Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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4.2/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Shared with j gyorfi blend 1
1. Impressive nose, scintillating aromatics both deeply musty and oak laden and sour funky and admitedly borderline shocking.
2. Thick 3 finger mocha head with lacing remnant throughout the consumption. Rich tar colored body 0 translucent appearance suitable for a dark ritual.
3. Tastes filling enough to fit the style and abv. Supports the style very well. Almost feels like a hybrid stout/Belgian dark. I assume this is the intention
4. Masterful. I mean yeah. Disgusting and perfect in the same note. The most intricate balance of the black keys and Bach. It has a very dirty sludge like wine flirtaeousness to it. Cannot be compared but by trying it yourself. Dip into the murky wells of funk and tastebud jolting sour for this one. It definately puts one on the brink of earthly sin and the abyss. Indulge pleasantly.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2011 06:57:54 | More by Weidman26
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from 750-mL bottle (blend 10, 2-16-2011) into Delirium snifter on 11/3/11.
A: Syrupy dark brown with delicate tan head that is retained for quite some time.
N: Very strong sweet smell of...almost a vinegar-like note that is quickly pushed out of the way by a beautiful mocha/chocolate. This note is followed by a distinct creamy, yogurt-like scent that lingers in your nose.
T/M: Not at all what I anticipated based on the nose. This beer sucker punches you in the mouth with tartness. Roasted notes of vanilla and chocolate hit quickly, and intensely in the middle, followed by a sour finish that lingers before giving away to the coffee like bitterness. The mouth feel is surprisingly light, despite the thick looking pour. It finishes quickly, leaving only a coffee note on the finish.
Overall, a very interesting beer. Not sure what to really make of it with regard to style, because i do not think that this is truly an American Imperial Stout. However, I do enjoy its category busting flavors. Definitely a Jolly Pumpkin beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2011 01:22:53 | More by peacebone116
3.9/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Blend 2. Bottled 1-5-11, enjoyed 11-1-11. Served in a snifter.
This is an imperial stout, and it looks like it - very dark black with almost no light coming through. Pretty viscus, but not syrupy. The head was about 2 fingers, and was a latte color. The bubbles were very small, probably due to the bottle conditioning.
It's definitely a Jolly Pumpkin ale - this has a nice bit of sour vinegar-like aroma at first sniff. After a few more sniffs, the stout quality comes out. There's some nice roasted notes, and a bit of coffee and even some sweet milk chocolate. All of these are behind the sour smell, so it's a little hard to find them - but they are there. There's a little breadiness in there as well, as well as some raisin and dark fruits. There's a little spice aroma that reminds me of Belgian yeast character. The alcohol is slight, and the oak comes through towards the end. Interesting smell - but tasty!
Not nearly as weird as I was expecting. That being said, there's a definite sourness and a definite stout flavor. First, the sourness: this is what you first taste when sipping this beer. It's not as sharp or acidic as other Jolly Pumpkin beers, and is actually quite smooth in the beer as a whole... Which is a BIG surprise! After a few more sips, the sourness is more of an afterthought rather than taking over the tongue. It's sort of a slight vinegar sourness - it's the house Brett strain. Now we are at the stout flavor: there's a good amount of roasted character in here. There's some nice bready flavors, as well as a bit of bitter chocolate. It actually has a normal stout taste - which is, again, unexpected.
This beer is pretty smooth. The body is medium-high, and has a crisp and dry finish. I would have expected the funky crotters to munch away all the sugar, but there's a good bit of sweetness left in this beer. Compared to other Imperial Stouts, though, it's fairly dry.
On one hand, it's a weird beer. On the other hand, it's a really balanced and well-made beer. Jolly Pumpkin knows how to put funk in beers that don't normally get wild, but it pays off in beers like this. Whether it's the breathtaking artwork on the bottle, or the crazy but delicious beer inside, this is a solid brew that I will be picking up again for sure.
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2011 23:52:05 | More by MaxSpang
Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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