Rufus Corvus | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.83%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
85% aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, 9% aged in Chardonnay barrels, 6% aged in Zinfandel barrels

Added by Rhettroactive on 04-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
431
Reviews:
39
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
87
For Trade:
11
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Ratings: 431 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeM417
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a little underwhelming up front, but the finish is nice and sour.

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Photo of cliff1066
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brob245
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellared No. 19 bottled on April 7, 2014. Dark in color with very little carbonation left in the beer. Still sour but tons of rich wine characteristic from first sip through finish. Lots of depth in this one as it lingers on the pallet.

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Photo of MickeyHops
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gregaroo
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of darktronica
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Over two years in the bottle, and it's still a lovely drink. Still mouth-puckeringly, saliva-inducingly sour, with subtle aromas but big flavors. The wine grapes feature prominently in the finish, and every sip is better than the last; as your sour receptors numb and the beer warms, it opens up a lot of depth and complexity, with more of the base ale and more of the barrels both coming through.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robgage
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"No. 19: An artful and massively acidic blend of two major projects and further enhanced with several orphan barrels from the ocrners of our barrel aging cellar. All ale involved was barrel aged for a minimum of 8 months and a maximum of 24 months. Pucker up, buttercup!" Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale, barrel aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels, Chardonnay Barrels, and Zinfandel Barrels.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, crisp head of a pale ecru-tan over a moderate brown body with high clarity, bright maple highlights and ample, lively carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Potent fruity and acidic sourness of fermented vinous red grape character with modestly sweet caramelized malt undertones. Tangy with a moderate potency, incredibly inviting. 4.25

(Taste) Sharp, biting tangy grape sourness forward, nicely balanced finish with a softly sweet malt body. Incredible flavor and sharp sourness without coming off as too dry, an excellent sipper. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual, mildly dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is moderately sour over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) An incredible ale with so much pleasing red grape character, not much barrel character specifically, but a lot of fermented grape characters, and the nearly 2 year wait on this beer has paid off. 4.25

Avery Brewing Company's
Rufus Corvus Barrel-Aged Sour Ale
/5.00

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Photo of gregcordle
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jtrigonis
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rawfish
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewery_Decimal_System
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbgratz
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbaker67
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StlHopHead77
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of M_chav
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t8dd
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZaxGhost
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Rufus Corvus from Avery Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 431 ratings.
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