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Good Gourd Almighty - Cigar City Brewing

Good Gourd Almighty
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Good Gourd Almighty is an Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed with copious amounts of pumpkin with Ceylon cinnamon, Jamaican all-spice, Zanzibar cloves and nutmeg added, and then aged in rum barrels.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-25-2013)
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

El Cat member here, & have to admit I'm not wild about pumpkin beers, so this was low on my list of things I was excited about. But hey, here we all are. 750ML bottle split with my wife while watching Minority Report.

The pour looks like hideously pureed pumpkin brain: dark orange & murky as the Mississippi in high spring water. Smells like pumpkin gingerbread cookies. And that's all I have to say about that.

Good Gourd Almighty is fucking weird: I have never put anything like this into the sacred temple of my body. Follows the nose to a 'T' except for the rum: there's a strong cross-current of rum loveliness soaking the cookies. The pumpkin is light, thank the Great Pumpkin, & it is cut with a double-fist of spicing. A weakness is the heaviness, this feels like a glut of heavy oil in the stomach. Half a bomber? Probably a bit too much, honestly.

Interesting is the highest compliment I can pay this & the El Cat beers I've had to date have certainly been unique. This one is too heavy & deep to really hit the bullseye, but still a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 03:42:44 | More by maximum12
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mlhyatt

Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought at huna day. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- a deep brown with and orange hue. The head is about a quarter inch and goes away leaving a white lace on the outside of the beer. Doesn't look great bit whatever.

S- spicy notes with sone heat. A wheat smell mixes well with the pumpkin. Smells a lot like pumpkin bread. Rum comes into the nose on the back end. The smell makes me want to eat pumpkin bread.

T- the first hit is pumpkin. Not a ridiculously strong pumpkin sensation that some beer have but enough to let you know there are pumpkin spices in there. There's some cinnamon in there that cones through. Also sone nutmeg flavor on the back end. The rum isn't all that noticeable but you can tell it's definitely there. A very complex flavor.

M- smooth, like what silk would taste if it was made into a beer. Little to no carbonation due to the pumpkin and rum. Not very much heat either, which you would expect from a rum aged beer.

O- the best pumpkin beer i've ever had. Silky and smooth and a delicious blend of rum, pumpkin, cinnamon, and spices. So smooth and no disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 05:13:17 | More by mlhyatt
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the members of El Catador Club for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled 10/18/13.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, earth, and rum aromas. Taste is much the same with pumpkin spice and rum flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with spice qualities that are more individually distinct in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 20:49:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ok well this is an odd beer.

Has a nice off white head, and a darker appearance than Good Gourd.

Smells exactly like a rum and coke. So weird. Not bad, but just strange.

There's more Good Gourd in the taste. It's pretty tasty, but I might actually prefer regular Good Gourd.

Very smooth, not boozy. Fairly full.

Overall, this is quite good, but not as good as Good Gourd. Admittedly, I don't like rum very much. So that probably didn't help. I'm a bourbon guy, so the sweetness and spice added by the rum wasn't as pleasurable as I'd hoped.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 05:28:06 | More by nrs207
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky orange brown color with a half finger off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma overwhelms with some of that barrel rum, which later fades into a beautiful sweet medley of vanilla cream, pumpkin spices, caramel, toffee, cream, nutmeg, and a touch of brown sugar. The flavors do not stray far from those qualities - gentle spice and mellow sweetness make their way through the heat which becomes near non-existent, giving just a kiss on the way backend. I liked how the rum barrel provides a synergy of flavors and brings the beer into focus. This is definitely one of my favorite pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 19:12:42 | More by CuriousMonk
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Bartos

Florida

4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a warm amber color with a slight tan head. Some lacing. Strong aroma of rum and warm spices. Rum and spice flavor dominates at first. As the beer warms the flavors really develop well and achieve a nice balance between pumpkin, spices, and barrel aged flavors. A wonderful sipping beer. Lacks the mouthfeel and thickness that you would expect from a CCB beer or a barrel aged beer. The barrel aging doesn't add as much to the already near-perfect Good Gourd as I would expect. I highly recommend serving this beer warmer than your average pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 15:10:44 | More by Bartos
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy ruby red, some carbonation, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Lots of rum, some spice, tad bit of pumpkin.

T-Starts with some rum and then balanced out with spice and cinnamon. However the pumpkin never really comes through and the rum slightly dominates.

M-Lighter to medium in body, not much carbonation and some alcohol heat.

O-Too much rum. Like Avery Rumpkin the rum donimates the other flavors. Maybe aging would help but the rum needs to be toned down.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 00:13:44 | More by rlee1390
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Jas45678

Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter

Pours a murky amber brown with a small khaki head that fades fairly quickly. Smell is like a rum soaked pumpkin pie, tons of spice and rum notes. Great smell. Taste is rum heavy almost overpowering. Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, pumpkin and molasses are also present and go well with the rum flavors. Medium to heavy bodied with lower carbonation. Overall a great pumpkin beer that would be good to sip on after a big thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:55:47 | More by Jas45678
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Beastmaster. Pours a super murky orange brown color with a half finger yellowish head that recedes quickly. Aroma is overwhelming rum booze--smells like white rum rather than a spiced or dark rum unfortunately--some sweetness, some sour vinegar. Sure hope this isn't infected. Aroma improves dramatically as this warms. more Vanilla cream and squash aroma. Flavor is not sour, thank goodness. Big time rum up front fades into a beautiful sweet medley of vanilla cream and sweet butterscotchy pumpkin. The massive rum up front isn't my favorite, but the wave of amazing vanilla cream pumpkin that comes afterward and lingers on the palate is superb. Super low carbonation, nearly none, and medium thick mouthfeel that I am not a huge fan of. Overall this needs improvement but that lingering vanilla cream flavor saves it and makes this a rich treat good enough for sipping. But I was extremely disappointed here and not sure what CCB Koolaid everyone else is drinking...

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 20:49:31 | More by BMMillsy
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador club. 25.00. Bottled 10/18/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a murky, opaque orange brown with a half finger sandy cream head. The head fades to a thin ring, leaving no lace.

Smells of heavily spiced rum-glazed pumpkin pie. Strong rum scent on top of allspice, nutmeg and distant pumpkin.

The dense layers of rum are even more present in the flavor without fully covering waves of pumpkin pulp, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, earth/ wood, cola, faint molasses and alcohol. Very flavorful with lots of rum.

Almost syrupy medium full body with mild carbonation. Rum and pie spice finish.

An excellent treatment to an already fantastic base. It seems a bit heavier, I'm guessing they amped up Good Gourd to stand up to the rum. Not quite as easily drinkable as I find the original but I'm quite happy to have tried this.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 06:01:41 | More by ThickNStout
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Nice khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Wow it's rummy. Smells like a rum and coke. Some spiced character and a faint pumpkin.

Taste - And it really tastes like a rum and coke. Lots of rum. The pumpkin is lost. Brown sugar. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Not all that sweet, but very boozy. Dry and a little oaky.

Overall - Rum and coke beer. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:12:52 | More by Alieniloquium
Good Gourd Almighty from Cigar City Brewing
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