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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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1,305 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,305
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 767
Gots: 620 | FT: 56
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 00:26:44 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

03-02-2013 03:04:12 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -32.4%

02-14-2012 15:28:28 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 15:47:44 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 01:50:44 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 01:33:39 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -32.4%

02-07-2012 14:49:48 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.31/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 19:09:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2010 06:14:10 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.9%

02-03-2012 13:41:53 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -9.9%

09-18-2012 03:22:34 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -32.4%

01-12-2012 07:42:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

04-08-2012 19:58:13 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.6%

12-14-2011 00:18:26 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -9.9%

05-23-2014 02:38:25 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-04-2014 00:56:28 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

5/5  rDev +12.6%

11-26-2011 06:36:10 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

11-14-2011 22:49:14 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 23:07:05 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

11-14-2011 22:34:24 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev -9.9%

05-23-2014 02:48:25 | More by nickfl
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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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-29-2013 00:33:00 | More by feloniousmonk
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Bruery tasting room on 3/21/09. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a deep and dark cranberry with a 1/2 finger of angry, reddish, burnt mocha colored head. Thin creamy retention that flares up beautifully, just absolutely COATING the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. This just has an awesome dark & stormy look to it but I don't think that it fully prepares you for what's next. HOLY SH*T! The aroma on this is just freaking outrageous! Bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, smoke, brown sugars, toffee, molasses, oaky tannins, wet tobacco, and a stiff waft of heat. Do I need to continue? Seriously?

The taste is quite frankly...HUGE. Warming bourbon mixed with dark fruits, vanilla, and oak up front, smoked meat and tobacco leaves in the middle, with a sticky finish of blackstrap molasses and brown sugars that just STICKS straight in the mouth. Unbelievable power and complexity here. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with an enormous creamy carbonated feel up front and then a more viscous layer underneath which carries all of that tangy tasting sweetness along. And I still can't get over that this beer is 15% ABV. It literally drinks more like it's in the 9-10% range. Oh, it's definitely warm and a sipper for sure but I've had 15% beers that have had some really low drinkibility because of it. This luckily isn't one of them.

Wow! Just wow! It's been a while since I've awarded three 5's to a beer (only three beers prior to this that I've reviewed) and this one is real close to four for me, with between a 4.5-5 on the mouthfeel as well. This is just a TREMENDOUS blend, one of the best beers that I've ever had, and is hands down my early pick for favorite of 2009. Two weeks later and I can still taste the tang in my mouth. Patrick Rue and this brewery are the real f**king deal folks.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2009 16:50:27 | More by Kegatron
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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,305 ratings.