Provisions Series: Burly Gourd - The Bruery
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1.8/5 rDev -51.1%
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
12-23-2011 14:11:27 | More by DefenCorps
3.38/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
12-19-2011 06:01:25 | More by waltonc
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
12-17-2011 01:05:51 | More by claspada
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
12-10-2011 05:25:55 | More by DoubleJ
4.15/5 rDev +12.8%
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!!
12-07-2011 03:13:12 | More by HosP
2.98/5 rDev -19%
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.
12-05-2011 05:45:03 | More by largadeer
3.33/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
12-05-2011 03:44:42 | More by oline73
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
750ml bottle as part of the Reserve Society membership.
Pours well, an expected deep brown body that verges on opaque. Well-retained tuft of toasted caramel foam floats on top and leaves behind some fat swatches of lace. Neat aroma, very bright with light spices and cedar planks leading the way. Pumpkin pulp and a hint of milk lactose in the background.
Flavor follows the aroma, starts sweet with a creamy body, chocolate, and spice on the top of the palate. Reminds me of pumpkin pie with whipped cream and cinnamon. Cedar blends nicely into the complex flavor profile. Mouthfeel is on the thin side for the style with medium carbonation. Finishes clean and dry with a lingering hint of wood and pumpkin spice. Bourly Gourd is a complex beer, but not so much that it overwhelms the palate. Good stuff...
12-04-2011 21:48:00 | More by wagenvolks
3.15/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
12-04-2011 16:49:06 | More by kbutler1
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
11-27-2011 19:09:39 | More by Gobzilla
Provisions Series: Burly Gourd from The Bruery
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