For beer number 5 I decided to mix it up and step away from the Bootlegger’s beers for a minute. I saw the label for The Bruery’s BURLY GOURD and knew it would be right up my alley. Boy was I right!
Burly Gourd is part of the Bruery’s Provisions Series. This Milk/Sweet Stout has an unholy 6.66% ABV.
We love Fall seasonal beers too much to settle on just one in 2011, so we brewed Burly Gourd as a Provisions Series ale to go hand in hand with Autumn Maple on the Thanksgiving table. This beer is a milk stout brewed with freshly roasted pumpkins that we picked up straight from the Farm Store at Cal Poly Pomona. These fresh, local and organic pumpkins lend a delightful vegetal quality to the stout and we accent the roasted pumpkin with seasonal spices and cedar wood chips for an added layer of complexity.
Sadly the Bruery only had their stuff in bottles, but it was fresh, so that’s all that matters. The beer pours a deep brown with no light penetration. Head is a consistent cola film (as you can see in the photo). Slight lacing is left behind.
The nose is peppercorns (yay!), pumpkin and ginger. A faint smokiness and wood is present and accounted for. It really smells spicy and delicious!
Peppercorns are first in the taste. Wood comes in a close second and is nothing like any wood I’ve had in a beer before (must be the cedar). The “autumn” flavors (pumpkin, ginger, etc.) aren’t really present in the taste. The backend had an almond milk-like flavor, which was a first for me.
Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. It clings to your gums and has a little “sizzle” (like a combination of carbonation and booze).
I really liked this beer. The peppercorn flavors was handled quite well and is one that I would like to see in more beers. Not as pumpkiny as I was prepared for, but had I not read the label I wouldn’t have had any expectations and therefore would have been more pleased with it. Now I’m just sad that Burly Gourd was a one-off beer.
Overall: 8 out of 10
As a MILK STOUT: 6.5 out of 10