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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
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very good

850 Ratings
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Ratings: 850
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 74
Gots: 101 | FT: 10
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Shovelbum on 02-12-2006)
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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- Aged in Oak & bottled conditioned. Blend 1, 2010.

A: Poured a dark engine oil black with a rapidly rising nestle cocoa colored head that occupied a vast (90%) volume of the glass upon the initial pour. The head was rigid and foamy, while leaving a splattery of deposits along the glass wall. After patiently waiting for several minutes for the head to receed and continue the pour I admired the sturdiness and its coloring as well retention.

S: Suprisingly there wasn't a lot of roasted nature coming off the nose, but was rather yeasty with a sense of dried banana peels, and bakers chocolate. Not a lot of strength or complexity but hints of earthy dried matter did come through on the trail.

T: The roasted nature comes through strongly in the flavor with a creamer laced coffee against an equally strong showing of Belgian yeast providing a slight funk and sourness of fruit (turning pears), and musky appeal. The yeastiness is both spicy, funky and strong enough to hold its own against the dark malts of this porter providing a great complimentary touch.

M: The mouthful was light in body with a oily texture while a ample amount of carbonation giving this a creamy feel and fullness the longer you hold it. A gently coating of fresh coffee grounds and the Belgian yeastiness teases the tongue long after the swallow.

D: A full drinking experience, light in body, but heavy in substance and flavor. A wonderful rich and deep drinking experience worthy of a special occasion. Consume on the warm side (45-50F) for best results.

beerthulhu, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-black looking liquid that is competely opaque. The head is a dark brown mocha looking color. It is very tight but slightly bubbly. Suprisingly good retention, seriously, it never leaves and sits in the glass until I finally can't take it any more and drink it. the lace is quite thick as I enjoy.

S-the nose is very different and expectingly so as a jolly pumpkin offering. It is of course funky, definitely the addition of brett, just a touch of chocolate and roasted malt seems to linger up front; but it is so faint it could be my imagination, sour tart grapes and cherries hit hard as the funk just keeps on going throughout

T-this is more like an american wild ale, tons of sour tartness, obvious additions of brett. Hints of the actual stout are faint right in the beginning and dissapear with less than a hello. The chocolate roasted malts are brief as the funk takes over. Cherries and grapes that are tart and sour dominates the palate

M-tons of carbonation but smooth on the palate. The carbonation makes it rough on the back of the throat and the body is medium at best. It is dry and astringent at the finish

D-this is pretty tasty if your big on the sours. I was hoping JP might find it in there hearts to take a stab at roasty malty goodness or at least allow it to show up. Definitely not an American Imperial Stout.

cpetrone84, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I cant remember who sent this to me, maybe d0ggnate?, but thanks to whomever sent this one.

"This Belgian inspired stout, dark as a moonless night, brimming of roasted malt and bitter hops, will keep you good comapany in all places, be they of light or of dark."

Pours from the 25.4oz bottle into a standard pint glass. A large, foamy and voluminous head forms that allows only about seven ounces of beer to be dispensed. Sometime this large head is sign of an infection, but we shall see. Quite rocky in appearance and leaves a generous amount of lacing.

Aroma was quite fruity. A belgian sweetness and a bit of twang was involved as well. Smells a bit sour.

Definitely a bit of sour, brett-like flavors. I am not sure how this one was classified as a Stout when it seems to have plenty of Belgian or Saison characteristics. Not much in the way of roastiness, especially for a double stout. I think this one is incorrectly categorized.

An interesting beer that seems to exist outside of categorization. I liked it. Based on the style assigned, this one completely fails.

SaCkErZ9, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/4" tan colored head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: big funkiness, roasted malts, and a bit of sourness.

Taste: big roasted malt, prunes, some tart red grapes, chocolate, and a hearty bitterness. Alcohol is warming. Definite funk and sourness lingering throughout.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the finish.

Drinkability: a slow sipping beer. One bomber bottle is enough for an evening session. Interesting and different type of stout worthy of a try.

Gavage, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured the 750 mL bottle (Blend 2, 2010) into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Black with some dark red hues. Poured with a thick, dense film that lingered.
S: Cranberry with raisins, impressively sour with chocolate sweet malts in the background. The tart fruit aroma is almost too unbalanced... almost.
T: Intensely sour cranberry with a charred, chocolate creaminess. The stout roasted flavors linger in the mouth while the tart berries stick to your teeth like juice. Its taste is much more balanced than its smell.
M: Mildly syrupy with refreshing, spritzy carbonation.
D: Refreshing for the 8.1% ABV. This is very drinkable.

This is in its own category. It is rather difficult to rate because it is not your typical American Imperial Stout.

ne0m00re, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle - Blend 1, 2010 - poured into tulip glass:

Pours black as night - large brown head slowly descends to a lasting cover. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate and a sour undertone.

The taste is sweet chocolate with a sour undertone that fits the "house character" of the brewery. It has a roasty, semi-sweet, hint of sour, finish.

It is creamy and hits full-bodied - though not thick. Bubbly carbonation isn't quite "effervescent", though close.

An interesting brew - has a "stout" character with the expected sour touch of this brewery. Having had other brews from Jolly Pumpkin, it's about what I expected. A strong stout with a "funky" undertone.

jwc215, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of gnemesis
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter on 3-7-10.
Huge 3 finger brown head sits atop a dark brown/black beer. The aroma is unexpected for a stout- roasted malts and tart fruit- I can almost smell the usual sourness from JP. The flavor is strange- malty like a stout yet tart and sour like the nose. Very dry mouthfeel. Too carbonated for my liking but good. A few pours were enough but large bottle is perfect for sharing with a friend.

gnemesis, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of mrmanning
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at MI brewer's guild fest winter-06- Thanks to Jadore blanche for sharing- Opaque noire motor oil pour with a ruby tinger mochacchino head. A very interesting combination of chocolate and coffee in the aroma mingles well with oak, brett and sour yeast. Like a belgian stout?!?!?!?!? My ,my, this smells good. A unique tart, yeasty, sour coffee is the frontrunner, and wins the prize for 1st place. An acidic bitterness lingers in the finish, and reminds me that I just drank a coffee, and a beer, and a belgian beer, and a stout, and a...well, so many things. This is a good beer, obscure in one of the greatest ways. Great

mrmanning, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Just a warning: pour this one slow. With a medium pour I get a four finger head that creeps to the top of my glass like carmel colored pudding. It fades rocky and caverness leaving puzzle pieces of lace as it slowly recedes. Body is oily blackness. Now this is a stout that has a unique nose with toasty malts and ripe but slightly tart dark fruit tones. The first sip brings a taste that is much like the nose, roasty malts wrapped in tart dark fruit esters. Almost like a fruit pie. Alcohol is warming in the belly. A sense of tannins arrive on the back of the tongue. Dry and bitter is the mouthfeel. For its uniqueness it is nicely drinkable.

SPLITGRIN, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Unibroue Tulip

A - Pours blacker than black with a huge dark brown head that takes forever to disappear, very nice lacing and big bubbles in the head, really nice looking.

S - It has that Jolly Pumpkin funkiness that I have smelled in some of their other beers, cocoa powder, maybe some oxidation (hard to tell)

T - Syrup, a good sourness, a little non-hop bitterness, and slight wood. Definitely the most different stout I have ever had.

M- Maybe a little thin but not bad, I liked it.

D - I like this but it was difficult to finish the whole bottle, but I am grateful I got to try this.

semibaked, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful artwork on this label. Not sure what to expect from this beer, but here we go...

A- Huge chocolate brown head about 2-3 inches. Dark opaque liquid. Spiderweb lacing. This one sure is a beauty.

S- What is that I smell? I sure smell some funkiness, some chocolate cocoa, and syrupy.

T- I should have expected a sour/tart stour from JP =) Some bitterness, but overall a sour apple tart flavor followed by chocolate syrup and bittersweet/roasted notes.

M- Needs more carbonation. Very thin and light bodied for a stout.

D- I could not drink more than a glass of this beer because it just did some nasty things to my stomach. However, I appreciate the complexity and the uniqueness of this brew. I recommend giving it a try for the experience.

DavidSeanNJ, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of eat
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to viggo for sharing and to bobsy for remembering who shared it! I should have thought to also take notes on who's beer was who's.

Pours a deep, dark brown...almost black. Good cover of moka head. Great lacing. Looks pretty awesome.

Big smell full of alcohol, lots of hops, dark malt, chocolate, astringent, bitter espresso. Woah.

This is a stout? This is unlike any stout I've ever had. From what was discussed that evening, I think it was decided that this was a stout-like sour. A little bit sweet, quite sour, some chocolate. ABV feels a little lower than it is but is still noticeable.

Too thin, the feel could be improved. Thin body and mild carbonation.

While I like this beer, it's not incredibly drinkable. A bit too intense to drink much of, almost like it could upset your stomach if you drank too much (from being too sour, not the ABV). I'd drink this again but wouldn't want any more than half a bomber of this one.

eat, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I was unsure whether I'd like this beer - while I love funk and sour I wasn't sure how well it would work in a stout. Fortunately my doubts were misplaced, and I think this one is fairly well done. I think something that really works in this beer's favour is that its not overwhelmingly sour, and actually has decent balance.

Midnight black pour with a big bubbly off-white head that left some good lace and exhibited good retention. The nose has sharp coffee to it, some notes of vinegar, and a prominent roast profile. Likewise the flavour has the elements of a stout you'd expect - coffee, chocolate, a roasted bitterness, and some of the aspects of a sour - fruitiness, funk, vinegar. Medium body with a good active carb.

Certainly an interesting experience. The flavours did work together surprisingly well, but I'm not sure how often I'd be reaching for a beer like this. I think I'd probably feel like a stout or a sour, but not a sour stout. Pretty cool, though, and JP know their shit. Thanks to viggo for sharing!

bobsy, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm excited to try this one as it seems most either love it or hate it... I'm excited by the thought of a "sour stout..."

Batch #266

A - We have a wee bit of a gusher on our hands... This leads to three fingers worth of airy milk chocolate frothiness that exhibits terrific retention... A dense solid black color... Once the head recedes, the slightest bit of light leaks in through the top... Loads of lace clings to the sides of the glass... A very nice appearance to this one...

S - The funkiness is first and foremost... The chocolate notes are present but take a definite backseat... Cherries... Oak... Perhaps even a hint of vanilla...

T - The roles are slightly reversed... The chocolate notes are first and are of the bitter dark variety but they are quickly replaced by a potent slightly tart yeasty funk that starts slow, crescendos, and then fades into obscurity... Also present are notes of the tartest cherries imaginable... Notes of red wine like tannins increases as the beer warms... Only a very subtle roastiness...

M - Lots of mild carbonation... Dry... A mildly burnt texture... A very delicate stout... Slightly puckering...

D - Kudos to Jolly Pumpkin for creating a brew that is really an all out assault on the senses and keeps you on your toes with every sip... The multitude of complexities makes this one enjoyable, but the aggressiveness weighs on the overall drinkability as does the hefty price tag... A very interesting brew that I suggest BAs try if given the chance, but not one I would necessarily recommend...

Note - I struggled rating this beer more than any other in my 450+ reviews...

philbe311, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second Jolly Pumpkin beer of the night, shared with my Father and Brother-in-Law.

Appearance - This was one of the only JP beers that was not a gusher. Pours dark reddish/brown, almost black, leaving only about a finger worth of head and minimal lacing. This is not the normal JP "appearance" I am used to, especially after opening the Bam Biere minutes prior and having three inches of fluffy white head. I have another one of these beers and am hoping next time the appearance is more up to JP's standards.

Smell - A bitter coffee and roast smell is at the forefront which is followed by the signature funky, sour smell of JP. This is a quite interesting smelling beer. The sour smells of dark cherries and there is a hint of chocolate in the nose also. This smells so crazy good for the type of beer/style it is suppose to be.

Taste - The taste is the opposite of the smell - as in you immediately taste the funky/sourness which is then followed by the more bitter, coffee notes. At the tail end it finishes up with just a few hints of chocolate. As for the sour, the more sips you take the more you can definitely taste hints of cherry and green apple flavor. This is a very unique imperial stout and I must say I am rather enjoying it with my family.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied (not boozy at all) and lightly carbonated. Again, I feel there was an issue with this beer because the lack of carbonation, but honestly, I liked how it was not super carbonated. It lends to the style well. Finishes with a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, if you are splitting it three ways. I'm not sure how I'd feel after having one of these by myself. A bit heavy for the JP beers, but such an enjoyable one for the style it is representing. I am glad I have another one and can't wait to have it sometime soon.

SpdKilz, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber (Batch #266) poured in the 55 degree range into Chimay glass.

Wow, what a gusher... Never had one that shot off like a geyser before, but that was pretty cool (except for losing a few ounces).

Pours with a relatively soft foamy tan head over a black body with cherry cola edges. Good lacing.

Smell is wild and funky - that really threw me off, given that I was expecting your typical imperial stout. Cherries, chocolate, cinnamon, and plenty of twangy farmhouse funk... Wild!

Flavor was every bit Wild Ale, with tart, biting sour qualities. Some cocoa powder tries desperately to break through the powerful funk, but fails. Bitter bark-like hoppy bite in the finish, with some semi-sweet chocolate on the breath.

Mouthfeel was a lot thinner than I would hope for an 8% "stout" (if that's what the kids are calling it these days). Twang and bite dominate.

This is a sipper, no doubt. Worth enjoying slowly due to the complexity.

Phew, that was a hard one (but fun one) to rate given the ambiguous style and true uniqueness.

BeerImmediately, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of ryanonline
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

from bottle to wine glass

pours with a thick dark tan head with compacted bubbles. black as night.

smell of licorice and dark coffee maybe a hint of apples and some tobacco.

taste is more of the same with a much stronger tart apple flavor up front and the coffee on the end but licorice and tobacco throughout

mouthfeel is very spritzy especially for a stout. but very clean

this beer, for as much as is going on with it, is surprisingly drinkable.

I am convinced after drinking this beer, having tried maracaibo especial and calbaza de oro, that jolly pumpkins beers have sort of an apple flavor to all of them. I'm sure there is a reason for this. i also think that, since most of them are bottle conditioned, they may be best when cellared.

ryanonline, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
2.4/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Black with a huge billowing 4 finger head that takes forever to recede. Smell is pungeant hops and belgian yeast. A decent amount of spices are present as well.

The taste is rather odd. Seems that the roasted malt character is just begging to burst out but is being held back by an odd hops character and a light sour/sweet/tart combination that just doesn't work too well. I thought this one might be a little more similar to Black Albert, but alas it ends up just being a mess. A bit gross and completely undrinkable. Not sure what they were really going for here, but it just doesn't work. I see why this beer has such polarizing reviews.

alcstradamus, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mfielden - thanks, Mark!

A - Black in color with nice creamy head that settles to a film, with a little lacing.

S - Aroma is tart and somewhat lactic with roast, caramel, and some hops.

T - Flavor is roasty and tart (seems lactic) with chocolate and some hops. Pretty good and interesting overall.

M - Nice sharp but smooth palate with medium body and no booziness to speak of.

D - Good. The tartness doesn't really ever overwhelm, nor does the base stout.

nickd717, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $9. Edit: Batch 360/362.

A: Inky dark brown, verging on black with an enormous brown head that will not stop growing out of my glass, insane! I've never seen a beer do this before. Excellent lacing, awesome color. Nice looking beer.

S: Has some definite funk to it, big time horseblanket/medicinal flavor, citrus, as well as roasted coffee and dark chocolates, has a sort of Hershey's chocolate syrup note to it as well. Really pulls the nose in a lot of directions. As for style, its there, but hidden under the funk. Very interesting.

T: Fairly bitter, lots of hops in this one as well as dark roasted malts, not incredibly tart, but still has a little bit of a funky sourness, enough to notice. Slightly medicinal. Roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate as well. Spicy alcohol in the end. Has some lingering notes, and the roasted profile lingers longest. Very, very interesting.

M: Mouthfeel is all wrong in this, this is incredibly thin and highly carbonated, definitely loses points here. Slightly warm alcohol though, and a dry finish.

D: One bottle is more than enough to split with someone, lots of different flavors going on here, but they don't play all that nicely with each other. Glad to have tried it, and definitely the most interesting take on an imperial stout I've ever tried. Would recommend to try it, but probably wouldn't buy it again.

pokesbeerdude, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with a huge head that just stayed and stayed. The aroma was mildewy to me. The taste was bitter and sour, not at all what I was expecting from an imperial stout. The feel was medium bodied, but thin for a stout, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was average. This really wasn't that good. I guess the lesson is if you want funk, buy funk. The reviews were not that helpful, they were all over the place, but now I know which ones were on the mark.

kegger22, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of berkey
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Jolly Pumpkin brew. I've been hearing good things about these guys for awhile so I was excited to see their beers start showing up around here in recent months. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Dense coal black body, forms a very large light brown head with just the slightest hint of red. Retention is above average and leaves a very good amount of stringy lacing.

Initial aromas are roasty and coffee-like followed by an understated malt sweetness. The most interesting thing is an almost tart fruity aroma. Tart and coffee may sound like strange bedfellows but it seems to be working well so far. Dry bitter hops are there if you search for them but they're kind of married to a dry oaky character and are kind of lost in the shuffle.

Coffee still right out front on first sip. Really teams up with the oaky tannins for a very interesting earthy dry roasted character. Tartness is even more prominent on the palate, almost approaching sour. Oak reasserts itself on the aftertaste. Lingers for a very long time on the palate. Takes several seconds for all the flavors to come through. Very unique.

Drinkability is pretty average. As much as I enjoyed the big, unique, flavors even with the medium for the style ABV the 750 was more than I was looking for. I'll probably buy again to share with a friend.

Overall a very interesting and enjoyable brew. One of the more unique that I've tried in the style. I'm glad Jolly Pumpkin is becoming more available in my area and I'll definitely be giving more of their brews a try as I see them.

berkey, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of gabrielsyme
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Taste (and smell) are what you would expect from a high-quality stout: roasty, chocolate (specifically dark chocolate bitterness), coffee. The aftertaste on this though is the characteristic JP flavor the slightly tart yeast taste. It makes for a wonderful combination.

gabrielsyme, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: "Darker than a moonless night." Ominous thick brown head that remains throughout the enjoyment of this masterpiece. Lacing unlike that which I have ever seen. The lacing, and this may be by sheer coincidence, looked more akin to stained glass. Very cool.

S: Coffee is the first aroma on the nose. This is followed up and complemented by almost a coal smell. In the back of the nose you will enjoy a tart hint that reminds me of plums that were picked too early.

T: Heaping notes of coffee and cocoa. The roasty goodness is cut by a sour/tangy sharpness buried in the recesses of this evil-looking brew. Black cherries and dates are seemingly present, but this beer is by no means fruity. This beer is a roasty coffee with bitter chocolates. The alcohol provides spice and warmth as the temperature of the brew rises.

M: Big carbonation and medium bodied.

D: The odd thing about this beer is that, as good as it is, I could only see myself having two at the most in one sitting. It is not overly boozy and it is certainly delicious enough. Hmmm???

Batch 360/362

DeathbySexyBT, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of heliosphann
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Batch #266. Served in an oversized tulip and split with BA Infestaxion.

A: Pours jet black, with a nice coffee tint. This one was a gusher! Leaves some crazy lacing on my Duvel Tulip. Looks very enticing.

S: Heavy funk of Belgian yeast and a some tart cherries/dark fruit. A little bit of oak is in there as well.

T: Slight roasty malts up front, with some dark fruity funk. Finish is highlighted by Belgian yeast and a slight sourness. Complexity grew significantly as the beer warmed up.

M: Very carbonated, probably a little too much. Could be a thicker.

D: The ABV is very well hidden, and it goes down very smoothly. The beer opened up more to my liking as it warmed up. The high carbonation does makes it easy to drink, but the sour finish prevents you from drinking it too much.

Probably my least favorite offering from Jolly Pumpkin. Of course even their "worst", is a very solid beer. I believe the bottle we tried has a little more than a year on it, so I'm thinking this doesn't age that well. I'll have to try a fresh bottle down the road and compare it. Mahalo!

heliosphann, Sep 21, 2009
Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.