RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 4.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
El Gourdo is what happens when the local pumpkin patch calls the Barrelworks on the day after Halloween, asking if we want orphaned Cinderalla Pumpkins. Not only did we take the leftover pumpkins pumpkins last year, we roasted them with bay leaf and walnuts in our own wood-burning oven fueled by Brandy staves and local white oak. We then tossed 500 lbs of the caramelized gourds into an oak-aged base beer blend for fermentation and further oak barrel aging, lasting almost a year. The resulting beer is subtle yet firm. Roasting releases naturally sweet spicy pumpkin, brown sugar and nutty flavors and aromas, which mingle nicely with an earthy funk, toasted oak and assertive acidity. A Sante! 100 cases.

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Bule (2254) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2017
375ml bottle of Batch 2. Pours a golden color with a bit of head. Delicious sour / funk balance. The pumpkin is a little odd.

4.1
slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Golden orange. Nose of tart pit fruit, vanilla oak and spices. Medium bodied, tart. Refreshing even. Flavor is light on the roasted pumpkin promised but the spices and soft vanilla and brown sugar and sour are a great combo.

4.2
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2016
Draught at FW Barrelworks, Buellton, California. Clear pale golden beer with a small head. Fruity vinous tart cinnamon aroma, pumpkin, woody notes. Tart pumpkin flavor, cinnamon, tart, grapes, vinous, some wood. Best pumpkin beer ever!

3.8
IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Draft at the Firestone XX Release. Nose is tart, lightly funky, brown sugar, and a little pumpkin along with just a smidge of vanilla. Murky yellow with a medium white head. Flavor is nicely tart and mildly funky.

4.1
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a smaller sized head. Pumpkin, funky, some spice, wood/oak, and and tart fruits.

4.2
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2015
bottle thanks to Shad, awesome sour, tons of great earthy flavors, leather, wine, spices, the tartness is lactic not vinegar and very well incorporate, very soft and complex. Well done!

4.4
umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle. Awesome aroma of sour grapes and fruit, brown sugar, pumpkin, light spices, vinegar and oak. Tastes delicious. Strong sourness, lots of balsamic vinegar, funk and oak, red wine, brown sugar, moderately acidic, huge tart finish. Just awesome and so easy drink even though it’s so intense.

4.1
j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle at James’ 10k tasting. Pours a lightly hazed gold with a thin white head. Spices, musk, funk on the nose. Medium bodied, tangy with a lot of bright acid really early. Tangy and sour with faint spice and a bit of malt. Tangy on the finish, loads of bright acid and lemon, lingering spices. Super interesting.

3.7
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2015
375ml bottle acquuired via trade on BA. Thanks, bro. Pours a nice decent hazed orange amber hue, a bit fiery and lively, flowing bubbly body with frothy offwhite head that remains as a firmer ringer with subtle filmy layer, ok lacing overall. Aromas are tart and earthy, roasted pumpkin, subtle carmelized sugars, citric and tart lactic elements. A bit of ginger and cinnamon spice, earth and oak. Firmer sour citric and lactic twang as we settle in, acidic and a bit of vanilla meet some decent oak, gentle brandy and funk, potent sour bite with sour citrus, melon and jabs of white grape and kiwi. More lactic than any sort of earthy, sweet umpkin beer anyone can think of. Initial offers potent and lactic up front, bigger citric lemony and lime sourness, lactic twangy and yogurty acidity is sour, quickly showing some cobwebs and gentle carmelization. Middle shows a gentle roasted gourd, bread and a bit of caramel. Earth, funk, some firmer oak as we taper back. Twangy firm to potent lactic acidity up front is punchy, crab apple, sour grapes and kiwi meet lime, some earth. A bit of pumpkin sweetness, earth and bread show in the middle with gentle but growing oak, dusty funk brett with a mellow spiciness. Backend and finish is yogurty, sour, a touch carmelized and graham cracker sweetness with earth, spice and oak, vanillin and a bit of an acedic kick. Still, this is so much different than I expected. Touches of cheesecloth, earth, lingering oak and vanillin, graham as we taper out. A firmer to potent sourness from front to back. Interesting stuff. A bit softer, some gentler sweetness and carmelized, biscuity elements, more vanilla further into the bottle, but the sourness sticks. Pretty pour, a more mellow nose that leads into a potent sour and wild brew.

4.1
jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2015
Bottle at 10K. Pours orange white head. Nose/taste of pumpkin, cinnamon spice, sour funk and oak. Medium body.


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