Immitis | Avery Brewing Company

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119 Ratings
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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:
43
For Trade:
2
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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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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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 SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of imperialking
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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