Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn StoutMadrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,130
Ranked #13,732
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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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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dd53grif from Michigan

3.91/5  rDev 0%
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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

May 06, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

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.

Mar 15, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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).

Aug 07, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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

Aug 06, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

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.

Jul 26, 2018
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bubseymour from Maryland

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.

Jan 20, 2018
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KEH from Michigan

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.

Jul 31, 2017
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SLeffler27 from New York

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.

Jul 09, 2017
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EmperorBevis from England

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

May 17, 2017
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ASoftMachineMan from Florida

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.

Apr 23, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

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.

Jan 30, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

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.

Dec 05, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

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.

Aug 25, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

Aug 20, 2016
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Bulabeers from California

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.

Jul 15, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

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.

Jul 06, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

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.

Jun 18, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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

Jun 11, 2016
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justinp444 from Michigan

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.

Jun 10, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

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

Mar 21, 2016
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

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.

Mar 20, 2016
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PorterLambic from Florida

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.

Jan 22, 2016
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