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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd - The Bruery

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
83
good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | 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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JosephThompson
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of PowDay
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of biggied
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of pvequalsnrt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of spamages
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of bauermj
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of baybum
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of furthurgone
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip, why wouldn't I?

Beer is overcarbonated, dark brown, clear at the corners, big tan head, medium retention, high carbonation, some lacing.

Aroma is sweet, spice, nutmeg, pumpkin, allspice, mild cinnamon.

Beer is thin and spicy, mildly solventy but OK, the spices come through nicely and it feels fine. I don't think it is one of their better beers but an interesting "milk stout" or pumpkin ale whatever people want to call it, it doesn't really matter.

Photo of clarkenstein
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of nanobrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BAsbill
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of waltonc
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Sean9689
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split with the fiancé. Poured into Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a darker brownish color, off-white frothy head, spotty lace, thick collar, and some wisps left on top.

S - A nice level of pumpkin, spices, and a touch of creamy chocolate. The milk stout definitely takes a back seat to the pumpkin and spices, but is still there a bit.

T - Not quite as good as the nose. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, oak, slight chocolate. Still a nice pumpkin flavor, but there's a slightly harsh oak/spice note on the finish that deters me.

M - Medium to full, smooth, good carbonation, creamy oak finish.

O - A nice pumpkin beer, being a pretty big fan of the style. That said, not the best I've had but also not the worst. I'd say above average for sure and I'd have again, but I would want to split the bottle more then two ways (we didn't finish it between the two of us). Give it a whirl...

Provisions Series: Burly Gourd from The Bruery
83 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.