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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1163
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.68%

Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of Black Tuesday, anniversary ale, and White Oak Sap.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 02-14-2009)
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4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at The Bruery

Small head that falls to ring/khaki. Dark brown body with orange and red highlights. Leaves some lacing.

Big all around. Toasty bread and coconut. Sweet with molasses, brown sugar, toffee and caramel. Bourbon. Deep dark chocolate.

Big sweetness on the taste. The alcohol comes through. Vanilla, wood, coconut, dark fruit, toffee and chocolate.

Smooth and big bodied. Slight carbonation tingle on the tongue. Alcohol heat.

Drinkability isn't the best. The 4oz pour I had was perfect. I would definitely drink this again if given the opportunity though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 00:27:51 | More by MattSweatshirt
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New York

5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The color is a very dark mahoghany, almost like black.

The aroma has tons of deep sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, almond, dark fruit, plum, and some woody oak.

The flavor follows with a punch of sweet juicy plum, raisin, prune, almost like a candy. Then there’s vanilla, caramel, oak, bourbon. It’s almost like biting into a caramel plum candy that just explodes with deep rich sweet flavors.

The mouthfeel is extremely rich and creamy. It’s almost like oil with how huge and thick the body is. There’s a slight booze on the back end, which makes sense for this beer.

For me, it’s mostly the Papier that comes through, as it’s much like an old ale with its molasses, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel. I don’t really get the stout characters of Black Tuesday, although I’ve never had either.

This is clearly one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Up there with the huge amazing bourbon barrel aged stouts. I love this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 04:18:44 | More by dar482
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4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Steingarten LA for a Bruery tap takeover. Paired with a delicous chocolate cake w/ hazlenut sauce.

A - Dark brown with no head. As it warms, it is almost the color of flat coca cola.

S - The booze is at the forefront. Heavy burbon smell but sweet raisins come through as well

T - The barrel aging is very apparent in this but very drinkable considering the abv. The burbon is delicious, but does not overpower the complexity. Very sweet. Strong toffee in the front that moves into light chocolate and raisins.

M- Medium to full mouthfeel. Appropriate for the flavors. Good carbonation is present. This is important to me as I am not the biggest barleywine fan. Thick and a little syrupy.

O - Ive been wating to try this for awhile and having it makes me more excited for my bottles of BT. Delicious and sweet, excellent paired with dessert. It exceeded my expectation and I look forward to having it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2013 08:21:00 | More by ZacJay
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District of Columbia

4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Edit: on tap at the bruery feb 2013.

The beer pours a dark brown with brown on the edge in the light. Keeps a ring of light head with some lacing on the sides.

Has a very big deep dark complex aroma with a hefty dose of malts, barley, alcohol complexity without too much heat, licorice, a bourbon like smell, leather strap molasses, brown sugar, maybe even maple in there. It's very big. I enjoy the complexity in the nose.

The taste is very smooth and has some great strong ale tastes but surprisingly without any annoying alcohol burn but still with the complexity. Has a flood of different sweet and savory tastes, mostly some raisins and prunes plus some old school candy like tastes/molasses. There's amazing amounts of savory malts in this as well, more than most other beers. Leather.

The feel is good, it's not as thick as I'd like but the lack of cloying heat is very impressive in a 15.5% alcohol beer.

This is a very nice beer, very unique and complex, certainly hard to get through a lot of this at once though, this is a beer to share Ike a sipping alcohol. Edit: on tap this opens up beautifully and really is quite stunning.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2013 01:33:28 | More by Dreadnaught33
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District of Columbia

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the tasting room.

A: Pours dark brown with a bare tint of burgundy, a ring of dense sand colored head. No lacing but good retention.

S: Loads of brown sugar, dark chocolate and dark fruit, rich caramel, barrel spice, bourbon and coconut, and bourbon soaked raisin.
The oak backbone supports the nose very well. Intense graham cracker as it reaches room temp.

T: Lots of red cherry and dark chocolate syrup, raisin, a little oak and vanilla, caramel. Wonderful stuff, finishing with some sweetness on a long, elegant finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation, high for the style but it seems to work. Imparts a warming sensation from the alcohol, which is noticeable but mild.
Texture reminds me of cough syrup even though it's not particularly full bodied.

O: Delicious, complex, and dangerously drinkable. The fruit and complexity moderate the sweetness, but like Black Tuesday the sweetness is a limiting factor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 20:53:34 | More by pmarlowe
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4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Flight at the Bruery.

A: A dark hazy maroon/brown. Little to no head and relatively little lacing.

S: Wow, what can't I smell? Plums, prunes, caramel, toffee, and maybe even a little bit of chocolate. Deliciousness all around.

T: Perfect. Absolutely delicious blend of caramel and toffees, dark fruits permeate the mouth. Worth the several bottles I bought.

MF/D: Extremely smooth with relatively little carbonation, but couldn't believe the ABV. Certainly tasted strong, but not 15+%...

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 04:18:39 | More by newk340
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4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lacing, thin note of a head.

Orange, caramel, maple.

Very sweet, almost too decadent! Vanilla and bourbon, orange and a bit of black licorice. All flavors are balanced well, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, ABV presence is not as shocking as the rumored 15.5%.

Worth the money? Close. One of the most well made stouts with this kind of punch I've ever had. Definitely one of the best Bruery standouts.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 03:21:37 | More by ptykozoon
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3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Haven Gastropub, Pasadena CA on December 28, 2011.

Beer presents as an extremely dark brown (not quite black) topped with an extremely fine one-finger tan head that provides outstanding sheeting.

Aroma is rumlike and strongly alcoholic. Vanilla and oak also present.

Beer is sweet and strong with alcohol (my guess is bourbon). Dark, wheat bread and lots of booze. Touches of wood and vanilla. Lots and lots of brown sugar, rum and a touch of toffee.

Beer is thick but not excessively so.

A tough one to drink due to its sweetness and alcohol content, this is the beer equivalent of a port wine. Sip and relax and don't make any plans.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 23:31:01 | More by charlzm
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3.6/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms

Look: Dark brown with lighter rings of brown around the edges. 1/4 inch head and little retention

Smell: I did not care at all for the nose I found there to be quite a bit of rubbing alcohol on the nose backed up by some chocolate.

Taste: The flavors of the beer are pretty complex and is very dark fruit forward and lots of sweet syrup. The flavors finish with some chocolate and coffee notes and quite a bit of alcohol

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation and a bit sticky

Overall: In my opinion the beer is too young and needs some time to age and come into its own. I found the alcohol to be a bit distracting especially on the nose

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 05:18:15 | More by DarthKostrizer
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4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki cap that settles to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly slide back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of bourbon, wood, malt, brown sugar, toffee, and dark fruits. Taste is of bourbon, wood, malt, brown sugar, toffee, plums, and figs. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A definite alcohol warmth in the back of the throat with each sip. Overall, this is a fantastic beer with very complex aromas and flavors. I am really glad I was able to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 19:16:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.4/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one yesterday 12/9/11 on tap at The Bruery. They only serve you six ounces due to the ABV.

A: Dark brown; cola color.

S: Strong oak smell; maple syrup and you definitely smell the alcohol at 15.5 %.

T: You get a strong oak taste up front and then the sweetness hits your palate. To me it seems the beer has many flavors but I couldn't seem to separate them on my palate; I just got sweet and syrupy and maybe a bit of vanilla. One thing I will say is that the alcohol is hidden well here.

M: A nice full mouthful; somewhat thick and syrup-like.

O: I was disappointed overall on this one with all the great reviews this one got. By no means does it not taste good I guess I just wasn't into the style of this one. For me the oak flavors took center stage and didn't allow any of the other flavors to come through. I didn't feel like I was drinking a beer it was more like a dessert wine in a way. For the price you pay for this one I don't know if I would revisit it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 19:59:18 | More by Popp24
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Yukon (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Haymarket.

A- dark amber brown. Thick creamy toasted marshmallow head, thick ring of lacing

S- bourbon, sweet dark fruits, oak, leather

T- very sweet malts, dark fruits, bourbon, little vanilla, cherries at the finish. Not picking up a lot of roasted malts from the BT

M- full body, cloying sweet, syrupy but not thick. Alcohol is there at finish but not hot

O- wow! Amazing beer especially for 15%. Knocked the ratings down for the sweetness and syrupyness, but other than that very good beer

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 19:57:57 | More by kawilliams81
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4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the 2011 RS party. Lighter than BT, a light brown, deep caramel color. Aroma was very much vanilla, super reminiscient of BT.

The % of BT in this beer really dominated the taste profile, I didn't taste much, if any of the other beers. The tree sap and/or white oak came in soft. Maybe a little more dark sugar and fruit feel to it, but it was barely above negligible. Drinkable enough, was smooth, probably hid its alcohol slightly better than BT, which is saying quite a bit.

The BT and Coton parts just dominate this beer, the white oak doesn't come across as much as I'd hoped. But with so much BT, its a damn good beer, and somehow hid the Coton heat more than Coton itself, maybe that's the role the white oak beer played in this one, other than the slight wood feel to it, but that could have been from the others too.

Toffee and caramel just all over this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 20:05:02 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

177th review on BA
on tap at RS party

App- It was slightly lighter than the Choc rain only because of the pairing of the two beers. A nice dark beer with little head with no laces

Smell- For a big beer it smelled great as it should. Red fruits with some chocolate and of course the booziness. Nice smell

Taste- This was a close second to Choc rain being the highlight of the day for me. It has the taste of being just great. The red fruits came through with some soft flavor profiles. (Vanilla and others mostly)

Mouth- A very heavy beer with a low carbonation but at the same time was very creamy

Drink- I think at 17% its a bit dangerous in my hands. That whole bottle would stand a chance and I wouldn't be standing anymore.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 03:30:52 | More by FosterJM
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4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Initiation party 2011. Pours a reddish hued mahagony dark brown murky color with a tan head. Oaky notes in the nose along with some roast, vanilla, with an odd mix of fruit notes. Not sure on the nose or not and if I like it. The taste to me is heavy on the Black Tuesday, either that of those flavors just dominate the whole thing. The blending works though and I am enjoying this. What I would say is that on a day like this, trying so many great beers, this one sort of gets lost in the mix and doesn't stand out for me. I'll have to try it again on its own and re-rate I think. Medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 19:12:59 | More by kbutler1
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South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a Bruery sampler imperial pint glass at the Reserve Society Party. Poured a deep dark brown with a minimal tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, vanilla, and maple syrup. The flavor was of sweet malt, chocolate, vanilla, and cream. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall impression... Effing wow! This brew was just plain excellent in all aspects. The flavor was more toward the sweet side without being overly sweet. The 17% ABV was NOWHERE to be found... This one is a must try without any doubt and I'm definitely glad I got to try it...

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 14:51:17 | More by thagr81us
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4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ours a deep & clear toffee brown with red hues; no head and wine-like legs.

Toasted sugar, cherries, large amount of alcohol, molasses, oak, vanilla, raisins, and some sugar again.

Viscous, rich caramel, supple chocolate middle, all bathed in alcohol. Cherries and vanilla do come to the show as well. Just a phenomenal mix of flavors and indeed complex. Velvety smooth with milk chocolate and cocoa as well. Ends malt forward but surprisingly balanced from a good deal of spiciness.

The mouthfeel on this beer definitely propels it to a word class American Strong Ale; remarkably drinkable given the potent ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 13:43:57 | More by TheJollyHop
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4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery. From notes.

A - slightly murky dark ruby brown color. Low tan head with high retention. Lots of lacing.

S - boozy bourbon. Dark malts with a little toffee. Raisins and alcohol.

F/M - caramel and toffee and dark fruity raisins. Big alcohol flavor with a touch of bourbon. Vanilla and prunes. Low bitterness. Full bodied with decent carbonation. Nice lingering aftertaste of dark fruits and bourbon.

D - exceptionally good for such a huge beer. The clean alcohol and well-balanced flavors make this an easy drinker for being such a big bold beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 06:46:46 | More by domtronzero
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark reddish brown with a firm cap of khaki head. First whiff is of booze, wow. Right off the bat i was scared and having flashbacks to taking nips of cheap booze straight from the bottle at partys of yore. Lots of carmel, oak and vanilla as my nose adaptas to the scent. With a little push, the first sip is amazingly smooth carmel, raisin, prune, chocolate, roasted grain, nuts, toffee sweetness and backed by the burbon, oak and vanilla. Fuller side of medium bodied with active carbonation. The nose scared me to death and showed the 17%, the taste however was amazingly smooth - very well crafted.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 13:51:11 | More by rfgetz
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4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's during Philly Beer Week

A: Deep brown body that has a slightly reddish hue when held towards the light. Two finger medium khaki head. Quickly receded but left a nice collar but not much skim. Pretty decent lacing all things considered.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits and molasses. Bourbon starts to fade as the beer warms. Very rich, well layered and inviting.

T: Complex. It combined wonderful sweet notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel and molasses with the earthy nature of oak, bourbon, and leathery malts. Nice dark fruit component of figs and raisins. Maybe a little roasted coffee towards the finish.

M: Thick, but sufficiently carbonated to keep the beer fairly smooth on the palate. Nice warming heat from the booze, but its mostly on the tongue as opposed to burning in the back of the throat. Nice lingering sweet malty finish.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this. So much so that I easily put two glasses back in about an hour and a half. I was a big fan of both white oak and black tuesday so I am definitely not surprised to love this offering from Patrick and the gang.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 03:32:36 | More by callmemickey
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4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Monk's.

Pours a ruddy dark coppery chestnut brown color which is completely opaque with a half finger dark tan head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring.

Boozy bourbon aroma with lots of sweet alcohol along with caramel malt, toffee, chocolate and hazelnut. There's also a bitnof dark fruit, most noticeably dRk cherry, plum, fig and raisin. At first it smelled a little bourbon heavy but becomes kore complex in the nose as it warms.

Slightly chewy medium body that is surprisingly spicy up front followed by sweet alcohol heat and bourbon that lingers throughout into a sweet and very hot finish. This beer becomes more complex as it warms and a ton of complexity begins to show. Lots of sweet caramel and leathery malts along with earhty oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, hazelnut and slightly tart dark fruit. A very nice balance of spice, sweetness and bourbon/alcohol heat. Hints of tart dark cherry, plum, raisin, fig mixed with silky chocolate malt and caramel. Very well balanced and pretty drinkable considering the ABV. You can taste the heat butni wouldn't have guessed this beer was 17%. I'm actually very surprised that after the initial palate shock is beer is very smooth and flavorful. The bourbon and barrel notes are excellently integrated Making me salivate for another sip. Very well done and actually lives up to the hype. I'm psyched that I got a chance to try this one. Highly recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 03:20:52 | More by corby112
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4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Monk's on 6/8/10.

Pours murky brown with beautiful tan head. Surprisingly, great lacing throughout the glass.

Aroma was incredibly complex with the bourbon standing out alongside some coconut and other tropical fruity esters. Strong molasses the whole time sipping, and then a very distinct oak nose as it warmed.

Flavor was fantastic with a deep rich caramel and molasses sweetness, balanced with the slightest hints of a roasted coffee finish.

Incredibly thick with smooth tiny carbonation. At 17% this drank incredibly well, but you could feel the heat at the back of the throat, especially as it warmed.

Overall, this drank like an aged 12% beer and went down way too easily. I could put this away many times over. I would expect the heat to calm a little with age and make this beer that much better. Lucky to have tried this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 21:20:21 | More by ChrisPro
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4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Brasserie Jo during the CBC. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark brown with a tan head... which is fairly thin. Not the most attractive of beers... but who really cares?

Smells of chocolate, raisins, toffee and a fuckload of heat! Having Black Tuesday prior... I can pick out that particular sweet aroma. Getting past the booze, this smells darn nice!

So much burn in this. Dark fruit, toffee and rum cake. Again, this is a touch hot... but I'm still grading it a 4.5 because it's incredibly complex. This is great now, but may be amazing in about 20 years.

Full body with a splendid mouthfeel... but that 17% destroys any drinkability. Looking forward to the bottle version.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 01:10:32 | More by rudylaw
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4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle was hand bottled from the bruery and drunk saturday night. We're calling this on tap.

A - It's a dark, see-through brown with faint orange highlights. There is minimal head and lacing.

S - Very complex. It's just sooo good, and I don't know where to begin. Maybe some caramel, and vanilla, and...I really don't know how to describe this. There is a slight booze smell on the back end, but it's faint.

T - VERY VERY VERY good. Those who got bottles of this will be lucky. it's got caramel, and vanilla, and spices...and did I mention how good this is? it's really complex, but I just want to keep drinking this until I pass out.

M - Minimal carbonation with a heavy body and a slightly boozy aftertaste. But it tastes nothing like the 15% it's advertised as.

D - I wish I would have bought the Bruery membership just for this beer, it's that good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 04:48:27 | More by Kaiser81
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4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured dark as night black with a half finger brown head and had good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: cocoa, sweet sugar, and toffee aromas up front with hints of vanilla and booze as well.

T: taste almost excatly like the nose consisting of; cocoa nibs, sweetnes with toffe and good amount of booze hitting the palate.

M: medium to full body with decent amount of carbonation to accent the overall flavor rush.

D: went down to good considering the 15% ABV on this bad boy. Really enjoyed this beer all the way through and hope to get my hands on a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2010 03:42:07 | More by Gobzilla
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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.