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 by spoony:
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4.42/5  rDev +5%
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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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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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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Obscuro & Nimbosus from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 105 ratings