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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of largadeer
2.99/5  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.

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Photo of oline73
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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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3.16/5  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.

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Photo of JohnPhillippi
5/5  rDev +35.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of nycwinter
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.17/5  rDev +13%
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 MrFootstones
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of drink1121
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
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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2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of phichifiji00
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of womencantsail
2.74/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Cavery
5/5  rDev +35.5%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of seeswo
2.45/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

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