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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Ratings: 1,016 |  Reviews: 381
Photo of EROCK75
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Gushue3
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +5%
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 +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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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3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of spdyfire83
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

105th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Thanks to Mark, Garry, and Steve for the hospitality while visiting HopCat in October 2011!

A: Dark tan; looks like burnt leather. Barely a half (off-brown) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Sour funk (i.e. Brett) here - mainly dark cherries and plum. Hints of burnt dark malt and oak with sweet dark chocolate. I keep smelling it more and more because I am so interested.

T: Wow - amazingly different! Lactic sourness up-front followed by smooth balance of roasted malt and burnt chocolate (both in a very, very good way). So unique and tasty.

M: Light body and gentle carbonation.

O: A throughly enjoyable beer for sure! So complex and unique that it makes you want more. I love how different it is and that's what kept drawing me back for more smells, sips, and enjoyment until the bottle was gone.

Not sure the vintage on this, but I'd guess it was a few years old becuase it was so well-blended, complex, and smooth. Just my $0.02 here though.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 750ml poured into a snifter. Blend number ten: bottled 2-16-11. Bottle lists the ABV.

A: Dark and black with a thin brown head.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, earth, sour fruit.

T: Sour fruit, coffee, smoke, earth, and roasted malt.

M: Medium and dry

O: I have not had a beer by Jolly Pumpkin that I did not like; that streak continues. This beer has nice roasted malt, smoke and coffee, but it also has interesting sour fruit which matches the bitterness of slight hops and coffee bean. The beer is a little light though; it could be heavier.

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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,016 ratings.
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