Provisions Series: Burly Gourd - The Bruery
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United Kingdom (England)
4.19/5 rDev +13.9%
Coming in a 750ml brown bottle, BB date is nowhere to be found on the label/bottle, served mildly chilled in Hapkin’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer. Notes: The beer label specifies that this milk stout is brewed using fresh pumpkins, seasonal spices, aged on cedar chips.
A: pitch black in colour, coming with a tight and thick dark khaki frothy head and healthy flows of carbonation.
S: due to the spices, pumpkin and cedar woodchips, the nose is unlike any stout I’ve ever sniffed… the mildly acidic edge of cedar woodchips comes in harmony with cinnamon, nutmeg, exotic & sharply aromatic woodiness as of “Santalum album”, while pumpkin flesh (I assume) lends a rather unique smell reminiscent of pumpkin soup actually, leaving dark chocolatey malts and savoury-spicy elements to linger in the background. Given a very good swirl, the acidity accentuates to render a lightly cider-ish and black-prune-ish fruitiness, along with aromatic hops which just had the chance to pierce through the thick veil of spices and malts. Fulsome and strangely, very nice indeed.
T: lightly sour-sweet fruity upfront, the aromatic-woody, spicy and bitter-sweet entry of dark malts and spices is immediately ensued by an interestingly neat and clean hop bitterness, spicy palate and smoothly warming alc. creeping down the throat. Pumpkin and spices seem to be integrated so well with the main body of stout that my palates fail to discern them from the other flavour elements. I don’t know what to say but rather stay quiet to appreciate this glass of unusual stout that I feel so happy to have the chance to taste… The finish is moderately bitter with random aroma of spices to linger, otherwise remaining clean and mild, without any unwanted cloying touch. Perfect.
M&O: the mouthfeel comes utmost smooth and softly carbonated, against a full body and a complex but well-executed flavour profile which yields all the flavours while being attenuated at the perfect level. I have to say, I’m really really impressed by this beer as a newbie to the world of pumpkin-infused ales, but the complexity reached and smooth texture rendered really should be every beer lover’s “cup of tea”, I reckon. Highly recommended.
10-18-2013 20:04:12 | More by wl0307
3.41/5 rDev -7.3%
Sampled March 2012
A steady, mostly soft pour into my tulip glass produces a voluminous, almost four-finger thick, pale brown colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dessert spices with notes reminiscent of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. A second take reveals a spicy, woody, distinctly cedar note here that boosts the overall spice character and even becomes as dominant as, or even more so than the spices. The total spice character is supported by more muted notes of toasted whole grain, touches of roast, and perhaps a hint of vegetal character (is that the squash or the roast malt contributing that). I like how the spices intermingle with the cedar and are supported by the toasted whole grain character here in the aroma; it definitely makes it inviting, if not overly beer like; I certainly wouldn’t have minded if more of the base beer, Milk Stout character had come through.
Somewhat light bodied, the beer doesn’t quite have the richness I was expecting for some reason. Spicy cedar notes and an astringency and woodiness to this beer and there is a roasted note that lingers in the finish. There is also a touch of tartness to this beer that seems contributed by the roast, some nutmeg notes and perhaps a hint of pumpkin character (though this last might be a stretch). The beer is still quite effervescent, despite it taking ten minutes for me to take my first sip. The prickly carbonation and carbonic acid mixes with the cedar and the bitter, burnt roast character to provide a sharpness to the finish that begs for some balancing, creamy malt character up front; unfortunately the malt richness just isn’t here. As the beer warms up, a nice, chewy, whole grain toasted character becomes more noticeable and helps to add some balance to the middle of this beer.
Cedar is definitely a weird beast in beer, because there are so few beers made with it there is a certain “ooh, that is interesting” quality to the beers that I have had with it, but having said that, I have had enough that I now want these beers to have an integrated, well executed use of the cedar. This beer has a touch too much cedar to be balanced; certainly a bit more malt richness would have helped, or better yet, cut back on the cedar. Having said all that though, this is still quite an enjoyable beer; one that I am happy to be drinking, but likely won’t go out of my way to purchase again unless I have heard that the balance of this beer has been tweaked with. This certainly has quite a bit of potential though.
09-30-2013 02:06:03 | More by Gueuzedude
Provisions Series: Burly Gourd from The Bruery
83 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.