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Immitis | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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.

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40
Ratings:
119
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
14.47%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A masterful creation, and i must say the nexus of wine and beer, and oak. Somewhat cherry, tannic but not unpleasantly so. Solid Red body with fast disappearing head. Above average mouthfeel. Ageing a year has likely helped it, and very good drinkability for the style, a function of understated carbonation.Thanks JMBH.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for Best Damn Night Of The Barrels held at The Beer Company in San Diego, CA.

Bottled 8/17/11.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with a super sour fruity wine 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 good beer that is tasty and quite sour.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From an excerpt mybeerbuzz.com:

"(Immitis is a) new 9.54% ABV brew will be bottled on Aug 12 in 12oz bottles with a limited production of 198 cases. Immitis was aged in Zinfandel Barrels…”No. 9 IMMITIS – Mercilessly & cruel sour. A very dark & superb blend from 11 of our finest first use Zinfandel barrels. So yes, expect loads of barrel character to compliment the malt & acidity. Brewed with Imported specialty Belgian malted barley, malted wheat, Saccharomyces yeast, Brettanomyces yeast, Lactobacillus & Pediococcus.” For those wondering Immitis is Latin for cruel, harsh, rough, sour or rude!"

Certainly a complicated brew that goes in a lot of different directions for ultimate complexity and sharply savory character.

Immitis pours with a modestly carbonated lap into the glass. The medium-dark brown ale carries a mild haze while developing a creamy lightly tanned head that regenerates with a gentle swirl of the glass; even at the last sip. Light on lace, the acidity seems to impeed this notable character.

Sharp lactic tartness, fruity esters, and sheer acidity shapes the beer with aromas of black cherries, limes, crabapples, balsamic, red wines, and apple cider vinegar. A firm backbone of malt provides a slight toast and black peppercorn character. The aroma of corn whisky mash has an intriguing tannic, grainy, and spicy phenolic character that provides balance against the sour notes. Classy pedio-character provides a complex horsey, dusty, and must scent that reminds me of sandalwood, mossy, and degredating woods.

Cleaner and creamier in flavor, the cherries, under-rippened berries, lime, red grapes, and vinegar sourness shows a very sharp and defined pang to the tongue. Aided by that balance of toast, walnuts, pepper, and woody malt flavors, softer elements of almond and malted milk seems to soften the blow of sharp vinegar flavor. Calm hop bitterness weaves into the sour matrix and contributes an exacerbated flavor of both. Lightly salty, a flavor of brine or sea water accompanies the balsamic and red wine vinous flavor in finish.

Acidic, sharp, and astringent from the onset, the obvious pang of sourness attacks the sides of the tongue, inside of cheeks, and teeth in aggressivley low pH fashion. With a lightly malty/fatty mid palate that's aided with embedded creamy carbonation, the early texture is fruity tart, yet finishes with a fleeting adicidity, tannic, and surprisingly mild alcohol warmth.

Aggressive throughout, the balance of sour fruits, wood aging, and toast are enough to make my tongue sweat (didn't know that could happen). Yet the beer is very appealing to many who like Belgian Flanders Red Ales. A very rewarding and challenging sour option.

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Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark mahogany color with just a hint of off white head that disappears completely.

Smell: Extremely tart and somewhat funky. I'm picking up a lot of wine and some dark fruit.

Taste: Really tart. The wine barrels have added some really nice tart wine and wood to the flavor. The tart, vinegary sourness mixes with some acidity and it is quite intense on the tongue. I'm enjoying this.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer a lot. I is intense, but I'm liking the sourness. I probably won't have another, but I would given the chance.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with an off-white head. A touch of vinegar on the nose along with lots of black cherry, red wine, and oak. Just a little bit of grassy and earthy funk. Pretty solid Flanders Red sort of aroma. The flavor is nicely tart with some balsamic vinegar notes along with a strong fruity quality. Nice cherry, grape, and raisin with red wine flavor, tannic oak, and a mild grass.

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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 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 Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled November 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, creamed amber tinged head that leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a near black color that shows some bright, clear brown around the edges when held up to the light. As I pour this beer I smell the fruity red zinfandel barrel notes as well as a sort of apple like smell. Toasted oak notes meld with a toasted malt character and this is tied together by a solid tart smelling note that can suggest at cherries at times, though really smells more lactic influenced than anything. There is a hint of cheesy funkiness to this beer, that is perhaps brought out by some buttery oak notes coupled with the funky fermentation character; whatever the source, I like that this is not a totally “clean” sour beer, the touch of funk boosts the complexity of the aroma without overwhelming the other notes. The malt, is mostly present as a toasted, brown bread crust type thing, but there seems to be a hint of roast to this beer (I could be imagining it, though I will not when I taste it) and a nice chewy, raw, whole-grain medley type aroma. In the end the fermentation character plays the lead role, followed by supporting oak character that is closely followed by the chewy malt aromatics.

A prickly, light carbonation, couples with a comprehensive sourness that grips the palate from beginning, to lingeringly sour finish. The acidity is predominantly lactic in character and is quite pronounced. A touch or red wine, sort of berry, definite structure oak, and wine-grape tartness are accentuated by the lactic sourness. This beer is sour enough to make me pucker just a bit. I really like how the finish is quite dry and quite sour, yet still manages to see a tart-berry like fruitiness to it. There is a suggestion of chewiness to the front and middle of this beer that is hinted at from a touch of whole grain, toasted malt character; this is not quite as prominent as it was in the nose. There is also a touch of roasted malt character towards the finish that tells me my nose didn’t lie, it provides a burnt tartness in the finish (though this is overwhelmed by the lactic character) and a roasted / blackened grain note that plays a supporting role in this beer. A soft buttery note seems to be contributed more from the oak character than from any funkiness, though I think the latter plays a role here as well. The oak seems to contribute a texture and heft to this beer (though the malt likely contributes too) that helps keep this beer almost chewy. There is a supporting funkiness to this beer that comes out as it warms up; it contributes notes of phenolic, sort of musty, not really medicinal, slightly mushroom-like, with perhaps just a touch of muskiness and odorous funk.

Definitely a quite enjoyable beer and experience. I never know quite what to expect when I open one of these Avery Barrel Aged-Series beers, but this is certainly one that is quite nice. I really like how the Zinfandel Barrel character comes through in this beer, and the ample sourness from the bright lactic character plays really well with the other notes in this beer too. This was even more than I was expecting

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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 Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled 8.17.11,

A: Pours a deep red mahogany with a fizzy off-white head. Poor to fair retention. Good colour.

S: Red currants, blackberries, notes of acetic acid, balsamic vinegar.

T: Full notes of black and red currant, the Zin barrel is clearly there. Some vinegar, a lot like a Flanders Red in some ways.

M: Medium-high acidity, not cruel as the bottle states. Lightly tannic with some wood notes. Medium/full-bodied.

O: A very good sour beer from Avery. Fans of Flanders Reds and/or Zin will enjoy this. Big wine barrel character.

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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 jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear cola brown color with small off white soapy bubbles. The aroma has sour brown character with red wine, tannins, cherry, musty grapes, and wood. The flavor has a nice tart character, cherry, vinous, wood, with some sweetness as well. Solid.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split two ways (thank God because it's intense). Dark cola color, short fizz if a head and decent lacing. Smells like sour fruit, alcohol and barrel. Tastes like sour fruit, wood, hint of chocolate which I was not expecting and some alcohol. This was very intensely sour and the flavors seemed combative but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with almost no head.
S: It smelled like red wine and oak and sour yeast, with some vinegar and dark chocolate and pepper.
T: It tasted super sour and tart, with oak and vinegar and some red wine and citrus and dark chocolate, and a bit of pepper and blue cheese. It had a clean and lasting sour aftertaste.
M: It was thin and very bubbly, like champagne.
D: This was a great sour with tons of zinfandel character. It had a refined tart scent and taste with fitting body. The alcohol was pretty well hidden too, but this must be sipped to enjoy and contemplate. Could probably age a long time. Recommended.

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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 illidurit
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of scray24, shared at the December iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours dark brown with a tiny tan head. Solid sourness coupled with a really nice roast/cocoa character. Usually the sour + roasty thing doesn’t appeal to me but this is really really good. Very sour flavor with cocoa, full round red wine, and even some salted peanuts. Don’t ask me. It works.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bottled Aug 17th, 2011.

2.5 A: Very dark brown, nearly black color. Just about a half finger of fizzy head that fell quickly and left just traces of lacing.

4.0 S: I wondered if this was aged in white or red zinfindel barrels, but one whiff quickly answered that (red). Big vinous grape component with a strong acetic acidity. Earthy and animal funk with a rotting log undertone. Oaky with lots of cherry fruitiness and toasty malts.

4.0 T: Interesting mix of acetic and lactic acid. The acetic hits you hard and quick at the start. Then the tangy lactic sets in, giving peachy and cherry fruitiness. Vinous grape again. Oaky with a mild vanilla component and surprsingly little tannins. Earthy and fruity funk.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Very smooth despite the acidity.

4.0 D: I definitely enjoyed this. Lots of good flavors with a nice balance of acidity and funk.

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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 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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Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

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Golden Road Brewing
Los Angeles, CA

Dark brown with glowing auburn and ruby edges and a thin khaki colored head; this leaves the glass nearly clean, with just a few splotches of lace down the glass.

Stinging sourness, a bit of wood, and a strong vanilla component are the major makings of this beer's aroma, and it's my favorite aspect of this beer. There's also a bit of comforting barnyard/hay aroma which I think is a nice complement.

This is a delicious, and unique, sour red. There's a strong, biting sourness throughout, earthy and bittersweet vanilla, cherries, a bit of oak flavor, and a hint of tangy yeast.

Thin to medium mouthfeel, though a bit oily.

I really enjoyed this beer a lot--an interesting take on the Flanders red style.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks very much to Ratman for sharing a bit of this one with me yesterday. Poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head and great lacing. Aroma of sour citrus, grapes, oak, barnyard and light caramel. On the palate, this one was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of grapes, sour citrus, barnyard funk and light caramel with a crisp dry tart lingering funky vinous finish.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of a Colorado trader of recent times. Apologies, I'm not able to look up my history at the moment but I appreciate you!

Mahogany pour with reddish highlights along the edges. Big initial head plummets to a bubbly outer ring. Spotted lacing follows suit.

Lactic and vinegar notes on the nose along with some mulling spices. Light cherry and oak. Zinfandel is understated.

Cherry, spice, and funk on the front end. Transitions to big vinegar and acedic notes. Sharp pucker. End is all barrel: Zinfandel and tannins. Oak is drying.

Carbonation is quite high but not overly distracting.

Overall, I like a puckering sour and I enjoy big acidity. I much prefer an abusive sourness to an understated sourness and this beer plays to this preference. Vinegar notes are appreciated, cherry works, and the wine barrel finished well. Wouldn't mind having this again.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is the second beer in the series that I found the be adequately sour for a sour beer. The others, aside from Meterix, were quite boring and lacked any sort of substantial sourness. Nice depth and complexity. Well balanced, clean crisp body. Drinks well. Looks like Avery is starting to head in the right direction with these beers. And considering beers like voltron and platypus, it has taken way too long.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to BeermmanuelLewis for this beer. Cheers! Split with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours a quite dark, chocolate color into a tulip. Slight head is achieved with a vigorous pour, and the head dissipates almost instantly.

Smell – Barnyard funk, must, sour/tart cherries and granny smith apples. Tannin, oak, and alcohol.

Taste – Similar to the aroma. The first sip makes my mouth pucker a ton. Heavy tannin, cherries, oak, red wine vinegar, alcohol and acidic qualities. My throat gets quite a bit of warming.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation, slightly creamy, finishes dry and burning.

Overall – Wow. A very intense sour. Nothing like Meretrix. Heavy acidity and burning is not the most favorable experiences, but the sour was interesting nonetheless. Have one more I will sit on for a few years to see what happens.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opened in August of 2015. The years of aging has this drinking awesome. The sharp fruit notes have mellowed to rounded out mellow tones. Almost creamy smooth. Worth the wait.

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Immitis from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.
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