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:
No notes at this time.

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 Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Sampled March 2012
A steady, mostly soft pour into my tulip glass produces a voluminous, almost four-finger thick, pale brown colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dessert spices with notes reminiscent of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. A second take reveals a spicy, woody, distinctly cedar note here that boosts the overall spice character and even becomes as dominant as, or even more so than the spices. The total spice character is supported by more muted notes of toasted whole grain, touches of roast, and perhaps a hint of vegetal character (is that the squash or the roast malt contributing that). I like how the spices intermingle with the cedar and are supported by the toasted whole grain character here in the aroma; it definitely makes it inviting, if not overly beer like; I certainly wouldn’t have minded if more of the base beer, Milk Stout character had come through.

Somewhat light bodied, the beer doesn’t quite have the richness I was expecting for some reason. Spicy cedar notes and an astringency and woodiness to this beer and there is a roasted note that lingers in the finish. There is also a touch of tartness to this beer that seems contributed by the roast, some nutmeg notes and perhaps a hint of pumpkin character (though this last might be a stretch). The beer is still quite effervescent, despite it taking ten minutes for me to take my first sip. The prickly carbonation and carbonic acid mixes with the cedar and the bitter, burnt roast character to provide a sharpness to the finish that begs for some balancing, creamy malt character up front; unfortunately the malt richness just isn’t here. As the beer warms up, a nice, chewy, whole grain toasted character becomes more noticeable and helps to add some balance to the middle of this beer.

Cedar is definitely a weird beast in beer, because there are so few beers made with it there is a certain “ooh, that is interesting” quality to the beers that I have had with it, but having said that, I have had enough that I now want these beers to have an integrated, well executed use of the cedar. This beer has a touch too much cedar to be balanced; certainly a bit more malt richness would have helped, or better yet, cut back on the cedar. Having said all that though, this is still quite an enjoyable beer; one that I am happy to be drinking, but likely won’t go out of my way to purchase again unless I have heard that the balance of this beer has been tweaked with. This certainly has quite a bit of potential though.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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