Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by SupaCelt:
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Blend 7, bottled February 8, 2011:
A lush dark abyss with a small cocoa tan head. Lacing takes hold and persists.
The nose is Jolly Pumpkin. Sour and woody with a muted roasty chocolate stout character in the background where it somehow fits.
The taste is something far outside of the ordinary in the imperial stout realm. The sour tones hit up front and cause the lip smacking pucker in classic fashion while the stout richness dawdles behind before coming in to proclaim itself. The oak is beautifully subtle and imparts an enjoyable woody presence that pokes through the sourness and ends up complimenting the roasted and milky classic stout profile. The complexity unfolds and grows ever more deep as warmth settles in. The amazement grows. Oh the charm that invited and welcomed bacterial infection can conjure.
The mouthfeel approaches light on the wings of the sourness. It manages to weigh in appropriately albeit by a thread. It toes the line of being a bit thin as far as technical criteria, but as this ale is essentially a style in and of itself it maintains its status.
Overall, this is an interesting and enjoyable creation that broadens the ideals of a familiar style. This brewer follows its own unique heart and does it well. This artisan ale is unique. While excellence absolutley abounds these days, finding something that you have never come close to experiencing in the craft brew realm is still a complete rarity. This is one of those rarities. Bravo for originality. If intentionally sour ales are not your cup of beer, you may not see the beauty in this. This is bread for the starving.
Serving type: on-tap
04-13-2011 00:01:12 | More by SupaCelt
More User Reviews:
4.48/5 rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Not so much a stout as it is a dark sour beer. Pours very dark with a thin head and thick lacing. Smells of granny smith apples with darker earthy undertones of cherries and liquorice. Mild carbonation on the mouthfeel. The most immediate flavors are sour apples accompanied by a slight spicy funkiness (the usual for jolly pumpkin) the darker tobacco, liquorice, and cherry flavors kick in a little later, and are accompanied by a lingering sour taste. The carbonation is pretty mild yet lends a pleasant mouthfeel to the funky taste. Out of all the Jolly pumpkin beers I've had this is by far my favorite!
Please forgive me this is my first review!
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 12:16:47 | More by blakkorchid
3.39/5 rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a dark brown, smell like chocalate, tart, banana. Mouthfeel is sharp and sour on a light body. After taste doesn't linger long. Not much oakiness. ---.-.-.--.-.-.-.-.-.-.-..-.--.-.-.-.-.-..-.--.-..--..-.-.-.-.-.--...-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-..-.-.-.-.-.-.--.-..--.-.-.-.-.-.--..-.-.-.-.-.-
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 03:26:34 | More by zander4dawin
Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.