Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn StoutMadrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #681
Ranked #18,454
3.85 | pDev: 16.1%
Aug 27, 2023
Feb 12, 2006
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Rated: 3.98 by Mavigo from Michigan

Aug 27, 2023
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Sept. 2011: 750 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV 8.1%. Blend 4, bottled 20. Jan. 2011. My bottle was a big time gusher, half of the content came out of the bottle by its own will. I know Jolly Pumpkin have wild yeast in all their beers, but this one was too wild. Pitch black colour, foamy tan head. Strong aroma of wild yeast / farmhouse, vinegar and roasted malts, notes of dark chocolate and coffee. The flavour is medium sour and vinegary, does not blend in well at all with the roasty notes of a stout. Clearly infected.
Jul 24, 2022
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Last one of the visit to JP. Pours dark and toasty, with lots of black cherries on the nose. The acidity cuts across, leaving each sip with a bright finish. Leather and tobacco and some stone fruit linger behind the tartness. Wonderful sipper.
Jul 20, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jun 12, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
So far, sour stouts haven't been a bad experience. This time it starts with a pint can being emptied into a clear glass Imperial pint mug. The head is a modest light brown, so the contents of the can fit perfectly. This is still an uncommon style, so it's novel to have something that looks so obviously stoutlike smell like a sour. Maybe there's a little roasted malt in the aroma somewhere, but this smells like a good Flanders Red. The brew itself is the typical black coffee brown that befits the stout profile. Even at the onset, where the biggest hit of sweetness usually appears in most beers, this is a solid sour. Only during the finish does the roasted malt make its statement. A bold taste of both sourness and then some well-roasted malt makes this a very enjoyable and somewhat unique taste trek. There's very little sweetness to be had, as the sour hits first, then the roasted malt adds its bitterness. This has almost no hint of the esters that make Belgians so readily identifiable. It also brings no glass lacing, nor taste of the 8.1% ABV. The body is smooth, as in a good stout, but within the sourness and bitter bite of the roasted malt, it may be hard to notice it. This is another example of why there should be more sour stouts out there.
Apr 10, 2022
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to Whyteboar for this one, from a LIF related to NBS BIF #14. 16oz can (dated 10/7/21) poured into 16oz tulip. Poured a solid black color with about 1/3 inch of tan head that had moderate retention and very light lacing.

The aroma had a Belgian-y funk at the front, supported by solid malts and a nice bit of roast.

The flavor was similar, with the roast being stronger, but not overpowering of coffee-ish. The label called it a sour, but I found it to be more tart than actually sour

The body was solid and full, but a touch less than totally full, smooth, and had a finish that started a bit sweet, but dried out nicely.

Overall, a nice and enjoyable brew. Maybe not for everyone, but worth trying if you see it.

Drinkability was good, especially if you like the Belgian aspects.
Mar 20, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jan 07, 2022
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Rated by robotic_being from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Yummy. Vintage, 11/29/2017
Oct 08, 2020
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour... nearly black with 2 fingers of brownish head. Great rings of sticky lacing.

S: Tart and roasty mixed with dark fruit.

T.F: Follows the nose. Tart without being sour. Roasted grains and raspberry. Plum, fig, and spice. Faint dark chocolate with some funk and mild acidity. Zesty carbonation... Medium bodied and prickly on the tongue.

O: A really unique tasting brew. Kind of a soured stout with fruit and funk. I've never had anything else quite likely and it's a very nice beer. Jolly Pumpkin know their stuff.
Apr 09, 2020
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Was actually surprised that this turned out to be a sour stout. Very interesting style. Pours a dark brown with minimal head. A slight bitterness but good mouth feel. Glad I got to try it.
Jan 24, 2020
Rated: 3.65 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Nov 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Cellar pull, bottle dated 10/03/18.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was an absolutely awesome dark brown close to black color with an eggshell white to almost tan foamy small head. Had a good pace at dissipating. Left some concave lingering lace.
The aroma was pure bliss - plums with some tart, sour and sweet features then coffee grounds, light dark chocolate, a refined Belgian yeasty tone and a subtle earthy semi-nutty undertone.
The flavor leaned slightly tart/sour but definitely brought in enough sweet and some roast and a delicate bitterness. Light amounts of spicy woodiness came through but ended up leaving an ever so slight touch of of some sticky dark fruits in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a decent sipping quality about it. Trying to pinpoint why and I'd say it mainly has to do with some of the spicy bourbon character, but even that isn't really that distracting. Carbonation felt pretty good, maybe starting to fall off a bit. Stellar finish of plums - sticky and full on tart/sweet/sour with some dark chocolate fixtures.
Overall, boy oh boy this was an absolutely excellent cellar pull for tonight. I'd say I'm definitely getting better on timing when to pull certain beers.
Nov 01, 2019
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Rated by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Arcadia
May 07, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.
May 06, 2019
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
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.
Mar 15, 2019
Rated: 3.89 by CantankerousCaveBear from Canada (ON)

Dec 24, 2018
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Rated by BdM from Netherlands

1/5  rDev -74%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Dec 22, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Dec 12, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by Z-man from Michigan

Nov 14, 2018
Rated: 3.91 by ikidunot from Canada (ON)

Oct 08, 2018
Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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