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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

853 Ratings
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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 74
Gots: 102 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Shovelbum on 02-12-2006)
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Reviews by putnam:
Photo of putnam
2.6/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The fact that this is my 7th different JP beer causes me to expect something other than foursquare "American Stout." Maybe it will be zesty and peppery, like Hercule or De Dolle, or rather, maybe it will go even farther down that path ...

Black roasted barley aromas mix with sensations of moist hop-infused wood. I consider the quite hushed, almost silent aroma profile to be a sign of "correctness." Base tagged. Here come the JP flavors, like a knot of oozing green hemp and punishing oily black bitterness. A glimmer of maraschino liqueur and sweet lemons makes it live, but it remains a very somber, brooding liquid. I don't enjoy the aftertaste. I want a little more fruit and less brett.

putnam, Sep 15, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of Gryphon69
1.5/5  rDev -61%

A- Black with a dark brown head, spewed everywhere upon opening

S- Sweet fruits

T- Sour, tart watery, lots of carbonation

M- Watery and fizzy

O- Not a stout at all, nothing about it is a stout except maybe the color. It is a dark sour, terrible lableling and garbage for a stout

Gryphon69, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of thelagerheads
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

thelagerheads, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/13/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart cherry, green apple, lemon, raisin, plum, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, licorice, light char, hay, straw, grass, oak, musty funk, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, dark/roasted malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of tart cherry, green apple, lemon, raisin, plum, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, licorice, light char, hay, straw, grass, oak, musty funk, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, green apple, lemon, raisin, plum, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, light char, dark bread, licorice, hay, grass, oak, funk, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/funky yeast, dark/roasted malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly acidic/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian sour stout. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, dark/roasted malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Oct 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tectactoe, Jun 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

MadScientist, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Tiernan, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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!

orbitalr0x, Dec 24, 2007
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DaftPatrick, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

warnerry, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beaver13, May 12, 2007
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +3.9%

TimoP, May 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Dbrulet, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

aquazr1, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Apr 27, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

olradetbalder, Today at 03:09 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Skye1024, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

magictrokini, Dec 09, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

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.

ehammond1, Aug 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

sourdog, Apr 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

WVbeergeek, Apr 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

jtladner, May 18, 2013
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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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