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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 7 - Dihos Dactylion

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RATINGS: 126   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (5942) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2013
12 oz. bottle, sent from Alen (thanks man), pours a beautiful murky dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma brings out prominent red wine notes, complex wild yeasts (certainly get the brett in there), and some sour red berries. Flavour is intensely dry and sour, with loads of the different wild yeasts showing themselves, pretty much characterizing the whole flavour profile, accentuated by the red wine barrels which are not overbearing. There is also a bit of lactic acid in there which dulls the sourness a bit. Overall, very sour, moderately complex, and fairly drinkable - no sign of the high ABV. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7091) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottled. Poured clear, brilliant sunset orange with a dusting of beige head. The aroma picked up a lovely blend of Cab grapes, tangy oak, slightly funky fruit, and a bit of vinegar over malts that weren’t really required to do a whole lot. The flavor found fruity meat and some pale malt at the core, with tart fruit skins, oak, and red grapes really shining on the edges.. oak, tart fruit, and floral funk plus a little alcohol burn on the long finish.. big and very well balanced considering the big, competing character. Medium-plus bodied and quite sour overall on the palate.. balance was solid, and I’d love to drink this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2000) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Pours a hazy rusty brown with touches of ruby and a three finger eggshell foam that laces nicely. On the nose its very vinous with deep berry notes, barrel funk and some nice tart brett too. The palate is very tart upfront with tons of complex ripe fruit that just slams into the mid palate... touch of strawberry jam with a drizzle of balsamic, funky oak, lemon rind, grape tannins and a puckering sourness on the front and back end. Touch of hot booze add to the complexity but brings out a light touch of off flavors on the backend. Overall very tasty and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (6940) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Fruits, tannin, oak, spice, plenty of sourness. On par with the other great beers of this series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14312) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
9th May 2011
Hazy darkish amber beer, tiny off white head. Crisp palate, a little dry. About as sour a beer as I can still enjoy. Vinegary lemon juice and tart fruits. Trace of woody red wine keeps things interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle from Avery table at Farm to Table Pavillion at GABF 2012. Pours a murky orange brown with a white head. Nose is some light malt with a bit of cherries, tart fruit, big sour tartness with lactic qualities and big vinous notes. Flavor is similar with malt and light fruit and big vinous notes with red grapes and a huge sour tartness. Medium in body with lingering tartness and a big vinous quality. Outstanding sour overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2012
12oz bottle, pours a deep copper amber with ruby hues and a small ring of off-white head. Has a complex dark fruity and vinous oaky nose with some toasty malts. Starts with fine carbonation and toasted malty sweetness with plenty of earthy tart oak and red grapes before a slightly drier, semi-puckering tart finish. Good complexity and should age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2012
12oz bottle from danzarrella, thanks Dan! Bottled on Feb 11, 2011. Pours a cloudy, ruby-brown colored body with a thin, fizzy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing throughout. Aroma is pretty fruity and vinous with a good amount of red wine, dry wood, and a nice lactic sourness. Cherries and raspberries with a medium bretty funk, hints of vanilla, a light acidity, and just a touch of malt sweetness behind everything. Flavor is similar. Barnyard and bretty funk up front with some acidity and a lactic sourness. Lots of vinous fruits and red wine comes out in the middle with dry wood, cherries, raspberries, grapes, a hint of yogurt, and touches of toffee. A slight citric element to the acidity in the end as this finishes dry, woody, and sour with lots of red wine and vinous fruits. Lengthy aftertaste with a bunch of funk following a light body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty excellent sour that is well balanced and hides the huge ABV% extremely well. Lots of red wine and vinous fruits with a solid funkiness. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (989) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2012
I had the pleasure of sampling the Dactylion at the end of a long line of samples right in front of the brewery itself. We ooh’d and ah’d as we toured through some of our regular favorites, like the Reverend. But the Dactylion was special. First, it was written on the menu in chalk, indicating a sort of holy, cloudy impermanence - a clouded script ready to fade at the slightest breeze of consumer demand. But more importantly, the beer was a coup in flavor. The deep rust colored beer sits with a murky, self-satisfied carbonation, sputtering bubbles, but rapidly giving off strong and sour aromas - mandarin orange, cask, touches of bubble gum and cotton candy, and apart from the wood smell, the sharp aroma of champagne too The flavor begins bright and sweet, piercing with the acidic flavors of the cask aging and the residual champagne finding its new home in a bottle of beer. Carbonation rushes in, scrambling this high-pitched and sweet introduction. When it clears we’re in an open field of new flavors - orange and sour apple, a puckering dimension to the sour flavors, and tart raspberries, all surfing on an engaging carbonation, and restrained by a general brettanomyces funk. Avery has produced a hypnotizing blend of flavors here, making a very worthwhile sampler to have on a nice Winter day in Boulder, Colorado.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle to oversized snifter (from notes). Looks good; reddish-brown with thin white lacing. Smells good too; sour, tart cherry, and red wine. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. This is good beer!

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