Provisions Series: Burly Gourd | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Halcyondays on 11-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
162
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
16.48%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
34
For Trade:
3
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Photo of nanobrew
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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 BDeibs
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Phelps
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of PowDay
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SummitVA
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of DefenCorps
1.82/5  rDev -50%
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

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of waltonc
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Provisions Series: Burly Gourd from The Bruery
3.64 out of 5 based on 162 ratings.
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