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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5501) - 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 (2315) - 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 (3360) - 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 (385) - 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, Iím 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 (13293) - 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 (6514) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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 (5342) - 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 (5575) - Lisle, 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 itís 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.

   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 (3185) - 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.

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