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RATINGS: 817   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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A Belgian inspired stout that is as dark as a moonless midnight, brimming of roasted malts and bitter hops. It will keep you good company in all places, be thay light or dark.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2007
750 mL bottle split with NachlamSie. Pours black with mahogany edges and a nice tan head. The aroma piques my interest right away: nutty malts and roasty notes are strong, with maybe a bit of cocoa, but then there is also an assertive oaky cellar tone with some sour berries and cured leather. The flavor actually startled me with its complexity. The better part of it is roasty or musty, and a clean hop bitterness hits up front. Woody and nutty malts stay even throughout. In the middle I get a few raisins and maybe a splash of brandy, and a hearty dose of floral acidity. The finish really brings it together. The roastiness lingers, but a distinct bite of lactic sourness kicks in, leaving an aftertaste much like cocoa powder and smoked cheese. The elements arenít things I would normally associate with each other, but they are blended together very gracefully. I am impressed. Very drinkable indeed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2908) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Bottle split with Tronraner. Pours intensely dark ruby, black in average lighting, with a nice tan head. The aroma has some tart cheese and barnyard along with roastier flavors of a stout. Now Iím thinking, what the Hell? What a confusing night, DFH Red and White and now this. I gotta say, I like it, though. The flavor has a lightly ashy, toffee flavor like a porter then the clean, Balsamic vinegar sourness over top. Flavors of coconut, earth, coffee, flour, sour apples, dark chocolate. . .man. What is going on? I canít say that I like it as much a straight-up stout, but I think I enjoy it as much as I would any soured beer. This was a very pleasant, unique surprise. Iíd recommend anyone try it just to develop an opinion on this delightful curiosity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10542) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
750 mL capped bottle, purchased from Liquor Max. Pours opaque with an average sized creamy light brown head, completely lasting, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (burnt, coffee, molasses), light hops (grass), average yeast (dough, leather), with notes of wood, alcohol and prune. Heavy bodied, fizzy texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness; roasted malt, oak barrel, bitter alcohol and dark fruit flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark black brown, tan head. Aroma is pine, molasses, popcorn, tangy bleu cheese, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is bleu cheese, sour dough, coffee, anise, molasses, caramel, pine, smoke. This is quite a complex stout. Iím impressed, but I didnít expect any less from Jolly Pumpkin.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2007
One of the most complex stouts I ever tasted. The taste of coffee is the first impression. A very nice full bodied beer. I am impressed by it

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3906) - - MAY 18, 2007
thick syrupy black pour with a large dark brown head. nice roasty aroma. excellent toasted smores flavor. notes of vanilla, oak, bret, maple syrup, and oak. sour but yet roasty and sweet. never had anything quite like this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Deep, dark and mysterious. Sweet, bready nose. Lively carbonation; moderate body. Nice play between sweet and sour/bitter. Big blast of tart cherries, raspberries, grapefruits and lemons. Roast and toast in the background. Rather sour throughout, which kind of grew on me. Hints of vanilla and wood in the aftertaste, along with some warming alcohol. Dry finish. As the beer warmed, notes of horse blanket and leather surfaced nicely. Interesting brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 17, 2007
2007 bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a large creamy/bubbly deep tan lacing head. Aroma of tart cherries, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, some roasted malts, nuts, vanilla. Flavors of deep roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, coffee grinds, woody and hints of sourness. Enjoyed the aroma a touch above the flavor. Almost too much roast/bitterness that doesnít balance as nicely as the aroma does. Still an excellent beer from an amazing brewery.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2007
750ml bottle: pours black with a big cappichino coloured head. aroma is sour cheeries, coffee and chocolate, but mostly sour fruit. the flavour starts of with sour cherries and finishes with the bitter cocoa and coffee. almost like dark chocolate covered esspresso beans. the palate is very enjoyable smooth with a little oilyness. the more i drink it the more the flavours seem to move around from start to finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura 750 ml bottle Moderate pour in a goblet and tulip glass Released January í07, plunged into 05/07 Poured black with a large mostly lasting rocky and fluffy light brown head and good lacing. Smelt of strong coffee, dark chocolate, clean fresh oak, sour grapes and cherries, bandaids, and lighter notes of different variations of the above. You could say licorice, plums, tar, or even frigging rainbows, because as dark as this is, it even smells like rainbows. A very evil rainbow. Taste was upfront strong to harsh sour dark fruit, like concord grape skins or cherries or and moderate roast and burnt malt followed by strong bitter and sourness, touches of oak, and coffee, and bliss, on a long finish. Palate was medium bodied, slightly oily on a slightly dry finish, lively carbonated, and lightly puckering. Overall, itís a refreshing summer stout! Sour and feels light bodied. A huge palate punch that makes you turn the other cheek and beg for more. Magical. Dark Magic. Mommy!


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