Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn StoutMadrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Shovelbum on 02-12-2006

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what to make of this stuff.
It pours as an homage to its moniker.
A dark brown-- maybe even black-- I'd swear it's a stout.
A tip-off of things to come was the head-- frothy, short lived sizzling head ending an a ring in the glass and an atoll floating about.
A bit of lacing covered the walls of my glass.
Maybe it's the shortcomings of my aging nose, but this beer's nose seemed diminutive--
I noted hints of yeast, what I swear is coriander and a distant echo of hops.
And now to the quandary-- the flavor.
This is no stout-- it's a Flemish sour ale!
If I were to adhere to the style-- this ain't no stout!
As a sour-- it's sort of "there"... hard to pin it down exactly.
Throughout the flavor Is the unmistakeable sour flavor and what I might swear is a Belgian style dark ale or even a "dark" Sassion.
But the label with it's "Obscura" and "Dark Dawn Stout"-- prods my imagination to start conjuring up notions of Russian Imperials. or American Imperials.. or some libation with wads of toasted...
If I were to review this beer based on a stout-- it's very light for a stout, thin and perhaps water. The flavor islight dancing-- even whimsical with it's up-front and center "sour" profile.

In the end-- this is an enjoyable beer. Don't look at the label.
If you're expecting "the mother of all beers" don't tread here.
If you're in the mood for a lighter-- but noticeable flavor-- something that you may have to think about-- pop the top!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam. Put it against a Jester King Black Metal in the Farmhouse Stout Showdown!

From a 750ml into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, dark tan head with great retention. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap. Black body and very high levels of carbonation. Lots of carbonation everywhere. A foamy wisp remains leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some funky barnyard notes, tart cherry for sure, as well as lemon sourness. Light notes of chocolate in there as well, though the tart and funky notes are more prominent.

TASTE: Funky barnyard flavors up front, with lemon and lactose sourness and tart cherries through the middle into the swallow. More stout like flavors at the finish, with touches of roasted and chocolate notes. Tart cherry, lemon sourness, as well as some light milk chocolate and and bitter coffee flavors linger in the mild aftertaste. A tart, sour beginning, but more of a stout finish here.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly prickly carbonation. Goes down fine with a bit of a scratch and finishes slightly dry and puckering. Not overly creamy, and slightly lambic-like.

OVERALL: This one was more a sour than a stout, but it was interesting and told a story from the beginning to the end. While I wish this had bee more stout infuenced, it was still fun and woth checking out. If you like wild ales and stouts, this will probably be right up your alley. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to tulip.

A - Black with half a finger of medium brown head with good lacing.

S - Roast, Belgian yeast and a fairly noticeable funk aroma that is distracting. Some chocolate in the background.

T - A big tartness up front - sour cherry and some funk. Some roast and chocolate are present as well but the big tart/funk presence really stands out and drowns out the flavours fro the base beer.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - shiny black, half finger of head dissipated to random thin covering
S - coffee and bakers chocolate with candied cherry, bit of a sweet & sour note
T - starts with a sour fruit and sweet cherry thing that is fairly pungent, then gives way to some charcoal and coffee maltiness with faint chocolate, definitely a different approach for a stout
M - a little too light and carbonated for my stout liking, does finish with some chaulky bitterness
O - this is a different cat, has a sour yeasty almost Belgian quality mixed into a stout, the bottle does say 'Belgian inspired stout' so i'm guessing this is intentional, not sure if I would buy another but definitely glad I bought this one

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From batch 02-03-2012, poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - solid brown beer with the slightest edges of ruby in bright light. Moderately fluffy tan head that leaves behind some thing streaking lacing after dissipating fairly quickly.

S - completely unexpected nose from the appearance (but expected now that I've had a couple Jolly Pumpkin beers), strong sour dark fruit notes backed with a hint of dark chocolate and just a hint of smoke as it warms

T - again, an unexpected set of flavors if you think this is a standard roasty/chocolate stout. It's sour, bitter and only slightly roasty before the enduring sour finish. It's a very funky, overripe sour plum attack and this drives right through some malt softening in the mid-taste and completely sticks at the sides of the tongue and back of the throat. Very acidic.

M - very light on the palate and a touch effervescent; the body is lighter than one would expect by looking at the beer. It would be tough to drink if it was heavier, but the mouthfeel just seems strange given how this beer looks.

Overall this is an amazing funky dark beer. I have trouble seeing it as a stout given just how much sour there is versus stout characteristics. An interesting comparison is Jester King's Funk Metal, which is about 80% and 20% funk/sour, while this one is flipped. That said, if you like sour beers, this is a must try. Very interesting beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,018 ratings.
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