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Immitis - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

40 Reviews
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Reviews: 40
Hads: 119
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 50
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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.

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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 119
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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Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.48/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Creamy brown sugar head on top of a dark brown beer.

S - Moderately sour aroma with a great interplay of nutty malt and peaches. There is a corn husk smell you might get from bourbon, and slight oak, too.

T - Loads of cherries and red wine tannins. The toasty, nutty malt really shines, even though the beer is punishingly sour... in a good way, of course!

M - Medium body and covers the mouth with tannin sweetness. My only complaint is that the beer has a much too sweet aftertaste.

O - Wonderful malt forward sour with a nice touch of tannin character. Absolutely worth seeking out!

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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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split two ways (thank God because it's intense). Dark cola color, short fizz if a head and decent lacing. Smells like sour fruit, alcohol and barrel. Tastes like sour fruit, wood, hint of chocolate which I was not expecting and some alcohol. This was very intensely sour and the flavors seemed combative but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of Sean9689
2.73/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

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Photo of claytong
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of MasterSki
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Jason? Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - A thin tan foam settles to a thin ring, some wisps on top and a bit of spotty lace. Dark brown body.

S - Balsamic vinegar, caramel malts, light bretty funk, and some sweat and musky character. Extremely malt-forward for the style, and not at all what I was expecting.

T - Taste is very strange - it's initially very similar to the aroma, with bland caramel malts and a bit of funky overripe fruits. However, at the back end barbaric acetobacter and balsamic vinegar takes over - this is actually painful to choke down with esophagus-burning acidity.

M - Medium bodied, with lower carbonation, and a surprisingly clean finish other than the intense burning acidity. There may have been a touch of alcohol in there, but it was hard to tell with the acid reflux I was experiencing.

D - Well - it's better than the other Zinfandel sour from Avery (Brabant), but this beer is somewhat disjointed and schizophrenic. A big disappointment after Meretrix, Dihos Dactylion and Quinquepartite. I suppose the name is appropriate, as this is indeed harsh and rough. Reminds me of eating food with excessive hot sauce, where the burn comes in quite late - not a very good thing for a beer though.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Doodler
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up at the release party. A surprising dark cola brown pour with a one inch foamy head. Great carbonation straight out. Produced a nose of dark, sweet fruits and cherries. Warned it would be sour. I found it more tart than typical for a wild ale but pleasingly balanced and delicious. The time spent in vinfandel barrels adds a sweetness to knock down the mouthpuckering sharpness that slaps you up front, leaving a refreshing finish overall. Nice job by the gang at Avery..

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Immitis from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.