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Provisions Series: Gunga Galunga - The Bruery

Provisions Series: Gunga GalungaProvisions Series: Gunga Galunga

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 19.36%


Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Gunga Galunga is a black beer with Thai influence. Brewed with 100% brettanomyces, kaffir lime leaves and galanga root (also known as Thai ginger, but it's not too ginger-like). This smooth, dry and roasty beer has clear notes of fresh citrus, crushed herbs and will compliment a spicy curry beautifully.

ABV: 7.7%, IBU: 25, SRM: 30, Release: One time only

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-18-2010)
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an interesting beer

Pours a dark stout black. Nice tan head. Decent lacing.

Aroma is crazy. Smells almost like some sage and I can smell that Thai Ginger (galanga root).

Taste is interesting. Sort of roasty and spicy. Dry in the finish. Sort of citric. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel has great carb. Smooth and dry.

Overall a very tasty and very different and interesting beer. Glad I had it on tap here at Bruery Provisions and grabbed some bottles too.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 03:30:29 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.5.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a huge dark tan foamy head that fades slowly.

S - Lots of lime, some mint, a touch of Brett.

T - Coffee at first, then more mint and lime.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - A unique brew, roasted and coffee but still fresh and light. I was told I must be crazy to like this one, true!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 19:46:52 | More by HuskyinPDX
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mhaugo

California

4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Decanted into a tulip glass.
Appearance: As black as my soul. Strong, persistent, tan head.
Smell: Sweet and sour. Lime zest and dark chocolate. Almost smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Taste: Extremely unique. Dark roasted malt complimented by the subtle sourness of the brett, and a limey bite on the finish. My mind’s eye paints the picture of a key lime pie with a burned molasses crust.
Mouthfeel: Full and round. The sweetness sits on the tongue, but the carbonation and citrus eventually wash it away.
Overall: I’ve been sitting on this bottle for a long time, so I was very excited to finally get into it (the bottle says it will age well for up to three years, so I thought I’d test that theory). Overall I am blown away. For what I would normally consider a “concept beer”, this works for me on every level. I absolutely love it.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 06:02:34 | More by mhaugo
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jsanford

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola-black with a fluffy khaki head that settles to a thick ring and spotty haze. Getting a good amount of earthy Brett in the nose, along with some citrusy lime, dry cocoa powder, and a spicy ginger quality. Weird, but in a good way. Taste is dominated by the dark malt and cocoa powder, with more funky Brett, ginger, and bitter lime peel. Smooth mouthfeel, with a medium body and decent carbonation. Neat beer overall, but not the strongest Bruery offering I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 23:24:59 | More by jsanford
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

A: Pitch black with a medium brown head. Decent retention but no lacing.

S: Nose is so different from the taste. Everything is there. Ginger and lime stand out.

T: Huuuuge coffee, massive flavor, and so smooth. Delicious and perfectly roasted coffee. The other flavors show up and complement the overall character. A unique black ale to say the least.

M: Smooth, delicious, bit of a bite from the carbonation. Pleasant and unique flavors throughout.

O: Amazing stuff. Don't know why it's getting hated on as far as the average rating is concerned.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 04:36:34 | More by Gatch
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ngeunit1

California

4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a finger of frothy chocolate head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a roasted and burnt malts, lime and citrus, Indian spices, ginger, and some brett character.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted and burnt malts with some Indian spices and some ginger. Through the middle, some Brett funkiness comes through with some kaffir lime and some stronger spices. The finish is a mix of some roasted and burnt flavors, more Indian spices, ginger, touch of sourness, and a bit of cocoa.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, spicy, and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Interesting mix of flavors with the dark sour ale and the curry spices, but the end result is a pretty tasty mix.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 06:35:41 | More by ngeunit1
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HopHead84

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4/7/2012

A: Near black with a finger of brown foam.

S: Redolent of a mild potpourri with chocolate, lime, and some strange spices that are unfamiliar to me. There's chocolate beneath herbal aromatics.

T: Chocolate and lime with more herbal note and strange foreign spices. It actually tastes pretty good. Spices are mellow and there's a pretty nice chocolate profile.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and prickly.

Overall: This beer is a running joke with friends but it was much better than I expected. Perhaps the spices were much stronger when it was first release.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 18:46:00 | More by HopHead84
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours an opaque super dark brown/black with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is mainly of exotic spices and herbs. Taste is of dark malt and the spice flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that reminds me a lot of Ballast Point's Indra Kunindra with the exotic spices.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 00:02:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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billab914

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured dark brown in color with a modest tan head to it.

The aroma has a herbal and citrusy flavor to it. I get the Kaffir lime citrus playing a pretty big role in the aroma. The spices give it more like a potpourri like flavor to me. Unfortunately I don't get much of the Brett or roasty flavors.

The taste shows more of the herbal and citrus flavors up front. In the finish a little bit of the roastiness with a slight chocolate flavor comes out. The lime citrus seems present throughout the flavor, which didn't really work well for me. It's unique at least.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very interesting beer but not a great one. The lime and herbal flavors just didn't work for me and unfortunately seemed to dominate all the Brett and roasty flavors I was looking forward to . Cool to try but not something I'd want to have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 20:32:17 | More by billab914
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ptykozoon

California

2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mocha brown with a thick coffee colored layer.

???, nuts, honey. Very very light in the scent dept.

Coffee, earth, nuts, spices, a bit of brown sugar.

ABV hard to detect, standard carbonation and mouthfeel.

Never would have guessed this to be an AWA. Tastes like it belongs in a porter category. No brett infection detected, not particularly appealing.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 21:11:41 | More by ptykozoon
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Spider889

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big thanks to the crew at Brick Store for leaving me some of this stuff when I stopped through in July. But boy was I under-prepared for what this beer was!

A - Thin, but otherwise looks kinda like a stout. Great head leaving some spotty lace.

S - Wow, citrus is huge. Lemon is a big aroma component as is sage and lemongrass. Pithy. Also, weird.

T - Bitter and pithy. More hoppy than I'd like with everything else going on. Loads and loads... buttloads even?... of lime here.

O - A fun experiment but way too odd for a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 04:50:06 | More by Spider889
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Someone brought this to Goose Island on Thursday - was it Tom? Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Creamy light mocha foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, but minimal lace. Near-black body with a glint of brown at the fringes - surprisingly dark stuff.

S - Indian spices, cardamom, sage, ginger, and a hint of alcohol. I have no idea what the beer tastes like underneath all the spices - none of the brett and roast character that you'd expect.

T - Taste is pretty much the same, but with a bit of cocoa present. Lots of spices and herbal flavors. Alcohol is a little better hidden than the aroma.

M - Watery medium body, light grain character, warming alcohol, and medium-low carbonation.

D - This just isn't very good. Spices are overpowering and unpleasant. That being said, it isn't horrible and is pretty much average for the thankfully infrequently brewed "spiced wild ale" category.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 18:30:23 | More by MasterSki
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to route66pubs.

A - thunder jet black with a khaki head that lasts for minutes. Fantastic lacing.

S - complex is the word. Tea, licorice, juniper. Vanilla, coffee.

T - Light spicy sweetness with a bitter tea finish. Very interesting but super enjoyable.

M - smooth medium body. Light carb.

O - an awesome experiment that has potential. Would be cool to see some recipe adjustments, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 02:29:57 | More by ChrisPro
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had at last year’s Black Tuesday release party and had again recently at a small tasting put together by wedgie9. Thanks! Reviewed from notes.

Appearance – Pours into a Lost Abbey tulip with a rather ominous appearance. Quite a bit of head is achieved with a somewhat vigorous pour that dissipates slowly but leaves little lacing.

Smell – Lots of lime, basil, herbs, spices, and roasted malts. Little if any barnyard funk or any other sour/tartness.

Taste – Not sure why this is listed as an AWA. Taste is of herbs and spices, dark roasted malts, lime, and ginger. As the beer warms some licorice qualities come out as well. Not the most pleasant beer.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, decent carbonation.

Overall – This is worse than I remember it being (granted I had a couple variations of BT in me by the time I had this at the BT release party). What an odd beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 00:16:24 | More by SpdKilz
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a ton of stuff going on in this beer and I doubt I was able to pick out the majority of it. A complex, unique beer.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a nice-sized tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate, ginger and mint. The flavor is just as complex with some other added notes. I get a ton of chocolate and mint notes as well as some ginger, lime and other herbal notes. There are also some nice roasted malt notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 02:07:35 | More by Mora2000
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AlexFields

Tennessee

2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to moz9 for this bottle. Poured July 2011.

Nice looking beer. The appearance is the best thing about it. Black in color, for some reason it reminds me of black wood, with a very nice head on top.

Big mint on the nose, woah. The beer is black in color but the nose only suggests green things--mint, weird leaves, pine needles. Smells a little bit like rotting trash too. Maybe a little sourness, but I'm not sure if that's from the rotting trash and mint or from wild yeast/bacteria.

Well, the taste is a little better than the nose. All the mint and leaves and so on from the nose are also in the flavor, but there's some roasty stout or porter like malt flavors there too that stop the the odd flavors from being sickeningly minty/piney. I thought this was supposed to be a sour, but it isn't. Very slightly tart on the finish, but it's not sour.

This reminds me a lot of Lucky Bucket's Certified Evil, though this isn't nearly as terrible as that one. Drinkable and interesting the first time but I don't really want to have it again.

5.1/10

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 18:11:28 | More by AlexFields
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably my highlight of yesterday's Pittsburgh BA gathering at Bocktown, filled a portion of my sample glass with a dark cola russet brown with ruby highlights like cocoa tan head dwindled fairly quickly. Aroma was inviting with layers of citrus with kafir lime additions and spiced with Thai ginger, dark roasts weren't typical in the sense that I didn't get a loat of chocolate or coffee roast. More funky notes with a hint of plastic phenols some where saying band aid but I wasn't feeling it was overbearing to that point. Flavor was excellent there was something piney and spicy that I couldn't put my finger on, I'm guessing this was the Thai ginger that I've never tasted. A really unique beer and I guess it's the type of brew that drives us to seek out these interesting different brews. The dark malts provided a nice layer of dryness with hints of malt sweetness but the beers highlight was the interplay of citrus from the Kafir lime and the Galunga aka spicy ginger notes. I didn't get much phenolics, but the brett did it's job keeping the funk flowing and this beer interesting with hints of lactic acidity. As an American Wild ale I didn't find those overbearing in the sour side of the spectrum actually well balanced and well crafted. Carbonation was lively somewhat effervescent with a dry finish and medium bodied texture. Overall excellent beer, that gives me a bit more faith in the Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 20:30:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Redlight Redlight; January 2011
This beer pours from the bottle with a black color and a lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The aroma has a very bright, floral ginger-like not to it that seems to have a citrus-like component to it. The nose is really, really spiced and I am finding it quite difficult to get any sense of the base beer at all.

The flavor is much the same with a big ginger flavor as well as some solid lime-like flavors that provide some extra piquancy. The finish sees a hint of roasted character coming thorugh as welll as a touch of cocoa-like dusty grain notes and some toasted whole grain notes that add some rustic, brown bread character to the end of the beer.

I can’t remember the last time I had a beer that was so devoid of malt, hop and yeast character; devoid is perhaps the wrong word, as the malt & yeast character is here, there is just so much spiciness here that it drowns out the base beer almost completely. If you enjoy ginger and lime flavors then you will like this beer; luckily I do like these flavors and they were so over the top here that I found myself enjoying this quite a bit. I would bet that this has some great culinary uses, and given that I likely wouldn’t want to tackle anywhere near a full bottle of this, that would be a prudent use.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 15:01:55 | More by Gueuzedude
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.17/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into chalice. Pours 1/2 finger of fizzy beige head. Color is a surprising jet black. Good retention, but no lace.

Aroma: Limes, spices, chocolate, odd funk. Very unique beer.

Taste: I get an odd chalky flavor and some green beans. Chocolate, limes, maybe brett. Odd. Kind of minty. Some booze shows.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, fizzy, and roasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of clean.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this one. Not really enjoyable. Not something for me and not something I would ever recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:34:53 | More by mothman
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Kyle for sharing!

(A)- Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Some tan foam & bubbles.

(S)- Very spicy. Vanilla, raisin, anise, licorice and molasses. Has just a slightly funky background to it.

(T)- Again, very spicy like the smell, but has a raisin, anise, and licorice profile. Slightly funky.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Very spicy with some moderate bitterness. Rich.

(D)- A very different and unique beer. Spicy and exotic. The Brett that is supposed to be in here is very much hidden, but age could help bring that out.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 17:11:31 | More by sweemzander
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Swimsum

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into by Bruery tulip.

Pours out very dark brown, possibly black. Once settled into the glass it is black in color with a very thick foam head. The head is dark mocha color. The foam settles to a surprisingly thin layer for how big the head initially was. No light gets through the body of this one. No lacing is left on the glass.

Well the smell on this one is pretty interesting. I'm getting some roast, lime (like listed on the bottle), and some other spices that I'm having trouble picking out.

Very roasty up front. Finishes with some lime which is more zest then the juice. The spices start to come through a bit more as this warms up (was served pretty cold). Ginger? I swear I'm getting that at times. The aftertaste is roastiness and some spice but is actually quite pleasant. One thing I'm left wondering if where is the Brett in all of this? Perhaps it's too young or maybe the Brett just won't be that big of a factor in this beer. I don't know how I would like this if it was sour. But regardless, still wondering where the Brett is.

A pretty creamy feel to this one. Not thick enough to be mouth coating but this has a nice feel to it.

I like it. It has the aspects I was expecting in a black ale and the spices are a nice addition to this. I'm interested to see how this will change as it ages. Only down to one bottle so I'll be waiting for awhile before I crack it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 05:03:39 | More by Swimsum
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this one in a recent trade with Slvrmon82. Thanks again Matt! Poured into a tulip. The beer pours from the bottle with dark brown highlights and appears black sitting in the glass. A big light tan head sits atop and settles down to a solid thin layer that lingers with soapy lace. When I was pouring this one I could smell all kinds of fruit. As is sits in the glass the aromas kind of meld together and the brett aroma becomes a bit more dominant with black spicy tea aromas. Good smell, but I'd feel like the Brett comes through more than anything. The flavor is fruity. Juicy pear flavors and black peppercorn spice come through with a slight bit of funk to round out the flavor. The body is deceptively light on this one and the carbonation seems kind of harsh for some reason. Overall, this one is unique to say the least. A good effort from those crazy west coast guys.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:54:34 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! Poured dark brown into a tulip. There are a couple inches of head that thins out but still covers the entirety of the body.

This has a nice fruity pineapple smell and a hint of some stout like aromas like coffee and chocolate. Kind of unique.

The taste is slightly less impressive. The brett flavors compremise the malt flavors and visa versa. The roasted flavors are there, but mellowed. The brett is hardly noticeable.

This is very very light in body and the mouthfeel is slightly sharp. Not bad but nothing particularly helpful to this beer, whatever style it is.

Glad to try it, and it is pretty drinkable; non of the flavors are offensive. I just don't really see the point. I was most excited by the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:54:32 | More by andrewinski1
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HollyAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Tom, Heidi, and Camden for the hook up!

A: Pours a deep cola brown with some faint chestnut highlights. Initial pour got us a nice dark khaki head that sadly didn't hang around for very long. Lace was minimal.

S: Interesting dark fruit, cola nut, and lime zest aroma. Bitter dark chocolate, mint, oak, and black cherry.

T: Extremely close to the smell. I swirled in the sediment and found a layer of creamy, milk chocolate, white pepper, bark, and cardamom.

M: A neat mixture of sweet, tangy, spicy, and dry. I liked the fact that it came off a little raw and unrefined. Finishes with a bit of peppery sizzle. Really quite full and coating.

D: Interesting and different. I'd drink this again in a heartbeat if I could get more. Thankfully I have a hook-up or two in Silver Lake, so I got that going for me...which is nice!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 01:09:42 | More by GbVDave
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NoLiberty

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, brilliant black color with light cream colored frothy head that settles in for the rest of the beer. Soft carbonation and light dipping lacing make for inviting eye candy.

Aromas of burnt molasses, spicy cardamom, light vanilla, mild woody earthiness, and soft sweet floral undertones. Spiced beers are often overpowering and heavily weighted with one dominant flavor, but this has a complex nose that invites through intrigue.

Flavor starts soft with subtle sweet licorice moves to a middle of caramel and molasses roasted sugar notes and finishes with spicy ginger, cardamom and light alcohol warmth. Well balanced flavors that provide roundness with light peaks of interest.

Mouthfeel is soft and light bodied with carbonation a little lighter than I would like. Some more carbonation "pop" could be nice to match the spiciness.

A good beer but the intensity of flavors would build to an unpleasureable level after several glasses.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 05:11:16 | More by NoLiberty
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Provisions Series: Gunga Galunga from The Bruery
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