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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd - The Bruery

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153 Ratings
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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 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.

Sammy, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

t0rin0, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

djrn2, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

acurtis, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Texasfan549, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.7%

kjkinsey, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

GRG1313, Apr 06, 2014
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 westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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 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.

drabmuh, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

oline73, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

mdfb79, Feb 27, 2012
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.

Gueuzedude, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours black with a medium tan to brown head. Good retention, solid lace.

S: Dark chocolate with some autumn spices.

T: Very much a stout, the prominent flavours are roast and dark chocolate. The pumpkin and spice are the undercurrent and mix well with the base beer. Nice wood finish with a hint of sugar.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, smooth and creamy. Makes its presence felt.

O: A nice hybrid of styles. I like the idea of a stout/pumpkin beer. Did remind me of Fisherman's, just bigger and better.

Halcyondays, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +8.7%

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

imperialking, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

drewone, Jan 03, 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 orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

orangesol, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of wl0307
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a 750ml brown bottle, BB date is nowhere to be found on the label/bottle, served mildly chilled in Hapkin’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer. Notes: The beer label specifies that this milk stout is brewed using fresh pumpkins, seasonal spices, aged on cedar chips.

A: pitch black in colour, coming with a tight and thick dark khaki frothy head and healthy flows of carbonation.
S: due to the spices, pumpkin and cedar woodchips, the nose is unlike any stout I’ve ever sniffed… the mildly acidic edge of cedar woodchips comes in harmony with cinnamon, nutmeg, exotic & sharply aromatic woodiness as of “Santalum album”, while pumpkin flesh (I assume) lends a rather unique smell reminiscent of pumpkin soup actually, leaving dark chocolatey malts and savoury-spicy elements to linger in the background. Given a very good swirl, the acidity accentuates to render a lightly cider-ish and black-prune-ish fruitiness, along with aromatic hops which just had the chance to pierce through the thick veil of spices and malts. Fulsome and strangely, very nice indeed.
T: lightly sour-sweet fruity upfront, the aromatic-woody, spicy and bitter-sweet entry of dark malts and spices is immediately ensued by an interestingly neat and clean hop bitterness, spicy palate and smoothly warming alc. creeping down the throat. Pumpkin and spices seem to be integrated so well with the main body of stout that my palates fail to discern them from the other flavour elements. I don’t know what to say but rather stay quiet to appreciate this glass of unusual stout that I feel so happy to have the chance to taste… The finish is moderately bitter with random aroma of spices to linger, otherwise remaining clean and mild, without any unwanted cloying touch. Perfect.
M&O: the mouthfeel comes utmost smooth and softly carbonated, against a full body and a complex but well-executed flavour profile which yields all the flavours while being attenuated at the perfect level. I have to say, I’m really really impressed by this beer as a newbie to the world of pumpkin-infused ales, but the complexity reached and smooth texture rendered really should be every beer lover’s “cup of tea”, I reckon. Highly recommended.

wl0307, Oct 18, 2013
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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd from The Bruery
83 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.