Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by Thads324:
3/5 rDev -22.1%
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...
08-12-2011 03:43:17 | More by Thads324
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4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
A gentle pour produces three finger of rocky, dark tan bubble that settle to a thin cap leaving some lacing on the glass. The beer is almost opaque with light just penetrating the thin edge revealing a very deep garnet.
The first thing you smell is moderately sour/acidic and dark malt with some light coffee and cocoa aromas. Some esters of plums come through. After my glass warmed a light goaty and earthy funk from the sour developed.
A big mouth watering, intense sour hits you on the first sip, far more than the nose suggests. The sourness has free range of the show here with just a trace of malt sweetness to balance it. There also some dark malts flavors with a touch of cocoa in the back; it takes a while but roasted and burnt grain flavors come through that remind me a nice dry American stout. The sourness and roasted grain flavors continue into a long dry finish.
This is a medium body with a lively, light carbonation.
Mardugada Obscura is an intensely sour beer with notes of dry stout. It's defiantly not for everyone but I think it's pretty amazing beer.
06-24-2012 22:28:25 | More by MadScientist
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours a deep black with a two finger head of tan foam that sticks on top. Some lacing as well. Head stays around awhile, looking good. Aromas of chocolate and roastiness. A fruity aroma with some funky sourness and an oak undertone. Slightly spicy and quite interesting!
First sip brings a mild roasty maltiness along with some chocolate and light fruit tones. Flows down with a touch of smokiness. Sour tones come through and they can be quite strong. Earthy yeastiness brings in a spicy aspect. Oak comes through on the finish with some herbal hop bitterness. Sour lingers on after each sip.
This is a light bodied stout here for sure. Easy drinking and quite interesting. Not sure I could drink all that much of it myself, but it's a good bottle to share with friends or family. Another JP brew worth looking out for!
12-24-2007 04:03:57 | More by orbitalr0x
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Blend 2; Bottle 1/5/11
A - Pours deep brown/black with three fingers of brown head. By far the darkest beer I've seen from JP. Head has great retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.
S - Tart and funky up front, with some green apple and tart cherry. Then the stout elements become apparent, with roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a bit of milk chocolate. Nice.
T - At first it tastes like a lot of other JP beers, with a funky sourness, including some apple. But midway through, the chocolate and roasted malts really identify this as a stout. There is some sourness throughout, but it mostly hits up front. The finish is roasty and somewhat dry like bitter chocolate. I think this works well.
M - Medium mouthfeel that feels lighter initially and a bit heavier on the finish. Finish is several types of dry: a bit earthy/funky, a bit roasty, and a bit bitter.
O - Definitely an interesting brew from Jolly Pumpkin. I think it works well and is pretty tasty, but it doesn't make me eager to have more sour stouts, either.
12-14-2011 04:07:36 | More by warnerry
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a large fluffy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is grainy lactic chocolate with some spicy hops and a little band-aid.
The flavor is roasted malts with a vinous sour fruitiness. The finish is roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and creamy.
Overall, it's kind of jarring to have a sour stout. It seems to balance out and blend as it warms and I drink more. I'm not quite sure how much I like it, but it's a fun beer and I'd definitely have it again.
05-12-2007 05:05:58 | More by Beaver13
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is brown sugar, alcohol and dark cherries. The flavor is pretty tart with some sour cherries and a lot of notes from the oak aging. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice slightly sour stout.
04-27-2010 00:14:00 | More by Mora2000
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours jet black with a huge, cascading brown head. Rich aroma of burnt coffee, chocolate, bourbon, leather, and sour yeast. Once this warmed, it was very good. Tons of roasted malt, with coffee, chocolate, currants, smoke, and oak. I could have done without the sour yeast. It drowns out whatever hop bittenress they intended. It doesn't ruin the beer (like Avery 15) but it also doesn't make it better. All in all, this is still a very good stout.
12-09-2008 22:52:20 | More by magictrokini
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
Holiday Wine Cellar
Dark black and thick appearance. Tall, growing brown head that lasts. Regular, lined lacing down the glass. A gorgeous stout!
The aroma on this beer changes as it warms perhaps more than any other beer I've had. It begins slightly roasty and bready, evolving in to a tart, tangy, biting sour mixed with sweet fruit--like cherries or raspberries.
As with the nose, this beer really changes as it warms. It begins slightly roasty and bready, and at near room temperature, it's a biting sour mixed with some sweet fruit. There isn't a lot of typical-"stout" flavors left over. It's missing a depth, balance, and complexity I was hoping for. Tasty, and certainly unique.
Medium bodied. I was hoping for a more full, luscious mouthfeel.
An interesting and unique sour stout. For my tastes, I would have preferred a touch less of the acidic sour notes because the typical stout flavors got left in the dust, leaving this beer relatively one-note: sour.
08-04-2011 15:30:19 | More by ehammond1
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
750ml purchased at the brewery from the good Captain.
Pours a billowing head of rich mocha colored foam over an impenetrably black body. The head develops an ice-cream-scoop appearance and eventually flattens out, but never completely disappears. Aromas of tart vinous fruit, espresso and a hint of alcohol. Tart and tangy flavors upfront with a substantial citric-grapefruit bitterness as well. More familiar stout flavors of espresso and chocolate soon make a showing accompanied by a vinous fruit character and notes of oak. As I wind my way down the glass, the flavor extremes become less-pronounced and the beer achieves a nice equilibrium, albeit a tart one. Medium to full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with a moderately drying finish.
This is one off-the-wall stout, but would you expect anything less from the Pumpkin? It claims to be a Belgian inspired stout and it is just that. Its not overly sweet or dry, just a little tart. Some may be put off by the Brett tartness monkeying with their stout, but I find it to take the style in an interesting direction and actually complement the more traditional stout flavors.
02-12-2006 22:56:55 | More by Shovelbum
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
ST: 750ml poured into a snifter. Blend number ten: bottled 2-16-11. Bottle lists the ABV.
A: Dark and black with a thin brown head.
S: Roasted malt, coffee, earth, sour fruit.
T: Sour fruit, coffee, smoke, earth, and roasted malt.
M: Medium and dry
O: I have not had a beer by Jolly Pumpkin that I did not like; that streak continues. This beer has nice roasted malt, smoke and coffee, but it also has interesting sour fruit which matches the bitterness of slight hops and coffee bean. The beer is a little light though; it could be heavier.
12-23-2011 00:24:54 | More by ianjsullivan
3.85/5 rDev 0%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a black body with a light tan bubbly head and a strong wall of microbubbles that stick to the side of the glass. The body is pretty opaque and the bubbles can only be seen on the side of the body.
S- The big smell of fresh brewed coffee has notes of dark fruit and a tart note to them. As the beer warms the coffee notes increase but there are dark roasted malt notes in the background.
T- The big taste of coffee has nice flavors of cream with some tart cherries followed by wood that hangs on after the finish. There is some chocolate malt notes and dark roasted notes that come through after it warms.
M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a nice creamy texture. The finish doesn't have any alcohol heat.
D- This beer is a big coffee beer with some tart notes that add nice compliment but there is not enough depth.
07-06-2007 02:21:17 | More by rhoadsrage
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
This beer poured a dark brown, almost black body with a very thick chocolately looking head, nice and creamy. The nose of the beer was chocolately and rich with an interesting touch of funk. Trademark Jolly Pumpkin. The taste is very interesting. There is a nice solid malty chocolate taste up front that gives way to a sour funk as it finishes. Very interesting for a stout and actually pretty enjoyable.
06-02-2007 13:46:19 | More by ggaughan
Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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