Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn StoutMadrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout
1,021 Ratings
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

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Added by Shovelbum on 02-12-2006

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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1.5/5  rDev -61%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the source. A bitter and sour stout that is somewhat light bodied for the style. Pours black with a one finger, slightly off white head. This one smells slightly chocolatey with some mild roast and perhaps some yeast. The flavor is mostly sour with a brief bit of chocolate in between and a hint of sour roast lingering on the palate. It is a solid brew, but not something I was expecting when in the mood or a hearty stout. I probably wouldn't revisit this one again, but I seem to be in the minority here.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This sour beast is an enigma. The dark color and distinct tan head indicate that you are about to imbibe a stout. One whiff of the aroma you something else. The sourness is present in the aroma but it nicely complements the chocolate notes. The flavor confuses your tastebuds with sourness and hearty stout mixed into one. Confused or not, the combination is delightful.

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3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stout-colored. Tan head...well, not so much of a head as a ring.

One whiff and you know you're not dealing with just your run-of-the-mill stout, despite how much it looks like one. There's some sourness in the nose that seems to be working with the bitterness inherent to a stout, without clashing, as I thought it might.

The taste doesn't quite follow. The best way to describe this is to imagine a cherry cola and turn it into a beer...with a splash of sour mix and some roasted elements. That doesn't really do it justice though. It's got a nice roasted flavor to it with some dark fruit (in the form of black cherry) coming through. There's a sour tang that doesn't marry as well in the taste as it did in the nose, but it still works pretty well.

Far too thin for a stout for my liking and really effervescent, hence my comparison to a cola. The yeast did its job in the second fermentation, but it's too much. Maybe it was this keg that did that, since second fermentation is hard to keep consistent, so I'll see if I can locate it in the bottle.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft offering at the Boiler Maker. The brew appears a color similar to chocolate milk but a bit darker. It has a clouded haze with very thin cap. A hearty swirl doesn't produce much visual carbonation.

The aroma is tangy with a dark fruity scent like sour cherries. Chocolate and coffee essence is present from the roast of the grain. Across the back is a hint of leather and earth. A tangy alcohol inclusion also makes itself known.

The taste is sour like cherries with some earthen flavors a bit like leathet, chocolate and tobacco. There is some woodsy quality present adding some depth to the brew. The barrel character comes out more as really evolves as the brew gets warmer. Overall this is quite tangy.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low level of carbonation. For 9% this was fairly easy drinking and something I would have again. Worth a try if you get the all JP offerings.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

great beer from the masters at JP.

however, DEFINITELY for the drinkers out there more inclined to the sours.

as the BA community says, this one's a real sipper if you're not really stoked about sours. i'm an anomaly in the sour community as i enjoy drinking multiple pints of sours, so this review is highly subjective.

let me say as well, i'm not much of a fan of boozy brew, more into the sessionable stuffs but this one really hit the spot. it reminded me of a gueuze or lambic in the sense that such a wide range of flavors was achieved in a short space of time, which was greatly helped and enhanced by the sourness of the yeast. additionally similar to the gueuze and lambic cause the sourness counteracts the sweetness of the malt. it's a pleasantly sweet beer that starts sour, turns sweet, malty, caramel, raisin flavor and ends on a toasty sour note.

mouthfeel was not good, but i tend to feel JP's mouthfeel is not too great... just a bit thin for me, but that's the name of the game with wild yeasts, it's real tough to balance. this one's worth seeking out if you like the sours.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sipper,but a good one. Wild yeast aroma and a tad of sour. A stout, a wild, a sour. Very brown to black coloured body and lacey. The sour, or should I better call it tartness, makes it so drinkable.The sourness does build up, so share this with another sour fan.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Popped a 2010 vintage and poured into a snifter, then a pint, then another pint to stop it from spewing foam all over my kitchen. This beer was a gusher even after resting peacefully for a day after bringing home from the vintage cellar of a local store. I honestly have never seen anything like it so my first impression left something to be desired. It didn't get much better from there. The smell is interesting enough although it doesn't much remind me of any stout I've had to date. There is sour fruit to it, a bit of barnyard, some licorice, a bit of malt.

The taste is in your face with the sour fruit but unfortunately the fruit itself is indistinguishable. There is a touch of malt, some bitterness, and a fairly dry finish.

It's surprisingly light bodied for how dark it pours. As I mentioned before, this bottle was spewing foam for what seemed like several minutes. Based on that initial reaction, I thought it would have a highly carbonated mouth feel, of which it did.

Overall, I can't say I'm impressed although I will say that this just isn't my thing and would show promise if I was more into belgium styles.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark brown, almost black, with a 1 ½” brown head made up of bubbles of a variety of sizes. The head recedes slowly leaving some bits of lacing. Sipping leaves speckles and small legs of lacing that slowly slide back to the liquid. The ring around the glass is fairly thick and the surface has an irregular thin covering for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is an interesting mix of Belgian yeast and stout. There are traces of fruity mustiness and of chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste: The flavors are quite interesting, with some traces of fruitiness, chocolate, roasted malt, a touch of sweetness. There is only a bit of alcohol showing with no burn but a passing bit of sweetness before things turn dry.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and the gentle, persistent carbonation gives it a nice ability to lift the fats from a Gorgonzola cheese from the tongue. The finish is relatively long, beginning in the sweetness of the malts and then changing into the fruitness (cherry and maybe a touch of apple) that changes into dryness and a mix of sweetness, slight tartness, and dryness, mostly in the back and roof of the mouth.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: So far in my experience this is a unique interpretation of what a Belgian Stout is like with an interesting mix of fruitiness and roasted malt. While there are Belgian stouts I’ve enjoyed more I find this is the most interesting in the sense of a range of flavors and complexity as the flavors mingle and dance around on the tongue. I’ll probably have this one again. But that said it won’t be a regular and its more than I’m curious to keep trying to sort out the flavors and aromas. I have the feeling that this is a beer one could grow to love.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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 1,021 ratings
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