Melange No. 3 - The Bruery
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Reviews by davod23:
4.68/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
In celebration of finishing my dissertation slides, I headed down to the Bruery for a couple glasses of this wonderful brew.
Pour is very dark brown, with a one-finger tan head. A swirl of the glass indicates that it's pretty thick. Plentiful, thin spotty lacing left on the sides of the tulip glass.
Smell is quite sweet: brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and an undeniable smack of bourbon and alcohol heat. Very nice. I can definitely pull the Papier and the Black Tuesday out of this.
Taste is fantastic. It's quite sweet, which was expected, but it's not cloying. Sweet, sugary candy flavors are there in abundance, but the oak and bourbon flavors counter them admirably. Perhaps an undertone of rich melted chocolate. The sweetness I can definitely see coming from the Black Tuesday. A bit of warmth on this one too, which I attribute to the Papier.
Mouthfeel is wondrous. Spectacular. I put this on par with the best mouthfeels I have experienced with any beer. Although it is thick and viscous, it is not heavy. It has a... I don't know how else to say it... fluffiness that keeps it light on your palate despite the massiveness of the brew. I think that the White Oak Sap really shines here on the mouthfeel.
Drinkability is good, considering what this beer is. I had three 4 oz pours - if I wasn't driving, I would have had another one or two. The sweetness and booziness might slow some people down... but not me.
Highly recommended. Looking forward to this being in bottles next year.
Serving type: on-tap
11-30-2009 01:41:57 | More by davod23
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - 3.75 - In all honest the muddy brown appearance is a little wierd, but it does have a nice initial tan head, which on the other hand dissipates pretty quick
S - 4.75 - Reminds me mostly of a great English barleywine. Caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, oak barrels, coconut, fig newtons, plums, apricots, raisins.
T - 4.25 - Definitely the better of the two Melange beers I've tried so far (1 and 3), caramel, figs, maple syrup, vanilla, toasted coconut, brown sugar, sweet booze, but not quite to the smoothness I'd want to see from an oak aged beer. Also, I'm disappointed in these beers that are blended with Black Tuesday. I think they're using a TINY percentage of Black Tuesday, and just putting the name on there for marketing.
M - 4.25 - Alc present but appropriate @ 16.8%, aftertaste is syrupy, caramel and vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium, syrupy, sticky.
O - 4.25 - Not as good as I'd expect with a 98 rating. I'm going to save 2/3's of this bottle and blend it with a nice robust imperial stout. I think that'll give me more of the flavor I'd want in a big beer like this, especially one that leads you on to think it's going to have flavors from the Black Tuesday in there (which it doesn't).
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 19:48:08 | More by ISmith87
Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.