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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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world-class

1,151 Ratings
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Ratings: 1151
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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TheCuriograph

New York

4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not the cheapest growler I've ever bought, but I figured this was my best shot of having Melange #3 in New York.

A - Solid ruby brown with a nice amber-red frame when placed against the light. Thin light tan head.

S - Aged oak, pipe tobacco, hazelnut, rich milk chocolate, blackberry jam, and woodsmoke. Like a campfire with s'mores and someone smoking a pipe next to you. Yeah. Like that.

T - The bourbon is subtle, mostly evident in the hazelnut and vanilla notes. The main event is a berry/plum/cherry medley with light coffee, cocoa, nougat, and a hint of lemon zest. finishes with a smokey sweetness.

M - Sticky and medium heavy. It coats your mouth anew with each sip. The alcohol stings just a bit.

O - This is one opulent SOB. I've never had Black Tuesday, but this is definitely my favorite of the Bruery beers, a perfect night ender. Reminds me of an old-world barleywine, but the flavor wallop and many different notes make it hard to classify. What it is is frigging delectable.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2014 03:03:17 | More by TheCuriograph
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tpd975

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can not thank JohnQVegas enough for this beer.

A: Pours a nice amberish shade of brown with a nice sized off white head. Nice retention and some lace left behind.

S: Wow heaven in a bottle. Lots of chocolate, dark fruit, and sweet molasses. Notes of oak, vanilla, and a touch smoke from a chunk of burning oak.

T: Nice mix of black cherry and dark fruit up front. Chocolate and oak can be picked up along with dark brown sugar and molasses. The level of oak and vanilla from the vanilla is absolutely perfect. Can not pick up a bit of booze despite this one packing a huge punk at over 15% ABV.

M: Rather full in body, bold, rich, sweet, smooth, um yeah basically awesome.

D: Would be on my short list of beers if I were on death row. This is not just a beer it is a true beer drinking experience, one I wish everyone had the chance to try.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2010 01:32:29 | More by tpd975
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to akorsak for sharing this one with me.

A-Deep, brown/black with a thin tan head that held on and left spotty lace.

S-Graham cracker, vanilla, sweet roasted malt, toffee, caramel...a treasure trove of aromas.

T-Coffee and toffee, quite sweet overall. deep base of roasted malt with notes of vanilla, chocolate and oak dryness. So many flavours it becomes a bit overwhelming.

M-Medium-heavy bodied. Super smooth and somewhat syrupy, but in a good way. Long lasting flavours with hints and peaks of bourbon notes.

D-A very interesting mix of brews. Lots of flavour and one of the smoothest packages I have ever had. Really nice....Crazy!

Serving type: growler

11-07-2009 12:52:34 | More by Deuane
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle tap filled from...you guessed it...NutBrown! Thanks Alan!

A light hiss when I popped the cap, with an average pour I get a 1 finger head of tan foam and the liquid appears to be a pitch black. Holding the glass to the light, I can't see any signs of contradicting that statement.

I'm taking a few whiffs and man, this is one hella good malty smelling brew. A little bit of alcohol sneaks its way through but not nearly as much as I expected from a beast this strong. Cocoa and chocolate? You betchya, in spades.

First sip and it's a sweet thang. Big milk chocolate and caramel malt sweetness absolutely dominates. I can taste some dark fruit sweetness on the tail end as well. Wow. The malts just never give in here though I do dtect a slight dark chocolate bitterness from time to time and is most noticeable near and through the finish.

There's some nice warming here, very welcome on a very cool day that is currently ~40F, so sipping on this puppy is mandatory, as the abv would suggest, but certainly dosen't detract one bit from how much I enjoy drinking this brew. Oh, I just got a good taste of plums, like literally out of no where. It's reminding me of a JW Lees Harvest Ale with the Malt presentation and that's a compliment all the way!
Wow, again!

Full bodied with light carbonation, it feels so sliky smooth in the mouth that I have to say yet again, wow!

Drinkability? Huge alcohol content that is hidden quite well considering, awesome taste and awesome mouthfeel, ths is one of the best malt centric brews that I have ever tasted. In my book, this is World Class! Alan...I can't thank you enough for the opportunity!

Serving type: growler

10-04-2009 18:59:14 | More by Bitterbill
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carps12

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large tulip. Thanks to my buddy Alex who picked up this 32oz flip top from New Beer for me. Pours black with a gorgeous tan head that sits for awhile until relaxing into a nice caramel lace. Smell is loads of cherries and dark chocolate mixed with some booze. I also pick up a lot caramel and other overly ripe dark fruits. Very interesting. This one is warm going down. Tastes of same smell notes. A little booze sits on the finish. Smooth going down with perfect carbonation on the finish. There is a big sweetness to the taste like fruit compote that you notice right away. Some Graham cracker is mixed in. I do notice a slight bitterness that imperfects the finish. The booziness is getting to me half way through the glass making this tough to polish . The smell on this is intriguing. I'm glad I got to try it, but won't seek this one out again.

Serving type: growler

09-30-2009 23:36:48 | More by carps12
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bkrefetz for trading me a 1L swing-top growler of this stuff. I thought it was extinct so it was a huge surprise when his ISO came up. There was a nice pop and gunsmoke while opening this up - shared with Jay & Dave. Served in my Utopias glass.

A - Woah! There's some foam! I was expecting a totally flat pour a la Papier. Maybe a quarter-finger that dissipates to a thin ring and a touch of haze. There's actually some spotty lacing too. On first inspection it looks black, but when held to the light there's some ruby red, copper, and brown highlights and it's actually sort of transparent. Nice legs too when the foam goes away.

S - Damn - this is one bourbon bomb, with tons of butterscotch and toffee flavor coming out as well. Reminds me a little of Skor bar in the mix of roasty cocoa and butterscotch flavors. There's also some dark fruit flavors courtesy of the Papier - cherry, fig, dates, and raisins. It's obviously boozy, but that shouldn't surprise anyone.

T - The taste is pretty similar to the smell, although the balance is somewhat different. It's more old ale and less stout, with sweet dark fruits, roast malt, brown sugar, and obviously plenty of bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, etc. I'm interested to see how this compares to bourbon Papier. The finish is slightly tannic but it isn't a wood bomb - it does mount a little bit though. The taste is more of a 4.75 - wish that was an option.

M - The body is thick and chewy - very viscous - with light carbonation. There's some definite heat, but it's at the back end and warms the chest. Just super smooth and not at all harsh considering the ABV.

D - Well - I went for a refill of what was probably a 4oz pour. I'm not sure about those guys giving out 5s to this, Papier, and Black Tuesday. It's gonna be trouble killing all 32oz but it'll be fun all the same. The knock isn't really on the booze but instead on the intensity of flavor - it's like trying to eat a super-rich chocolate cake.

I wasn't getting a ton of the wheatwine - I suspect pouring some bourbon Papier into a Black Tuesday would come pretty close. Not hating on this beer - it's f*@%ing awesome - but it's a sipper and a night cap.

Serving type: growler

09-20-2009 01:37:35 | More by MasterSki
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz growler courtesy of jw347. Shared with Deuane, ksak, and sierrags.

A: The ale has a dense, dark body, heavily influenced by the stout. When held up to light, only the faintest chocolate brown colors come through and only at the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is heavy on the oak, imparting a boozy warmth and full flavor that features both vanilla and cocoa powder. The sweet, treacly barleywine aromas are also evident.

T: Taste-wise, both the stout and the barleywine aspects fight for attention. The barleywine angle seems, to me, to be the winner in a close finish. Cocoa powder and vanilla re-appear and reinforce the barrel aging. Malts that do come through are sweet and thick. Every now and again, burnt malts from the stout base pop up and add more coffee and chocolate. Dark fruits add a lush sweetness that isn't too sugary. The taste is very full, a luxurious ale to sip on.

M: The ale has a sharpness driven by the carbonation, scrubbing at the taste buds after each sip. The complexity is a treat in the mouth.

D: 15%? Really? The strength rarely pops up, content to hide behind the full profile. A masterfully blended ale, rich and intense. More, please.

Serving type: growler

05-04-2009 12:10:26 | More by akorsak
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SaucyA

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1 liter Growler from Whole Foods in NYC. Thanks Brett! I'm drinking this all night...

A - Pours a deep, cola brown into my big ol' snifter. The head is a soap bubble mass that at first sits atop the entire brew, but slowly creeps to the edges. Slight lacing, but awesome for a brew of this size.

S - Mmmm... barrel. How many nuances can we discover?!? Let's find out. Wood. Bourbon. Booze. Vanilla. Coconut. Pipe Tobacco. Molasses. Brown sugar. Carmelized sugar. Toffee. Caramel. All those. And more. Wrapped up into a seamless mass of heaven. Fuck. Me.

T - There are times when a beer transcends beer and spills over into other aspects of life. This is a beer. It is a dessert. It is an artistic work. It is an experience. This beer is truly phenomenal. What's in here? What ISN'T in here? I taste all the smells, and then a whirlwind of alcohol notes, plums, dried sweet fruits, and massssive malts. More sips bring out different flavors at different times. Major coconut backend. The booze is remarkably well hidden, despite playing a welcomed and enjoyable role in the taste now and again. The best description for this is "Imperial Firestone Walker Eleven".

M - Perfect carbonation. Just the right amount of crisping, yet completely subdued enough to let the beer shine. The medium to heavy body really makes this a really fun beer to dissect.

D - Wow. This is one beer that deserves every last bit of hype it's getting. It's fantastic, on every level, in every way. Goddamn this is gonna be a good night.

Notes: Woah. This MAY be the best beer I've ever had. I know it's the highest I've ever ranked a beer. Frankly... I couldn't tell ya if this is the best beer I've ever had.. and that's seriously a tall order to follow... but holy shit if this isn't everything a brew is supposed be.

Serving type: growler

04-03-2009 00:46:07 | More by SaucyA
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Halcyondays

California

4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled from a growler at The Bruery,

A: Pours a murky brown, small smattering of bubbles, really no head, not surprising though when I found out it was 15%. Looks good for a high alcohol beer.

S: Smell is just great. Beautiful aged malt, molasses, prune/raisin/dark fruit. Has the smell of fine English barleywine, outstanding.

T: Big on the malt for sure. Wheatwine is really most evident and stands out. Fermented brown sugar, hint of vanilla, caramelized dark fruit, butterrum candy.

M: Very light carbonation, very smooth, full-bodied for sure, really no alcohol.

D: If I thought Partridge in a Pear Tree held its alcohol well this is exceptional. I knew the blend of the beer so I was thinking 10%, but I found out it was 15% and was shocked. Really it drinks like a 5% beer. I hope they have this on cask at a later date, I'd really like to have it again.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2009 00:55:03 | More by Halcyondays
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ISmith87

Arizona

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
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rand

California

4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 750 mL to snifter.

A: Dark brown in color with little apparent carbonation. Looks heavy and viscous, way to weighty to form a head.

S: Boozy and complex bouquet. Malt-forward with toasty, caramelly notes right at the front. Booze immediately warms, carrying nuanced tones of oak and maple and bourbon. Toward the edges of the bouquet, floral hops linger. Along with booze.

T: As complex as the nose is, even more nuanced on the palate. Clove and cherries join the maple-y notes. Oak is blended with tones of caramel and warming booze. Actually, less boozy than the nose, but there is still plenty of alcohol that closes with a smidge of hop astringency. Finishes long and sweet with lingering alcohol.

M: Stodgy mouthfeel, really chewy. Not as oily as I'd figured from the appearance, but chewy as hell. Gets into every crevice of the palate...might as we'll be beer stew.

A simply decadent brew. Very complex, takes some time to work through the flavor profiles. Needs to be sipped slowly and shared, but something you'll want to go back to again.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 07:33:20 | More by rand
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MacTeo

California

4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was very dark muddy brown with a centimeter of head. It smells fruity and nutty with the addition of booze on the nose. It tasted great, fig, plum, and a nicely balance hops and booze. Very earthy. Overall, great with bbq as I had it... Ready to have another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 23:10:13 | More by MacTeo
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red color. Very little head. No legs or lacing.

Tons of earthy, malty, agave, raisin (tons), vanilla, spice, pear, red apple, ginger, red wine, slight tartness.

Sweetness is mellowed by great boozieness. Amazingly blended. Nearly perfect in mouthfeel, but slight sharpness overtakes at the the on set. A bit raisin and green. Lots going on. Booze is forward, yet mild. Carbonation is very light and compliments nicely. Red wine barrel is nice.

Dances a smooth sweet line. Just before you see the booze the sweetness kicks in. A damn fine brew. I would love to treat this brew again. Highly recommended. Thanks for the share Bigaltemple!!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 06:11:58 | More by chugalug06
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up from a great trade with Mike! Dark mahogany pour with a two finger beige head that faded quickly with minimal lacing. Huge oak and dark fruit notes in the nose along with hints of vanilla, toffee, leather, tobacco, and molasses. The taste is really complex and mirrors the nose with tons of wood and dark fruit along with hints of vanilla, maple, coconut, bourbon, tobacco, prunes, figs, raisins, caramel, molasses, and toffee. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth with almost no alcohol burn, which is crazy for a 15% ABV beer. The carbonation was on the low side, but it really suited this beer. Overall, this was a huge, flavorful, and extremely drinkable beer. It leans to the sweet side, but it's far from cloying. This drinks and tastes more like a Barley Wine for me. However you classify it, it's an incredible beer that I'm glad I was able to taste!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 17:14:25 | More by beerdrifter
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz/750 ml wax dipped bottle acquired in a trade with surge1311
2012
Served in a tulip

The liquid poured a deep, translucent mahogany color and was topped by a one-finger, creamy, bubbly, light tan crown. Within seconds, the head faded to a clingy, frothy ring. Decent retention for something with such a high ABV. Spotty droplets of lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was more subtle than I anticipated. Boozy, whiskey-like notes dominated initially. Lots of intense woodiness. Dark fruit notes (currants and raisins) were also quite apparent. With time, some sweet bourbon and brown sugar notes came forth as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma became much punchier and more interesting. The boozy, bourbon notes really intensified. Lots of vanilla, brown sugar and spices as well.

There was definitely more going on in the flavor profile than in the aroma. Loads of bourbon and vanilla goodness hit hard right off the bat. Intense brown sugar notes and dark fruit flavors. Raisins and plums came through strongest. Good dose of caramel and maple syrup as well. The finish was quite boozy but surprisingly mellow for a beer of this magnitude. All in all, super tasty and surprisingly drinkable.

The liquid contained a fine, mild effervescence and was creamy, smooth and supple on the palate. Given the beer's high ABV, I was expecting something much more syrupy and viscous.

In many ways, this beer seemed far "smaller" than its 15% ABV would indicate, but its intense and complex flavor profile was outstanding. The blending of three different beers in this "black & tan" seemed to lend a number of interesting characteristics to this brew. The folks at The Bruery really do know how to make consistently excellent high ABV beers better than anyone else.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 17:14:30 | More by Damian
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Melange No. 3... a brewery only selection I am lucky to be enjoying thanks to a very good friend of mine. A mixture of Black Tuesday, Anniversary Ale and White Oak Sap, weighing in at 15.5%- this one will make it truly a night to remember! In the glass, this concoction is a deep garnet, yet still manages to let some light through. A tan ring encircles the glass. Very alluring indeed.

The aroma is an intoxicating hodgepodge of earthy sweetness... Vanilla, bourbon, molasses, oak barrel, leather, coffee, cinnamon & spices, milk chocolate, and bold malts. It's simply incredible. As the flavors blissfully overwhelm my palate, I am nearly at a loss for words. This is one godlike beverage! It begins with a juicy, syrupy sweetness, before the warm, roasty, and strong alcohol waves envelop the taste buds. Everything previously mentioned aspect somehow balances out... It's a minor miracle. The Bruery says this a black and tan... what a joke. Black and Tan for your last wish on this earth perhaps! It doesn't *feel* heavy, but as soon as it goes down I'm left with a sensation that says, boy was that strong! It feels so silky and velvety in the mouth though!

Overall, I would recommend this for anyone who loves barrel aged beer, sweet, or strong ales. Very unique blend of astounding components. Loving life right now, Happy New Year 2014!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 06:33:49 | More by Neorebel
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby-brown pour into a snifter, a half-finger of dense tan head sank to a ringlet, leaving some spots on the glass. A lot of sweetness in the nose, fruit and sugars, notes of burnt caramel, black cherry, with a decent vanilla component, woody, though not overly boozy. Taste of dark sugars--brown sugar, caramel--sweet and artificially fruity, cherry cough syrup, rum raisin, notes of vanilla, slight coconut, pretty thick with booze. Kind of messy, and though while there was some heat, it didn't nearly feel like a 15% beer. Body was medium, mouthfeel was slick. A decent offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 02:57:30 | More by Rifugium
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pretty wild beer here, their version of a black and tan, what a gas! the color is red and caramel mixed together, very thick like sludge, dense, minimal but lasting light brown head. I smell everything, no joke. rich malts, darker grains than the color shows, aggressive sugars, whiskey barrel, vanilla, clove, rye malt, booze, and molasses. what I don't smell or taste in this, is yeast. it is mysteriously absent from the flavor profile, not that this beer is hurting for complexity, this is a hell of a blend. dried fruit and sugar, as well as the best richest elements of black Tuesday are what I taste here. its oaky and rich, almost too much really, but the booze is not that obvious for something so high. this goes way beyond beer to something else entirely, more of a barleywine than anything, just so much happening, and such a heavy buzz from even small quantities of this. good carbonation for the size, and about all the body you can pack in. this is not my favorite beer from the bruery, but it is yet another example of their expertise in all aspects of beer making. a blend like no other, worth trying for lovers of huge brews and the bruery more generally.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 21:28:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.21/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 Release, Sampled March 2012
A soft pour into my small tulip glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale brown tinged, dirty tan colored head. The ber is a concentrated brown / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry-ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite alcoholic, but has lots of other notes as well, but that is certainly prominent. Notes of vanillin, toasted coconut, Sherry, lots of nut like notes, toasted caramel, sweet caramelized brown bread. The sherry character is actually quite striking, both the alcohol, the rich, sweet nutty notes and the oxidized malt contribute to this really smelling quite a bit like sherry. This definitely smells like desert in a glass.

As expected, from the nose, this beer is quite sweet; the sweetness seems a touch simplistic / sugary as opposed to really rich, concentrated malt like in character, by which I mean there seems to be a fair amount of residual, simple sugars left in this beer. The body is certainly viscous, but actually somehow seems light for a beer of this strength; much of the, perceived, lightness is likely contributed by the amply noticeable, warming and even hot, alcohol notes that play a prominent role in the flavor. Ample flavors of sweet coconut, vanillin, sugar coated / toasted nuts, sweet sherry, amaretto, and perhaps a touch of brandy like fruit character are noticeable. Woody oak, with a touch of astringency and some spiciness comes into and lingers through the finish; the alcohol also lends to the spiciness and heat in the finish. There is a definite fruitiness here as well, it is sort of evocative of prune juice, perhaps a touch of fig and raisin as well. Other flavors of maple syrup, toasted oak, brown sugar syrup, touches of roasted bitterness in the finish, and a toasted, brown bread note add some character.

This is definitely a HOT beer, at this alcohol level that is not unexpected, but I can’t say that I necessarily appreciate that either. The sweetness is also a bit too simplistic in this beer; I would have been more appreciative if the malt character was less simple sugar focused and had more of a dense, almost savory, concentrated malt character. Interestingly enough, given how hot this beer is, I don’t get as much Bourbon character as I was expecting; more of the vanillin, spicy oak, and toasted oak come out individually rather than reminiscent of actual Bourbon. Not a bad beer if you are only having a couple ounces as a nightcap, but anything more for me is just a bit underwhelming (not complex enough in flavor) and overwhelming (in the hot alcohol and sugary sweetness) at the same time. I must say that I really like the oxidized malt character / sherry notes that are on display here (is this the anniversary old ale contribution), it really adds an extra dimension that keeps me much more interested than I otherwise would be. Drinkable and even enjoyable in small amounts if I am not critically evaluating the beer. Before cracking this beer, I had not reallized how strong it was going to be, I wish I had, as I would have planned to use the rest of the beer for cooking of some sort; I could imagine this being used quite well in a “rum” cake recipe, or even a dense fruit cake would likely be a perfect use (just make sure to reduce the level of sugar called out for in the recipe to account). I am planning on this already with the bottle of Black Tuesday that I am opening; in fact I am almost more excited about the Imperial chocolate stout cake that I am going to make than actually drinking the beer :-).

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:14:29 | More by Gueuzedude
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tarheels86

California

3.61/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750mL maroon wax. Low carbonation, deep red to near ink with no head really. Richer bourbon, sweeter maple nose, flashes of white alcohol, hints of vegetal green coffee. Taste is sticky, hot/boozy, thick licorice, milk chocolate drizzle. Palate is a bit lighter than expected given all the alcohol in lieu of sugar. Not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 21:09:47 | More by tarheels86
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notchucknorris

California

4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep cola color with a surprisingly large tan head. Eventually, the head gets sucked down into the dense liquid, but I was surprised to see any at all.

S: I'd say this is pretty similar to Black Tuesday. And that is a very good thing. A deep sweet aroma that makes you want to swim in this stuff. Toffee, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, light coconut and toasted brown sugar. If you like sweet things (like I do), this is money.

T: Again, really, really freaking good. Opens with a lot of molasses, milk chocolate covered raisin, and burnt caramel. Dark fruit, especially black cherry is in there as well. Middle features some chocolate and bourbon before a finish of toasted oak and brown sugar. A hint of warmness on the finish, but otherwise the alcohol proves pretty elusive. Mouthfeel is near perfect. Rich and slick without becoming too syrupy. Get it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 01:58:13 | More by notchucknorris
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Rinkor16

California

4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened on 9/23/2013 with my brother and a buddy.

A: Very dark brown and red color. No head at all.

S: Very complex smell. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak and bourbon.

T: Follows the smell very well. Tastes of rich caramel, toffee and vanilla. Followed by a huge taste of bourbon. Not as much heat as I expected though.

M: Very smooth and medium bodied. The carbonation was a little low, but perfect for this beer.

O: A very complex beer. As it was warming up in my glass, different flavors were presenting themselves. Definitely a beer worth tracking down.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 22:56:00 | More by Rinkor16
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is very dark in colour, but not quite black. Seems to be a very dark brown, with slight reddish hints. A small beige head, fades quickly.

Nose is big, complex and nice. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel and booze are all strong. Coconut. Some chocolate.

Taste is similar to the nose, but there is a big dark fruit component that I did not get in the smell. Cherry comes to mind. Other than that, lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla. Caramel is strong, and there is also brown sugar and molasses. A LOT of alcohol heat. One heavy beer. A very nice flavour, but a bit over the top.

Full bodied, low to moderate carbonation. Big and heavy, lots of burn. Slick.

Overall, quite good, but too extreme. I am sure this beer would have been more enjoyable at a comparatively moderate 12% or so. Very nice but hard going.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 00:42:11 | More by jrenihan
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Long time want of mine and Huzubendah made it happen. Matt is the man!

I drank a portion of this last night, but I'm now reviewing this around the pool from the bottle Matt gave me.

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured out like melted caramel, same color and everything. Mean looking and ominous in its non-head producing, non-carbonated disposition.

S: Smell like a combination of coconut, caramel, vanilla, and some peanut butter. Pretty friggin amazing.

T: It was so great to try this on a fresh palate. I got the burnt pecan brittle from Black Tuesday, the coconut from White Oak, and the overall bright, fruity center from the various anniversary ales.

M: Sweet and delectable, but that was part of its charm. low on the carbonation side, of course, but high on flavor.

O: This was probably the best beer of 2013 so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 22:05:50 | More by Chaney
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose has a ton of barrel to it. Vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, a boatload of dark chocolate, coconut, molasses, some dark fruit (dark red cherries, plums, dates, currants) and some burnt brown sugar. This has a crazy complex nose to it. There’s so much happening. The barrel aging is up front and very evident but there are little bits and pieces from all the component brews. The taste is like what I imagine water tastes like in heaven. Bourbon, chocolate, oak, vanilla, dates, plums, coconut, cherries, raisins, brown sugar, roasty, smokey notes, some booze (but very well hidden for 15%) and a thread of caramel running underneath. The body is incredibly full with a rich, creamy mouthfeel and mellow carbonation (indicative of barrel aging).

This brew is amazing. I have been sitting on it for a long time because I wanted to wait until I tried all the components (Black Tuesday, Anniversary and White Oak sap). Its not as boozey as you’d think and its definitely pretty easy drinking (from an alcohol heat perspective) the flavor is very strong and full and that makes it a sipper. All I can say is I need as many of these as I can get my hands on.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 09:27:09 | More by DonDirkA
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