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Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
American Stout
8.10 % ABV


 
Review by SAP on 09/07/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2006
This beer is well carbonated, it pours with a dense, four finger thick, rich milk chocolate brown colored head. The head is quite dark, more than many stouts, even Imperial Stouts. It is fairly large bubbled, but forms a rocky surface as it falls back into the beer, all the while creating a layered lace pattern on the side of the glass. The beer itself is a pitch black color, and the body seems fairly thick as I pour it. The aroma is quite roasty with rich notes of espresso, acidic black coffee, a certain smokiness, and even rich dark chocolate notes. There is some definite fruit aromatics here underneath the roast character; I get notes of tart plums, fruit forward berries, and green apples. There is also some subtle funky notes here, all I really pick out is some un-specific spiciness and a light mustiness. The dark malt, which is really the dominant note, really suppresses the barrel and fermentation character quite a bit. Quite an interesting aroma.

It is quite well carbonated and in fact froths quite vigorously as it first hits my tongue. The combination of the ample roasted malt and the funky sour bugs really make this beer quite tart, almost in a shocking manner. The roasted acidity really magnifies the other sour notes, or perhaps it is the other way around, as the roast acidity seems to be quite dominant. The beer does have a certain fullness to it, but it is fairly light overall, especially when considering the alcohol content. The fermentation derived acidity reminds me of some sort of tart fruit, perhaps a very tart plum, or even a bit of a tamarind-type note. This beer finishes like a cold, concentrated cup of black coffee; amplified roasted notes, which maintains the burnt acidity through to the finish.

As the beer warms up it becomes a bit more balanced, the roast character really seemed like a bit too much when the beer was around 50°F. A bit of chocolate begins to become noticeable, and the basic malt character seems to peak out from the dominant roast character. Some notes of burnt raisin and burn fig start to become noticeable as well. This beer really becomes much tastier when warmer, I had almost written this beer off as a roasted-coffee bomb. I do think that this beer was a bit heavy handed with the roasted malt; heavy roast character would work with a stout, but does not in a beer brewed by Ron where I want to be able to fully experience the complexity from the motley crew involved in the fermentation. The balance though when this beer gets warm is quite nice; it picks up a bit more fullness on the palate and everything starts to come together. In the end this beer strike a great balance between the fruit character (both sweet and tart), the mouthfeel, the roast character and the tart acidity.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 08/14/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
Pours thick and lush and settles matte black in the glass with nary a highlight to be found. Capped by a massive amount of fluffy thick dark tanned foam that remains there without much movement. It just sits there like melting ice cream. Very impressive! Oh, and lacing sticks around like tiny caves and caverns in hugely thick shelves.

Upon the first waft it becomes evident this isn't your average Impy stout. This speaks up of lambic-like soured creamed coffee, sour dark cherries, tartly bitter Belgian chocolate, and yeasty funkyness that is quite Brett-like.

Taste has far more funk to it then the aroma leads you to believe. Squeezingly soured, lip smackingly tart and dry with quite the yeasty supply of Brett-like flowery bitterness and high ended tartness of dark cherry skins, orangey pith, white and pink grapefruit pulp with a moderate stroke of tender sweetness underneath of burntish coffee, toast, Belgian bittered chocolate, and char that quickly slips into drier deeds done dirt cheap. And I mean dirt. It has a remarkable way of creating a dirt-like earthy dryness of say what its like after licking a rock or eating fresh daisy petals. Way out there with unique character for an Impy stout and definately not out of the realm of what Jolly Pumpkin is capable of pulling off.

Mouthfeel is all funky tartened and dry within a fairly smooth and airy medium body. It starts with a huge spark of the funk then gradually softens its hold into all sorts of earthy drying things.

Due to its more funky side of being what any normal take on a Impy stout would be this stuff is not as drinkable as I would like nor can handle. It's a little much for me and is one for sippin' and taking your time with. Get down and get funky with one.

Price: $13.00 Served In: Goblet

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 8 18 4 8 0
A - Pours a dark brown colored body that is very opaque. Big sparkly dark tan head made up of varying sized bubbles. Great retention and decent lacing.

S - Huge lactic nose. Slightly sour twinge to it. Coffee, toffee, chocolate. Strange combination of smells here.

T - Wow, this is strange. Big brett flavor with that usual sour/tart funk going on. Somehow this works into a light coffee flavor. Some bittering hops. So let's see, brett sour, coffee, bittering hops, citrus, sour cherries. There is a huge array of flavors here, but I really am digging it.

M - Medium bodied with very unobtrusive smooth carbonation.

D - Very strange, but very tasty brew. Out of the norm, which is fine by me. Jolly Pumpkin continues to impress me.

Served In: Pint Glass

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