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
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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pumpkin milk stout with spices aged on cedar, Finally!
Severe carbonation makes this one a challenge to pour but leaves a solid black liquid with a creamy foamy tan head that takes forever to recede and litters the glass with webs of lace. Smells like a cigar box mostly. Heavy cedar aroma with hints of vegetables are really all I can find in the aroma. I thought cigar city had the lock on over cedar-ed beers, but apparently the Bruery is right up there too. The flavor is sweet at first with a hint of chocolate and caramel before the cedar takes over. Earthy, spicy, woody, and herbal with barely a beer to counter it. Medium body with an insane level of carbonation and a sweet tannic mouthfeel. ?Uhm yeah I'm not sure what this was supposed to be, but there is a good chance that we are not going to be able to finish this bottle. Too much cedar!

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Photo of Gatch
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

A: Deep dark amber with a medium brown head.

S: Watered down, slightly spiced apple cider. Cinnamon. Pumpkin. Spice. Weak.

T: Basically dark, strong apple cider with pumpkin spice. Not much body at all. Strange.

M: Smooth and easy drinking. Otherwise bad.

O: Not good at all. Disappointed. I wouldn't recommend this at all. Seems like they worried too much about ingredients and not enough about the beer part.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jsanford
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark cola-brown with a foamy khaki-colored head that settles to a thick cap. Spice (cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg) and cedar dominates the nose, along with some sweet pumpkin, dark roasted malt, and cream. Taste is similarly spice-dominated, with more nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. A bit too spicy for my liking, this moves away from being a "pumpkin beer" into "spice beer" territory. The Milk Stout base is a nice touch, but can't hide (or balance) the high spice quantity. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy, with a medium body and a touch too-high carbonation. Overall a decent experiment, but not a very good beer. A rare Bruery miss for me.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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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3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle into a tulip - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours a dark brown with a huge rocky dark tan head that fades to a small layering and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: The aromas are pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, a lactose sweetness, and a hint of chocolate.

T: The taste is the same along with a mild roasted malt flavor. Not too impressed with the flavor compared to the nose.

M: The feel is the biggest disappointment as it's pretty thin and very over carbonated. There are barely any flavors on the finish.

O: The aromas and flavors are good but the mouthfeel is way off here. Granted this is a low ABV beer but I expected at least a decent finish with all the spices.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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 beagle75
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with over two fingers of light beige foam head that is slow to collapse. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Windy carbon dioxide dominates and disperses honest cooked pumpkin and select baking spices. Malt is generally underrepresented.

T: Begins sweet, with refined dark malt and faint coffee that suffers from aggressive carbonic acidity. Fruitiness is predictably dark and earthy, followed by floral spices then turning husky in the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, very smooth and soft on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This dark pumpkin beer has a lot of bold sensory qualities, but they seem to run together so fluidly at times as to seem muddled. It is better suited to casual quaffing than careful analysis, although it does live up to the pumpkin branding, transmitting the characteristic in both flavor and smell.

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Photo of bashiba
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Burly Gourd from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 162 ratings