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Gourds Of Thunder | Cigar City Brewing

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Gourds Of ThunderGourds Of Thunder

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jokermanboy on 09-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 109
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cigar City Brewing "Gourds Of Thunder"
on tap at the brewpub, 23 December 2014
$6 / pint; listed at 6.7% abv

Appearance: Brown-black body beneath a dark tan head of creamy froth. Very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Dark skinned fruit, spice, dark malt, burnt sugar, almost floral-herbal as well.

Flavor: Spicy. Smoky. Burnt sugar. Slightly vegetal. Dark chocolate. Nutmeg is clear... allspice as well. FRESH... perhaps a bit too spicy. Develops an anise like component. Finishes with dark malt and spice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a slightly restrained carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: The vegetal note is not a positive, and it was a bit spicy by the end of the glass; perhaps some more aging would have rounded it a bit. At least it's somewhat unique, especially as a winter/holiday offering.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is black with a tight mocha colored head. Nose is heavily spiced, ginger bread, nutmeg, cinnamon, pine needle. Taste is spicier, still a ton of spice. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg with a fair about of pine needle and lots of cayenne pepper spice. Body is full, mild carbonation, soft palate.

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Photo of BMMillsy
1.68/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Big bottle from the brewpub that's been sitting in my fridge since it was released. Finally pulling the trigger. Pours thick and syrupy black with a small dark brown head on top. Aroma is, well, chocolate covered broccoli and other vegetables with not much spice presence, a bit of smoke. Weird. Aaaaand the flavor. Oh my lord. Rotting metallic burnt shoe with a little extra smoke and leafy green bitterness. What the hell? Thick bodied with low carbonation. This is exceedingly awful and not that old (stayed in the fridge, too). Goodness this is bad.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cam for sharing this 750ml.

Black pour with the trademark CC dark brown head, though it quickly disappears for the most part, forms into a very thin ring.

Definitely fall+winter spice/pumpkin/veggie-forward from the get-go with a chocolate/roast porter base that evens out more with time. Good mix of sweet, roasty and interesting varied spices.

Though the taste balances out after some time as well, spices are a little overpowering for me here, though they are quite eclectic and unique (ginger, nutmeg and allspice stick out). A mix of sweet+unsweetened chocolate, roast, and some dark fruit accompanying.

Smooth mouthfeel with lowish carbonation, pretty big feeling for the ABV, I would've pegged this at around 8%.

Not bad, a little bit of an oddball beer, drinkability is kinda low, definitely one to split I'd say. Spices are the highlight but kind of a hindrance as well, the porter (black ale?) part of it comes off as kinda lackluster.

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Photo of cbutova
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sonny for the bottle.

A- Pitch black pour from the 750ml to a tulip. Thick and creamy mocha tan head to about a finger high with nice retention. Recedes to a small ring and deposits just a few spots of lace.

S- Dark unsweetened cocoa powder off the top in a dark roasty aroma. Deep roasted grains, ginger and allspice come to mind but it's mostly the rich porter characteristics here. Spices open with warmth.

T- Spices and gourds seem to open up here but still don't overpower the rich porter base. Dark grains create the base of the beer with dark hitter cocoa powder, chocolate, toasted nutty and some sweetness. Ginger, allspice and clove spicy hints pair well with the base. Some hints of squash and general vegetable. Belgian yeast adds an interesting spicy and fruity aspect.

MF- Thick bodied for 6% and has a nice creamy texture overall. Moderately low carbonation works well let those dark flavors shine. Spiciness and some roast bitterness lingers in the finish.

Drinks bigger than six percent with a rich porter base and good spices overlaying that.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled into a snifter.

Pours a rich black with hints of red. An inch of foamy brown head that slowly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas pie spices, charred wood and a hint of sour fruit.

Hit immediately by the char and very dark roasted coffee flavors. There are also hints of sour fruit and as it warmed you get more from the pumpkin and pie spices.

Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation and sweet finish. Lingering aftertaste.

Overall an odd take on pumpkin ales. Could have done without so much of that char flavor. Definitely worth a try to fans of CCB and pumpkin ales.

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Photo of mverity
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at Proof Happy Hour. Odd brew. Super dark brown/black with no noticable head. Aroma was heavily spiced like a pumpkin, but also had some cocoa and vanilla. Taste was very malty and had some resiny hoppiness to it as well. Lots of that vanilla/choc from the aroma, still tons of spice, a bit of the squash/gourd/pumpkin but mostly the malt/spice. Mouthfeel was pretty viscous and medium to light carbonation. Mildly enjoyable, but I think it might benefit from a year in the bottle.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good black coloring and when I say black it's dark, flat and black. The texture was nice but the head had little to mount on an died quickly.

All kinds of aromas are in the nose such as pumpkin, chocolate, spice, nutmeg and tobacco. The tobacco is a touch stronger than the other scents.

The flavor is dry with a smokey tobacco, coffee char, a fruity center and dry chocolate at the end. The tobacco in the taste is smokier than the aroma but it is a tinge strong. The gourd flavoring came as the beer warmed.

The feel is dry, light and moderately carbonated but easy enough to drink.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Black. Inky black, but doesn't look viscous. Thin khaki collar.

Smell - How odd. Chocolate and some licorice. There's a strange, slight vegetable aroma, too.

Taste - Much more chocolatey. Spicier in the back. Licorice is still strong. Still a funny flavor in the back. We decided it's the flavor of a well ripened compost heap.

Mouthfeel - Slick, but not a heavy body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - What a strange beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at the Cigar City Brewpub. Served in a large tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, with a two-finger head that lasts for quite awhile and becomes nice lacing down the sides. Minimal visible carbonation.

S: Roasty brown malts, some rich chocolate and spices, and a nice nutty sweetness.

T: Moderately sweet and malt-forward with chocolate flavors well-integrated. Spices (allspice, nutmeg, maybe some cloves) are present, but not overdone. There's some nutty flavors, and some earthy squash as well. Not overly sweet or spiced. The finish stays sweet with the savory spices.

M: Medium to heavy-bodied, sticky mouthfeel, low carbonation sensation. Restrained alcohol presence, but I would have guessed this to have a higher ABV during the drink.

O: This is really well done. It's nice to have a balance of the spices with the other flavors. It allows each of the flavors to play their part, unlike so many other spiced beers where I feel like I'm drinking beer that someone dropped potpourri or incense into. For a style of beer that I don't tend to like, it's really good.

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Photo of velcrogrip
4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brew Pub...

a: jet black, with a 2 finger deep brown head, the color of deeply roasted winter squash...

s: chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate, mild spicy/herby aroma. Mild sweet/floralness. (i'm making that a word)

t: loads of chocolate, definitely some squash flavor... like roasted acorn squash. Sweet and roasty. Some spices in there that pair nicely with the chocolates forwardness.

m: creamy... Tim nails his ales on mouthfeel every time.

o: very pleasant beer. everything I was hoping for, and more. Nothing like Good Gourd at all. Highly recommend.

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Photo of jokermanboy
4.69/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

really good. good mouthfeel dark appearance
chocolate notes everywhere. I really liked it. definitely worth picking up a few. I'm curious to see how this ages the cigar city brewing brewpub never disappoints. I really can't wait to have it again...

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Gourds Of Thunder from Cigar City Brewing
3.56 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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