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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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3.85/5
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1,022 Ratings
Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn StoutMadrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Shovelbum on 02-12-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,279
Reviews:
383
Ratings:
1,022
pDev:
16.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
167
Trade:
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Photo of Ristaccia
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KEH
1.53/5  rDev -60.3%
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 SFNC
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SLeffler27
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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 BrentMcQuirk
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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
Unusual

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ASoftMachineMan
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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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4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of moundbz
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Irish57
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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 MMOSNN
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of micropale
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FriedSlug
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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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4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of HattedClassic
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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