Provisions Series: Burly Gourd | The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Halcyondays on 11-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of drink1121
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
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!

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-ruby with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted milk chocolate, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, allspice, cedar, and a touch of vanilla.

T - Starts off with roasted milk chocolate malts with some pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, some more roasted sweet milk chocolate comes through with some cedar, and some stronger spices. The finish is a mix of roasted dark malts, spices, pumpkin, cedar, and vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a roasted, spicy, and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. I like the combination of pumpkin flavor and milk stout. I also think the balance of spices is just right here.

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Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of DovaliHops
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A – Pours super foamy leaving about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the glass and completely filling the rest of the glass with a dense mocha colored whipped creamy head that has annoyingly good staying power. This might take 10min to actually pour a glass that I can drink out of. The body is a super dark brown color with thick mahogany reddish highlights around the edges.

S – Plenty of fall spices in the aroma here. Pumpkin pie definitely comes to mind with strong nutmeg and cinnamon spiciness up front. Getting some actual pumpkin notes as well, some peppery aspects, brown sugar and even some chocolate. Roasty and grainy stout aromas are in the background and come out a bit more as the body warms releasing some molasses aromas as well.

T – The pungent spiciness of the aroma is still there in the taste, but the flavor really shows off the base stout much more than the aroma would indicate. Bitter chocolatey and dark roasted malt base with some acrid burnt notes and wood. Molasses, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg kick in, but the chocolatey flavors really are the focal point for me. A bit of alcohol, fresh pumpkin, sweet potato.

M – Medium body with a thick foamy carbonation that gives a bit of a milk shake quality to it. Chocolatey, spicy, dessert-like.

O – This is definitely one of the best pumpkin beers I’ve had. Aroma is outstanding and very inviting. The base stout is nice and chocolatey, roasty with a touch of astringency. Mix in the pumpkin pie spices that complement and certainly don’t overpower and you have a winner in my book. This is screaming for a scoop of vanilla ice cream

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Photo of HosP
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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!!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Presumably brewed for Halloween 2011. I appreciate the 6.66% ABV.

A: Two fingers of thick, fluffy brownish-tan head. Very dark brown. Very opaque.

S: Super spicy. Loads of cloves and allspice. Overpowering, but pumpkiny, I guess.

T/M: Mmm, silky smooth and full of chocolate. Still, there's a sort of tart fruitiness lurking in the background along with a spicy-clean finish laced with cloves. Mm. Perhaps the best pumpkin porter I've come across.

O: Highly recommended! Delicious and excellent. Everything is well-balanced, but the lactose makes it with an excellently smooth mouthfeel accentuated by tingly spices.

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Photo of bashiba
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a typical bruery beer, by that I mean a giant massive head, otherwise a nice deep brown with tons of lacing and head retention.

The nose is very spicy, with a big blast of pepper, light pumpkin spices, and a bit of roasted malt.

The flavor is very nice, big and malty with roasty grains and chocolate along with spicy classic nutmeg pumpkin flavors. A great mix of flavors and very big at that.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Very nice, tasty beer, I like the strange complexity.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is dark brown. Poured into a Bruery chalice, it easily produces a thick head that has good retention and minimal lacing.

Smells of milk chocolate, pumpkin. Well, I guess the odd smell is the cedar wood.

Tastes like a milk stout, lots of roasted malt and some ash and milk chocolate. To that is added a roasted sweet pumpkin character and it is pretty highly spiced with clove, cinnamon, and what else. The cedar wood also adds some notes of cedar chest. It is quite a mouthful, and is better accompanied by food.

Body is medium and carbonation is too, producing a creamy mouthfeel. The char acidity is strong, and it is a bit dry and slightly ashy in the finish.

This is an assault of different flavors that do come reasonably well together to produce a good autumnal beer. The ABV is low, and while it is a nice drinkable beer, the flavor is burly, and goes better with a slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream consumed by a cedar wood fire.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle opened on 1-22-12.

A - Pours a dark brown with a bit tan head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Pumpkin, wood, and oak.

T - Smokey pumpkin, and some chocolate.

D - Tons of carbonation and an average medium body.

O - Pumpkin forward, subtle chcolate, and a nice balance.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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...

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Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of reserve society buddy CAbeerCAbeerCA enjoyed from a bruery snifter.

a - brew poured a watery jet black with about 90% of the glass filling with a mocha like foamy head from a hard pour. as it vanished, it left chunky milk shake like lacing in huge chunks.

s - VERY zety and potpouri. how could this be a milk stout? it smells like a craft store. VERY pumpkin, VERY autumn, VERY art craft store. very nice, but just surprising and unexpected.

t - much like the nose, this is predominantly an autumn pumpkin art store beer. i swear, i'm in the midst of bath and body works in the throws of autumn. a milk stout, this is not. a pumpkin beer, this is tops. hard to really put a score since i was expecting a milk stout, but if you are to look at this as burly gourd, well you don't get much more autumn than this beer. shokingly autumn. lots of cinnamon and spice.

m - a bit fizzy and definitely a bit of a alc buzz in my mouth.

o - overall, i am knocked out with surprise. i did NOT expect these wild craft store pot pouri flavors. i expected a devilish milk stout. paint me surprised. however, that being said, if you are looking for a fall beer, this one is marvelously balanced and tickles your craft store autumn senses. be ready and prepared. for what it is, it is excellent...just wasn't expecting this. truly enjoyable and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours a deep chocolate brown with some burgundy hints around the edges. The most noticeable part of the appearance is the enormous creamy tan head that sits atop the beer and goes nowhere throughout.

First thing I noticed in the aroma is the spices, nutmeg and allspice mainly. The pumpkin is present but not as prevalent as the spices, and maybe a little chocolate and roasted dark malts.

Taste is more of the same though there is a bit of tartness to the taste in addition to the pumpkin spices, fresh pumpkin and chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel is lively, overcarbonated a little, which makes it come across as lighter bodied than it really is.

Lots of spices and chocolate in this beer though the carbonation takes away from the heft more than it should. Good beer.

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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd from The Bruery
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