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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3

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1,418 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 785
Gots: 632 | FT: 57
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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle shared with Andrew and Nick. Rich and complex. Dark bottled with bubbly head. Above average mouthfeel. The imperial stout, the Black Tuesday is the centerpiece, some chocolate, A sour finish. Somewhat like a good red wine (though with tannins).A sipper and one I would have again.

Sammy, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -32.3%

djrn2, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

zestar, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +12.9%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to bmanning for opening this bottle.

A: Pours a very deep brown bordering on black with a fairly nice head and whisps of lacing as it goes down.

S: Quite sweet. Amazing how all the different components of the three beers come out. Can absolutely simultaneously sniff out the Black Tuesday, Papier, and White Oak, all of which are great beers in their own right.

T: Sweet, caramel malt alongside dark, roasted chocolate malt and a good dose of bourbon and oak. Surprisingly not hot at all in the flavor department; however, my nose feels the slightest alcohol burn after swallowing.

M: Thick and fairly chewy. Remarkable how little alcohol presence there is for a beer of this strength.

D: Only gets better as it warms up. Delicious all around. Great to savor its complexity throughout and keep discovering new flavors.

Thorpe429, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -9.7%

acurtis, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -32.3%

nmann08, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Texasfan549, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Burnt caramel color with a thin foam that quickly fades to a ringlet; while there is not much lacing, there are legs (not unexpected for 15.5%)

Smell: Very boozy, with bourbon, vanilla, caramel, honey and cinnamon elements

Taste: At the outset, the bourbon, rum-soaked raisin, prune, honey, pear, caramel, vanilla and cinnamon elements lay down the gauntlet and build in alcoholic intensity by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors meld together, with a mouth-puckering, oaky intensity in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Considerable complexity and a fascinating range of flavor; while not particularly drinkable I am very impressed

Thanks, ptykozoon, for the opportunity and to sj3324, for the opportunity to revisit

brentk56, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -9.7%

kjkinsey, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.31/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with sweet notes, some bourbon and some vinous notes makes for a unique mix. Taste is a mix between bourbon and vanilla notes with some oak, dark fruit and some vinous notes which feels more or less balanced with the rest of the mix. Body is full with limited filtration and light warming alcohol. I didn’t really dig the mix between rich stout/old ale sweet notes and the dark fruit and also vinous feels of the beer.

Phyl21ca, May 06, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +12.9%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy hell I get to try this one. A 22oz bomber/growler that was sent my way that literally could not make me happier. Served up at cellar temp, this beast was poured into the appropriate Darkness snifter and consumed on 10/02/2009.

Dark as night this one pours out of the bottle, looking as daunting as it can it is just pitch black. Small tan head, maybe an inch hangs for a bit and then slowly fades into the abyss leaving a dark, ominous looking oil like liquid in front of me. As I lean in and try to get a whiff of this, I fall back, drowning in a sea of vanilla and butterscotch. It is bourbon overload, everything I have ever dreamed a barrel aged stout could be is coming to me now. Rich notes of vanilla, toffee, caramel, butterscotch are all surrounding a huge boozy middle. Its like some sick and twisted candy bar only I could enjoy. Each sip now becomes its own voyage into a realm of sweet boozy bliss that few have gotten a chance to be near. Rich is not even the right word to describe this flavor. Soo sweet, with a barely noticeable booziness in the flavor, 15%? Where? Rich notes of vanilla and woody textures combine and wrap around that sweet bourbon flavor, just absolutly sublime. Smooth, delicate, complex, perfect.

Overall I can make this real simple. This beer has made me rethink all other big beers I have ever had. The deep and rich flavor of butterscotch and toffee that I so try to find is rediscovered here. This beer is sublime, please, do yourself a favor and go find this.

mikesgroove, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -32.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is a slightly muddy dark brown color with a some reddish highlights and a thin layer of tan head.

S: The nose is quite sweet with plenty caramel and dark fruit notes with a touch of chocolate. The bourbon really comes through providing lots of vanilla and a bit of oak.

T: The flavor is quite sweet with the White Oak Sap really holding it's own against the beast that is Black Tuesday. Between the White Oak Sap and Papier, the beer has quite a bit of sweet caramel and vanilla with just a touch of chocolate to it. Both the bourbon, and alcohol flavors come through, but even at such a high ABV, it's not all that hot.

M: The body on this beer is massive, as you would expect from its components. Still, the low carbonation helps it from becoming too syrupy.

D: This beer is boozy and the flavor keeps you from forgetting it. However, it's still quite easy to drink--dangerously, even. I can't wait for the bottles to come out.

womencantsail, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -9.7%

kylehay2004, May 23, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Knapp85, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 batch.

Melange No. 3 pours a dark opaque brown with ruby highlights. A small tan head tops it and doesn't last long, quickly receding to a crown.

The aroma is an intense and alcoholic mix of bourbon and caramel, stonefruit and vanilla, chocolate and dates. Very deep and complex. Some earthiness shines through the sweetness. As it warms the fruitiness comes out more, balancing the powerful bourbon character. 

Bourbon and caramel hit the tongue first. Chocolate candies, surprisingly a lot of fruitiness too, stonefruit and dates. Molasses-like sweetness, mellow alcohol, a bit of tannic oak. While it tastes quite strong and rich, it's actually very mellow and easy to drink. It finishes semi-sweet with a leathery, bourbon-toffee aftertaste. The sheer viscosity of it is impressive, a few ounces is plenty, but I wouldn't complain if I could drink this regularly. Nice job, Bruery.

largadeer, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

SocalKicks, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -9.7%

nickfl, May 23, 2014
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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,418 ratings.