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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd - The Bruery

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83
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152 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.85%
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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eclipse54

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 mL bottle from barfdiggs; thank you! Split into two tulips.

A standard pour produces a primarily black body with dark brown and garnet hues. About two and a half finger’s worth of tan head develops with moderate retention and lacing. A steady stream of bubbles fuels a large patch in the center of the surface. Definitely a gorgeous looking brew.

The aroma is of pumpkin/yam, allspice, cardamom, nutmeg, clove, a bit of cacao, cane sugar, and a touch of roasted malt. Great scent, only wish it jumped out a bit more (minor gripe really).

Taste begins with the “pumpkin” spices: yam, pumpkin seed, allspice, clove, nutmeg, hint of cinnamon and some brown sugar. Finishes more like a milk stout, with the cacao, lightly roasted malt, and cane sugar coming through. A bi of nutmeg and clove linger on the aftertaste, and a hint of the cedar is noticeable on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is wonderful; carbonation is spot on, cutting through the spices and keeping them from sticking to the palate. The mouth feels thinly coated by this moderate/thick bodied beer, but the finish is relatively clean (no syrupy or cloying residue) and dry, perhaps aided by the cedar.

Overall, this is a great pumpkin ale with a lot of complexity and dimension. Slightly reminiscent of TREAT, but taken in a different direction and masterfully done.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 01:48:10 | More by eclipse54
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cedar, pumpkin, spice, and brown sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, pumpkin, spice, fruit, and subtle brown sugar. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The cedar on this one definitely ran the show in this brew. The cedar dominated the aroma on this one and the flavor while having loads of cedar in it, still allowed the more subtle flavors to come through. Quite a nice brew from the Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:29:33 | More by thagr81us
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drabmuh

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 04:18:36 | More by drabmuh
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craytonic

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 22:12:49 | More by craytonic
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy black with a light tan and sticky head. The nose contains some pumpkin, cinnamon, chocolate and nutmeg. The taste pretty much match the nose but presents itself a bit more then it does on the nose. It's got a medium body with good carbonation and a pretty easy drink-ability. Would gladly have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:10:59 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-27-2012 18:20:47 | More by PhineasGage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 02:13:00 | More by corby112
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 21:04:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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pvequalsnrt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-22-2012 03:35:24 | More by pvequalsnrt
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 03:55:43 | More by Sammy
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Murrhey

Montana

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 01:35:03 | More by Murrhey
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Sean9689

Illinois

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...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 16:15:12 | More by Sean9689
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spamages

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-09-2012 07:41:58 | More by spamages
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clarkenstein

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-08-2012 20:45:15 | More by clarkenstein
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ehammond1


3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for the gift, NoSignsOfPain!

Dark brown mahogany with a thick, tight brown head that eventually leaves messy spots of lace down the glass. The beer looks particularly thick for a milk/sweet stout. Beautiful.

The aroma is full of cedar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mild pumpkin/gourd characteristics--more earthy than sweet. I find none of the acidity I'm fearful of in milk/sweet stouts.

The flavor is too much dominated by cedar for it to really triumph, hiding some of the more nuanced earthy pumpkin. There's plenty of nutmeg and pumpkin pie character, which is nice, but the cedar is definitely dominating.

Medium to full bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

A very nice pumpkin pie/cedar beer, though I wish the pumpkin character was more present in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 00:23:04 | More by ehammond1
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nanobrew

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-03-2012 16:02:57 | More by nanobrew
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-03-2012 07:54:24 | More by drewone
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Provisions

Look: Deep mahogany color with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Pumpkin all spice clove and cinnamon

Taste: The beer starts off with a chocolate covered pumpkin pie character and then finishes with a touch of oak cinnamon and nutmeg

Mouthfeel: Medium body low carbonation

Overall: It's a pretty good little pumpkin beer. Not my favorite style but not bad at all, worth a try

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 20:54:16 | More by DarthKostrizer
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BDeibs

Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-29-2011 20:43:15 | More by BDeibs
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Phelps

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 05:46:43 | More by Phelps
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-26-2011 22:44:14 | More by bump8628
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furthurgone

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-25-2011 04:27:23 | More by furthurgone
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-25-2011 00:01:33 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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PowDay

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-24-2011 06:19:09 | More by PowDay
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SummitVA

Maryland

2/5  rDev -45.7%

12-24-2011 02:21:51 | More by SummitVA
Provisions Series: Burly Gourd from The Bruery
83 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.