Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

very good
1,021 Ratings
no score
Send samples
Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn StoutMadrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,021 |  Reviews: 383
Photo of stevebremer
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of KBennall
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of ManLikeBeer
2.47/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It's difficult to rate this beer as it's clear that the brewers set out to make something DIFFERENT. Well, they succeeded. This is cask conditioned, so there's not a lot of head, but it looks great. Smells of the roasted malts and of coffee. Then the taste. . .
Holy crap! There's a huge sourness in my stout. There's a balance of sweetness and hops and even mouthfeel that struggle to get through, but just can't overwhelm the lemon concentrate. I respect the brewer's attempt to do something new. I just isn't the stout for me.

 530 characters

Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of rkarimi
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cratez
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #400! Bomber purchased at Plum Market in Ann Arbor, MI.

Pours an opaque, pitch black hue with a thick ring of tan foam and strands of webbed lacing on the tulip glass.

Smell is cocoa powder (almost fudge-like), molasses, floral and minty hops, ethanol, caramel, dates, fruity balsamic vinaigrette, roasty malts, sour candy, oak barrel woodiness, hint of vanilla, and leather. Stupidly complex aromas.

Taste is a massively acidic, tart, and almost puckering sourness upfront, lemon juice, roasted malts, cocoa, and ashy flavours through the middle, faint woodiness and dark unsweetened chocolate in the afters.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, spritzy carbonation, big tart sourness mid-palate, a little warmth going down, quick drying finish.

Overall, Obscura is a wonderfully layered brew with a rich and satisfying character. I first sampled this beer on tap at Roast Detroit (thanks to bartender Joe's recommendation) and the bottled version is just as rewarding as the draught. A must-try from Jolly Pumpkin.

 1,024 characters

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of maximum12
1.6/5  rDev -58%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

750 ML bottle & let's get right to it.

Pours dead black, plenty of carbonation that races right up to the edge of the glass. Smell is pretty nice, chocolate, roast, but a bit on the light side. That's OK.

Madrugada Obscura should be bloody fucking sued for false advertising. This is either god-awfully infected or brutally intentional & not noted on the label. Straight-up vinegar, with a backdrop of sour puss. Three sips. Done.

Fucking offal. If this was intended, shame on Jolly Pumpkin. If it's not, shame on Jolly Pumpkin. This blows. Drain pour.

 558 characters

Photo of rand
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bomber poured into a Mikasa tulip glass. Blend 3, bottled 01/14/2011 (reviewed from notes, poured in February 2012)

A: As oily and viscous as an imperial stout, the brew pours jet black with a foamy latte head. Slowly receding, the head reveals patches of floating yeast. I'm guessing there's a ton of suspended yeast, but like I said, this is jet black, so who knows.

S: Tart citrus and vinegar at the front of the bouquet, with subtle notes of tobacco and leather lingering. A touch of lemon-laced bread combines with the 8% alcohol, providing a lively backdrop and nearly masking the alcohol warmth.

T: Undetected in the nose, a tart cranberry note hits the palate first, quickly met by notes of leather and tobacco. Chewy malts carry subtle tones of unsweetened chocolate and coffee. But it's not stout-like - these notes are just barely there, as a sweet-and-sour overtone reminds you that this is a totally different brew. Finishes with a mix of flavors that almost cancel each other out.

M: Appropriately chewy - one of the major aspects reminding you that this is in fact a freestyle stout.

Jolly Pumpkin is appropriately polarizing. They go where few breweries dare, combining seemingly conflicting flavors (this review is from my notes, I've now had the sour stout from the Bruery, which is also a great beer) and pulling it off with surprising drinkability. This is another gem in their lineup of uniquely crafty and distinct brews.

 1,455 characters

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

750 mL bottle to a taster. Blend 4, bottled 1/20/2011. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Overflowing with carbonation. Black with a bit of ruby notes in the light.

Smell - Smells like ever other Jolly Pumpkin beer. Yeasty and tangy. Not much stout until the end, where I get a hint of coffee roast.

Taste - Yeasty and lemon tang. Really different from the taste of the stout. Becomes citrus tang with a little bit of roast and bitterness.

Mouthfeel - It has retained some body despite the overpowering yeast. High carbonation. Tart and tangy finish.

Overall - I maintain that every Jolly Pumpkin beer tastes fundamentally the same. This is no different. The coffee roasted malts add one single element to distinguish it from their other beers.

 748 characters

Photo of ncaudle
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of majaqua
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark as night with a half-inch, off-white head that dissipated quickly. Zero foam left on top and no lacing. Swirling the snifter doesn't even bring the head back.

S: String at first, but as the head fades so does the aroma. Tart cherries, sour funkiness.

T: I was in the mood for something sour and I got it in spades with this beer. Super tart, cherry, with a hunt of chocolate underneath. a nice hop bitterness rounds it out.

M: Puckering is the best word to describe this Jolly Pumpkin offering. It has some sweetness, but ends up on the dry side. The finish is very mouthcoating and tart.

O: Wow. Jolly Pumpkin did not screw around with this one. They went after a sour stout and got it. Not for everyone, but great option if you're into sour beers.

 761 characters

Photo of TheBronze
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of pohldogg356
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of larbush
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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

A: Pours deep brown/black with a thin khaki head.

S: Very tart aroma. Absolutely no way you'd know this was a stout from the smell. Some darker aromas of chicory, faint coffee and tobacco.

T: Very tart flavors throughout. I picked up some cranberry tartness upfront with some roasted malt, tootsie roll, earth and charred oak. An earthy bitter tartness on the finish. Really interesting beer.

 396 characters

Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jbaker67
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tylermains
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of laxer8811
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of msarver16
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of MadScientist
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gentle pour produces three finger of rocky, dark tan bubble that settle to a thin cap leaving some lacing on the glass. The beer is almost opaque with light just penetrating the thin edge revealing a very deep garnet.

The first thing you smell is moderately sour/acidic and dark malt with some light coffee and cocoa aromas. Some esters of plums come through. After my glass warmed a light goaty and earthy funk from the sour developed.

A big mouth watering, intense sour hits you on the first sip, far more than the nose suggests. The sourness has free range of the show here with just a trace of malt sweetness to balance it. There also some dark malts flavors with a touch of cocoa in the back; it takes a while but roasted and burnt grain flavors come through that remind me a nice dry American stout. The sourness and roasted grain flavors continue into a long dry finish.

This is a medium body with a lively, light carbonation.

Mardugada Obscura is an intensely sour beer with notes of dry stout. It's defiantly not for everyone but I think it's pretty amazing beer.

 1,080 characters

Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,021 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.