Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura – Dark Dawn Stout
Appearance: Dark Dawn lives up to its name. This beer is nearly pitch black with just a suggestion of deep ruby color near the edges of the glass. The one finger of khaki colored head that is initially present on the (reasonably hard, in this case) pour is extremely evanescent. It vanishes with barely any trace of the ring one typically finds left behind in this style of beer. The bubbles that do remain are tightly packed and tiny, but they leave great lacing behind. Alcohol legs are relatively visible, but it is difficult to tell in such a dark stout. As the beer goes down, the ring of head that remained disappears completely. This beer looks intimidating and pensive (if a beer can be such). There is also a certain degree of majesty to it.
Aroma: Church wine comes to mind when smelling this beer. Heavy vinegar (which merely suggests wine, as there no grape notes to be found here) and sour apple notes hit hard up front, followed by typical chocolate and deep roasty, coffee-esque notes that one expects in a stout. There are certainly suggestions of cherry notes and perhaps dark fruit of some kind, but these are simply outlying hints, rather than full-fledged notes. This beer is nothing if not interesting and unique smelling.
Taste: The mouth is as complex as the nose, but not as pleasing. This one initially tastes like eating a cigar, but the tongue is quickly and mercifully relieved by a sour apple quality. Soon after that the roasty stout characteristics take over, only to be quickly usurped by sour cherry flavors. This beer moves extremely quickly from one flavor profile to another, which gives the impression of a sort of identity crisis. This is an extremely earthy taste through and through due both to the stout, the sourness, and the hints of yeast that come with bottle conditioning. It is not unpleasant to drink, but it is a bit unsettling. The alcohol is not present anywhere in the taste. This is unquestionably a sipper, as quick drinking will no doubt lead to gut rot and a trip to the bathroom. That said, the beer gets better both as it warms up and goes down.
Mouthfeel: This is a low-to-medium bodied beer that is a tad watery for a stout, but this is hardly a typical stout in any other sense of the word anyway. The medium-low carbonation does its job of ushering the flavors around and plays well with the sour characteristics of the beer. There is no alcohol presence here either.
Overall: This was a somewhat disappointing introduction to Jolly Pumpkin beers and sour beers in general. I have only ever experienced one sour beer and was not overly fond of it, so this may be a beer worth revisiting in the future after my tastebuds are more accustomed to the qualities of sour beers. Unlike many other reviewers, I found the sour and the stout characters to mix really well together; I did not fall in love with the flavor, but they suggest the same earthy quality that one expects from each individual style; perhaps this is the theme that Jolly Pumpkin decided to combine them around. Fans of sours should give this one a shot, but stout drinkers should look elsewhere. The stout flavors are too overpowered by the sours and buying this beer for the stout qualities would be a waste of $16. Drink this one slow, preferably shared with a friend, and when you finish be sure to save the bottle: it is awesome and evokes memories of Chernabog, the demon in Fantasia. The bottle itself might be worth the $16 simply for the cool factor, but the beer is not bad either; it just is not something I would actively seek out again. 14.5/20
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2012 03:38:59 | More by THANAT0PSIS
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
1 pt. 9.4 fl. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
A - This beer is black. There is no light coming through at all. The pour produced a couple inches of chocolate colored head.
S - It smells sour. I get some tart dark fruit aromas.
T - It starts out sour with some green apple with a segue to tart dark fruit. Then I get some roasted malt on the finish.
M - Medium
O - I just told a friend the other day that I did not think that Jolly Pumpkin beers were that sour. I spoke too soon. I really like this beer. It has some good funk, and the roasted malt on the finish is fantastic. This is right up there with my favorite JP beer, Noel de Calabaza.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 01:31:50 | More by buschbeer
3.11/5 rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Beer pours jet black with a think and creamy tan head. No highlights, this is a very dark beer.
Aroma is bitter/roast and funky. It is quite clear that the beer is going to be lip puckering sour just from the aroma. The bitter/roast aroma does not go great with the funky aroma, think sour coffee.
Beer is sweet, sour, and a little chocolaty. The finish is both funky and bitter/roasty. Just like the aroma this kind of clashes. It is not as bad as the aroma but it certainly confuses the taste buds.
Body is full and beer is silky and smooth, just like a stout should be.
Overall and ok beer. I do not think dark malts and funk go all that well together. That being said it is not terrible and would be worth trying, although maybe not at 18$ a bottle!
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2014 23:39:56 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Blend 10-Bottled 02/12/13. Poured into ale glass.
A-Poured a dense black body with a thin brown pinkys width head. Lacing and head retention are minimal.
S-Great smell from this BA beer. Oak, roasted chocolate and subtle hints of vanilla sweetness are throughout the nose. None of those belgian esters from the yeast are apparent.
T-The belgian notes from the yeast shine through on the tongue. This taste like a belgian stout now. Roasted/chocolate malts give way to the sweet/sour from the Belgian yeast strain and barrel aging that it acquired. Nice sweet taste throughout with notes of plum and raisin mixing well with the malt notes and belgian yeast. Delicious stuff right here.
M-Medium to light for a stout with the mouthfeel, real dry finish and good carbonation.
O-Another great beer from JP. The aroma smells great but does not give away its belgian characteristics like the taste does. The beer is defiantly on the acidic side and you notice that as you sip on the beer more and more. If you enjoy eclectic beers you will really enjoy this brew. Cheers.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2014 00:42:36 | More by mikem0487
Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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