Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle poured into stout glass.
A: Poured a deep brown, nearly opaque. This one's got a huge light brown fluffy head, at least four fingers that took a considerable amount of time to settle down to two fingers. Head had exceptional retention and left some nice lacing.
S: Smelled of sour chocolate. Roasted malt as well as bit tart.
T: I was not expecting this. Taste is very tart and sharp, leaves a bizarre sour taste on the very tip of the tongue and front of the lips. Dark roasted malt gives it a nice coffee flavor and the earthy hops give it a nice muskyness. Slight alcohol presence, hidden well. There is also a drying effect brought on by the yeast. I didn't like this one at first, but as it went on, I kind of warmed up to the sour effect.
M/D: Body was medium, not quite full. Extreme amount of carbonation due to bottle conditioning.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2009 16:42:30 | More by TheViolator666
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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
87 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.