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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd | The Bruery

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3.69/5
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162 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Halcyondays on 11-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
162
pDev:
16.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
34
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of Blakaeris
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bery dark brown, almost black with a massive, dense and creamy tan head.

Aroma is charred dark grain and caramel malt sweetness. Intense spice cake - nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Mild pumpkin barely shines through.

Taste is malty and chocolatey sweetness up front. Mild charred smokey grain. Dark fruit and woody, aromatic cedar, and earthy hop jumps in. Then the dramatic spice overshadows everything with an intesity that makes it hard to differentiate distinct notes, along with a slight alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

Overall, interesting but the spice profile is too vague, but extremely intense. Needs more unification.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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 gford217
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in the 2012 Birthday BIF from futhurgone; Thanks Rob! Another want of mine. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip. Boom.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers of dark tan ehad and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for 4-5 minutes and leaves an inch drinking throughout. Very tiny bit of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, roasted malts, chocolate, spices, vanilla/cream, and light pumpkin. Pretty good actually, what I imagine they were going for.

t - Tastes of spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted malts, lightly sweet chocolate, vanilla, cream, some hops, pepper, and pumpkin. A little spicer then I would have liked, and not as nice as the nose.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. A little bit overcarbonated which hurts the body.

o - Overall a pretty decent beer. Aside from the taste being a little heavy on the spices and the body being a little overcarbonated, I imagine this is what they were looking to do. If you like pumpkin ales you'll probably enjoy this one. Would give it another shot.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of eclipse54
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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 thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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 drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip, why wouldn't I?

Beer is overcarbonated, dark brown, clear at the corners, big tan head, medium retention, high carbonation, some lacing.

Aroma is sweet, spice, nutmeg, pumpkin, allspice, mild cinnamon.

Beer is thin and spicy, mildly solventy but OK, the spices come through nicely and it feels fine. I don't think it is one of their better beers but an interesting "milk stout" or pumpkin ale whatever people want to call it, it doesn't really matter.

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Photo of craytonic
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown pour with a brown head, some lacing
Smell: pumpkin and pumpkin pie filling spices, chocolate and roasted malts, cedar
Taste: Again, the fall pumpkin and associated spices make a strong showing, odd yeast element and some woodiness
mouthfeel: full body
Overall: I might lump it in with the pumpkin beers, either way it isn't very impressive.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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 PhineasGage
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of corby112
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft at Bruery Provisions.

Pours pitch black and opaque with a one finger beige had that slowly settles into lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.

Sweet and spicy aroma with tons of pumpkin, autumnal spice and chocolate. Hints of ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, pumpkin purée, allspice, clove and vanilla. Subtle wood presence with decent dark malt profile.

Medium bodied with a really weird combination of flavors.  Lots of lactic cream and dark malts that are quickly countered by an aggressively overspiced character.  Lots of pumpkin, ginger and pumpkin but it's not as complex as the nose hinted at.  The heavy spiciness clashed with the lactic sugar and dark malts making it a bit tough to drink.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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 pvequalsnrt
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery Tasting room. Some sour aroma and sour taste, with some pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seed. Reddish brown, sugar to offset it. An OK pumpkin beer slash Belgian, with some flavour and OK drinkability, would like more bold spice. Average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at the Bruery. 7oz in a tulip glass. Looked quite tasty. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half mocha head. Minute long retention with an opaque mahogany head.

S- So creamy and pumpkiny. The mashed gourd sort of smell was nice, but very muted.

T- Not what I was expecting it to taste like. Woody flavors and distinct coffee notes. Can taste a bit of the creaminess from the milk, but not a lot. Muted as well.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, maybe a tad overcarbonated which is especially unfortunate due to the low retention rate.

O- Ok beer, but failed at what it was trying to do in my opinion. Might buy again, but with lower expectations.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split with the fiancé. Poured into Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a darker brownish color, off-white frothy head, spotty lace, thick collar, and some wisps left on top.

S - A nice level of pumpkin, spices, and a touch of creamy chocolate. The milk stout definitely takes a back seat to the pumpkin and spices, but is still there a bit.

T - Not quite as good as the nose. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, oak, slight chocolate. Still a nice pumpkin flavor, but there's a slightly harsh oak/spice note on the finish that deters me.

M - Medium to full, smooth, good carbonation, creamy oak finish.

O - A nice pumpkin beer, being a pretty big fan of the style. That said, not the best I've had but also not the worst. I'd say above average for sure and I'd have again, but I would want to split the bottle more then two ways (we didn't finish it between the two of us). Give it a whirl...

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Photo of spamages
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of clarkenstein
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ehammond1
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Provisions Series: Burly Gourd from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 162 ratings
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