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Burly Gourd | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brown color, good 1/2" lighter brown head. Aroma of roast and is it pumpkins and yams along with some cedar. That might be the best thing about this beer.

Surprised at the bitterness, I guess it is roast derived. Still some cedar (I like), cinnamon, nutmeg and other Thanksgiving feels to it. Thought it might need more lactose to smooth and balance it out.

A lot of stouts that the Bruery makes that I am more into. I think this one could be salvaged in a bourbon barrel though.

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Photo of JoshBrews
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cvm4
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage

L - Pours as I'd expect and looks just like a legit milk stout. The head was very billowing, 3 fingers of dark tan at most.

S - Lots of pumpkin, spices and cedar. There's a tartness or acidity I can't pinpoint.

T - The taste does not mirror the nose. Pumpkin flesh, nutmeg and cinnamon. The cedar is in the background. Good roasted malt character as well.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A very smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

O - The label said it could age for a year and I think it's mistaken. For a 6.66% abv beer, it was very full of flavor and didn't seem to be going downhill. I'm not a huge pumpkin beer guy, but I dig this one.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Burly Gourd from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 162 ratings