Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by JLeege:
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Blend 5~Bottled 1-21-2011, a very young bottle
Poured into a large snifter
Appearance- Pours black with a creamy tan, 1 finger head. No light enters the glass. A little lace is left behind.
Smell- Sweet chocolate & slight bitter coffee, dark fruits, cherry is predominant, earthiness, a bit woody and smoky. Exactly how you would expect a stout from JP to smell.
Taste- Sweeter choco malts up front leading into strong "JP" notes. A quick spike of citrus fruits, turning towards tart cherry, purple grape, plum, oak and vanilla. Slight brett. A hint of smoke, almost faintly jerky like. Towards the end of the drink the stout characteristics show up more, sweet milk chocolate, subtle bitter coffee, and some chalky cocoa. Lingering chocolate covered cherries on the palate.
Mouthfeel- Medium body, with fairly bubbly carbonation, still a bit sticky and coating; pretty dry overall. People bitch about the feel of this, but it works well for me. Somewhat refreshing with the tartness. ABV's are hid nicely.
Overall- This beer is strangely misunderstood, so it gets a fairly bad rap from many. It is an intentionally slightly sour stout from Jolly Pumpkin, it shocks me when people say it is not what they were expecting. I think it is excellent execution by JP, fulfilling a seldom used unofficial "style." Also, these bottles only improve with age.
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2011 03:22:26 | More by JLeege
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2.93/5 rDev -24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
1pt.9.4oz. bomber purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho for $16.99. This might be the single most expensive beer I’ve purchased in terms of price (though not most expensive per ounce – that honor belongs to the Cognac Beer Geek Brunch Weasel). I purchased this because it was the first beer I’d ever seen of this brewery and the first Michigan beer I’ve laid eyes on (except perhaps cans of Strohs spotted in supermarkets in Berkley and Royal Oak while staying with my teetotal grandparents as a child). According to the bottle, this was brewed February 3, 2012, part of batch # 980.
Poured a dark brown that took on a midnight black appearance once safely in my glass. Light was not permitted to pass through it. Big, creamy tan head.
Slightly sour, acidic aroma. There’s also some dark fruit scents to be had.
Hmm. Not so much a sour stout as a fruity sour beer that happens to be pitch black! A moderately sour fruit flavor dominates the taste, instead of the “roasted malts and bitter hops” mentioned on the label. As it warms, there’s a little “woodsiness” in the background from the oak aging, and a very faint roasted malt flavor, but the sour, green apple-like fruit flavor stays in charge. It’s not exactly bad, but it’s weird and it is light years from what I was expecting. I was expecting a Belgian take on a typical barrel-aged Imperial Stout, so I can’t help feeling disappointed.
Thin, prickly mouthfeel.
This could be called a dark sour ale rather than a “Belgian inspired stout” and it would be a perfectly fine stylistic description. That’s not what I was expecting going into this beer and I feel cheated, especially in regards to the price. I might try another beer from this brewery if I should see any others, but I think I’ll be giving this one a wide berth.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2014 22:03:57 | More by woemad
Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.