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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of MadScientist
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours black with no light transmission and a small tan head which fades quickly to a small collar around the edge of the DFH snifter
S: smells of chocolate, tart cherry and a bit of roast malt
T: tart and sour cherry, a bit of funk, roast malt, slight chocolate. very light flavor. kinda disappointing. aftertaste is vinegar sourness and a bit of roast malt
M: somewhat light in the mouth and light carbonation. doesn't feel like a stout
O: it's a good sour stout but a lot of those stout flavors can't bring themselves up past the sour.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Trying a bottle my Bro in law has...bottled on 1/5/2011 "Blend 2". The beer poors a jet black with no light escaping. Rich, long lasting, khaki colored head. Average to below average lace. Medium-low carbonation, soft mouth feel with a bit of life. Big body. Sour cherry aroma predominates with subtle roasted coffee elements. Sour start, bitter finish. The bitterness is almost medicinal. Some of the alcohol is noticeable at the finish. Enough sweetness to keep the sour and bitter elements from overwhelming. Subtle banana flavor in the middle. Props for its uniqueness, but I would have liked a bit more molasses flavor.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.10 %

LOOK: Dark as night, with a faint ruby hue when held up to light. Yellow/tan head forms ominously and the pour held quite a bit of head in the glass.

SMELL: Earthy, musty aroma and some roasted, smokey malts. Interesting two separate worlds coming together, the sour and the very deeply roasted.

TASTE: Bitter and roasted, with a small sour bite. Coffee, smoke, barnyard, and lemon peel flavors are all through this beer. Mild earthy bitterness, tangy sourness, dark fruits and astringent, roasted qualities. There is also a light oaky tannic note paired with some spicy alcohol.

FEEL: Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, yet remains smooth and easy drinking. Semi dry sour finish.

OVERALL: Interesting take on a sour Belgian stout. This one would be a good candidate for the cellar, as the flavors would change completely in time.

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2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shocking the palate with sharp acidity, mouth puckering tartness, and coffee-like bitterness- this takes the taste buds on a journey miles long in a single sip.

The vinous ale pours with a dark barkish brown with the haze of suspended cocoa with the thin off-white head of lattes. Light on structure, the foam falls quickly with minimal lace. A fairly still beer in short order.

Very tart to the nose with acids that range from red wine vinegar to sour grapes, limes, and under ripened cherries; all are backed by a woody and coffee-like scent.

A burst of sourness and fruit tartness invade the palate with the serious flavors of the soured white grapes, tart cherries, and lemon rind have absolutely no mercy on the palate. The odd malt back of charred grains, roast coffee bitterness, and wood never allow any meaningful sweetness or starch to support the sourness- only providing an odd bitter-sour-ashy interplay that disagrees with the palate.

The mouth feel takes the brunt of the unpleasantries. Sour fruits start with a delightful and clean acidity before the ashy roast bitterness and oak derived astringency attack the sides of the tongue, inside jaws, and back of the throat with a powdery pang of saliva sucking needles.

Sourness and stouts are a complicated blend of textures, tastes, and balances- if it's going to work, I hardly believe that it could happen in a dry beer as it would almost have to have much more residual sweetness and body than what's on display here.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,024 ratings
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