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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd - The Bruery

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.85%


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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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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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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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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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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DefenCorps

Oregon

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

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 14:11:27 | More by DefenCorps
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waltonc

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 06:01:25 | More by waltonc
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 01:05:51 | More by claspada
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DoubleJ

California

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 05:25:55 | More by DoubleJ
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HosP

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 03:13:12 | More by HosP
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 05:45:03 | More by largadeer
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oline73

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 03:44:42 | More by oline73
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 21:48:00 | More by wagenvolks
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kbutler1

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 16:49:06 | More by kbutler1
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Gobzilla

California

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 19:09:39 | More by Gobzilla
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DovaliHops

California

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a large, light tan head that goes down steadily. Scent is immediate cinnamon and nutmeg. Then I get pumpkin aromas with a hint of clove and chocolate. Very spicy. Taste is immediately milky with lovely nutmeg and cinnamon flavors. Chocolate and cinnamon sticks with a bit of pepper and squash. Nice pumpkin flavors throughout. Lovely spice as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Drinkability is high. Overall, one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Very tasty, especially on this Thanksgiving day.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 00:24:48 | More by DovaliHops
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drink1121

California

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours black with tan head. Good head retention all the way down with very very light lacing.

S-Pumpkins with clove, nutmeg, among other spices. There is a good amount of roasted malt and cedar as well.

T- A little less powerful than the smell. I get the milk sweetness here. There is a spiciness too it, almost peppery. Pumpkins a cedar linger in the background.

M-Pretty good for the low abv. Light creaminess, with a slight heat at the end.

O- A differnt take on the pumpkin style, but it is well done. Had Treat a few nights ago and this it was only slightly better than BG. Very drinkable. Roommate likes too!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 04:14:05 | More by drink1121
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phichifiji00

California

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black. Pours 3 inches of thick tan head that fades very slowly. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin, malty, cedar, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, roasted malt, a bit estery, anise as it warms.

Taste: Pumpkin, roasted malt, spices, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, milk, cream, cedar, tobacco, leather, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, creamy.

Overall: A great milk stout. The combination of the pumpkin spices with the silkiness of the milk stout works very well. Very drinkable and very compled. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 16:59:23 | More by phichifiji00
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 21:22:26 | More by womencantsail
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seeswo

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 17:19:52 | More by seeswo
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 12:34:51 | More by Thorpe429
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billshmeinke

California

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

Poured into a tulip.

Pitch black with a three finger off white head. Retention and lacing are both excellent. Great looking beer.

The nose is all pumpkin pie spices. Hint of vanilla and sone lactose as well, but the spices dominate.

The taste features roasty, earthy and chocolatey notes up front, some lactose too, which is swept away by pumpkin pie (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, biscuit like bread and pumpkin). The finish is quite roasty, a tad earthy and sports a cedar smoke spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and super smooth until the carbonic acid and spiciness kicks in.

Definitely gonna be drinking this over autumn maple this year. Lactose component is mild, cedar spiciness is quite interesting, very enjoyable all around.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 19:33:58 | More by billshmeinke
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FosterJM

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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App- This was like a bit of liquid chocolate on the pour with a good bit of bubbles and cling.

Smell- A good bit of the wood notes on this one. Wasn't expecting that. Has a nice bit of bakers chocolate with some under pinning of spice and pumpking.

Taste- The wood notes carry through and then have a small amount of spice with a little bit of roast and pumpkin. Some, and only a touch of the chocolate follows to the taste.

Mouth- A medium body and a medium carbonation. A nice bit of chocolate and pumpkin. Its tasty and up there with Bootleggers Pumpkin.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 05:34:36 | More by FosterJM
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Halcyondays

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 00:25:34 | More by Halcyondays
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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd from The Bruery
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