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Immitis - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

110 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 46
Gots: 44 | FT: 3
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 09-07-2011)
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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

hopfacebrew, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Halcyondays, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

BarrytheBear, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Sammy, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

mcallister, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Gueuzedude, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev -1.2%

kiki3drt292, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of ASUBeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

ASUBeer, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of afipsycho13
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

afipsycho13, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  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.

FosterJM, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of jhimstedt
4/5  rDev -1.2%

jhimstedt, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of RSchaeffer
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

RSchaeffer, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

DavoleBomb, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of corby112
2.28/5  rDev -43.7%
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.

corby112, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

AleWatcher, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of muskabeatz
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

muskabeatz, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

aasher, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Diomede, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of BlackElvis
5/5  rDev +23.5%

BlackElvis, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of litheum94
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

litheum94, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of JMBSH
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

JMBSH, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of illidurit
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

illidurit, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Pencible
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Pencible, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of hawkmage
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Khazadum, Dec 30, 2011
Immitis from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.