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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
83
good

153 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 36 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 11-05-2011)
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Photo of DefenCorps
1.8/5  rDev -51.1%
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

DefenCorps, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of leschkie
2/5  rDev -45.7%

leschkie, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Mark000
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Mark000, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of SummitVA
2/5  rDev -45.7%

SummitVA, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Brew33
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Brew33, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of sdhomebrewer
2/5  rDev -45.7%

sdhomebrewer, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Azrael
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Azrael, Feb 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Ineedabeerhere, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of seeswo
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Beer shared by me with a large group of Cincy BAs.

The beer poured very dark brown with a nice tannish head. The nose is - awful. Think of a candle/potpourri store during winter holiday time. A strong bouquet of anise, pumpkin, a touch of wood, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, all very flowery and artificial. It was pungently fragrant and offensive. Oddly, the smell didn't taste like a failure in brewing, but a failure in concept. The taste was dominated by the nose. In fact, when drank with a plugged nose, it tasted like a nicely spiced stout. The mouthfeel was decent, with a medium body and decent carbonation. Universally panned by our group - I don't think anyone finished their glass. I love the Bruery and am unfazed, but this beer did not work at all. I do appreciate the willingness to experiment. Maybe some time will chill out the nose, but I probably will never find out.

seeswo, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

djrn2, Feb 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

topdown, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Gatch
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

A: Deep dark amber with a medium brown head.

S: Watered down, slightly spiced apple cider. Cinnamon. Pumpkin. Spice. Weak.

T: Basically dark, strong apple cider with pumpkin spice. Not much body at all. Strange.

M: Smooth and easy drinking. Otherwise bad.

O: Not good at all. Disappointed. I wouldn't recommend this at all. Seems like they worried too much about ingredients and not enough about the beer part.

Gatch, Jun 23, 2012
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!

johnnnniee, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

womencantsail, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of jsanford
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

jsanford, May 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

AApparel, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Murrhey, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of corby112
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft at Bruery Provisions.

Pours pitch black and opaque with a one finger beige had that slowly settles into lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.

Sweet and spicy aroma with tons of pumpkin, autumnal spice and chocolate. Hints of ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, pumpkin purée, allspice, clove and vanilla. Subtle wood presence with decent dark malt profile.

Medium bodied with a really weird combination of flavors.  Lots of lactic cream and dark malts that are quickly countered by an aggressively overspiced character.  Lots of pumpkin, ginger and pumpkin but it's not as complex as the nose hinted at.  The heavy spiciness clashed with the lactic sugar and dark malts making it a bit tough to drink.

corby112, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2.98/5  rDev -19%
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.

largadeer, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of dmsohyea
3/5  rDev -18.5%

dmsohyea, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -18.5%

drummermattie02, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of craytonic
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown pour with a brown head, some lacing
Smell: pumpkin and pumpkin pie filling spices, chocolate and roasted malts, cedar
Taste: Again, the fall pumpkin and associated spices make a strong showing, odd yeast element and some woodiness
mouthfeel: full body
Overall: I might lump it in with the pumpkin beers, either way it isn't very impressive.

craytonic, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of kbutler1
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Aged on cedar? Wtf, is this CCB?! Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that coasters. Cedar hits the nose right away with subtle spice notes. Cedar, spice, roast, and slighy pumpkin. Lingering bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, not bad but tr cedar just overpowers this one. Not really what I expected.

kbutler1, Dec 04, 2011
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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd from The Bruery
83 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.