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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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very good

821 Ratings
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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 65
Gots: 99 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

blameo, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

hermit990, Jun 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

IanSpindler, Jun 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

mattsucks, Jun 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tectactoe, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

mve102, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

22Blue, Jun 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

KevMo84, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

PappyVans, May 28, 2014
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2.93/5  rDev -23.9%

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.

woemad, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

neckbracesub, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

TimoP, May 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Mikeluzzjr, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

alostplot, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ttylicki, May 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

sd123, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

CDCNAM, May 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

C2H5, May 14, 2014
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1.46/5  rDev -62.1%

Looks ok, black, what else do you expect a stout to look like, right. Barely any head, ok overall.

Smell is sour with a hint of roast. More than sour, acidic. Not nice, no way I was expecting this. Did not like it at all.

Taste is plain awful. I like sour beers, but this is more acetic than lactic. Vinegar. That's good for salad dressing, not for beer. And if you add the roast to the mix... What kind of joke is this? Not a good one.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Where's the creaminess of an imperial stout? Is this infected or was done like this on purpose?

Overall an awful beer. I'm glad I paid $2 for a taste rather than $14 (YES, $14) for a 12oz pour. Bad beer, bad price, great disappointment. Why had I ever heard anything good about this beer? I do not get it. Will not try again.


dionito, May 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

brauseboof, May 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

cobyj, May 12, 2014
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2.21/5  rDev -42.6%

Sadly surprising. It has a nice dark color as expected from a stout. Even with a robust pour it has a limited to nonexistent head, which is not completely out of style for a stout, but somehow I expected a little more. The aroma has a hint of coffee that is shadowed by a hint of sourness. And It is sour for a stout - especially without any label reference to its tartness. Overall, it's a rather nasty tasting stout - it may be a fine sour, but one can't really call it a stout.

prandlesc, May 11, 2014
Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.