Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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3/5 rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
blend 11, 2-17-2011
A : pours a lovely velvety black with no way to see through. A really big tan head that is thick and sticky. lacing everywhere throughout the entire glass.
S : smells a bit like freshly brewed espresso. Lots of hottness with this one. Boozy boozy. a bit of leather in the tail end like a new leather belt. A little bit of a berry scent, like dried raspberries sort of.
T : starts sweet and a bit hot but not much. The beginning is sweet and berry-like, although I can't put my finger on what type of berry. Followed up by a bit of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate and coffee. There is a hop bitterness that is subdued heavily, but it is there, lingering in the back part of the middle of the profile. Finishes with more of the sweet and odd berry flavor.
M : watery and not as full bodied as a big stout should be. Drinkability is good however.
A very weird beer indeed. It says it is belgian influenced, but I can't explain the weird berry-like flavor. Otherwise the light body isn't bad, but this beer should be more flavorful. I get no oak, and as the beer warms I'm beginning to think that the old "oak junk" is giving it that berry-like flavor that you don't want. could do without all this mess...
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2011 03:43:17 | More by Thads324
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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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