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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 73
Gots: 115 | 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:
Beer added by: Shovelbum on 02-12-2006

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Ratings: 913 | Reviews: 365
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of maximum12
1.6/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

750 ML bottle & let's get right to it.

Pours dead black, plenty of carbonation that races right up to the edge of the glass. Smell is pretty nice, chocolate, roast, but a bit on the light side. That's OK.

Madrugada Obscura should be bloody fucking sued for false advertising. This is either god-awfully infected or brutally intentional & not noted on the label. Straight-up vinegar, with a backdrop of sour puss. Three sips. Done.

Fucking offal. If this was intended, shame on Jolly Pumpkin. If it's not, shame on Jolly Pumpkin. This blows. Drain pour.

Photo of rand
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bomber poured into a Mikasa tulip glass. Blend 3, bottled 01/14/2011 (reviewed from notes, poured in February 2012)

A: As oily and viscous as an imperial stout, the brew pours jet black with a foamy latte head. Slowly receding, the head reveals patches of floating yeast. I'm guessing there's a ton of suspended yeast, but like I said, this is jet black, so who knows.

S: Tart citrus and vinegar at the front of the bouquet, with subtle notes of tobacco and leather lingering. A touch of lemon-laced bread combines with the 8% alcohol, providing a lively backdrop and nearly masking the alcohol warmth.

T: Undetected in the nose, a tart cranberry note hits the palate first, quickly met by notes of leather and tobacco. Chewy malts carry subtle tones of unsweetened chocolate and coffee. But it's not stout-like - these notes are just barely there, as a sweet-and-sour overtone reminds you that this is a totally different brew. Finishes with a mix of flavors that almost cancel each other out.

M: Appropriately chewy - one of the major aspects reminding you that this is in fact a freestyle stout.

Jolly Pumpkin is appropriately polarizing. They go where few breweries dare, combining seemingly conflicting flavors (this review is from my notes, I've now had the sour stout from the Bruery, which is also a great beer) and pulling it off with surprising drinkability. This is another gem in their lineup of uniquely crafty and distinct brews.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle to a taster. Blend 4, bottled 1/20/2011. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Overflowing with carbonation. Black with a bit of ruby notes in the light.

Smell - Smells like ever other Jolly Pumpkin beer. Yeasty and tangy. Not much stout until the end, where I get a hint of coffee roast.

Taste - Yeasty and lemon tang. Really different from the taste of the stout. Becomes citrus tang with a little bit of roast and bitterness.

Mouthfeel - It has retained some body despite the overpowering yeast. High carbonation. Tart and tangy finish.

Overall - I maintain that every Jolly Pumpkin beer tastes fundamentally the same. This is no different. The coffee roasted malts add one single element to distinguish it from their other beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark as night with a half-inch, off-white head that dissipated quickly. Zero foam left on top and no lacing. Swirling the snifter doesn't even bring the head back.

S: String at first, but as the head fades so does the aroma. Tart cherries, sour funkiness.

T: I was in the mood for something sour and I got it in spades with this beer. Super tart, cherry, with a hunt of chocolate underneath. a nice hop bitterness rounds it out.

M: Puckering is the best word to describe this Jolly Pumpkin offering. It has some sweetness, but ends up on the dry side. The finish is very mouthcoating and tart.

O: Wow. Jolly Pumpkin did not screw around with this one. They went after a sour stout and got it. Not for everyone, but great option if you're into sour beers.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep brown/black with a thin khaki head.

S: Very tart aroma. Absolutely no way you'd know this was a stout from the smell. Some darker aromas of chicory, faint coffee and tobacco.

T: Very tart flavors throughout. I picked up some cranberry tartness upfront with some roasted malt, tootsie roll, earth and charred oak. An earthy bitter tartness on the finish. Really interesting beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours black with no light transmission and a small tan head which fades quickly to a small collar around the edge of the DFH snifter
S: smells of chocolate, tart cherry and a bit of roast malt
T: tart and sour cherry, a bit of funk, roast malt, slight chocolate. very light flavor. kinda disappointing. aftertaste is vinegar sourness and a bit of roast malt
M: somewhat light in the mouth and light carbonation. doesn't feel like a stout
O: it's a good sour stout but a lot of those stout flavors can't bring themselves up past the sour.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Trying a bottle my Bro in law has...bottled on 1/5/2011 "Blend 2". The beer poors a jet black with no light escaping. Rich, long lasting, khaki colored head. Average to below average lace. Medium-low carbonation, soft mouth feel with a bit of life. Big body. Sour cherry aroma predominates with subtle roasted coffee elements. Sour start, bitter finish. The bitterness is almost medicinal. Some of the alcohol is noticeable at the finish. Enough sweetness to keep the sour and bitter elements from overwhelming. Subtle banana flavor in the middle. Props for its uniqueness, but I would have liked a bit more molasses flavor.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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