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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

782 Ratings
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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 62
Gots: 94 | FT: 9
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Shovelbum on 02-12-2006)
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mdfb79

New York

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/25/11 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one; thanks Justin. Be warned, the bottle we opened was the worst gusher I've ever seen by far.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruit, brett, oak, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Some of that definite JP/brett smell.

t - Tastes of brett, sour fruit, oak, tart fruit, chocolate,and coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Another nice beer from JP. It has a lot of that JP funk/brett mixing with some classic stout characteristics. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 02:41:37 | More by mdfb79
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a decent blacked out color with a fading toffee head, filmy retention with light lacing on the glass.

Complex nose with chocolate and woody alcohol, tart cherry with wet funk, raisin and dates, toasted malt as well.

A big wave of sour up front with cherry and raisin. Fruit juice mixes with some lighter sweetness. Light tones of chocolate and caramel attempt to peek through amidst the avalanche of sour, overripe fruit. Somewhat harsh metallic rotting cherry is the primary flavor that I just couldn't escape. Finishes dry, tart, and warm.

Fuller medium body, higher carbonation, dry and lingering. Honestly this reminds me more of an infected stout than anything else. I like Jolly Pumpkin and understand their unusual take on beer styles, but this was pretty tough to drink, and the 6oz pour I got was more than enough.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 05:52:44 | More by xnicknj
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've been sitting on this one for just over a year now and finally pulled it out of the closet for a try. Review is from notes taken on 3/25/2011 and poured from the bottle (batch 360/362) to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is dark brown/near black and it starts with a massive 2 and 1/2 finger dark tan head that is super thick and foamy; body looks a little thick and viscous on the pour, so that's pretty exciting and the body is dark (as it should be since it's called "Dark Dawn Stout") and entirely opaque; head lasts for forever and a day and eventually falls to a firm and full cap that lasts throughout the drink.

Smell: The nose is pretty robust and it's definitely a JP beer - signature brett funk/tartness that oozes out of all of their bottles is abundantly present; bit of a dark cherry fruitiness to the tartness this time, though, and there is a bit of a roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate as well; I haven't had a lot of stouts that are infected (accidentally or intentionally so), but this one just seems pretty unique in this aspect; as it continues to sit in the glass and warm a little bit, a bit of a Belgian yeastiness that holds just a touch of a banana scent to it.

Taste: Pretty solid -- comes across very bitter and tart right up front, nearly overpowering and at first I'm a little underwhelmed by it and felt it was a little one dimensional with the strong brett presence; as the tartness slowly fades, there's a bit of a mulchy/leathery flavor that continues to evolve to a familiar roasty and earthy ground coffee aspect and a touch of the bittersweet chocolate; there's really quite a bit going on here and it's one that needs to be sipped and enjoyed very slowly to pick up all of the subtle nuances -- not something I would crave on a regular basis, but it's really good overall and worth trying and savoring, I'll definitely pick up another the next chance I get.

Mouthfeel: Body is of near medium weight and the carbonation is quite potent, but not quite sharp -- comparative to most JP beers, it foams up and is lively; a cottony dry coating is left all over the mouth that really holds the funky flavors long into the aftertaste; the belly is left a little warm from the acidity of the beer, and likely partly because of the 8.1% ABV.

Overall: Like I mentioned in the taste, it's pretty unique and it's a challenging beer -- definitely not for a beginner to the higher end beer world or sours. It's good, and would be great for a group tasting to hear what others are getting out of it at the same time, and likely something that would be great in the winter time as well, but the funk is a little overwhelming throughout and the beer itself isn't something I believe I would find myself craving.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 01:54:09 | More by bamadog
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

Dark brown with reddish brown highlights, there's a dense, brown head with good retention. The nose is roasty and sour. The sourness brings to mind acidulated malt, as it has a very sharp lactic character. Cocoa, roast, burnt sugar and mild fruit character are all present, as is a little coffee. The palate opens super sharp and fruity with plums and cocoa. An intense lactic sourness is present. Burnt sugar and toffee help temper the sourness , along with a nice roasty malt character that's been thinned out by the yeast. The sourness is very sharp and is actually moderately unpleasant, but it the 5oz serving size, it was enjoyable. Drying, roasty and fruity sour on the finish, this is solid. Not as enjoyable as the last bottle I had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 03:51:52 | More by DefenCorps
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: St. Bernardus Oversized Wine Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BATCH 359

A VERY dark brown liquid. Hell, we can call it black and no one is going to argue. A two-finger head of creamy brown foam sits on top. This dissipates to a very nice surface covering. The lacing is on the verge of being curtains and is very sticky.

Man, that is a Jolly Pumpkin nose, for sure! Lots of oak tannins. Some funky bug presence, like barnyard notes, wet hay and a slightly sweaty horse saddle. Some interesting hints of tanginess, almost sour notes. Big notes of cocoa powder and milk chocolate give an impression of chocolate covered (sour) cherries. Beautiful hints of smooth vanilla. Light traces of dark fruit notes.

The slightly tart/slightly sour/mostly earthy notes dominate this beer. Earthy hits first, followed by the tanginess. Along the way, you get vanilla beans and cocoa powder. The oak tannins are probably the strongest that I've ever encountered in a beer. Light hints of milk chocolate. Someone seems to have walked by with a cup of coffee. Light traces of dark fruits, mostly cherries. Light hints of roasted malts. Mild touches of barnyard hay.
The funky side of Jolly Pumpkin definitely dominates the stout in this bottle. That's not a bad thing, though. This is very tasty.

This is almost full-bodied and has a high level of carbonation. Fortunately, it is (natural) bottle-carbonation and is full of little tiny bubbles. They give this a nice level of creaminess, which works very well. Very smooth.

I can't help but knock this overall rating down a little bit. It's not so much for my personal tastes though, as much as I'm thinking of other people who may want to try it. I think that it's wonderful, but I understand that the funkiness could turn some people off to it.
It's very delicious, but certainly not for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 03:17:16 | More by coldmeat23
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Sholand for sending this beer to me as part of Blind Beers 2. This beer has been lurking in my fridge for awhile and this morning it was on. The beer was served in a tulip.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dense black coloration. The head of the beer is massive and the color of milk chocolate. Perfect head retention noted on the beer. The lacing is literally as thick as pancake batter.

Smell: I knew exactly what brewery this beer was from the aroma. A major league brett / buggy yeast jumps at my nose. This has to be from Jolly Pumpkin. Underneath this umbrella of brett is nicely roasted coffee and cocoa with some sour cherries and tart cider aromas.

Taste: The sour tart flavors lead the flavor. The brett doesnt overwhelm the other flavors in the beer and works well. Dark coffee, cocoa, black cherry and figs enter the picture a bit of a burnt ashy flavor peaks its head out as the beer warms up. Alcohol is nowhere in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: The body of the beer is light with an active gentle carbonation. The beer has a very nice puckering sourness. Alcohol is present in a nice warming fashion.

Overall: The beer is a nice funky combination of sour and stout. Perhaps a bit much for me to try to take down by myself as it is a 750ml bottle; however, I am going to linger over this bottle for a bit this morning. I will definitely give this beer another go around at some future point.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 13:03:43 | More by nlmartin
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Jesse13713

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2 Bottled on 1-5-11

Appearance - Two fingers of chocolaty cola-like head are noticeable immediately. Creamy and slightly solidified head. The beer is completely opaque and black. It looks like a traditional stout. The lacing clings to the glass well and is quick to fade.

Smell - It's got that traditional and trademark Jolly Pumpkin sour smell to it. Smells of light cherry fruits. Strong hints of Belgian yeast litter the nose as well. Very slight hops and malts are in the background as well.

Taste - Hmm this is quite radically different beer. The taste starts off as sour as most Jolly Pumpkin brews. I am then greeted by a mixture of light to dark cherries. Then, instead of tasting more fruits I get tastes of coffee and very faint chocolate. A very complex and carefully brewed beer.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A complex and medium bodied lambic stout. The tastes of coffee and chocolate are very subtle and are more noticeable on the finish. Very drinkable and easy to finish a bomber of. Really enjoyable to sip at nighttime.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 02:38:19 | More by Jesse13713
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JLeege

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 5~Bottled 1-21-2011, a very young bottle
Poured into a large snifter

Appearance- Pours black with a creamy tan, 1 finger head. No light enters the glass. A little lace is left behind.

Smell- Sweet chocolate & slight bitter coffee, dark fruits, cherry is predominant, earthiness, a bit woody and smoky. Exactly how you would expect a stout from JP to smell.

Taste- Sweeter choco malts up front leading into strong "JP" notes. A quick spike of citrus fruits, turning towards tart cherry, purple grape, plum, oak and vanilla. Slight brett. A hint of smoke, almost faintly jerky like. Towards the end of the drink the stout characteristics show up more, sweet milk chocolate, subtle bitter coffee, and some chalky cocoa. Lingering chocolate covered cherries on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, with fairly bubbly carbonation, still a bit sticky and coating; pretty dry overall. People bitch about the feel of this, but it works well for me. Somewhat refreshing with the tartness. ABV's are hid nicely.

Overall- This beer is strangely misunderstood, so it gets a fairly bad rap from many. It is an intentionally slightly sour stout from Jolly Pumpkin, it shocks me when people say it is not what they were expecting. I think it is excellent execution by JP, fulfilling a seldom used unofficial "style." Also, these bottles only improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 03:22:26 | More by JLeege
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Wasatch

Utah

3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to G311 for this brew.

750ml
Blend 1, 2010

Poured into a chalice a black color, very nice carbonation, HUGE thick/creamy three-finger tan head, which leaves some thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, sour/funky, with some chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is sour/funky, yeasty, slightly malty, with some dark notes. Medium Body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but it's not an American Imperial Stout to me. I know that JP is known for their Sours/Wild Ales, but they should not be putting this shit in an Impy Stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 22:21:54 | More by Wasatch
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ccrida

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 1, bottled 1-4-11, poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Madrugada Obscura is blackish brown with a big, dark tan head, leaving nice lace.

Smell is roasty, a little lime zest.

Taste is good, but not as good as the first bottle I had of this a few years ago, which was aged longer then this one. Chocolate, some fruity esters, a hint of brett funk, but really muted. Should have aged it.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice Belgian stout at this pint, with only a tinge of brett, but this one has so much potential, I really should have aged. Scored as an average of this experience and my memory of the aged bottle, which blew my mind.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 03:03:33 | More by ccrida
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from The Noble Grape in Chicago for $15.99. Poured from bottle into Goose Island wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a thin black, with one finger beige/charcoal head. Good lacing on glass. Beautiful circular rings thru-out the head, typical of the wild character. Body turns out to be an opaque brown.

Smell: Typical JP nose. Sweet berries, fermented fruit. The yeast strain is very apparent, followed by an unusual malt/roast balance. Mothballs. Moist card board like aroma when I really get in it.

Taste: Has a fruity, funky front. The malt/funk is a very interesting balance. Chalky, roast malt flavor. Sort of a weak body. The sour character really takes over, yet the malt backbone turns the sour into a sweet/sour combo.

Mouth: Mouth feel is vibrant. Lively, and funky. Good mouth, puckering effect towards the back.

Drink and Overall: I'm a homer, and biased. I really like this beer. Although the funk really takes over, I've never had anything quite like it before, so I'm intrigued. Pricey bottle, but I would pick up another, and let it sit for a while to see how it would handle. I'll try anything from JP at least once...

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 00:56:31 | More by MarcatGSB
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. Blend 11, bottled February 17th 2011.

The pour comes out like a dark walnut to reveal a very simple dark brown body. Head has some good staying power and is very uniform. It's a real nice cocoa brown, and gives some nice spotted leopard print lacing with an occasional stripe. This is a real nice looking beer.

The first smell was of boozy malt, then it gives way to smoked salted jerky meat. This sensation really makes my mouth water. Really smells like smoked dried salted meats, I enjoy it. Nothing else I can detect.

Taste is kind of a letdown. Wet bodied and slightly lemon sour, some hints of cigarettes on the finish. I was hoping this would be packed with flavor but it just isn't, and what little flavor there is just does not match with what is on the nose at all, it's as if this beer just did a 180 on me.

It feels more like a weak American stout, and sour and stout is not something I like. I was unaware that ALL of Jolly Pumpkins beer are sour in some form. Had I know that I would never have bought this. I guess I was hoping for something more bold. This is also not cheap so I'll never buy this again. Boy this started out so well and just went downhill... Drinkability is a pass for me this is not my thing, but if those characteristics are what you are looking for this is your bag then.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 22:30:12 | More by smakawhat
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From tap to 4oz snifter at ChurchKey on 3/14/11
*From notes

A: Dark - it just sucks the color right out of the room. Nice one finger head and some impressive lacing.

S: JP's specialty - a really nice and funky essence of wild yeast. This one is well layered and extremely elaborate. Traces of smoke, malt, dark chocolate, fresh cut herbs and copper all weave together like a mosaic.

T: Mouthwatering, earthy funk. Charry and lavish malt comes to play, roping this one off and arresting the wild and craziness of the forepalate.

M: Soft and tickly carbonation. It's lighter then I'd like and takes away from the complexity of the brew.

O: One more round of applause for Jolly Pumpkin. Their Madrugada Obscura is one hell of a different and all together enjoyable take on an ADIS.

I'll bet with some age on it, this one will be something really special.

Thumbs up.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 22:26:43 | More by Rhettroactive
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Jmoore50

Nevada

2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is one of the first Jolly Pumpkin beers that I really didn't like. They have a very interesting bug blend going on in their brewery and its incredibly different than the usual. Still delicious, but incredibly interesting. This beer was not a favorite of mine because of the lactic sourness with deep roast of an Imperial Stout.

The appearance on this one is deep black. It has some darker cocoa edges, no real head. Poured hard, strong carbonation bubbles and a real thick body.

The smell threw me for a bit of a loop, wasn't expecting this type of sourness in this beer. Its got a strong lemon and citrus sourness to the smell and taste that I didn't think paired with the strong chocolate and roasted malts. The wort from this beer was probably fantastic, but once it soured I'm not sure it went in a positive direction.

The sweetness from the Imperial Stout lay down a good first few tastes of chocolate and coffee with bitter black patent, then the array of off sourness that made my face pucker followed. You start to focus entirely on the sourness, ruining the impressions of the Imperial Stout. Lemon and grapefruit tartness with a dry earthy taste. It lingers for a while.

The mouthfeel was interesting and fairly complex. I enjoyed the picking out the flavors and how they played with each other. Overall it wasn't for me. Flavors not blending very well and off flavors I didn't enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 21:58:05 | More by Jmoore50
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timtim

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black with a coffee-and-cream colored head that holds for a bit and leaves a little lace. nose reminds me of those chocolate covered cherries you see at the cash register in bodegas that have the liqueur surrounding the cherry. just like that to me, but with a darker, purer chocolate, a higher quality cherry, a more subtle alcohol kick and a touch of roastiness/coffee mixed in with some earthiness for good measure. wood is faint. almost not there. taste is very harmonious, with roast, chocolate and dark fruit in great balance. a hint of sour/tart seems to creep up, but is nipped in the bud by a slight hoppy/roasty bitterness. medium-full body that is soft and finishes mildly bitter. overall, a very subdued, classy and elegant take on the style. a bit of a let-down for me because i was expecting more wood and funk, but i am wondering if more would have thrown it all off. as usual with jolly pumpkin, well made and fun, although this probably isn't one i will be revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 11:51:36 | More by timtim
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nova009

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A- pours a dark brown nearly black, huge fluffy mocha colored head appears and retains very well, spotty lacing but what sticks is pretty sticky

S- really interesting smell with this one, everything seems to blend together with nothing being overpowering, i get the classic JP funk from the start, dark roasted malt and coffee flavors follow, small amount of bitter chocolate, there seems to be a little bit of oatmeal, i can't wait to taste this

T- roasted malt hits the palate first, slightly creamy vanilla with some woodiness to it, bitter chocolate and coffee mixed in, the tartness comes in at the end and finishes bitter, interesting taste, can't say i'm completely crazy about it

M- medium body, somewhat high carbonation, finishes kind of dry and bitter, doesn't coat the palate completely

D- fairly easy to take down, an interesting take from JP, I can't say I'm really crazy about this, something about the roastiness of the stout mixed with the sour funk just doesn't smoothly, not a bad beer just not for me

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 01:33:04 | More by nova009
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

drank on 3.6.2011 - from sitarist in blind beer #4. blend 2, bottled 1.5.2011

poured out of a 750ml bottle into my chalice glass. what a great looking beer. dark as night with a rich luscious frothy tan head. It is lasting quite some time as I watch the few bigger bubbles pop as the head dissipates on it own snail-like pace. once the head finally exited stage left, it left a nice thin collar and a uniquely random film on top. the beer continues with good fast falling lacing.

the smell on this one is quite unique. with the dark color - i was expecting to be smelling some bourbon or roasted malts - but get more of a sweet smell. there is some faint smokiness and some faint coffee (I think). not an overpowering smell, but I keep putting nose on glass to keep trying to discern the aromas (wow - I realize I just used the term 'nose on glass' as opposed to t*ts on glass. I hate growing up). there is also some grape flavors - so thinking this might be a wine barrel aged beer.

wow. very tart swallow the first go around. some roastiness in the background, but very tart for the most part but also a plentiful amount of hops. there is a good bit of oakiness in here as well. bitterness and roasted malt in the end. a unique brew. medium body with plenty of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 04:02:44 | More by Hophead101
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dgfair

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into Chimay goblet. Batch 360/362.

The bottle opened with a pop and gushed all over my countertop...probably the biggest gusher I've had. It didn't settle down until I finally poured the last of the beer into the glass. Dark black in the center with the slightest touch of brown around the edges when light hits the glass. Foam is light brown and very aggressive, but finally subsides to a small layer and lacing around the glass.

The smell is funky and roasty, with a lot of residual sweetness. Brown sugar, cherry, amaretto, caramel, and a little bit of a red wine vinegar smell. Very complex on the nose, and it really opens up as the beer warms close to room temperature.

The taste is very different, and I definitely can't rate this as a stout. I think this would better fit the American Wild Ale category. The taste starts off with funky brett and then moves into a roasted malt flavor...very close to burnt. There is a little bit of cherry and oak flavor that comes through behind the sourness and roastiness that is actually very nice. Decent amount of complexity here, and I enjoy the different layers of flavor.

This beer has a tingly mouthfeel that might be a tad too much for me. I would prefer something this complex to be a little more subdued in the mouth to allow the flavors to come out more. A pretty easy drinker for either a stout or a wild ale, but nothing you will want to knock back multiples of.

Overall, this beer is probably rated fairly low due to the fact that some people may come in expecting a big stout and get a sour wild ale. I enjoyed the beer and would return to it again at some point in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 03:12:29 | More by dgfair
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened with a crack, big carbonation comes out and fills the room with the aroma of smoke, wood, cherries, vinegar and ash. A bit of geyser flowing, expected from a two year old bottle of a barrel aged belgian/sour stout opened at nearly room temp.

Tastes of roasted grains, tart fruit, oak, over steeped black tea, and a hint of booze. Very enjoyable, very different. Mouthfeel is thin which is expected but detracts from the flavors. I could drink this occasionally, as a rare treat.

Jolly Pumpkin, You are my man crush.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 23:16:54 | More by olympuszymurgus
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Buebie

Minnesota

1.35/5  rDev -65%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

2008 Bottle, Batch 266.

Popped the cap and beer gushed like Mt. St. Helen's. Made a nice sticky mess all over the floor. Placed the bottle in the sink and it proceeded to spew beer all down the drain. Poured softly into an oversized snifter producing 3+ inches of dark brown froth. This has the appearance of infection.
Black in color, no light penetration, slick thin legs of lace.

Aroma of wet cardboard, sour funk, fermented cherries and boozy heat. As well as roasted grain and dark bitter chocolate and a little chemical cleaning solution.
Taste....to be completely honest this tastes like shit. I haven't eaten shit, but this is what I imagine shit tastes like. Dark burnt grains, burnt coffee, dads burnt food he forgot on the grill. This leaves a horrible aftertaste. Fermented cherries, just an awful mess.
Mouthfeel is thin and extremely over carbonated.

Horrid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 00:50:49 | More by Buebie
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Spider889

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle had a sticker that said: Blend 2, 2010 that was layered over a sticker that (after working hard at it) said Blend 1, 2010. Not sure if that means anything, this seems like a beer that would do fine with some age on it.

First thing I get is exploding beer when I crack the cap. This beer sat on a shelf at home for two weeks, then in the fridge for a couple days - upright the entire time. So I'm guessing it had something to do with the temperature and/or being overfilled/over carbonated.

Poured a dark black with a red/brown head with medium retention. No light got through. Looks like a thinner stout.

The smell was all Brett - very funky, dry, and bready. There was the traditional sweetness there and that was it. I got no stout flavors despite the descriptors on the bottle.

Tasted immediately of a cherry champagne - sweet and fruity with funky Brett flavors. Very tart, and finishes very dry with some nice stout flavors masked beneath it all - coffee and roasted malt. As it warmed I picked up on grannysmith apple skins, some soapiness, and wet hay. That gave way to plum and mild semi-sweet chocolate.

A medium bodied sour, very highly carbonated, tart and dry. I felt the usual stout coating on the inside of the mouth from the blackened malts.

Drinkability was enough for me to finish the bottle myself, but over time it became more and more of a chore. Also as it warmed I got less and less stout flavors, and I never really could smell much other than Brett and maybe some cherry fruit.

This beer was interesting but WAY oversold on the stoutness. And at $11.99 I'd rather spend a few more dollars and spring for a Cantillon if I want a sour.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 07:08:07 | More by Spider889
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Gobzilla

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pitch black with a tan finger of head that left lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: off the bat I got oatmeal, chocolate, slight coffee, and a good malt presence that seems to tie in the notes really well. There is also roasty charaters as well.

T: the taste has some really good chocolate flavors with a nice creamy maltiness and also gave way to oatmeal notes but surprisingly had slight tart and roasty accents.

M: the brew was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but tart, toasty, and creamy finish.

D: actually drank pretty good and was decent across the board which was damn tasty and great offering from JP.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 07:43:41 | More by Gobzilla
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vidisad

California

1.53/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The back of the bottle reads "Blend 2, 2010.

I got this beer as a birthday present from a very good friend.
I appreciate his effort to give me a beer I never had before but I will most likely never drink this beer again.

This beer has a very sour scent, it smells almost rancid. It's very tart. I don't see why they categorized this beer as a stout. It only looks like a stout.
I don't taste almost any malt in it. This beer has a very vine-like character. The taste is extremely sour.
This beer is very hard to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 06:47:03 | More by vidisad
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Victory Golden Monkey tuliped snifter...

A - Pours a very thin dark brown body with a massive pillowy white head. The head took some time to recede.

S - Stout eh? So far it is nothing but Brett and funk; but a darker more robust funk. I can smell some dark fruits: prunes, figs, etc. Coming back after letting it sit for a while and warm a bit, I can now smell the roasted malts and a slightly stout like smell, but it is obviously working very hard to break through the Brett funk.

T - Not quite a stout in my opinion. Very funky Brett like taste that is almost sour to taste. Very thin and nothing that would make one think of a stout. Again, like the smell, after letting it sit and warm for a bit, I begin to taste the roasted malts and more stout like flavors of chocolate and some dark fruits.

M - Very thin, almost too thin if you're going to classify this beer as a stout. Very carbonated and fizzy as well.

D - I would not be going back for more after this bottle. It was interesting to taste for sure, but it should more likely be classified as a Wild Ale brewed with roasted malts. The Brett just seems to overpower the entire profile; both smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 17:27:41 | More by KAP1356
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

1.85/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Blend3, 2010 on the back of the bottle.

So far not impressed with this beer. I opened the cap slightly to release the pressure and after a few seconds it started oozing out the opening. Not beer - just head. I finally got the cap off after draining some of the foam and it just oozed out like soft serve ice cream. After pouring a bit off and getting a glass full of foam, the bottle kept oozing.

Extremely sour scent - it smells almost rancid. There is nothing stout, Belgian, nor any combination of the two in this. Very tart and unpleasant.

The taste is similar, though I do detect some presence of roasted malt, black coffee and even chocolate. Not as bad, bit still very sour. If most imperial/double stouts display a wine-like character, this would be vinegar.

Mouthfeel is decent in terms of carbonation, but this is very thin and not at all stout-like.

Very hard to drink. A struggle. Bad bottle, bad batch? Even after letting it breathe and warm there is negligible improvement. Definitely not worth repeating.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 06:43:44 | More by BDTyre
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