Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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2.83/5 rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter...Batch 998, bottled 2/15/12.
A: Pours an opaque pitch black. Some bigger tan bubbles when first poured out, but faded pretty quickly to a rim. Alcohol legs are present.
S: Two notes dominate: a faint bit of char at first, and then the JP funk. The line between them is blurred however, because they both give off a degree of acidity...so they fade back and forth between each other...so far it seems to be working. Magic marker, vinegar...maybe even a bit of a floral hop note. Some faint chocolate notes.
T/M: First sip...kind of boring. Not at all complex. Some hop bitterness, vinegary tartness, not much char or roast whatsoever and then finishes with a little dose of baker's chocolate that lingers on the palate. The mouthfeel is even more dissapointing. Very thin. A little slick on the tongue. They did manage to dial down the carbonation for this, but it doesn't make up for how thin the beer is overall.
O: Easily the most dissapointing JP beer I've had. Just a really simple, forgettable beer. Not a lot of stout characteristics nor any of their typical sour notes. It's almost as if the styles cancelled each other out. I would say they missed the mark on this, except I don't know that there is a mark for sour stouts...that said, this is average at best. To be competey honest, it tastes REALLY similar to Duck Rabbit's unintentionally infected stouts.
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2012 20:51:07 | More by kbuzz
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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 778 ratings.