Immitis | 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): 9.54%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jason on 09-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
119
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
14.47%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of FarmerTed
2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of corby112
2.33/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger beige head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

funky, acetic aroma with a strong barrel presence, some dark malt and an off-putting nail polish remover character. As it warms the acetic notes are countered by toasted oak, roasted malt and vinous fruit.

Medium bodied with a harsh acetic acid presence that overpowers things at first. Tart and puckering with a slightly overwhelming vinegar flavor that lingers well after the finish. As it warms the dark malt and wine barrel character start to develop. Hints of toasted oak and vinous fruit with some grape and other dark berries. That being said, the acetic quality is just too strong making this beer tough to drink.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.48/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Kind of an ugly brown beer with a tan head. Head faded to a bit of a ring with some minor stick on the sides.

S - A lot of balsamic vinegar here. I guess they were going for vinous but the wine seems to have turned. A lot of caramel malts, some funk.

T - Some caramel malts. Unfortunately it's massively heavy on vinegar and horribly astringent. Pretty bad stuff.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, a bit harsh on the end.

O - Not a good beer. I'm not sure I would have picked this out as an American Wild given how malt forward it is. Really just a bad beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
2.73/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks (?), Jason! Poured into tulip.

A - Pours brown, tan head, thin ring, wisps.

S - Light funk, caramel malts, not really much in the way or sour/tart notes. Uh...interesting. Not really what I was expecting.

T - Light vinous notes, lots of malty caramel notes, vinegar/astringent finish. Ugh, after a few sips of this one, drain-pour.

M - Light to medium body, low carbonation, oaky finish.

O - Meh, not that good at all. Couldn't finish my glass so I really can't recommend this one. Avery was on a roll as of late with their wild offerings, this one is a fail.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of rsdaugherty
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – 1 finger fizzy tan head disappeared quickly to a glass ring, no lacing. Beer is a hazy & deep burgundy-brown 4
S – An acidic red wine nose dominates with sour/tart cherries, a grape/apple sweetness 3.5
T – Very tart cherries, citric acid, in a tannic red wine base with vinegar notes and a very slight sweetness. Notes of the barrel definitely present 2.5
M – Moderate body, mild carbonation, a finish I’ll call dry but with so much acidity it is what it is, thinner 2.5
O – Bummed, perhaps a bit too much of a sour for me, I really enjoyed Dihos Dactylion and was hoping for an equal. As I look up the definition of Immitis - cruel| rough| harsh| sour; rude| rough – all of them apply here 2.5

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Photo of MasterSki
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Jason? Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - A thin tan foam settles to a thin ring, some wisps on top and a bit of spotty lace. Dark brown body.

S - Balsamic vinegar, caramel malts, light bretty funk, and some sweat and musky character. Extremely malt-forward for the style, and not at all what I was expecting.

T - Taste is very strange - it's initially very similar to the aroma, with bland caramel malts and a bit of funky overripe fruits. However, at the back end barbaric acetobacter and balsamic vinegar takes over - this is actually painful to choke down with esophagus-burning acidity.

M - Medium bodied, with lower carbonation, and a surprisingly clean finish other than the intense burning acidity. There may have been a touch of alcohol in there, but it was hard to tell with the acid reflux I was experiencing.

D - Well - it's better than the other Zinfandel sour from Avery (Brabant), but this beer is somewhat disjointed and schizophrenic. A big disappointment after Meretrix, Dihos Dactylion and Quinquepartite. I suppose the name is appropriate, as this is indeed harsh and rough. Reminds me of eating food with excessive hot sauce, where the burn comes in quite late - not a very good thing for a beer though.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of spycow
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AleWatcher
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This smells strongly of red wine... Huge vinous grapey notes. There's a big dose of malt in here-- even getting a light chocolate note. The oak is entirely overpowered by the zin.

The beer is a dark reddish brownish purple color... Small head belies the fact that this *feels* overcarbonated.

Overall-- this is interesting, but not the best, even of the Avery sours.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of RuckusDu
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Head is quick to disappear. Dark beige/tan in color. Body is a deep root beer/brown color. No lacing since foam disappeared so quick.

S - A lot of red wine and sweet. Some earthy raspberries and lemon. Not very aromatic. Green apple.

T - So much earth and funk and not enough sour. Classic horseblanket, but way too much of it. The funk hits you in the back of your mouth. Little bing cherry flavor. Some alcohol.

M - Puckering and a little drying. Nice carbonation and a pretty good body.

O - A little heavy on the funk side and not enough sweet. Sour is a little lacking too. A nice little beer, but not spectacular.

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Photo of muskabeatz
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Alewatcher, thanks Jeff!

A- I think Jeff said it best, this pours exactly like cola, a dirty brown, with an off white head.

S- smells initially of sweet malt and candi sugar. A bit of alcohol is present in the nose, and eventually a swell of red grapes.

T- Sharply sour up front, which quickly couples with subtle malt sweetness, eventually giving way to the finish which is all grapes. Very interesting and unorthodox.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is slightly tart and dry, similar to how a red wine would be, especially if that wine were a sour beer.

O- Very interesting beer. Not really like anything else I've had recently. Pretty good, but didn't set my world on fire though.

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Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was shared by Alewatcher, thanks Jeff!

This beer pours a medium bodied cola brown in color with a slight cream colored head. The nose is very malty and sweet. I get a lot of red fruit, grape skins, and chocolatey and caramel malts. Very strange and unique nose. The flavors are interesting to say the least. It is sweet and has plenty of grape juice characteristics, but not really Zinfandel. The initial flavor profile is dark malts and grape juice. It then takes a crazy turn to dry and tart, a really strange type sour. It finishes really dry and leaves a grape jolly rancher type grape sweetness behind. It's not exactly my cup of tea. It drinks light to medium in body with good carbonation. It's an interesting beer and a unique sour.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1084th Review on BA
Bottle to stemmed tulip
12 oz

2011 bottle- 8/2011

Thanks to Poonamibaxter for this one.

Shared with GuruDel

App- A really interesting mix of crimson, red, purples and browns. Very small head and that was it gone. Looks like the red wine of the barrels it was aged in.

Smell- Quite aromatic and takes on a very interesting note of a small brown ale/small BSDA with some spice character and a little bit of sour vinergar-esque notes.

Taste- Taste sort of fell off. It was a bit one sided as just a bit acedic and grapey. The spice was lost and washed out. Better than average but not by much. This lacked a certain boldness and balance of flavors.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation. A little bit more carbonation and tart to balance would have worked well.

Drink- Overall, slightly above average. It wasn't the best of the sours I had had from Avery but still quite good in the end.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent sour, I sort of enjoyed this one. Beer is amber / brown with a white head, low retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is oaky, sour, cherry, red wine. Lactic mostly.

Beer is fruity with a tannic finish, nice oak, decent amount of fruit left in here. An interesting beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of marine1975
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Immitis from Avery Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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