Immitis | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of litheum94
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/17/11. Enjoyed 1/7/12.

Dark brown body with some ruby tones on the edges. Only vespers of a head.

Strong zinfandel aromas, vinous and fruity, with strong acetic tones. Tart cherries and oak. I swear when I took my first sniff, I got some chocolate.

Subtle on the palate at first, with flavors of oak and thin malts. Slowly builds into a red wine, tannic bite, with sour cherry tartness. Drinks like a bottle of wine that's been open for two weeks, but I a good way. Tons of acetic acid on the finish, with balsamic vinegar flavors. Dry and kind of low on carbonation.

Very nice sour, tart and complex. The zin barrels really shine through, which is great since I love zin. Complex and rewarding.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of illidurit
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Khazadum
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, burgundy, low carb. Simple body.

Burnt grain, grapes, tart cherry. Acetone at back end, volatile.

So much better in tastes. Very puckering. Acidic, acetic. Grapes, strong lactic, some harsh tannins.

Lips biting, cheek puckering. Great lingering sticky flavor.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
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 jIsh
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Anthony1
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of auroracrisis
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a Duvel tulip.

Dark mahogany with crimson highlights, and a beige head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the edges.

Opens with fruity vinous notes similar to red currants and pear. Some tannin and a touch of grape with an acidic quality to it.

On the tongue, we again have those nice fruity red currants with a very sharp, acidic bite. Pears and grapes move in and smooth things out, with a touch of oak and a hint at vanilla.

Medium bodied with low carbonation, some drying and a bit sticky.

Good wine like fruityness with some barrel presence and a biting sour. If you like the Avery sours, this one is worth a try too.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of russwbeck
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very interesting pour. Deep brown with hints of ruby on the edges. An extremely creamy khaki colored head rises up and lasts forever. Just a ton of lacing down the side of the glass. The head is very stubborn, it won't go away!

S: Very tart, a ton of dark fruits and cherries/raspberries. Some booze is coming through as well as a nice maltiness.

T: Wow the taste is all about the booze and the tartness. A lot of dark fruits create the base for this, and is complimented by a slight funkiness, and some notes from the barrel. Not getting a lot of, but surely some, Zinfandel.

MF: Medium to heavy body for an American Wild Ale, carbonated very well, and the notes of alcohol are not overbearing.

O: I very much enjoy the taste, so I think it's pretty darn drinkable. Love the mix of tartness, booze, and dark fruits. Becoming a huge fan of the Avery sour series.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Immitis from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 119 ratings
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