Provisions Series: Burly Gourd - The Bruery

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 14
Gots: 35 | FT: 3
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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 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 seeswo
2.45/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Photo of Gatch
2.59/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

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 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 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 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.

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 corby112
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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.

Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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 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 Sean9689
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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...

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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 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 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 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 mdfb79
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in the 2012 Birthday BIF from futhurgone; Thanks Rob! Another want of mine. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip. Boom.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers of dark tan ehad and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for 4-5 minutes and leaves an inch drinking throughout. Very tiny bit of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, roasted malts, chocolate, spices, vanilla/cream, and light pumpkin. Pretty good actually, what I imagine they were going for.

t - Tastes of spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted malts, lightly sweet chocolate, vanilla, cream, some hops, pepper, and pumpkin. A little spicer then I would have liked, and not as nice as the nose.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. A little bit overcarbonated which hurts the body.

o - Overall a pretty decent beer. Aside from the taste being a little heavy on the spices and the body being a little overcarbonated, I imagine this is what they were looking to do. If you like pumpkin ales you'll probably enjoy this one. Would give it another shot.

Photo of GregSVT
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle into a tulip - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours a dark brown with a huge rocky dark tan head that fades to a small layering and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: The aromas are pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, a lactose sweetness, and a hint of chocolate.

T: The taste is the same along with a mild roasted malt flavor. Not too impressed with the flavor compared to the nose.

M: The feel is the biggest disappointment as it's pretty thin and very over carbonated. There are barely any flavors on the finish.

O: The aromas and flavors are good but the mouthfeel is way off here. Granted this is a low ABV beer but I expected at least a decent finish with all the spices.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bery dark brown, almost black with a massive, dense and creamy tan head.

Aroma is charred dark grain and caramel malt sweetness. Intense spice cake - nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Mild pumpkin barely shines through.

Taste is malty and chocolatey sweetness up front. Mild charred smokey grain. Dark fruit and woody, aromatic cedar, and earthy hop jumps in. Then the dramatic spice overshadows everything with an intesity that makes it hard to differentiate distinct notes, along with a slight alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

Overall, interesting but the spice profile is too vague, but extremely intense. Needs more unification.

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 DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the source itself, on to the beer:

Looks black with an inch thick of head formed on top which goes away and leaves a few spots of lace around the glass. There's a lot of pumpkin spice in the aroma, and also a little burnt malt too, but it's got more of a Belgian flare to it, like it's a bit more acidic.

Belgian stout meets pumpkin ale, strange at first, but it works out well. A little roasty and chocolatey, also a little lactic acid, pumpkin flesh and the associated spices that you would find in a pumpkin dish (nutmeg and cinnamon most notably). It's got a medium bodied feel, with the carbonation at a low rate. I wouldn't want a whole lot of Burly Gould, but I couldn't go wrong with an 8-12 ounce glass of it.

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 Gobzilla
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a very dark opaque brown in color with a finger of bubbly brown head that dissipated and let a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the pumpkin along with the spices were noticeable upfront on the nose but I also got a little cedar and some sweet lactic notes.

T: the taste had more of the cedar character alongside pumpkin, spice, nutmeg, and brown sugar notes but with a touh of sweet lactic flavor.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, woody, spice, mild lactic, and creamy finish.

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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd from The Bruery
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