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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd - The Bruery

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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 11-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 50
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Photo of ehammond1
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for the gift, NoSignsOfPain!

Dark brown mahogany with a thick, tight brown head that eventually leaves messy spots of lace down the glass. The beer looks particularly thick for a milk/sweet stout. Beautiful.

The aroma is full of cedar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mild pumpkin/gourd characteristics--more earthy than sweet. I find none of the acidity I'm fearful of in milk/sweet stouts.

The flavor is too much dominated by cedar for it to really triumph, hiding some of the more nuanced earthy pumpkin. There's plenty of nutmeg and pumpkin pie character, which is nice, but the cedar is definitely dominating.

Medium to full bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

A very nice pumpkin pie/cedar beer, though I wish the pumpkin character was more present in the flavor.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery Tasting room. Some sour aroma and sour taste, with some pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seed. Reddish brown, sugar to offset it. An OK pumpkin beer slash Belgian, with some flavour and OK drinkability, would like more bold spice. Average mouthfeel.

Photo of bashiba
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a typical bruery beer, by that I mean a giant massive head, otherwise a nice deep brown with tons of lacing and head retention.

The nose is very spicy, with a big blast of pepper, light pumpkin spices, and a bit of roasted malt.

The flavor is very nice, big and malty with roasty grains and chocolate along with spicy classic nutmeg pumpkin flavors. A great mix of flavors and very big at that.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Very nice, tasty beer, I like the strange complexity.

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cedar, pumpkin, spice, and brown sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, pumpkin, spice, fruit, and subtle brown sugar. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The cedar on this one definitely ran the show in this brew. The cedar dominated the aroma on this one and the flavor while having loads of cedar in it, still allowed the more subtle flavors to come through. Quite a nice brew from the Bruery.

Photo of jsanford
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark cola-brown with a foamy khaki-colored head that settles to a thick cap. Spice (cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg) and cedar dominates the nose, along with some sweet pumpkin, dark roasted malt, and cream. Taste is similarly spice-dominated, with more nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. A bit too spicy for my liking, this moves away from being a "pumpkin beer" into "spice beer" territory. The Milk Stout base is a nice touch, but can't hide (or balance) the high spice quantity. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy, with a medium body and a touch too-high carbonation. Overall a decent experiment, but not a very good beer. A rare Bruery miss for me.

Photo of largadeer
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Opaque black, surprisingly dark and chewy looking for a lower ABV stout. The initial pour produces 3 fingers of thick foam that slowly settles to a film.

Smell: A lot of cedar and spice, to the point of obfuscating the malt at first. Pretty much smells like a cigar box. As it warms, a bit of sweet toasted malt does come through, but you have to search for it.

Palate: Cedar is dominant again, lending a woody, spicy and tannic character that isn't as abrasive as other beers I've had aged with cedar. Nonetheless it's still too overwhelming for my liking; it doesn't allow the malt to come through much until the finish, which has a mild roastiness and a touch of lactose sweetness and tang. There's plenty of pumpkin pie spice here too, though no real pumpkin flavor.

Not necessarily a bad beer, but not one I'd revisit. Probably would have been much better with toned down cedar and spice.

Photo of oline73
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the bottle share at Jackie O's during the bottle release this weekend. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with a layer of creamy off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Lots of spices, I'm picking up nutmeg as the dominant smell. Some mild chocolate and pumpkin as well.

Taste: A bit overkill on the spices, don't really let the other flavors shine. Brown sugar and molasses. Like a heavily spiced pumpkin pie. Mild roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer was alright. I thought it was overly spices, but not too bad. I would probably pass in the future.

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a medium to large dark khaki-light brown head. Good retention, solid soapy bubbles leave ample lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with pumpkin spices, dark cocoa and light espresso roasted maltiness. Immediately then you get the large wood/cedar presence from the presumed oak aging. There is a light creamy sweetness in there as well as it warms.

The tastes are much more milk stout and less pumpkin ale. The prominent flavors are lightly roasted dark malts and dark chocolate. Mid-palate you get some pumpkin pie flesh, creamy lactic smoothness and a little bit of Belgian yeastiness, which I could have done without. The finish is faint pumpkin pie spices and a bit of woody tannins and astringency.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is toward the dryer end despite the "milk stout" claim which I attribute to the cedar aging once again.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. Not a top pumpkin beer, not a top, milk stout, not a top wood-aged beer, but a good example of all three combined. I feel it would have been better served if they picked 2 of the 3 beer styles and focused on those two as the flavor profile is a little disjointed, but it is still a quality beverage regardless, especially for only $10. Worth a go if you are a fan of wood-aged beers or pumpkin beers. Not a MUST try but definitely a worthy one.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Provisions

Look: Deep mahogany color with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Pumpkin all spice clove and cinnamon

Taste: The beer starts off with a chocolate covered pumpkin pie character and then finishes with a touch of oak cinnamon and nutmeg

Mouthfeel: Medium body low carbonation

Overall: It's a pretty good little pumpkin beer. Not my favorite style but not bad at all, worth a try

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of my Reserve Society membership. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a dark brown color with a nice light tan head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries some roasted malt and chocolate plus a nice bit of pumpkin pie spice. The flavor hits the milk stout aspect well and adds a bit of pumpkin spice, though nothing overpowering. The cedar is there in the background. Medium body with a smooth carbonation and nice spice to the finish. Well done.

Photo of HosP
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle from Marisatheyounger. 750ml poured into snifter.

A- Pours dark, dark brown almost black. Creamy, thick brown head. Bits of lace left on glass.

S- Pumpkin and nutmeg fill the nose from start to finish. Some sweet aromas towards the end. Makes me wonder where the thanksgiving turkey is!

T- Nice pumpkin, nutmeg, and some sugar tastes throughout. Some cedar comes through as an earthy, woody undertone to the other flavors. Sweetness at the end. Pumpkin flavor a little weaker, but still there at the end.

M- Medium body, but on the thinner side. Moderate carbonation.

O- Very nice drink. Would have been a perfect Thanksgiving day beer. Really enjoyed a little different milk stout. Would gladly drink another one of these. Thanks a lot Marisa for the treat!!

Photo of waltonc
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours ordinary brown with tan head. Smell is roasted malts, pumpkin pie spices, and a whiff of cedar. On the palate, the cedar is quite pronounced - too strong for my taste. I like the idea in concept, but feel it could this beer would be better if the cedar were dialed back by about 33%. Not a very sweet beer for a milk stout either. Either that or the bitterness of the cedar is just drowning the sweetness out. Body is on the thinner side with smooth, velvety carbonation that is a hallmark of a sweet stout. Overall, a very interesting beer. One I would drink again, though would prefer to see the cedar reduced. Silly that this is sold in such a large bottle, as it is not a beer that most people are likely to want 750 ml of in one sitting.

Photo of womencantsail
2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at The Bruery

Dark brown in color, dense tan head. Reeks of cedar. Very peppery, a bit of pie spices. A little bit of roast, not that much pumpkin. Tastes like cedar, too. Same sort of spice character on the palate. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not a fan of this one.

Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A – Pours super foamy leaving about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the glass and completely filling the rest of the glass with a dense mocha colored whipped creamy head that has annoyingly good staying power. This might take 10min to actually pour a glass that I can drink out of. The body is a super dark brown color with thick mahogany reddish highlights around the edges.

S – Plenty of fall spices in the aroma here. Pumpkin pie definitely comes to mind with strong nutmeg and cinnamon spiciness up front. Getting some actual pumpkin notes as well, some peppery aspects, brown sugar and even some chocolate. Roasty and grainy stout aromas are in the background and come out a bit more as the body warms releasing some molasses aromas as well.

T – The pungent spiciness of the aroma is still there in the taste, but the flavor really shows off the base stout much more than the aroma would indicate. Bitter chocolatey and dark roasted malt base with some acrid burnt notes and wood. Molasses, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg kick in, but the chocolatey flavors really are the focal point for me. A bit of alcohol, fresh pumpkin, sweet potato.

M – Medium body with a thick foamy carbonation that gives a bit of a milk shake quality to it. Chocolatey, spicy, dessert-like.

O – This is definitely one of the best pumpkin beers I’ve had. Aroma is outstanding and very inviting. The base stout is nice and chocolatey, roasty with a touch of astringency. Mix in the pumpkin pie spices that complement and certainly don’t overpower and you have a winner in my book. This is screaming for a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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@The Bruery

App- This was like a bit of liquid chocolate on the pour with a good bit of bubbles and cling.

Smell- A good bit of the wood notes on this one. Wasn't expecting that. Has a nice bit of bakers chocolate with some under pinning of spice and pumpking.

Taste- The wood notes carry through and then have a small amount of spice with a little bit of roast and pumpkin. Some, and only a touch of the chocolate follows to the taste.

Mouth- A medium body and a medium carbonation. A nice bit of chocolate and pumpkin. Its tasty and up there with Bootleggers Pumpkin.

Photo of beagle75
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with over two fingers of light beige foam head that is slow to collapse. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Windy carbon dioxide dominates and disperses honest cooked pumpkin and select baking spices. Malt is generally underrepresented.

T: Begins sweet, with refined dark malt and faint coffee that suffers from aggressive carbonic acidity. Fruitiness is predictably dark and earthy, followed by floral spices then turning husky in the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, very smooth and soft on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This dark pumpkin beer has a lot of bold sensory qualities, but they seem to run together so fluidly at times as to seem muddled. It is better suited to casual quaffing than careful analysis, although it does live up to the pumpkin branding, transmitting the characteristic in both flavor and smell.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle opened on 1-22-12.

A - Pours a dark brown with a bit tan head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Pumpkin, wood, and oak.

T - Smokey pumpkin, and some chocolate.

D - Tons of carbonation and an average medium body.

O - Pumpkin forward, subtle chcolate, and a nice balance.

Photo of cvm4
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage

L - Pours as I'd expect and looks just like a legit milk stout. The head was very billowing, 3 fingers of dark tan at most.

S - Lots of pumpkin, spices and cedar. There's a tartness or acidity I can't pinpoint.

T - The taste does not mirror the nose. Pumpkin flesh, nutmeg and cinnamon. The cedar is in the background. Good roasted malt character as well.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A very smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

O - The label said it could age for a year and I think it's mistaken. For a 6.66% abv beer, it was very full of flavor and didn't seem to be going downhill. I'm not a huge pumpkin beer guy, but I dig this one.

Photo of johnnnniee
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pumpkin milk stout with spices aged on cedar, Finally!
Severe carbonation makes this one a challenge to pour but leaves a solid black liquid with a creamy foamy tan head that takes forever to recede and litters the glass with webs of lace. Smells like a cigar box mostly. Heavy cedar aroma with hints of vegetables are really all I can find in the aroma. I thought cigar city had the lock on over cedar-ed beers, but apparently the Bruery is right up there too. The flavor is sweet at first with a hint of chocolate and caramel before the cedar takes over. Earthy, spicy, woody, and herbal with barely a beer to counter it. Medium body with an insane level of carbonation and a sweet tannic mouthfeel. ?Uhm yeah I'm not sure what this was supposed to be, but there is a good chance that we are not going to be able to finish this bottle. Too much cedar!

Photo of DefenCorps
1.82/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oh good lord, who the hell thought this was a good idea? Thank you, Devin.

The only good thing about this beer is the appearance - a nice, dark brown/black pour with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose has a ton of pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice) and mothefucking cedar. The smell of wood dust and moth balls permeates this abomination, and destroys your palate, sucking it dry, making the pumpkin spices stick out even more. Mildly roasty, maybe, but overly cedar-like, to the point where it tastes like mothballs. Awful, one of the worst beers of the year IMO

Photo of cosmicevan
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of reserve society buddy CAbeerCAbeerCA enjoyed from a bruery snifter.

a - brew poured a watery jet black with about 90% of the glass filling with a mocha like foamy head from a hard pour. as it vanished, it left chunky milk shake like lacing in huge chunks.

s - VERY zety and potpouri. how could this be a milk stout? it smells like a craft store. VERY pumpkin, VERY autumn, VERY art craft store. very nice, but just surprising and unexpected.

t - much like the nose, this is predominantly an autumn pumpkin art store beer. i swear, i'm in the midst of bath and body works in the throws of autumn. a milk stout, this is not. a pumpkin beer, this is tops. hard to really put a score since i was expecting a milk stout, but if you are to look at this as burly gourd, well you don't get much more autumn than this beer. shokingly autumn. lots of cinnamon and spice.

m - a bit fizzy and definitely a bit of a alc buzz in my mouth.

o - overall, i am knocked out with surprise. i did NOT expect these wild craft store pot pouri flavors. i expected a devilish milk stout. paint me surprised. however, that being said, if you are looking for a fall beer, this one is marvelously balanced and tickles your craft store autumn senses. be ready and prepared. for what it is, it is excellent...just wasn't expecting this. truly enjoyable and a pleasant surprise.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is dark brown. Poured into a Bruery chalice, it easily produces a thick head that has good retention and minimal lacing.

Smells of milk chocolate, pumpkin. Well, I guess the odd smell is the cedar wood.

Tastes like a milk stout, lots of roasted malt and some ash and milk chocolate. To that is added a roasted sweet pumpkin character and it is pretty highly spiced with clove, cinnamon, and what else. The cedar wood also adds some notes of cedar chest. It is quite a mouthful, and is better accompanied by food.

Body is medium and carbonation is too, producing a creamy mouthfeel. The char acidity is strong, and it is a bit dry and slightly ashy in the finish.

This is an assault of different flavors that do come reasonably well together to produce a good autumnal beer. The ABV is low, and while it is a nice drinkable beer, the flavor is burly, and goes better with a slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream consumed by a cedar wood fire.

Photo of Phelps
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter.

Deep brunette, mostly opaque but with hints of auburn at the edges. The head grows to about two inches tall — a big, sticky tan that remains for quite a while.

Noticeable at first is dark chocolate and crumbly cocoa nibs. Behind that I get sweet milk, cedar, pumpkin and the usual pie spices: ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon. Good stuff.

As in the aroma, dark chocolate leads, though it’s tangier and milder here. Raw pumpkin is next. The prominent cedar notes blend well with the cinnamon and ginger. . Mild bitterness.

The body is a little thin, yet nicely soft. Maybe a shade above medium light. Carbonation is subdued — just a mild tingle on the tongue.

I love the incorporation of cedar in this pumpkin stout. The pie-like spices interact nicely with the spicy wood. But as it warms, the dark chocolate notes in the brew become just a little too tangy and bittersweet for my liking. One of the better pumpkin brews I’ve tried this season, but still lacking.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours an opaque dark brown with a khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, cocoa, pumpkin, and spices. Taste is the same along with some gingersnap and molasses flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with an almost acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and I am enjoying the stout and pumpkin spice combination they went for on this one.

Photo of Murrhey
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at the Bruery. 7oz in a tulip glass. Looked quite tasty. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half mocha head. Minute long retention with an opaque mahogany head.

S- So creamy and pumpkiny. The mashed gourd sort of smell was nice, but very muted.

T- Not what I was expecting it to taste like. Woody flavors and distinct coffee notes. Can taste a bit of the creaminess from the milk, but not a lot. Muted as well.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, maybe a tad overcarbonated which is especially unfortunate due to the low retention rate.

O- Ok beer, but failed at what it was trying to do in my opinion. Might buy again, but with lower expectations.

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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd from The Bruery
83 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.