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RATINGS: 831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2007
Brown-black body topped by a small tan ring of foam. Woody roastiness and fruity yeastiness dominate the beer and do mix very well together. The flavours of roasted malts and barrel combine to create some kind of roasted birch taste. The beer is very woody. The beer is also very fruity with cherries, red grapes and such. The end result is a weird clash of styles between the woody roastiness and the fruity sourness. Gets a few originality bonus points but overall the Madrugada Obscura mix of flavours is like your lazy thirty-something cousin living in his parents baseman, it doesn’t work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quevillon (2704) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
Bu au Mondial 07. Brune noirci, moyen collet beige pale. Arome de café au fruits sûrettes. Goût de café super fruité et un peu trop sûrette.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11524) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2007
750 ml bottle poured a nearly opaque black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, carmel, coffee, cocoa and oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp, turning smooth as the beer warms up. Flavors of roasted malt, carmel, vanilla, light coffee and some grape like fruittiness with a lightly tart lingering roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse beige épaisse qui persiste. Arômes de brettanomyces, d’avoine et de café. Saveurs de café, de lime et de brettanomyces. Texture crémeuse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Draft at Rich O’s. Pours a jet black with a thick tan head. This beer was so foamy, it took 4 glasses to pour into to settle down into 1. Awesome lacing. The smell is very complex. Coffee, chocolate, yeast, a bit of sweetness. The flavor is equally complex. A marriage of sweetness, sourness and roasted malt come together better than I could ever imagine. Initial tartness with a touch of sweet, and then a roasted malt finish. Very well put together brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2007
750ml Bottle: Aroma is on the sweet side. Smells of alcohol, chocolate, coffee, cream, vanilla, and Belgian yeast. Poured dark black with a large, dense, brown head that lasted throughout. Excellent lacing. Opaque. Tastes is medium sweet and sour but not bitter. Starts out very sweet and brety, but also a bit sour with grape and other sour fruity flavors. Mellows out with notes of cream and chocolate. Medium to full body. Slick texture. Lively carbonation. Short, sweet, chocolaty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Bottle - Pitch black pour with a generous and tightly carb’d tan head. Faint dusty yeasty aroma that is almost non-existent. Cold, the sour aspect of the flavor dominates but as the glass warms the other flavors come forward in this complex brew. Combinations of coca, fruits/berries and roasted notes mix with the sour tang that creates a very unique and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2007 I don’t know why but I really judge a stout heavily by its appearance. Maybe there is a connection to the first time I saw the beauty of a perfect nitro pour of Guinness. I was curious if the mad scientist Ron would be able to meet my appearance standards of a stout. I wasn’t let down. Perfect tan head. Dark and smooth like, as if it didn’t come from a bottle but the nitro keg I earlier mentioned. Wow does this have a great mouth feel. mouth feel, like appearance, means a lot to me when drinking a stout or porter. Ron hit a homerun in this department. (I name drop Ron as if we’re bowling team buddies or something). Next step: Can I handle what I know is going to be a sour stout. Yes sir I can. On the front end is such a tasty roasted malt taste. The back end seems to be dominated by brett but somewhat offset by the smooth mouth feel. Not present is that overblown hop crazy Imperial Stout taste I simply don’t like. The 8 percent alcohol is completely masked. Then, at the very end, returns a quick flash of roasted malt again. A great beer. RERATE Wow. I actually had this on tap in Ann Arbor. My god its good. This may very well be my favorite beer of all time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
Bottle (750ml) shared at ’Biegaman’s Summer Gathering’ -- courtesy of viggo. Pours black with a large mostly-lasting frothy tan head -- looks great! Interesting aroma is sour and roasty, quite yeasty along with some chocolate, smoke and dark fruit -- wild! Flavour’s so unique: Dry, roasty and sour with some chocolate, dark fruit and yeast. Alcohol well hidden. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. I hate to use the words again but this is such a unique and interesting beer, I really enjoyed it. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Bottle. I haven’t tried many Belgian-style stouts, but this is one great beer. Tons of chocolate, w/out the smokey, dark fruit flavors that you find in most imp. stouts. Very clean flavor.

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