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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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820 Ratings
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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 65
Gots: 98 | FT: 8
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

innuendobrewskiman63, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

brownechris, Jan 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

jwat, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

dunix, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%

I don't know what to make of this stuff.
It pours as an homage to its moniker.
A dark brown-- maybe even black-- I'd swear it's a stout.
A tip-off of things to come was the head-- frothy, short lived sizzling head ending an a ring in the glass and an atoll floating about.
A bit of lacing covered the walls of my glass.
Maybe it's the shortcomings of my aging nose, but this beer's nose seemed diminutive--
I noted hints of yeast, what I swear is coriander and a distant echo of hops.
And now to the quandary-- the flavor.
This is no stout-- it's a Flemish sour ale!
If I were to adhere to the style-- this ain't no stout!
As a sour-- it's sort of "there"... hard to pin it down exactly.
Throughout the flavor Is the unmistakeable sour flavor and what I might swear is a Belgian style dark ale or even a "dark" Sassion.
But the label with it's "Obscura" and "Dark Dawn Stout"-- prods my imagination to start conjuring up notions of Russian Imperials. or American Imperials.. or some libation with wads of toasted...
If I were to review this beer based on a stout-- it's very light for a stout, thin and perhaps water. The flavor islight dancing-- even whimsical with it's up-front and center "sour" profile.

In the end-- this is an enjoyable beer. Don't look at the label.
If you're expecting "the mother of all beers" don't tread here.
If you're in the mood for a lighter-- but noticeable flavor-- something that you may have to think about-- pop the top!

gueuzeonhigh, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.35/5  rDev -13%

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam. Put it against a Jester King Black Metal in the Farmhouse Stout Showdown!

From a 750ml into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, dark tan head with great retention. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap. Black body and very high levels of carbonation. Lots of carbonation everywhere. A foamy wisp remains leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some funky barnyard notes, tart cherry for sure, as well as lemon sourness. Light notes of chocolate in there as well, though the tart and funky notes are more prominent.

TASTE: Funky barnyard flavors up front, with lemon and lactose sourness and tart cherries through the middle into the swallow. More stout like flavors at the finish, with touches of roasted and chocolate notes. Tart cherry, lemon sourness, as well as some light milk chocolate and and bitter coffee flavors linger in the mild aftertaste. A tart, sour beginning, but more of a stout finish here.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly prickly carbonation. Goes down fine with a bit of a scratch and finishes slightly dry and puckering. Not overly creamy, and slightly lambic-like.

OVERALL: This one was more a sour than a stout, but it was interesting and told a story from the beginning to the end. While I wish this had bee more stout infuenced, it was still fun and woth checking out. If you like wild ales and stouts, this will probably be right up your alley. Recommended.

Jeffo, Dec 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

JoePoc17, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Honus1, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

zrab11, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

retreminy, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

MarioM, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

MarcWP, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

jdmandel, Nov 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

gunclubchris, Nov 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

pknyc, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

ncworster, Nov 22, 2012
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3.18/5  rDev -17.4%

Bottle to tulip.

A - Black with half a finger of medium brown head with good lacing.

S - Roast, Belgian yeast and a fairly noticeable funk aroma that is distracting. Some chocolate in the background.

T - A big tartness up front - sour cherry and some funk. Some roast and chocolate are present as well but the big tart/funk presence really stands out and drowns out the flavours fro the base beer.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

x37x, Nov 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

sourgrass, Nov 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

sendbeer, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

WoodburyMN, Nov 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

rolandboy, Nov 10, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

A - shiny black, half finger of head dissipated to random thin covering
S - coffee and bakers chocolate with candied cherry, bit of a sweet & sour note
T - starts with a sour fruit and sweet cherry thing that is fairly pungent, then gives way to some charcoal and coffee maltiness with faint chocolate, definitely a different approach for a stout
M - a little too light and carbonated for my stout liking, does finish with some chaulky bitterness
O - this is a different cat, has a sour yeasty almost Belgian quality mixed into a stout, the bottle does say 'Belgian inspired stout' so i'm guessing this is intentional, not sure if I would buy another but definitely glad I bought this one

joemcgrath27, Nov 09, 2012
Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.