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Dihos Dactylion | 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): 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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
139
pDev:
10.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours peachy orange with but a little white head surrounding it, yielding miraculous lace as I finish from my Tops goblet. Somewhat Bretty musty yeasty aroma. The taste from the get go is outstanding. A full mouthfeel of fruit, with grape in the background, olives, pickle juice, apricot. A palate cleanser. Just what the Doc ordered, thanks JMBSH.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance 2013 at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a sour fruity flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice sour flavors that make it easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour yields a light reddish beer with a small white head and a bit of light lacing. The nose brings forward a bit of wine character plus some raspberries. A bit of oak and mild acid. The flavor brings forward a good amount of red wine, oak, and lactic acid. A bit of berry and slight dark fruits. Body is light to medium with good acidity and some mild tannins. Pretty nice, though not my favorite in the series.

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4.15/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a very nice and hazy amber color right of the top. A good three finger high head of white colored foam then reached up and sat on top for a good few minutes before finally settling down

nice and sour. Lots of nice yeast likes smells coming off of here. A nice grain base was evident as was some fresh grass and a touch of light fruit. Nice sour cherry like smell coming off of it now. Nothing too heavy with the overall profile staying nice and light. This was very nice indeed, with just the right amount of tartness balanced against a good little bit of sweetness. apples and pears, with a touch of some light peach and fig notes. A good bit of spices. Nice sour and tart fruit notes in the back now, really starting to dominate the closer it gets to the finish. Very nice long finish with a nice sour bite that helped walk you through the finish, but never got too out of hand or too harsh, with the flavor staying light right up until the end.

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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Oakquinox

A: The beer pours amber in color with a medium sized khaki head.

S: Starts off with a nice lactic tartness and perhaps just a touch of vinegar. A little bit of a sour cherry aroma and some nice wine and oak aromas. In fact, there's quite a heavy cabernet note to this beer.

T: Lots and lots of wine flavor with a solid oak quality, including some mild tannins. A mild fruitiness which consists primarily of cherries and grapes, perhaps a little bit of red berries, too.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: Good beer from Avery. Pleasant to drink and surprisingly easy to do so, despite a rather high ABV.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Eric (TurdFurgison) - a great birthday gift! Served in a ZBF 2011 tulip.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of creamy light tan foam that eventually settles to a solid cap. Superb retention, and large swathes of lacework. Body is an almost clear translucent dark orange-red. Streams of tiny bubbles are visible at the edges of the glass.

S - Large oak presence, vinous notes, musk, sweat, a bit of cheese, over-ripe berries, and lactic sourness are all present in varying degrees. Gets increasingly oaky and cabernet heavy as it warms, but it's worth the wait.

T - Taste is again heavy in oak and wine grapes, along with some tart berries. There's a bread and yeast malt character in the background, but this is dominated by acetic and vinous notes.

M - Creamy medium-full body, tannic and dry finish that is also lightly sticky on the lips. Medium, zesty carbonation. Some faint alcohol warmth, but the 10.74% is a bit of a surprise.

D - It was easy to drink 12oz, but I'd put this a notch behind Sui Generis and Quinquepartite. The intense oak, Cabernet, and acetobacter in the finish gets a bit fatiguing, and the high alcohol makes this more of a slow sipper than a refreshing sour ale. Definitely one to savor over a long period of time.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is great. I get a lot of tart fruit and some toffee malt. I could smell this beer all day long.

The flavor is full of tart strawberries with some toffee mixed in. The beer is fairly sour and is very dry and very drinkable. There is also a little bit of funk mixed into the flavor. Very nice.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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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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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Dihos Dactylion from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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