Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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3.48/5 rDev -9.8%
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
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3.55/5 rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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
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
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