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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark copper, the color of homemade caramel. A touch of haze, but mostly clear. Head is creamy, off-white, and lingers for the duration. Pours with minimal carbonation. Touches of lacing.

Smell: Deep. Touches of wood mix with a big grape nose. Wine pulls through and rounds out the fruitiness. A slight citric edge with a lactic backing. Nice and sharp. Sweetness pervades, but is tamped down on by the biting sour edge. Barrel adds a backing earthiness. A buried note of booze in the back. Twinges of vanilla. Mild funkiness.

Taste: Damp earthiness hits right up front. Building lactic sourness on the swallow. Sweet and loaded down with the barrel characteristics. Deep, rich red wine. Leather and a big barrel/wood component. Earthy with a mild powdery funk. Grapes and overripe cherries.

Mouthfeel: Borders on full. Minimal carbonation and a lingering dryness. Drinks like a champ for >10% ABV.

Overall: Loaded with depth and character. Deceptive for the high ABV and a delight to drink. Nicely complex.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know when you pop this that you have something special. Darker than I expected; almost like a burnt sugar color. Even a careful pour left our beer a little cloudy, but we didn't mind.

The nose is definitely something that starts the excitement in you if you are a fan of all things sour. You can feel it in your palate from a few inches away, but there is also a boozey quality in the nose.

The Cab barrels bring out a very earthy and slightly fruity quality in the beer. The alcohol hits you on the way out, just a sharp little note on the finish. You get an almost "terroir" flavor from the beer, because the wine comes out a lot (we had it pretty fresh). Good stuff

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb. 2011.

A: Warm medium amber maple sizzurp. No head to mouth of.

S: Holy tits. So aromatic with deep funky fruity sourness. I love cab barrels. This one almost hints a tiny bourbon aroma.

T: I repeat, I love cab barrels. Richer and bolder than the nose. I can't quite give it a 5, although it's at least in the upper quartile of the sours I've had.

M: Moderate thickness. Relatively neutral one the wrecking, only very modestly drying, although I split this 12oz. Carbonation is appropriately low. Oh and btw, 11%!?!?!? -> upgrade 0.5

O: Used to celebrate. Didn't disappoint. Will definitely pursue again, 12oz wasn't enough.

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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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, bottled February 11, 2011, to a tulip glass.

A - The beer pours a bit hazy amber color with a nice 1 finger slightly off-white head with decent retention and lacing. The foam slips to a silky film.

S - A complex aroma consisting of some fruity character: raspberries, cherry. A fair amount of malt sweetness as well as vanilla.

T - Very nice flavor. The beer starts with the malt character, cherry tart, and vanilla flavors. The sour nature of the yeast soon follow and blend nicely with the nice mild bitterness. The beer finishes crisp and dry. Very good. No way I could tell it was as strong as it is.

M - Suprisingly thick and smooth and yet crisp at the same time. Good carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. A lot of the sour beers are too much and perhaps the mild nature of this beer appealed to me for that reason. I really enjoyed it.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.
Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-24-2011 01:33:24

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new belgium snifter from a 12 oz bottle. Bottled FEB 11 2011.

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange with some slight red notes. Creamy off white head swirling around in the glass. Small amounts of lacing on the glass. Looks to be glowing a red color when held to the light.

S- Super funky, nose hair curling, acidic vinegar. Amazing. Past the sourness is an amazing plethora of red wine, green apples, sour cherries, oak, berries, lemon, sweet grapes, more oak. Smells amazing.

T- Not as tart as the nose suggests, but sour as shit nonetheless. Onslaught of tart cabernet, cherries, green apple peels, buttery oak, a little bitterness, and a lingering tartness. A little bit of warming alcohol in the stomach. Hides the 10+% abv well.

M- Mouth puckering dry, thin, good carbonation.

O- Another amazing sour from Avery.

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