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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 73
Gots: 109 | FT: 8
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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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Beer added by: Shovelbum on 02-12-2006

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Photo of emmasdad
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saw this one at the liquor store the other day, and passed due to price. Seeing it on tap at Hops and Pie, I felt compelled to try it (thankfully).
Poured a deep black (w/ruby highlights) color, with a bit of a tan head. Very tart on the nose, dried cherries, milk chocolate and roasted malt. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and tart, with flavors of chocolate, brett and roasted malt. An excellent beer.

Photo of jhdrislane617
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours deep black with ruby hues. A solid fluffy light mocha head hangs around and leaves spotty lacing. A fine looking beer.

Pleanty of dark fruit in the nose but i'm also picking up a bit of strawberry as well as some clove, vanilla and some alcohol. Very funky with a bit of coffee and chocolate in the background. My first experience with Bretts and i'm intrigued.

The taste follows the nose and is a bit overwhelming. Very funky and sour but i'm digging it. To lump this into the american imperial/double stout style isn't really fair to either party. I really enjoy the taste, slight markdown due to the funkiness not normally found in this style.

Over the palate it's smooth with good prickly carbonation and a slight twinge of alcohol in the finish.

I say we call this a Flemish Style Stout? As a fan of imperial stouts I was really enamored with this beer. It provided both a reason to delve into the world of sours and warranted my first BA review.


Photo of jminsc76
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a tulip, pours an espresso brown head atop an impenetrable black body. Thick legs as I tilt, with the head reemerging readily.

Aromas of coffee and berries, with a slight degree of funk. Not highly intense, just enough to exhibit a wonderful bouquet of sharp stout-like sweetness.

Flavors: so if you are expecting a powerful, robust Double Stout that happens to include a small to medium quantity of Jolly Pumpkin funkbombedness, you’re going to be disappointed. The stout characteristics are there, though primarily on the finish (way on the finish, like, at the back of the tongue practically). Instead expect more of a light Belgian Dubbel with that signature sharp funk and oak taking full reign from front to midpoint.

Mouthfeel is thin and light, with little to no thickening upon swishing.

Overall, this is drinkable and tasty but misses the mark. I really was hoping to taste a roasty and robust funkbomb stout with plenty of coffee and/or molasses and/or chocolate, but all I get is a tease at the finish. I mean the aromas yield plenty of stout characteristics, why can’t the flavors do the same? Still good though, and perhaps I am missing the point considering it’s a Jolly Pumpkin beer.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 14. Bottled 3-4-2011

Pours pitch black with a one-finger tan head. Superb retention and sexy lace.

The nose is much more delicate than I expected- notes of maple, vanilla, mushroom and coffee-flavored taffy. There is a serious earthiness that is very reminiscent of old-world style red wine. The hops seem to be of the noble type, contributing somewhat neutral floral tones.

Palate is medium-bodied and creamy, with a tartness that lasts from beginning to end. There's a roasty, malty sweetness and a touch of bitterness in the middle which fades back into the tartness on the long finish- flavors of coffee, spicy oak barrel, vanilla.

Like a good red wine, give this beer about 25-30 minutes to breathe. It opens up wonderfully with an intense earthiness, while the palate, which seems overly-tart at first, becomes much more harmonized. This was the last of the three JPs to come through Nashv recently, and I'm certainly going to search out the rest when I get the chance to travel to other states.

Photo of chugalug06
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark as night with an great tan foamy head. Pours a GREAT head too. Very nice lacing/"tiering"

S - Funk for sure. Very chocolate and sour too. Smells like vanilla wafers. Oaky and rich.

T - Yep, there's funk. Deep, dark, true, and rich... Great oak flavor too! A very typical JP sour.

M - Great, beautifully rich and elegant feel. Perfect carbonation to boot. Coats and disperses flavor excellent. Smooth.

D - WOW. One of the best brews I've had in sometime, extremely rich and enjoyable. Hard to put down and let open up...

A definite MUST try. Great recommendation by CT W&S. Thank you!

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Monument Wines & Spirits in Concord, CA, and brought back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe. We put it straight up after Port Brewing's Older Viscosity, and this is an extremely different style of American Impy Stout.

Pours a deep brown-black, with an incredibly frothy head of ochre brown. Lacing is thick, full and heady, and the body looks appropriately thick, with a leavened, lightened quality. Looks good.

Nose is confusingly wild, giving that classic funky Jolly Pumpkin barnyard/bière de garde sour character, with plenty of clipped hay and resin. Indeed, there's very little darkness to it on the nose, despite the appearance and the expectations. It's one confusing and upsettingly exciting beer.

Taste is similar. Certainly, it has a big acidic spike, and a huge organic funkiness, but this is (remember) based on a very dark and slightly astringent body. Certainly, there's some dark roasted characters coming through on the back, that mesh and clash with the acidic vinous characters which make it excitingly odd.

What a weird beer. In fact, I expected this to be Jolly Pumpkin taking a more mainstream route to establish a genuine American Imperial Stout on their roster, but what we've got is their cheery and subversive take on the style. Without a doubt, it's American: the weirdness clearly demarcates it this way. But it's also classic Jolly Pumpkin: uncompromising, fresh and iconic.

Love it.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 7, bottled February 8, 2011:

A lush dark abyss with a small cocoa tan head. Lacing takes hold and persists.

The nose is Jolly Pumpkin. Sour and woody with a muted roasty chocolate stout character in the background where it somehow fits.

The taste is something far outside of the ordinary in the imperial stout realm. The sour tones hit up front and cause the lip smacking pucker in classic fashion while the stout richness dawdles behind before coming in to proclaim itself. The oak is beautifully subtle and imparts an enjoyable woody presence that pokes through the sourness and ends up complimenting the roasted and milky classic stout profile. The complexity unfolds and grows ever more deep as warmth settles in. The amazement grows. Oh the charm that invited and welcomed bacterial infection can conjure.

The mouthfeel approaches light on the wings of the sourness. It manages to weigh in appropriately albeit by a thread. It toes the line of being a bit thin as far as technical criteria, but as this ale is essentially a style in and of itself it maintains its status.

Overall, this is an interesting and enjoyable creation that broadens the ideals of a familiar style. This brewer follows its own unique heart and does it well. This artisan ale is unique. While excellence absolutley abounds these days, finding something that you have never come close to experiencing in the craft brew realm is still a complete rarity. This is one of those rarities. Bravo for originality. If intentionally sour ales are not your cup of beer, you may not see the beauty in this. This is bread for the starving.

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

This used to be on my Wants so when it finally made it down to Indiana I had to grab a bottle. This bottle was from Batch 2, 2010. This Dark Dawn Stout poured a viscous dark, dark brown with a billowing caramel brown soapy head. I poured a bit into my glass after opening the bottle and just looked over and foam started creeping out the top! I had heard this bottle could be a gusher but didn't expect it to begin after I had already poured a full snifter. It smells of caramel malts, some dark fruit, and has the trademark Jolly Pumpkin sour aroma. I like it. The flavors are really interesting. It features dark fruity sweetness and almost a tart peach like sourness that I really like. It's just really interesting. Only Jolly Pumpkin would "infect" a stout on purpose. It drinks medium in body and definitely stimulates your palate. It made my taste buds go crazy. It's not the most drinkable stout but drinking a bottle yourself is possible.

For what they set out to do, they did it well. If you compare it to other stouts then you won't be a fan but if you're a fan of Jolly Pumpkin then this one is up your alley.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high creamy tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are strong aromas of dark fruits in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste has flavors of dark fruits and a bit of sourness; however, these are quickly followed by roasted malts and finishes with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The combination of fruity and roasted malt flavors is rather interesting yet it also makes this beer one that needs to be sipped slowly.

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Photo of bamadog
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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.

Photo of nlmartin
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.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of JLeege
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to G311 for this brew.

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.

Photo of ccrida
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.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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...

Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Jmoore50
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

Photo of timtim
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.

Photo of nova009
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 891 ratings.