Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn StoutMadrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,995
Ranked #11,720
3.91 | pDev: 15.86%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn StoutMadrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout
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Reviews: 389 | Ratings: 1,040
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purple black hue.

Khaki head; minimal lace.

Coffee, plum & sour nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Raspberry soda chocolate stout?! This is mighty tasty & easy to drink.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura, 8.1% ABV. Pours dark brown with a slight tan head. Nose is a bit sour. Taste is salty, bitter, and slightly tangy. Decent mouthfeel, overall meh.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Does this beer predate Tart of Darkness? Either way, these were the first beers I was ever aware of that were dropping that sour stout style on us. You get a hefty dark pour with plenty of roasted malt giving it the dark appearance with 1/2" brown head on the top. Aroma of sour roasted barley. A little bit of burnt caramel and chocolate.

The taste is a neat little lemon sour meets dark roasted malt kind of vibe. Some old oak taste going with it, dropping some wood tannin like vibes into a tight dry sour mouth feel. Minor coffee from the malt notes.

A little bit of bitterness, a little bit of smoke noticeable even. This is more of a stout than Tart of Darkness, but ToD has more nuanced cherry cola feels along with that roasted malt and the sourness is also more than just a lemon note, its lemon cherry! Anyways, this is a more expensive, less awesome version of Tart of Darkness. Nice when it shows up at a bottle share, but also not what I'm stockpiling in the cellar (like ToD).

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blend 1 2010
Nice big foamy bubbly head, little lacing, pitch black

Nose a bit of that over attenuation in the bottle yeasty smell with spices and fruity thing and little chemically, Bruins chocolate and cocoa, marshmallow, nougat, caramel,

Taste more of that fruity acidic yeasty thing from the continued fermentation, acidic and light sour, little dark chocolate and caramel, nougat and marshmallow, little spice and milk chocolate, drier finish, fair bitterness

Mouth is med bod, super fizzy carb, little acidity and alcohol

Overall interesting but didn't age well

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Photo of ovaltine
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On the pour this looks like a big stout, with the black pour only fading slightly on the edges to a mahogany brown, and a tan head. The nose is dominated by the funky notes, though some char slips through, but the taste is all about the funk - if that was dialed by a bit, I think this would be really good, but all I got was a decent stout knocked out of the box by funky flavors.

I've enjoyed a couple of sour stouts, but this one missed the mark a bit, IMHO. I wanted to love it, but the funk was too dominant, again IMHO.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really nice dark brew with brown head. Way I like a stout to look. Aroma a little funky. Taste is very dry and bretty. Not much stout like characteristics and not sour, just dry and bretty. Ok beer but not quite great in any way.

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Photo of KEH
1.53/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.25

When I tried this, I was admittedly unfamiliar with Jolly Pumpkin's brews. I LOVE dark beers, especially Belgian brews. I payed a hefty $15 or $20, and was REALLY excited to try it. I chilled it, broke out the tulip glass, popped the cork and poured. It looked great. Beautiful dark brew with a dense head. I took a whiff, and the fun was over. It smelled like the garbage can my folks had for grass on a hot summer day. I took a swig, and it tasted like a cross of blood and vinegar. One more sip was attempted, and the rest was dumped down the drain. Since then, I've learned that JP tends to lean toward sour beers. This was my first experience with a sour. I can't say that my future experiences went any better.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a very dark brown to black beer. A slight, quick head leaves a fine ring of lace on an Antiek snifter.

Oak aromas are strong, followed by tart alcohol. Warmth brings out cherries and vinegar, similar to a Flemish Red.

Initially quite tart, sweetness comes into play with cherry flavors. Oak is present throughout the middle as is light roast and chocolate. The finish is long and tart with a slight bitter bite.

Super dry, the finish pickles the palate. Otherwise it is soft with a soft full body and light carbonation.

Somehow, it seems inappropriate for an Imperial Stout to be sour. Whatever the classification, this is a tasty and contemplative treat.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled oak barrel aged and bottle conditioned
Pours a jet black body with minimal tan head
Cherry and basil aroma with chicory notes
Cherry cola with chewing tobacco and liquorice

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Photo of ASoftMachineMan
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in Tallahassee FL, consumed same day. 1 pint bottle poured half and half into snifters. Bottled December 8, 2015 and drunk April 22, 2017.

L: Pours black with one-finger dark tan-to-brown head which quickly fades to thin lacing. When lit the body reveals a very dark (as in phone flashlight barely shone through) garnet-red.

S: Brighter smell than one might anticipate, even from a sour stout. Cherries, cloves, cinnamon, dark chocolate, black coffee, and black currant all evident. Distinctive alcohol notes on the very end.

T: Very much the same as the nose. Cherries, currant, yeast, black coffee, dark chocolate, cloves and cinnamon more limited on the palate than the nose. Lingering notes of black coffee and roasted malt.

F: Smooth, but with substantial acidity. Back of the tongue/throat definitely picks up more of the bright acid and alcohol esters.

Overall: A very interesting and well-balanced Belgian-inspired stout. I have had plenty of beers that try for the "Belgian-inspired" badge only to produce overly-yeasty and boozey chuggers. Jolly Pumpkin's Madrugada Obscura is definitely worth the money if you're a fan of Belgian sour stouts.

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Photo of stortore
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 12/8/15, had 9/20/16.

Pours an opaque, dark brown, with a fairly quickly dissipating one inch head, some darker tan foamy lacing. The smell brings a tart and sour aroma, malt, Belgian yeast, cocoa, raisins, some toffee and spices, light cherries. Smells pretty good. The taste also starts a bit tart and sour up front, but that mellows out as it warms. Malt, chocolate, cocoa, yeast, some molasses and caramel, cherries assert a little more than the nose. Fair amount of hop bitterness throughout. Smooth, although seemed a little acidic at times, a good, medium body, well carbonated.

A very good combo Belgian and sour stout, well blended and crafted. Very enjoyable to drink and well worth a purchase.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice dark brew that leaves uniform, spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is like moldy leather you dug out of the basement with your chocolate covered fingers. The taste is the same with moldy notes and tart dark cherries and chocolate. There is a massive amount of flavor in this unique and delicious beer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark chocolate brown and opaque. A bit watery and thin looking but nice.

Really nice smell. Complex. Mix of oak wood and tart. Belgian yeast notes and light chocolate. Taste is wood, tart and hops. Not bad. Body is heavy but thin. Decent but off putting for the style. Not bad. Worth a try.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black color, tan head. Aroma is roasty and acidic. Taste starts with bitter coffee, tartness, cherry pits and finishes bitter and roasty. Really dry, interesting and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark brew with a finger of sudsy beige head and massive amounts of lacing
S: Manzanita berry, roasted malt, oak, red wine
T: Red wine, oak, dark chocolate, roasted malt,
F: Thin but strong
O: Strange special brew.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a two inch, foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Sparse lacing.

S: A good aroma of dark fruit, malt, and some chocolate.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, lemon (surprisingly enough), a hint of coffee, dark fruit (raisins), and a sour funky quality. It's hard to categorize this flavor. It's a weird mix of a stout, a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and a little bit of a sour beer. Somehow it works (for the most part), though it could have used more of certain ingredients.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied; much lighter than most stouts.

O: Definitely an unusual beer, but well worth trying. Drinkable.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is raspberries/cherries, medium sweetness and fruit. The flavor is cherries/raspberries, dark malts, medium sweetness and a mix of acidity and warming alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 13.35 (Including tax)/25.9 oz bottle ($ 0.515/oz) at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale, Saginaw, MI
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – smells like sour fruit
Head average (Maximum 2.8 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to two mm ring with legs and a partial layer
Lacing - none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – begins slightly sour but not overpowering. No hops, no roasted malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

Other than color, very nonstout-like. The roasted malt is obscured by the sour fruitiness. I can’t decide if I like this or not. It is definitely better than most of the sours I’ve had from New Braunfels Brewing.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of justinp444
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter it has a black body with a beige ring head. Smell of funk, hay, cherry, apricot, peach, some light oak, and a bit of coffee chocolate on the end. Taste is nice bittersweet chocolate, light coffee, strawberry, little bit of lemon, cherry, green apple, and funk. Full crisp slight acidic mouth feel, full body, and moderate to light carbonation.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black with surprisingly large fluffy brown head at first, that dies down to some whisps.

Heavy whiffs of smokey, almost bacony notes up front. Toasted sunflower was thrown out there by a friend as well, and that's definitely spot on.

Slightly acetic, definitely another extremely off the wall and unusual sour by Jolly Pumpkin

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very dark beer with a light caramel head on top. Smells boozy with a little dark fruit smell. Taste is very sour with a roasted malt after taste. Definitely a sour stout.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This bottle was stored nearly 15 months before opening.

Pours black as tar with a decently restrained, dark tan head. Good lace left behind in ragged sheets from the pour as it recedes to a thick, irregular film.
Smell is heady during the pour with notes of tart cherries, oak and malt evident before getting close to the glass. Once nearer the nostrils wet cardboard and some yeast are found.
Taste is tart for a Imp. stout. Notes of tangy cherries, oak, roasted malt, yeast, even some hops and licorice hiding in the background.
Body is light for the style, effervescence is very restrained. Still, at over 8%, it's a sipping brew. It reminds me of a Flanders red oddly. Good, but certainly outside the norm for style.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/19/2013 bottle

L: quickly fading dark tan head, deep brown/black with a tinge of amber when held towards the light

S: hints of tart cherry, wood, tobacco

T: light tartness and funk up front, chocolate and roasted finish. Expected more complexity based on the nose. Not much bitterness.

F: quick bite up front, semi creamy sweetness in middle, hint of roasted bitter on the finish.

O: aroma lead me to believe this would be a very complex beer, however the flavor fell a bit flat. Dichotomy of funk and roastiness fail to blend together.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

my first sour stout. such an odd style but i really see why people like them so much. deep dark color is very attractiva and yet deceptive. the aroma is that familiar Jolly Pumpkin sour/vinegar/ funk but kicked up a notch with roasty notes clearly coming through. tastes exactly like i hoped it would, nice and sour but not too acidic and blends very nicely with the dark roasty flavors. some coffe notes are also present.
very well done!

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2.62/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter glass from a vintage bottle (dated 02/14/2012).

Appearance: Deep dark browny oil color. Thin body with medium bubbles creating a tan head that rises to roughly a notch below a finger's length.

Smell: Desirable smell but awkward for an imperial stout. Hints of lemon and yeast, get what I mean.

Taste: Honestly Having a a boatload of imperial stouts, this one has to be the worst. Very sour with a hard hit of lemon, feels like your chewing into the skin as well. Also feels like they breweres threw wheat grass into it and to call this an imperial stout is a disgrace.

Mout: Because of the fact it is somewhat sticky, that's why I am not grading it any lower. Chewy, kinda reminds me of rye bread.

Overall: Honestly do yourself a favor and leave it alone, God knows how much money I paid for it but do not see myself finishing the bottle. I have at least five other choices Iimperial stouts) which blow this out the water. Salud!

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