Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 73
Gots: 108 | 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

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Photo of KAP1356
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
1.85/5  rDev -51.9%
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.

Photo of hayesez
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Picked this one up yesterday in Bloomington and cracked it open tonight. Reads "Blend 2, 2010" on the back. I had tried it at Dark Lord Day and was looking forward to doing it again on a fresh palate. Cracked it open while getting some work done in the office. A bit of a gusher with the majority landing in my glass, but a meaningful amount hitting the floor. Calmed down when being poured.

Poured into my DFH signature glass several different times. Deep dark brown with a very intriguing head. The head obviously billowed up quickly as I poured my glass about half-full of beer. After giving it some time to settle and drinking a bit, I filled it up again. The original head was very fluffy in the middle with large loosely packed bubbles on the outside. As it settled those larger bubbles became smaller and assimilated with the rest of the head becoming a tan color. The second pour created a billowing up of more loosely packed bubbles pushing the original head upward. This second layer is a darker tan. Upon my third pour, it was more of the same. At this point, I had three layers of head, each varying in bubble density and color. It looked like the multi-layered sand art I've seen in the past - very interesting. Lots of thick lace left on sides.

Originally, the funkiness dominated the nose on this beer. Tart fruits are prevalent. However, the deeper I get into the bottle, the more I smell the roasted malts, dark chocolate, and stouty fruit smell. It is not what one would expect from an imperial stout...unless they knew that it was Jolly Pumpkin. I'm not convinced I'm really a fan of the smell, but it is definitely interesting.

The taste (regardless of how much of the bottle I've had) is definitely not that of a stout. It is dominated by the brett and has a little semblance of an imperial stout. It starts off very wild before moving into what can be recognized as the pre-brett stout. A bit of roasted malt and a hint of chocolate emerge before the finish reminds you that you are definitely drinking a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Interesting, but given the style, not what one would expect. Very thin feeling for an imperial stout. I'm a huge fan of this style of beer, but mouthfeel is a big component of that. This falls way short.

Overall, I actually enjoyed drinking this beer. Ranking against other Imperial Stouts will detract for the Beer Advocate rankings I assign, but certainly a noteworthy beer. Frankly, I'd drink another one just to look at head pile up.

Consumed: 6/8/2010

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Poured black with good carbonation and a dirty white head

S: Funk, roasted malts, fruits, booze

T: Roasted malt, funk, tasted some Earthiness, dark fruit and a sourness, sting of booze on the end and booze is warming throughout

M: Carbonation was good, medium to big body

D: Would not drink again

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle tried 3 Jan 2010.

Served in a 0.4 L Kur Pils snifter. Large brown head. Medium carbonation. Dark brown in color. Aromas of molasses, dried fruit, cocoa and ethanol. Sweet and fruity tart to start. Lost of burnt roastiness in the middle. Tart cherries and raisins. Lots of drying oakiness in the finish. Slightly syrupy body.

Tasty but don't need a lot of this one.

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 360/362

Appearance: Pours a suitably obscure dark color with a magnificent foamy head that leaves an impressive pattern of lace

Smell: Oak and sour cherries dominate the aroma, but underneath one can find, plenty of roast, dark fruit and chocolate

Taste: Opens with a wild and musty flavor of oak, sour cherries and roasted/charred meat; by mid-palate, a hint of sweet chocolate sneaks in underneath; after the swallow, the lactic sour flavors dominate the other subtle aspects into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy, with a lovely delicate foamy carbonation

Overall: Lots of complexity and very interesting; Jolly Pumpkin is a master at presenting lactic sour beers in a range of styles; my first review of this beer had lower scores but re-reviewing Batch 5 (bottled 1/21/11) was an eye-opener that bumped the scores up considerably

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

I was inspired to try this beer after hearing Jamil and company try to clone it on the Brewing Network. I'm now drinking it while relistening to the episode.

APPEARANCE: Poured into my Duvel glass and wow, did it foam up like crazy! After I finally got it poured and settled down (20 minutes or so), it appeared dark brown to black in color with (obviously) a huge, rocky, dark tan head.

SMELL: The aroma definitely has more sour and tart Belgian than dark chocolate stout-ness. The dark grains are there though but seem to compete with the tart yeast aromas rather than work with them. As it warms, things really start to get interesting with oaky aromas of vanilla doing their best to round everything together.

TASTE: Tart through and through. Yeast sourness is joined by oaky tannins to create something much more resembling a Belgian farmhouse ale. I don't think I could even come close to guessing the color of this if I didn't see it with my own eyes. The only indications of the darkness are on the finish and well after the swallow. A subtle chocolatiness joins the sour and gives you a kind of jarring double take.

MOUTHFEEL: A quite thin body is joined my a medium carbonation to again create a very misleading perception. But for what the beer is, this is probably where it should be.

DRINKABILITY: Reasonably good for a fine sour beer like this. This one will take me all night, but I'm okay with that.

I didn't quite know what to expect from this, and this definitely wasn't it. It'd be nice if it had more of a balance between the Belgian sour and the big black stout flavors. But I won't complain when I get to drink a nice sour beer and this certainly qualifies.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is brown sugar, alcohol and dark cherries. The flavor is pretty tart with some sour cherries and a lot of notes from the oak aging. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice slightly sour stout.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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...

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.

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.

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.

Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.