Rufus Corvus | Avery Brewing Company

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Rufus CorvusRufus Corvus

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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Ratings: 434 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by VelvetExtract:
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark crimson color. A few brisk swirls of the glass agitate Rufus Corvus and force it to swell up. The head is a thin, tan foam coat. Ribbons of light lace. Body is mostly clear.

S-Sour aroma first followed by a noticeable maltiness. Very reminiscent of a Flanders Red/Bruin. Tartness backed by caramel. Wine-soaked oak and underripe berries and cherries. Vanilla. Malt vinegar. The Zin and Cab barrels offer nuances specific to their vinefication.

T-Sour and acidic immediately. The malty area of this brew is just as easy to pick up as is in the aroma. Tart cherry and raspberry. Vanilla infused with sour, powdered candy. Malt vinegar. Old, vintage Cab and Zin where the oak has been impressively integrated. The Chard barrels even seem to make a mark in the finish; Rufus Corvus finishes like a tart, young white wine.

M-Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Tannic. Lasting pucker effect. Tartness sticks to my lips. Very easy to drink and think about but I want this to warm up and change.

O-Avery makes these expensive, 12 oz. gems that I think are consistently worth the money if you feel like treating yourself. I think they make better Wild Ales than many other breweries whose boast a much more heralded, rarer and harder to come by reputation. Avery, keep it going, you've got my $12-$18 per 12 oz. any time.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Typical Avery malt level gives this an almost caramel flavor. Add that to the rich red wine characteristics and the relatively mild sourness (4/7/14 bottle) and this is a top beer in this category.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a murky complexion. A fingernail of beige foam covers half of the top. I definitely pick up the aromas of Cabernet and Chardonnay. The flavor is sour with Brett but is nicely balanced with the wine barrel aging. I definitely taste Zinfandel and Chardonnay. The mouth is highly carbonated and crisp.

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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark brown in color with amber hues. The head is pale white in color and rapidly dissipates. Spotty lace lays over the body.

S- Deep sour aromas, brown malt and earthiness. Cherry aroma or something of the orchard variety.

T- Sour cherries, malty flavors that border on bready, and a lingering nutty aftertaste. There's crisp apple as well.

M- sour, light, mostly smooth and slightly acidic.

This is damn tasty. The flavor sets it apart from the rest of the pack.

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Rufus Corvus from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 434 ratings