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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours and amber color with white head. You get lactic on the aroma as well as berry and the cab sauv barrel notes. The flavor is sour but nothing crazy, a bit beyond tart. It also has berry, grapes, and some mild fruit characters as well as a nice oak presence.The cab barrel comes through nicely, aiding in both flavor and a nice dry finish. Pleasantly surprised by this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3416) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2011
12 oz given to me by jb. Bottled date 02 11 2011. Pour is a mostly clear golden ruby with a smallish tan head. Aroma is vinegar acidity, along with wood tannins. Decent integration, though the vinegar does spike out a bit. Taste is the vinegar sour acidity, vanilla oak, red wine, and finishes out with a perfume herbal floral which was a bit out of place. Palate is medium bodied, light active carbonation and a finish with a bunch of red wine. Interesting beer, thanks for giving me this one John.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Bottle pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of tart berries, oak, and plenty of lactic goodness. Flavor shows the same with underlying notes of cherry, peach, caramel, vanilla, and a definate cabernet barrel presence. Overall body is light to moderate with nicely balanced acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Pour yields a light reddish beer with a small white head and a bit of light lacing. The nose brings forward a bit of wine character plus some raspberries. A bit of oak and mild acid. The flavor brings forward a good amount of red wine, oak, and lactic acid. A bit of berry and slight dark fruits. Body is light to medium with good acidity and some mild tannins. Pretty nice, though not my favorite in the series. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 05-16-2011

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (4458) - Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2011
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 Aroma: tart berries grapes flavor: vinegar tart the cad sav can be tasted lingering tart finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy ruby body with an off white head. Aromatically malty cherry tones, funky with a mild acetic acid tone. Apple, pears, and a ton of lactic acid and red wine warmth. I wish they brought the abv down some.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5927) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is great. I get a lot of tart fruit and some toffee malt. I could smell this beer all day long. The flavor is full of tart strawberries with some toffee mixed in. The beer is fairly sour and is very dry and very drinkable. There is also a little bit of funk mixed into the flavor. Very nice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Thanks to Nate for this... Wow, a really good Avery sour, would love to try this again... pours a watery red brown with a light off white head, but watery... the nose is mostly sour cherries, a little simple but nice... taste has more going on, a very nice sharp tart bite, cherries, oak a bit of wine texture... get this

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11709) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2011
Bottle. Poured a hazy reddish brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour tart grape aroma. Medium to full body with a tingly texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & tart flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & tart finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2011
In short: An moderately sour, very sweet and very fruity copper ale. Nice sipper but a bit too sweet for its own good
How: Tap or bottle (I forget) at Extreme Beer Fest 2011, Night Of The Barrels
The look: Partly cloudy copper body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose of sweet tart fruits, like smelling a fruit salad that was macerated in a sugar and vinegar mixture. Taste has many fruits (I got aples, pears, berries, grape skin, more…), a lot of sweetness, some oak tannins, a medium sourness and medium acidity. Just like the other oaked Avery sour ales I’ve had before (Brabant, Sui Generis, others…) this one has many good things going on but it is just a bit too sweet for its own good. Still, it is overall a good sipper. If anything Avery’s sweet sour ales have taught me that a very sweet sour ale can be a decent sipper and that Dihos Dactylion is not a Pokemon.

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