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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Photo of robboyd
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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Photo of drtth
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%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of korguy123
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 360/362 no date.

A- Pitch black pour with a two finger dense, creamy tan head. Lacing is wonderful.

S- Definite sour (flanders style) cherries, grapes, cranberries and I get a wonderful grapefruit aroma. There is the slightest roast smell that takes a far back seat to the sour wonderland.

T- Cherries, coffee, cranberries and dark chocolate. There really is not other way to describe it. It's sour and roasty.

M- Medium bodied, great carbonation, lingering finish.

O- I got my first bottle of this this summer and enjoyed it so much I decided to savor it and not review. I liked it so much I needed another. This is a odd/different sensation that I can see not everyone would appreciate. I just can't get enough.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of EROCK75
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Gushue3
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blend 11: Bottled o 2-17-11. Poured into ill Farmstead bulb.

A Pours very dark brown and black that can be sen through. The head i a nice 1+ finger with a light brown head. Nice retention and leaves little lacing.

S Some sweeter cherry on the nose along with a tart acidity.

T Acidic cherries jump out at me on the first sip. A light roast and subtle chocolate come out toward the end but the acidic cherries are the main character here. As it warms tartness comes out.

M On the lighter side of a medium mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

O Taste is pretty interesting and definitely a nice take on a stout

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Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black with a small head that did not stick around for long. Smells a tart and a little roasty. A bit acidic in the flavor and you get the sour cherries on top of a roasty, and burnt chocalatey stout. Kinda thin in mouthfeel but it worked. Overall, I liked this one a lot. Enjoyed the sour this one achieved, the stout was a nice interesting backbone but I personally prefer a brown ale base.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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1/5  rDev -74%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Thorpe,

Beer served in a snifter, beer is dark brown hazy, tan head, small bubbles, minimal lacing, low retention, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is a little acetic, cherries, tart, lactic, nice.

Beer is medium to light in body, woody, cherries, some Brett character, a little lactic and a little acetic brightness. I like this beer, tastes good, nice finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Connecticut Ave in DC.

Blend 6 -- Bottled February 2, 2011. Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip.

Pours a very dark brown with a good tan head and a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass as it goes down. Bubbles and a collar around the edges throughout. The nose brings a bit of roasted malt and chocolate, then comes through with mild acidity, a bit of cherry, and some dark fruits.

The flavor pushes the acidity through a bit more, focusing on the cherry with some dark malt in the background. Very slight roast. Light-medium body with good carbonation, a touch of oak, and dry acidity through the finish. Another very high-quality brew from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice tan colour, great cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention for the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Bretts and funkiness. Some fruit ester hops. Not at all what I expected from the style. I'm intrigued. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Funky yeast with fruit esters. Very different for an imperial stout, but still good. Not complex, but enjoyable. There's sort of some layering going on. Some wild yeasty sourness.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick or too thin. Complements the flavour pretty well.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV, and unique for the style. I like it, but I find myself wondering why they chose this style for the base. I'd get it again at a good price.


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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,025 ratings