Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by hayesez:
3.43/5 rDev -11.1%
Picked this one up yesterday in Bloomington and cracked it open tonight. Reads "Blend 2, 2010" on the back. I had tried it at Dark Lord Day and was looking forward to doing it again on a fresh palate. Cracked it open while getting some work done in the office. A bit of a gusher with the majority landing in my glass, but a meaningful amount hitting the floor. Calmed down when being poured.
Poured into my DFH signature glass several different times. Deep dark brown with a very intriguing head. The head obviously billowed up quickly as I poured my glass about half-full of beer. After giving it some time to settle and drinking a bit, I filled it up again. The original head was very fluffy in the middle with large loosely packed bubbles on the outside. As it settled those larger bubbles became smaller and assimilated with the rest of the head becoming a tan color. The second pour created a billowing up of more loosely packed bubbles pushing the original head upward. This second layer is a darker tan. Upon my third pour, it was more of the same. At this point, I had three layers of head, each varying in bubble density and color. It looked like the multi-layered sand art I've seen in the past - very interesting. Lots of thick lace left on sides.
Originally, the funkiness dominated the nose on this beer. Tart fruits are prevalent. However, the deeper I get into the bottle, the more I smell the roasted malts, dark chocolate, and stouty fruit smell. It is not what one would expect from an imperial stout...unless they knew that it was Jolly Pumpkin. I'm not convinced I'm really a fan of the smell, but it is definitely interesting.
The taste (regardless of how much of the bottle I've had) is definitely not that of a stout. It is dominated by the brett and has a little semblance of an imperial stout. It starts off very wild before moving into what can be recognized as the pre-brett stout. A bit of roasted malt and a hint of chocolate emerge before the finish reminds you that you are definitely drinking a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Interesting, but given the style, not what one would expect. Very thin feeling for an imperial stout. I'm a huge fan of this style of beer, but mouthfeel is a big component of that. This falls way short.
Overall, I actually enjoyed drinking this beer. Ranking against other Imperial Stouts will detract for the Beer Advocate rankings I assign, but certainly a noteworthy beer. Frankly, I'd drink another one just to look at head pile up.
06-09-2010 02:35:18 | More by hayesez
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5/5 rDev +29.5%
This is where other beers come to be decimated and pronounced simpleton swills of bulging Amerigo. In fact this is the war of the worlds brew that comes out of the ground and goes GEEE GLEEENNNNK and then starts zapping people and turns them to quivering dust piles. I saw a man carrying a case of Bud Light walking in 95 degree heat as I was driving towards the Jolly Pumpkin headquarters today and I cursed his existence and made inside my brain those exact same GLLLEEEKEKKEKE sounds and he was gone from the face of the planet beer. I pulled in and mooched three samples with this being the last and bought three bottles with this being the first tasted. What you have here is a copper bodice and the queen is being fed chinked off pieces of the Sphinx and grape wine and the blood of three virgins. Her hair is flaming and her mouth is cursed with the comprachico's everpresent and everlasting grin-smirk-smile. You have a porter with God's little magic wand in it making a mushroom cloud of exploding suds that implodes from the center down in a burst of purple froth. You have to harness this head because it whips around and screams and threatens to put your life in the dustbowl if you don't dive right in and be overcome by excellence.
08-11-2006 17:50:29 | More by thelagerheads
4.05/5 rDev +4.9%
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 +3.1%
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 +4.4%
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 -6.7%
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 +3.6%
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 +2.3%
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 -8.5%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 -0.3%
(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
Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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