Dihos Dactylion | Avery Brewing Company

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Dihos DactylionDihos Dactylion

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

Added by thagr81us on 02-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of alleykatking
2.47/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to SuperNova777 for opening this bottle for a couple of us.

A- Pours a coppery amber color. Two finger white head shows great retention that ends up lightly capping the top of my beer. Nice streaky/sheety lacing on the sides of the glass when I took each sip.

S- This is interesting to say the least. I picked this up first and another couple people said the same thing. It smelled of some soured vinegar upfront. Nothing wrong with this of course....which leads to the next aroma. Tuna fish...as weird as this sounds this was a huge aroma as well. I mean canned tuna like scent. Like I said I had others agree with me on this one. After this there was a barnyard funk that went along with the style of the beer. Alcohol was light in the nose in the ending. Oddly enough this beer didn't have a horrible smell it was just well...disinteresting to me.

T- This beer starts off with a nice vinegar like sourness to it. Good start I think...haha. Next comes that damn tuna fish flavor. Like I said it tasted to me just like a fresh opened can of tuna. It wasn't horrible to be honest but not what I was looking for in what I thought was a soured beer..haha. Ending shows off some horseblanket barnyard funk. Alcohol comes in the very ending with a hint of vinegar as well. The flavor profile was pretty much dead on to what I was smelling...it wasn't too terrible but not what I was looking for in my flavor profile.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style I thought. Barnyard funk and tuna fish are left on the palate. Aftertaste showed a little tuna fish, alcohol, barnyard funk and hints of vinegar. Flavors were not out of balance but with such funky flavors I suppose it was in balance. No real off flavors?? Tuna fish I suppose was a off flavor but I couldn't tell of any other. High alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was interesting. Not horrible but nothing that I would be seeking out again. ABV really isn't a huge part of this beer until it drys out the ending. Like I said the tuna fish flavor and scent was not only picked out by me in the group but others as well. Don't know what that was about oh well...can't win them all.

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Photo of ms11781
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.85/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 12/8/12

Bottled: Feb 11 2011

Rustic appearance; tobacco and copper hues. One and a half finger head drops to about 1/4th of an inch. Foam clumps at the collar and trails up to lace on the glass. Good lace.

Smells woody and funky; moderate acidity. Vinous and floral tones drift atop sweet grains and mild prairie grass notes. I really like the barrel on this one; it's clean, not musty.

Wow, the taste is a lot funkier and mustier than the aroma. Moderate amounts of sourness tempered by a spot of sugar to cut the puckering aspects. The sugars are compounded with warmth, loaded with grapes and dark fruits.

Medium body with something of a creamy feel despite gritty underpinnings and moderate carbonation. As it warms it starts to get slick with sugars and some alcohol.

While there are some decent aspects, I don't much care for this one overall. Very disheveled.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came out an amber color with almost no head to it. Aroma was very minorly tart, a 2 on the 1-10 scale. Acetic acid like vinegar notes. Some floral cheese arrangement came with it.

Taste again, the sour notes were muted, 2.5 on the 1-10 scale, was carrying more of a flanders like profile almost. Earthy and floral. Still had some gym sock funk.

Avery has done good things with their barrel program in regards to tweak and Uncle Jacob's, but their wild series has always been underwhelming to me, this one being no different.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.17/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber colored pour, thin head. Aroma was mildly tart, didn't reveal the alcohol, slightly vinegary, cheesy and flowery.

Taste, somewhat disappointed, didn't really bring the sour, was more of a kind of muddled profile, wasn't crisp, refreshing, sour that I was looking for based on its appearance. Didn't pull any distinct fruit flavor from it, it was just kind of this earthy, flower and mild sour feel. Old sock funk drives its flavor profile more than sour.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not one of the good ones in my opinioin, served along side of the rest of these sours. Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a white head, no lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is acetic with mild fruits and some other bright acid I can't identify.

Beer is light and dry, oaky, vinous, solvent. It is too sharp and bright, too much acetic acid. Not a repeat for me.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for the sample.

Appearance: This pours an orange amber color with golden edges and a quick fading rocky tan head that leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: A well balanced aroma. Some soft malt sweetness, tart raspberry and cherry, and a bit of oak and cabernet as well.

Taste: Tart from the beginning. A sort of synthetic grape flavor comes from the cabernet barrels. Tart cherry and raspberry flavors, some little alcohol bite, some light malt sweetness comes in toward the end. There are some off grape/oak flavors in here that I don't care for.

Mouthfeel: Tart, somewhat acidic and vinegary, with medium carbonation and a light to medium body.

Overall: This was kind of good, kind of odd, and kind of off.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small snifter. Pours a ruby sort of amber ish. Hazy. Thin white head dissipated to nothing but a thin ring. No lacing.

Aroma smells super sour. Super funky too. Bit of sour cherry.

Taste is not as good as expected according to the aroma. It's really plain. Really just a bit of that Bret funk with a bit of tartness. It really needs some more tart and flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Good high carb.

Overall an ok beer. Not worth the price for the 12 oz though.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled November 2011
Second soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a one-finger thick, nicely amber tinged head. The beer is a murky amber hue that shows a lightly hazed, bright cranberry red color when held up to the light. The beer has a buttery, sort of musky funkiness to it up front, but takes on a bright, almost perfectly cherry like fruitiness towards the middle and finish, but then takes a completely unexpected turn and smells distinctly of anise / black licorice somehow; this last seems to dissipate after a while, and makes me wonder if it was ever there in the first place (it was just so distinct and unexpected, which is what made it so noticeable while it was here). The fruitiness reminds me of the berry character from a fruit forward red wine. There is funky, slightly over-ripe cheese like aroma here, as well as a definite musky, funkiness (describe by many as horse blanket) that plays a quite significant role in the aroma. There is a tart acidity to this beer, it is not overly pronounced but does contribute a light acetic character that sharpens up the otherwise smooth lactic acidity. The oak character provides a spiciness and firmness to the finish that is quite woody.

The beer has a touch of sweetness to it, though only just a touch; this accentuates a distinct fruitiness that reminds me of blackberries, when coupled with the oak character it reminds me of the astringent and slightly woody blackberry seeds. The oak character is quite firm here, it provides lots of woody notes, a touch of spicy oak, some astringency to the finish as well as a tannic structure to the body. This beer is big enough that it has a viscous character to it that makes this more of a sipping beer. The carbonation provides some prickliness that helps to lighten things up just a touch. The tartness of this beer is definitely noticeable, though it is not as pronounced as I would prefer; the tartness is mostly lactic in character, but there is a touch of acetic acidity that adds a hint of harshness to the finish, and there is likely some acidity that was picked up from the barrel aging that helps to round things out here. At times this suggest at cider vinegar.

This is not nearly the beer that the Immitis is; there is not enough acidity (and I am not one that usually likes acetic acid that lightly accents this beer) , and the totality of all the components are not quite integrated nearly as well. The fruitiness could be a touch brighter, as long as the malt character played a better supporting role (the malt character in this beer seems to fall a bit flat and somehow seem a touch too thin somehow). Still, this is not a bad beer, it just doesn’t live up to the standard of the last one, from this series that I had.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes last week of a 12 oz bottle bottled 02/11/11.
A: Slightly cloudy burnt orange/red, cream collar and film and lacing.
S: Oaky cabernet, musty, cranberry, caramel... OK.
T: Slightly over-acidic, but otherwise balanced. Lemon finish, dark candi sugar, grape juice, and a sticky sweetness that stays on your teeth.
M: Thin and bubbly like champagne, it is crisp and sticky.
O: Nothin mind-blowing, but good nonetheless. I probably won't get another bottle, but I might try it on tap if the occasion arises.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a clear amber with a limited white head, some lace.

S: Red wine barrel is clearly evident. Lots of sour cherries with a hint of cheese.

T: Vinous character is heavy. Sour cherries dominate with a hint of brown sugar.

M: Medium-bodied, well balanced with solid acidity, with a hint of spiritous alcohol on the back end.

O: The alcohol is quite well hidden here. Good flavours, nothing to blow you away, but certainly a good sour beer.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a slightly hazy copper color with a tan 1/4 inch head that quickly forms a nice collar around the glass. Some lace. Sour fruit like notes in the nose along with some brett like florals. Some alcohol notes as well. The cab barrel is tough to really pick out but the grape notes are there. Medium/light mouthfeel with carbonation. Grape/raisin flavor up front pretty immediatly. Sweet start transitions to mild sourness and brett funk with a lingering bitter oaky note. Ends fairly dry. Some sherry type flavors. The booze warms the throat at the end. For being a "young" sour its not too bad, it's a little sweet upfront and I have a feeling the sour/funk notes will continue to develop over time.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper red in color and topped with an egg shell white head which has decent retention and lacing.

S: Acetic bouquet burns the nostril a bit. A waft reveals aromas of white vinegar and citrus with a slightly metallic follow.

T: Brett funk and sweet metallic red table grapes. Acid up front mellows as this beers spry carbonation electrifies the tongue.

M: Carbonic

O: A disappointing beer for me with a lack of the tartness I was so hoping for. Acid is there but in an oddly only strikes the mid palate. Metallic notes being present is a huge neg for me too. Perhaps with some age this will develop into something.

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Photo of HopsintheSack
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of my_knew_craft
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of CoolEthan
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of mondegreen
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an Avery Tulip.

Pours a rusty copper with a thin off white head. Looks rather still, not showing any bubbles moving through the body.

Nose is tart, with elements of sweet fruits, tart vinegar, and a touch of funk.

Taste is interesting. The beer has a sweet/sour thing going on, but rather than a fruit sweetness it's more of an alcohol sweetness. I keep thinking this should be called a "Sour English Barleywine." I'm not getting any of the Cabernet, but I'm no expert in wine.

Mouth is heavy. It's not bad, but it doesn't have that dry, crisp quality that so many great American Wilds display. It is moderately carbonated.

Overall, an interesting take on the American Wild style. Worth a look, but not the best in category.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous dark ruby color with nice medium size bubbles. Looks like the wine literally mixed with a golden ale to get this color. Gorgeous.

Smell is funky as all hell. Almost goes overboard to the canned tuna whiff that ruins some wild and sours beers especially geuzes.

The taste is effervescent and robust. The wine taste of the cab is there but in the back ground. Refreshing and hides the ABV well.

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Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had 3 bottles of this brew so far. 2 were chilled/ fridge temperature & 1 was straight from the cellar. I feel it's best served at cellar temp. It was very closed in aroma and taste when chilled.

Poured into my Petrus triple glass. Nice rose petal, copper color with a light frothy head of foam. On the nose I get, well I get rum and fresh cut pineapple, very tropical. Even a bit of cantaloupe or honeydew. Oak is there, smells tart somewhat acidic, with fresh cherries & strawberries. Some taninns from the wine barrels are evident. I know the wine barrels used for aging are from the famed Plumpjack winery in California, which I believe the barrels held Cabernet. I'm not picking up alot of Cabernet aromas though, no lead pencil, cedar box, or dark currant.
Fresh strawberries and cherries are more pronounced in the palate, still fresh pineapple there as well. Oak, a little vanilla, buttery. Toasted bread or marshmallows. Tart, but not very sour or acidic, fresh crab apples. Tropical fruit all the way through. Has the feeling of a rum & pineapple juice coxtail. Light to medium in body, very easy to drink. ABv is hidden well for almost 11%. Tart red fruit, grape skins? Stawberries in the finish, with noticeable oak and tannins. Not overly complex, but unique.

The more I drink this I think of a Rose wine from the Tavel region of France, interesting.

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Photo of Brabander
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the first sour beers which was better than expected. Got this beer in a trade with Listenatjoes when we met in Brussels.

Poured in my La Trappe small tasting glass this beer looks like a typical sour beer. A nice amber colour and the fresh sour smell in the glass.

This is not (and will not be) my favourite style but this is a good sour ale to try this style.

Thanks Joe!!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes taken in 2013 at the Churchill's Pub anniversary party.

2010 vintage. Cost was $10 per 10oz on-draught at Churchill's. 10.75% ABV.

APPEARANCE: No head at all. No floater cap either. No lacing.

Body is a fairly vibrant amber colour. No yeast/lees are visible within. Nontransparent; nontranslucent.

AROMA: Light tart sourness; extremely restrained. Light amber malts. Vague fruit.

Honestly, it's so reticent I can barely isolate or identify any notes with my long-broken nose. An optimist might call the aroma "delicate."

TASTE & TEXTURE: Juicy bright fruit, amber malts. Superb sourness/wild flavours, bringing bacteria and wild yeast into the mix. Smacks of cherry. I love its tart fruit emphasis, part of which I assume was lent to it by the wine barrel.

Very lactic; I definitely get lactobacillus bacteria more than pediococcus.

Has a lovely presence on the palate and is nicely balanced. Well-built for the style, though the wine barrel aging could have lent more to the flavour profile to nitpick...ideally more jamminess in terms of fruit and more acidity/acetic acid.

Tasty and expressive, wtih good depth of flavour.

Smacky from the sourness and luscious on the palate. Smooth and wet. Carbonation is practically perfect. Suits the tasty well, accentuating the tart fruit with its smacky twangy and slightly acidic feel.

OVERAL:: Highly drinkable fare, disguising its ABV dangerously well. I could drink this all night. In short, it's excellent. Another fine sour from Avery, and one I'd love to revisit in a less busy crowded environment so I could better articulate its strengths.

B+ (3.83) / VERY GOOD

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a striking amber with a orangish hue. White head drops fast in my snifter leaving a bubbly crown. Good looking beer.

First thing I notice in the nose is the wine influence of the barrel. Notes of cabernet mixed with wood and subtle cherry.

Taste is strawberry, vinegar, tart cherries, all in a funky barrel finish. Alcohol only shows up with a slow warming feel.

Mouthfeel is decent. Carbonation is good but I found the body to be a ad syrupy.

Overall another quality effort in Avery's barrel-aged series.

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Dihos Dactylion from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 140 ratings