saccharomyces yeast, Brettanomyces yeast, Lactobacillus & Pediococcus.” For those wondering Immitis is Latin for cruel, harsh, rough, sour or rude!"

Certainly a complicated brew that goes in a lot of different directions for ultimate complexity and sharply savory character.

Immitis pours with a modestly carbonated lap into the glass. The medium-dark brown ale carries a mild haze while developing a creamy lightly tanned head that regenerates with a gentle swirl of the glass; even at the last sip. Light on lace, the acidity seems to impeed this notable character.

Sharp lactic tartness, fruity esters, and sheer acidity shapes the beer with aromas of black cherries, limes, crabapples, balsamic, red wines, and apple cider vinegar. A firm backbone of malt provides a slight toast and black peppercorn character. The aroma of corn whisky mash has an intriguing tannic, grainy, and spicy phenolic character that provides balance against the sour notes. Classy pedio-character provides a complex horsey, dusty, and must scent that reminds me of sandalwood, mossy, and degredating woods.

Cleaner and creamier in flavor, the cherries, under-rippened berries, lime, red grapes, and vinegar sourness shows a very sharp and defined pang to the tongue. Aided by that balance of toast, walnuts, pepper, and woody malt flavors, softer elements of almond and malted milk seems to soften the blow of sharp vinegar flavor. Calm hop bitterness weaves into the sour matrix and contributes an exacerbated flavor of both. Lightly salty, a flavor of brine or sea water accompanies the balsamic and red wine vinous flavor in finish.

Acidic, sharp, and astringent from the onset, the obvious pang of sourness attacks the sides of the tongue, inside of cheeks, and teeth in aggressivley low pH fashion. With a lightly malty/fatty mid palate that's aided with embedded creamy carbonation, the early texture is fruity tart, yet finishes with a fleeting adicidity, tannic, and surprisingly mild alcohol warmth.

Aggressive throughout, the balance of sour fruits, wood aging, and toast are enough to make my tongue sweat (didn't know that could happen). Yet the beer is very appealing to many who like Belgian Flanders Red Ales. A very rewarding and challenging sour option.

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

Thanks very much to Ratman for sharing a bit of this one with me yesterday. Poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head and great lacing. Aroma of sour citrus, grapes, oak, barnyard and light caramel. On the palate, this one was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of grapes, sour citrus, barnyard funk and light caramel with a crisp dry tart lingering funky vinous finish.

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 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 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 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 claytong
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - dark mahogany. pretty active but not much of a head or lacing.

smell - tart cherries, wine (coming from this is also alcohol)

taste - sour apple/pear, then comes the wine, back to some sour, then a nice tannin/oak feel at the end.

mouthfeel - dry, very refreshing and somewhat lingers with some puckering. good big body for the style and medium to low carbonation

Photo of StoneTSR
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a touch of a yeasty film on the surface of the beer shortly after the thin head receded. No lacing.

S: Absolutely sour with a comforting and warm aroma of booze. Hop aroma and citrus are very powerful in the nose, but not over the top.

T: A wave of sweet tart-like flavor assaults the palate right off the bat, followed by a very sweet, but still very tart, finish. There is a ton of fruit in this along with a HUGE malt bill, but it all works very well.

M: Pretty oily and very mouthcoating. As sticky as it is, this slides right down the hatch and bumps the feel up a notch or two. At the same time, it happens to be quite dry.

O: Unique, even amongst Avery sours. The Immitis has much more funk than the average wild ale. I hope Avery keeps this up.

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 Sean9689
2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks (?), Jason! Poured into tulip.

A - Pours brown, tan head, thin ring, wisps.

S - Light funk, caramel malts, not really much in the way or sour/tart notes. Uh...interesting. Not really what I was expecting.

T - Light vinous notes, lots of malty caramel notes, vinegar/astringent finish. Ugh, after a few sips of this one, drain-pour.

M - Light to medium body, low carbonation, oaky finish.

O - Meh, not that good at all. Couldn't finish my glass so I really can't recommend this one. Avery was on a roll as of late with their wild offerings, this one is a fail.

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.

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