Obscuro & Nimbosus - Avery Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
one of the best beers in this series, and definitely one of the best, if not the single best, use of lime i have encountered in a beer. this is remarkable stuff, shared a few ways, i was fortunate enough to get three or four ounces of this magical fluid. dark red in color, smelling like fresh key limes and dark rum. notes of molasses, coconut, sharp citrus, spicy ginger, and oak, with an intense lacto sour profile, its all there, right where they say it should be. the flavor is even more impressive than the smell. lime is so pungent, especially in the finish, just fresh as hell, and really zesty and bright. the ginger is in the middle, mild but the real deal, and the rum barrel has an enormous tropical island input here. its pretty sour too, lacto mostly but some brett too, dry for how complex it is, and although i dont taste much grain, i like the medium malt body on it, lets the flavors hang around awhile. the lime is my favorite part, its so limey, so cool. more interesting and better executed than the last several of these i think, this may be my favorite since floris. a must try for sour fans, rum fans, avery fans, curious palates, and soon to be whale hunters.
07-10-2014 17:28:03 | More by StonedTrippin
4.4/5 rDev +3%
From a 355 ml bottle (bottle May 30, 2014) into a tulip.
A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of brown head. The head is thin and short-lived and it fades quickly to a spotty collar. It leaves no lacing. The beer is red-tinted and cola in color with just a hint of light getting through.
S-I sniff a surprisingly strong dose of lime, which is a refreshing change from the more common lemon acidity flavors in most sour beers. I also sniff some rum barrel, but the rum is mild and the aroma is more of burnt sugar, brown sugar, and molasses that actual booze. There is a bit of vague spiciness and cola scent too.
T-The taste is also lime forward with lots of acidity in typical Avery style. There is very little "barrel" flavor, but the rum barrel comes through in the form of brown sugar, molasses, and dark caramel. I also pick up some dark dried fruit like raisins and prunes. The advertised ginger comes through with a nice spicy kick on the finish.
M-The feel is medium in body with a slightly oily coating. Carbonation is chunky and slightly aggressive...again, typical Avery style., but it fits well here.
O-I quite enjoyed this beer. The aroma was incredible and very refreshing. The taste did not quite live up, but I enjoyed how the flavors vacillated between oud bruin-like dark, dried fruit and the brighter acidity of the lime. This beer manages to be refreshing, unique, and complex without feeling too gimmicky.
07-03-2014 04:13:53 | More by spoony
Obscuro & Nimbosus from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.