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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 7 - Dihos Dactylion

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 322   ABV: 10.74%
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Aged for eighteen months in fresh Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels, Dihos Dactylion features a primary fermentation using a proprietary blend of saison yeasts, a secondary fermentation of our house brettanomyces wild yeast strain, along with lactobacillus and pediococcus bacteria added to sour things up. Dihos Dactylion bursts with aggressive aromas of red wine and a touch of brett; delightfully sour to the taste, initial lactic acid flavors hit high in the cheekbones before transitioning to complex layers of soft fruit, oaky-tannins and red wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
12 oz. bottle via recent BA trade. Pours a cloudy amber-gold color with a finger-thick cream-white head. Notes of tart fruits (grapes, apples, berries), oaky funk, lactic acid, oak, vanilla, and caramel. The high ABV is absolutely buried. Light-medium bodied, with a tart, funky, and then metallic mouthfeel and high carbonation. Nice sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4784) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Bottle sample at Stone Sour Fest 2011. Clear amber, slightly red, white no head. Lacto, sourness, berries, notes of citrus and fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2011
(12oz bottle dated Feb 11, 2011) pours clearish rich orange/amber. Wispy tan bubbles. Nose of tangerine pulp, sour cherry mash, funky bugs, wet barrel and a bit of acetone. Taste of raw grain (a distraction), rye, acetone, sour cherries, bitter orange peel, tinge of wet wood, an some orange pulp as well. Complex and nice. Well carbonated, sour grainy linger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 26, 2011
This orange brown colored sour is tart. This is a full on sour. So much so that other flavors are pushed to the background. Sampled at Stone Sourfest 11.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Tap at stone sour Festival 2011. Copper pour no head. Sour yeasty nose. Taste is tart with a hint of maybe infection, got that almost buttered popcorn thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maddog (422) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2011
A wonderful, big sour ale. I love sours, and this one rates with Russian Rivers sours that I so love. This ale is very fruity, oaky and full of citrus and of course tart. An incredible beer, I’m thinking it gets some dryness and big fruit from the Cab Sauv barrels, but man what a sour. It truly represents the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (14088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle at home - Thanks to Forgetfu !!! - shared with Mette. Clear red/light brown - white head. Wooden, sourish, bretty, red berris, dryness, acid, medium malty, wine notes, sparkling feeling, peppery, light spicy, tannins, fruity, light caramel notes, horsey, lacto sharpness, citrus, lovely complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7622) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Big thanks to Scott on this one. Pours a clear ruby amber with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is nice with lactic acid, stone and other red fruits with some backing funk and wine dryness. Flavor is much more strongly acidic with a bit of red fruit and a bit of oak and dry wine in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6613) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber color with a medium sized off white head. The nose is nicely tart with hints of cherry and red wine tannins. The Brett is working its magic with a nice level of funk. The other organisms add a nice level of acidity. The flavor has a hint of caramel sweetness before giving way to the tart cherries, mild funk, oak, red wine tannins and red grapes. The alcohol is not noticed at all. I find this to be tart and acidic, but still very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2011
12 oz bottle from adnielsen. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a nice murky brownish pour, a pinkish ruby red essence to it, good haze, with a decent tannish beige head that dies to a film, thicker yet sticks around, frothy lacing is nice. Aromas are sour lactic acid, wet oak, some touches of cherries and cranberries. Dry red wine tannins, with touches of vanilla, funky barnyard brett, straw, and horseblanket. Some cereal grains still come through pairing with vanilla, lemons. Initial is lighter bodied, preaching a decent dose of acidity, sour lemon lactic acid, and moving into a pretty prominent red wine Cabernet element, dry oaky red wine tannins and some vanilla, grapes, touches of cranberries. Into the middle some grapefruit and lemon acidity, touches of cherries, more dry red wine sticks into the finish. Lingering dry brett and hay, horseblanket with some funky cheese into the finish, dry red wine, and a touch of alcohol. A pretty ABV-heavy sour, but it does it’s best to hide it and really displays the dry Cab and funky brett well, a lot of oranges into the end. A balanced sour, not leaning too far to the lactic acid or funkiness. Actually quite pleasant. Another good barrel series by Avery.. Only found a couple of them dissappointing. This one is really nice. Could use a touch more on the aroma, but I really liked it.

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