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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 73
Gots: 109 | FT: 8
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Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Shovelbum on 02-12-2006

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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.10 %

LOOK: Dark as night, with a faint ruby hue when held up to light. Yellow/tan head forms ominously and the pour held quite a bit of head in the glass.

SMELL: Earthy, musty aroma and some roasted, smokey malts. Interesting two separate worlds coming together, the sour and the very deeply roasted.

TASTE: Bitter and roasted, with a small sour bite. Coffee, smoke, barnyard, and lemon peel flavors are all through this beer. Mild earthy bitterness, tangy sourness, dark fruits and astringent, roasted qualities. There is also a light oaky tannic note paired with some spicy alcohol.

FEEL: Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, yet remains smooth and easy drinking. Semi dry sour finish.

OVERALL: Interesting take on a sour Belgian stout. This one would be a good candidate for the cellar, as the flavors would change completely in time.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shocking the palate with sharp acidity, mouth puckering tartness, and coffee-like bitterness- this takes the taste buds on a journey miles long in a single sip.

The vinous ale pours with a dark barkish brown with the haze of suspended cocoa with the thin off-white head of lattes. Light on structure, the foam falls quickly with minimal lace. A fairly still beer in short order.

Very tart to the nose with acids that range from red wine vinegar to sour grapes, limes, and under ripened cherries; all are backed by a woody and coffee-like scent.

A burst of sourness and fruit tartness invade the palate with the serious flavors of the soured white grapes, tart cherries, and lemon rind have absolutely no mercy on the palate. The odd malt back of charred grains, roast coffee bitterness, and wood never allow any meaningful sweetness or starch to support the sourness- only providing an odd bitter-sour-ashy interplay that disagrees with the palate.

The mouth feel takes the brunt of the unpleasantries. Sour fruits start with a delightful and clean acidity before the ashy roast bitterness and oak derived astringency attack the sides of the tongue, inside jaws, and back of the throat with a powdery pang of saliva sucking needles.

Sourness and stouts are a complicated blend of textures, tastes, and balances- if it's going to work, I hardly believe that it could happen in a dry beer as it would almost have to have much more residual sweetness and body than what's on display here.

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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black with a thin, fizzy tan mousse that quickly recedes into a ring of sticky lace.

S: The usual stout-like aromas of roasted grain, coffee, and dark chocolate are joined by scents of clotted cream, vinegar, cranberry, tart cherry, pomegranate, and black currant that are more typical of Belgian sour ales.

T: Notes of coffee, minerals, roasted grain, and dark chocolate are quickly joined by notes of licorice, oak, clotted cream, vinegar, tart cherry, cranberry, black currant, gooseberry, raisins, and prunes. The finish is robust and fruity with chocolate and coffee overwhelmed by oak, currants, cranberry, prunes, and vinegar.

M: Medium-to-full in body, but closer to the latter. Very dry, woody, and chewy. Carbonation is initially prickly and active, but quickly fades into the background. Alcohol presence is very restrained, and is barely noticeable. This is a dangerously easy sipper.

O: This is a great hybrid ale that gets overlooked in Jolly Pumpkin's lineup. I feel that many tasters go into this expecting a huge imperial stout, when they're really getting a sour, oaky, lactic Belgian ale with some stout-like characteristics. If you're a fan of Belgian sours and/or American wild ales, this beer will likely enthrall you.

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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 25.4oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a very deep and dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Toffee-coloured head, finger in height, fades very quickly to a thin film leaving no lacing.

Smell: Roasted and burn malts, coffee, chocolate, and hops.

Taste: Wow! The strong initial sour cherry or sour apple flavour took me by great surprise. The tartness paves the way for some balanced, yet mild malts and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some lively carbonation. Finishes sticky.

Overall: Was not expecting this to be a sour beer. After the initial shock, I was able to appreciate this brew's uniqueness and extremely refreshing qualities.

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3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blind Tiger, served in a half-pint goblet.

A: Black body, clear red highlights; thin, light-brown head that settles into a ring. Average.

S: Lactic sourness, lemon yogurt, cherry pit, chalk. Maybe a bit of coffee. Pretty standard for JP, with sour funk drowning out everything else. I like it.

T: Opens with sour cherry, then shows a bit of roasty malt before diving headfirst into straight lactic sourness. Dry, chalky, puckering finish. Tasty.

M: Lively, slightly prickly medium body. Good, not great.

O: I enjoyed it, but be warned that it tastes absolutely nothing like an Imperial Stout.


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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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