Obscuro & Nimbosus | Avery Brewing Company

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Obscuro & NimbosusObscuro & Nimbosus

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.11%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel-Aged Series #20 - A tropical sour ale aged in dark rum barrels and spiced with a touch of fresh ginger and key lime zest.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-11-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 104
Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with @dkrep. Pours a dark reddish color with a very airy 1-finger head. Nice retention and lacing. The nose is exactly as advertised - ginger and key lime. No rum barrel to be found anywhere other than the color, which is a shame because I think there would have been some benefit. This is hyper-acidic which is exacerbated by the strong key lime flavor. Definitely an enamel ripper but still very unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours the color of Mount Gay rum, capped by an inch of tannish foam, a few clumps of lacing hand around

Smell: Charred oak, fig, balsamic vinegar and lime, with hints of ginger and a yo-ho-ho

Taste: Acetic sourness laced with charred oak, fig and balsamic vinegar scorch the tastebuds, with the lime and ginger building in the middle; the rum is very subtle but it appears, after the swallow, though the finish continues the sour onslaught; the rum does reappear in the aftertaste, however

Mouthfeel: Puckery, with a medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: A sour that I find more interesting than enjoyable, to be honest; the lime and ginger add a fascinating tropical element and the rum is deftly handled (and I generally don't care for rum barrel treatment)

Thanks, JMBSH, for the opportunity

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Photo of 4amepiphany
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An extra sent to me by a good florida friend.

Looks great. Dark brown. Or maybe it's the lighting in the room.
Smells.. as I expected. A flanders. Maybe even some Smucker's PB & J.
Tastes.. almost like a cola. Tartness that dissipates not too fast but not too long. Definite barrel. And that Lime! Just a hint but just enough.
Same can be said about the mouthfeel. Good carbonation but not so that you're coughing it back.

I can't stop sipping this. PM me if you can trade.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled 5/30/14.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, ginger, lime, rum, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour lime, ginger, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite sour but tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter.

For a sour, this has a huge, frothy head. The body is dark brown, approaching black. Lace is scattered and a layer of thin head settles above the body. 4.25

There seems to be some coconut and pineapple exploding from this. Some rum spice slips to my nose between the fruity tartness. There's a dark maltiness that reminds me of an oud bruin, but there's a lot more to this. 4.5

Oak barrels, coconut, and spice all suggest Malibu rum. Dark roasted malts blend with dark cherry underneath this. It's a fascinating and delectable combo. 4.5

While sour, this brew is creamy and somewhat smooth. The carbonation is heavy and can almost feel soda-like, but it works here.

A rich sour with multiple layers. It's quite a gem.

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Photo of beergoot
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

Dark brown body sports a decent off-white head (3.6). Big lime and pineapple aroma (3.75). Very sour and tart flavor; heavy lime and green apple flavors abound (4.0). Medium bodied; dry and tart finish (4.0).

The tartness really gets the salivary glands rushing! Surprisingly good and tasty, especially, if you're like me, you don't know much about wild ales. The key lime really comes through. Perhaps not a style for everyone (it wouldn't be one of my go-to styles), but a pleasant change of pace from big dark ales and hopped up IPAs. Worth looking at if you're the adventurous sort of beer explorer...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of spoony
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with ruby highlights and a quickly disappearing bubbly off white head. Aromas of molasses, dark sugars and rum with hints of ginger, earth, coconut, and a touch of funk. The flavor is a bit more lactic tart than the aroma suggested. Lemons, limes, and sour cherry tartness mixed with hints of rum molasses and spice. Light earthy funkiness with a lingering tart pucker in the finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. I'm not a huge fan of what the ginger adds here. It almost makes this feel like it was aged with spiced rum which I'm not a big fan of.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

rum barrel oud bruin style I believe

A- Dark mahogany red, somewhat transparent. Minimal lacing with good legs.

S- Rum base with surprising big malt afterward. A sweet malt. Dark cherries, some dark sour acid tones. Rum barrel is a bit low, but probably where you would want on lower range.

T- Oud Bruin>dark cherries>sweet malt> rum barrel. Very tasty, I am enjoying this one more than other Avery Oud Bruin Barrel Series. I am apparently missing the lime and ginger or confusing that with some oud bruin characteristics

M- Pretty standard for oud bruin style, kind of a carb bite on the end with vigorous minimal carb. Nice minimal wax coat

O- This is a very well done rum dark sour. Enjoying this one the more I get into it.

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Obscuro & Nimbosus from Avery Brewing Company
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