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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

Melange No. 3Melange No. 3

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

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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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Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black with a thin layer of cream coloured head that immediately disappeared.

S - Big barrel notes come through first - bourbon, charred oak and vanilla. Chocolate fudge and dark caramel are also present from the base beers.

T - Sweet bourbon, charred oak and vanilla dominate as the barrel notes come to the forefront. Chocolate fudge, dark caramel and molasses flavours come through as well as lighter dark fruit flavours. The Black Tuesday seems to dominate this a little too much.

M - Medium body. Almost no carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 15:21:28 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a bit of red around the edges with a thin finger of frothy off-white head. Fades very quickly.

S - Caramel, dark caramel, and chocolate malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, brown sugar, black licorice, wheat, raisins and other dark fruits, and some booze.

T - Caramel, dark caramel, and a bit of chocolate malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, brown sugar, black licorice, raisins and other dark fruits, molasses, wheat, a hint of smoke, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very bold and very complex. Also well balanced and the Bourbon is kept in check.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 05:08:25 | More by ngeunit1
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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Brown, raw prune juice color. Not much head...whisp of smoke on surface. Ring around side, no lace.

S - BOOZE, molasses, brown sugar, cooked dark fruits, wood, vanilla and soy sauce.

T - YUM! Big cooked dark fruit flavor, alcohol heat, vanilla wood. Most of the smells and them some.

M - Hard to handle this hugeness, but they seem to have pulled it off. Good carb, balance, good everything.

D - Nasty ABV but doesn't tire easily!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:18:09 | More by srandycarter
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3.68/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. I was very excited to get to try this at Jackie O's, shared by a generous BA.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with a small layer of off white head. The head fades to a very thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet with lots of cherry and dark fruit. The malt dominates and is joined by some warm alcohol.

Taste: This one is uber sweet and loaded with dark fruit notes. Some maple like notes and brown sugar with some warm alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side and a bit syrupy. There is hardly any carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: The abv is really high so it may be unavoidable, but even so it was still a bit too sweet for me. I enjoyed sipping on my pour and would probably have it again if I have enough people around to share a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 23:58:14 | More by oline73
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3.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rhettroactive for sharing this one the other night. 2012 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. It poured brown in color with a thin sticky head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of sweetness to it with some strong notes of caramel and brown sugar with some lighter wheat malts. It's got a good dose of boozy alcohol to it coming along with the bourbon. It's got some good flavors going on, but also feels overly sugary and boozy at times.

The taste follows through with more of the brown sugar and caramel sweetness with some added dark fruit flavors to it. I get a little bit of the wheat malts of White Oak to it as well. The bourbon comes out in the finish adding a boozy, alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being too way overdone. Overall, it was a decent beer but I didn't think it was better than any of the beers that went into it. The sweetness, alcohol heat and high carbonation were just overdone for me, even for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 18:41:30 | More by billab914
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New York

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

despite a few reviewers saying that taking this on alone was a mistake, i've been thinking about popping one of these for the past week or two...and tonight, well...why not? poured into a bruery snifter.

a - brew poured a soft purple that settled into the glass much darker and ominous. my hard pour yielded a generous cream colored head that slowly fizzled down to a thin skin on the surface of the glass with some nice bubbling. swirling the glass leaves some boozy slime, but no real sign of lacing. looks more old ale than any of the others in the blend.

s - WOWIE ZOWIE! black tuesday shines through. some grape and old ale characteristics as well, but having tried chocolate rain last night, that black tuesday base is still fresh in my head and i immediately noticed it here. really nice caramel smells as well with a hint of vanilla too...the chocolateness of BT works well with this. what a wonderful smelling blend.

t - cherries and figs with a wash of booze. caramel is strong and drives the sweetness with some vanilla on the tail. a dessert beer and a treat. really impressive blend. the old ale seems more dominant in the flavor, but BT is there as well. syrupy and strong. the 15.5 is hardly noticeable in my opinion, but to say that this isn't a huge beer would be a huge lie. delicious. i am VERY impressed.

m - smooth and rich. bold and flavorful. leaves a boozy tingle, but doesn't feel 15.5% by any stretch. really easy drinker for such a big beer. the sweetness isn't as intense as i had expected.

o - overall, not sad that i took this on by myself at all. loving every sip. in fact, my wife took a sip and really dug it and she grabbed a glass, so not such a solo effort. gotta give the bruery credit...created a huge beer that both my wife and i can dig. my wife normally runs from barrel aged. kudos on a job well done and psyched to have a few more of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:10:55 | More by cosmicevan
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4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled today at the Bruery on Valentine's Day, reviewed this from notes on my cell phone, this is a blend of three bourbon barrel aged beers: Black Tuesday Imperial Stout, White Oak Wheatwine, and Papier, their 1st anniversary brew, I will start off by saying that this is by far their best beer to date and one of the better ones I have ever had period, color is a very dark brown, not much of a head, maybe a quarter inch and slightly bubbly, went away pretty quickly, this stuff just looked good, do not say that often but it was surely the case, there was a big bourbon nose, lots of roasted almonds and malts, very small amount of booze, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, honey, buttered bread, and lots of caramel, flavor is so good, lots of caramel and toffee up front, roasted and bready malts in the middle mixed with vanilla and oak, finish has a nice caramel and bourbon finish, slightly dry in the aftertaste and keeps you wanting more and more, gots sweeter as it warmed after a few minutes and the complexities of the wheat wine component seemed to shine through, cannot barely detect any booze somehow, wow this stuff tastes great, mouthfeel was the only issue with this beer but it was still good, just a little thin at times, sweet, roasty, and tangy mouthfeel, soft carbonation, taste lingered a long time, what really makes this impressive is that is fifteen percent and you barely taste a drop of alcohol, I had to really look for it to even taste any, it was amazingly hidden, could drink a whole lot of this stuff and that would just get me into trouble because of its strength, fantastic drinkability, most amazing part of this brew, the attendees at the Beer Advocate Extreme Beer Fest will be lucky to have some of this stuff, too bad there is only a few kegs in existence, Patrick outdid himself with this one and I made sure I told him before I left, hope to have more as soon as possible, a blending masterpeice, highly recommended

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2009 23:07:46 | More by Floydster
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4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought to a tasting by the generous beddachedda. Thanks for sharing Evan. 2009.

A: Pours a hazy dark dark brown with a thin fuzzy tan head that left spotty lacing.
S: Big notes of alcohol, chocolate, caramel, raisin, oak and vanilla.
T: Warming alcohol, raisins, chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla just like the nose. It’s sweet, and a bit fruity. I can definitely taste the BT.
M: Warm, full body, but the alcohol is actually super mellow for being so crazy high. Thick mouthfeel.
O: Tastes a lot like a BT with a few thing other nascence’s added in. It’s really complex and amazingly smooth. Thanks again for opening this, Evan.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 18:22:34 | More by scottfrie
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4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hannydawg for sharing this with me. Pours a thick viscous reddish color with nice clarity. There is a small amount of head which dissipates quickly and no lacing. The aroma is intensly sweet with layers of complex flavors. Deep notes of chocolate and vanilla are present first, followed by maple and molasses. The taste features and onslaught of malts up front with an expected sweet presence. A little bit of chocolate and vanilla come through along with molasses and mellow oak. The body is substantial and slightly sticky. Overall, this is incredibly intense and best enjoyed in small servings.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 04:20:08 | More by homebrew311
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4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beer!

At first glance pours a somewhat translucent black (oxymorons FTW!), but upon closer inspection it's actually a slightly ruddy very dark, cola brown. A thin crust of light brown/dark tan head. You know what ... I actually have to ding this beer slightly for appearance. I can't give it above a 4.0, which is a shame, as with the skewed rating system here (appearance, to me, is at most 5% of the overall impact of a beer on my quality of life ... 20% is insane) it's going to get a lower score than it deserves.

Smell is overwhelming. Delicious bourbon whiskey notes, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, and a deep, roasted pureed dark fruit undercurrent. Ahhh...so abundant in the nose.

Taste is, perhaps, almost too strong. And you can count the number of times I've said that about a beer on one finger. It's just overwhelming with complexity and quality. There's a definite boozy heat to it, but the kaleidoscope of aromas all translate to the flavors. Additionally, the taste adds in an earthy, woodsy flavor along with brown sugar and molasses. Thick, chewy, delicious.

What the hell was this made of, and why doesn't the Bruery bottle beers like this?

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2009 21:44:21 | More by Overlord
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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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by alfrantzell and largadeer.

Pours clear dark ruby in color with a small tan head leaving a lasting ring.

Great aroma with bourbon, wood, vanilla, prune, and some berries. Alcohol noticeable.

Flavor is very complex and great, with just a little too much alcohol present. Caramel, toffee, roast, dark fruits (fig and prune), coconut, chocolate, wood, bourbon, and vanilla. So much going on.

Medium-full bodied and boozy with lasting alcohol.

A very nice beer overall. Not utterly mind-blowing, but excellent. A sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 00:24:22 | More by nickd717
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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL waxed top bottle poured into a snifter. A major thanks to the ever generous Adam for sharing!

(A)- Pours a thick black color that produced a good frothy tan head that dissipated quickly; surprising considering the ABV on this one.

(S)- A nice rich profile of cocoa, oak, molasses, raisin, licorice, and hints at orange peel or something.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A really nice chocolatey/molasses/licorice/toffee/ oaky bourbon notes.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Rather smooth for the ABV level. Rich for sure, but not over the top either.

(D)- Definitely a strong, sipping beer great on a winters night. The blending definitely made this a bit more complex and possibly smoother.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 15:20:07 | More by sweemzander
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4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught, Boulder Strong Ale Festival. This bad boy poured with a brown color that left a thin, creamy light tan foam. Nose of rich caramel-like malt and wood barrel. Flavor is very rich & chewy, with notes of caramel, toffee, apple, vanilla and sweet fruit. Sweet, strong, lots of barrel presence. Keep em' comin'

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 20:15:37 | More by Crosling
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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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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly muddy dark brown color with some reddish highlights and a thin layer of tan head that immediately dissipates. Big time Alcohol lacing left on the glass.

Aromas are super 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. I am searching for more of the Black Tuesday and/or White Oak, but only finding large quantities of the syrupy Papier.

The tastes begin quite sweet as well with sweet caramel and vanilla dominating with just a touch of chocolate to it. As it warms the bourbon and alcohol flavors come through, but even at such a high ABV, it's not all that hot.

The mouthfeel is on the med-heavy to heavy with minimal carbonation. The finish is super chewy and bordering on syrupy sweet.

Overall I enjoyed the small quantity of his beer that I sampled (around 6 oz) and frankly that is all you need. It is really really sweet and would be a task to consume in large doses. I wish there was more of a Black Tuesday and or White Oak presence to balance the super sweet Papier. It's just really not that complex for the rarity/cost it takes to acquire.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 16:59:42 | More by claspada
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3.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this particular bottle from Beerpirates, but have also had bottes from hotpipes and Cedromar. Thanks for the trades everyone. I thought I'd try this one solo for the first time. Let's see how it goes.

From a 750ml bottle into a Bruery snifter. Snifter provided by Doodler.
Vintage: 2010
Blend of Black Tuesday, Papier and White Oak.

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour produces a two finger, medium-thinner looking tan head with decent retention. A transparent bistre brown in color with lots of carbonation evident. Head fades quickly into a thick foam cap. A good foam ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big bourbon barrel nose on this one. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate all over the place. Some dark chocolate and touches of roasted malts are there as well. This one is very barrel heavy and has a lot of Black Tuesday in the mix.

TASTE: Very barrel heavy, and still very hot. Bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate and oak notes up front, with lots of alcohol and heat. Spicy alcohol and some pure chocolate and sweet caramel at the swallow. Bold and lingering aftertaste is very barrel heavy with some bitter chocolate and sweet caramel as well. Tasty and definitely a bourbon barrel beer, but also very hot still. The heat keeps this beer from being an other-worldly treat.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a big burn at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Lots of heat lingers on the palate. Hot stuff.

OVERALL: This is certainly a tasty beer, but the heat is still overwhelming. It took me 5+ hours to work through this bottle. Perhaps some time will mellow out the heat and make this one easier to drink, and if that actually happens, this will become a world class beer. No doubt this one is complex and enjoyable, but the boozy heat does get in the way at times. Definitely worth checking out if you get the chance, but make sure there are at least two other people there to help you out. Thanks again for the trade Pirates. I’ll have to have you here to help me next time I drink one of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 22:54:41 | More by Jeffo
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4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is quite an impressive offering from The Bruery. Pours a dark woody brown with a thin tan head.

The nose and taste are too complex for my vocabulary to even attempt describing. There is a huge oak and bourbon presence along with sweet pitted fruits and dark roasted malts. Peppery alcohol, more ripe cherries and plums, chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla and so much more.

Full body was thick and creamy, light carbonation. Amazingly drinkable for 15+ percent. I had way too much of this at the Boulder Strong Ale Fest, but I am very glad I did.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 19:42:00 | More by rye726
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4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Melange No. 3 is a blend of White Oak, Papier, and Black Tuesday. This was on-tap at Small Bar Division for the Craft Brewers Conference special events. I had two 8oz pours into a tulip.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a mocha/tan head. Very little head which quickly vanishes leaving only a few bubbles here and there on top. Overall, not a whole lot to look at.

S - Chocolate, plums, raisins, ultra-booze, toffee. A nice meld here and I can really pick out the sweetness of the Black Tuesday and bourbon in the Papier.

T - Lots of alcohol burn, chocolate sweetness, dark fruits. For this being a 17% beer, the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Not not over-powering, but it's there for sure. I would say this is liquid chocolate cake with infused bourbon.

M - Medium to full bodied, rich and smooth, light carbonation.

D - I enjoyed this beer more then Black Tuesday. It's a sipper, that's for sure. It took me two hours to finish two pours of this. One of the top beers for this style, but Angel's Share Grand Cru is a better beer for me. Recommend!

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 18:59:33 | More by Sean9689
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3.68/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received bottles from Alen and Nick3. Thanks guys.

Re-review off a bottle I opened to share with some non-BAs. I wanted some perspective that didn't come from hype or rarity, so I was curious to see what they would think.

My impression was very similar to the first time I had this beer. It was boozier than I remembered, slightly harsh with a nail-polish feel that others also remarked on.

The aroma was outstanding. I loved the vivid bouquet of chocolate, grapes, toffee, vanilla, and molasses. The taste was a little less impressive; the finer points were harder to pick out, and the beer bludgeoned me with chocolate, brandy, and molasses for the most part. Tannins were noticeable and balancing in the finish. I found this sweet and rich. One bottle among 4 people was way too much. I'm very glad I got to try this, but I probably won't go out of my way for it again.


Original comments:

Shared by dbuckingham. Thanks, David.

A: Pours a reddish brown (puce?) with just a light film of foam on top of the brew. Not much of a collar; no lace. It's more of a leggy beer with some obvious sugars here. I will give it points on the legs. For a 17% beer I don't expect much carbonation.

S: This smells like Brandy Old Stock. I don't think anything in here was aged in brandy barrels, but it has that toffee, caramel, dark fruit (grapes, figs) aroma that I remember. Vanilla, oak, molasses. A substantial, thick aroma that promises a great dessert experience.

T: And the taste absolutely nails the promise of the nose. Again, the Brandy Old Stock comparison is warranted. Rum-soaked raisins, toffee, caramel, figs, vanilla, oak, molasses. I guess this has some Black Tuesday mixed in, but I can't really pick up any strong bourbon. I get some molasses, though. Overall, an incredibly sweet taste that drives home the Bruery's signature style. I couldn't have this in large quantities, but I appreciate the glass.

M: Medium-bodied; I expected it to be heftier considering the sugars and ABV. Low carbonation. It is quite smooth, creamy, with a moderate heat to it. I don't normally enjoy boozy beers, but I appreciate it when the heat is well-integrated; it works fairly well here.

D: Idiotic decision to release this in 750mLs. I'm not shy about saying it. That being said, I'd be willing to try finishing a bottle of this on my own.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 20:08:58 | More by Arbitrator
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4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky dark reddish-brown. Medium sized fizzy light brown head. Head fades quickly with essentially zero lacing. Decent retention.

S: Big, huge, enormous and bold caramel notes. Strong bourbon and caramel malt both. Sweet, sweet, sweet and boozy. Strong oak with touches of vanilla. Dark fruits meld in nicely, a little cherry and a lot of raisin. Wonderful strong aroma.

T: Huge bourbon notes with sweet, sweet caramel and loaded with molasses. Unbelievably sweet, to the point of cloying for sure. Heavy raisins mixes in with the caramel and molasses. Just a smidgeon of chocolate fudge, primarily in the middle and getting a little more bitter into the finish. Pure boozy bourbon and oaky vanilla in the lingering aftertaste. This is one huge, boozy and sweet beer. Make no mistake.

M: Heavy, thick, viscous, over the top sweet and cloying.

O: This is one serious beer. Reminds me a lot of regular black tuesday but with less roasted malt. Huge sweet notes from the bourbon and from the heavy malts of all the blends. One of the biggest, nastiest black and tans I've ever laid eyes on. Given the blend, more like a black and ...dark brown. And dark brown. This one is a sipper, given the sweetness, the heaviness and the ABV. Packaging this in a 750ml seems ludicrous to me, but I will do my best to soldier through it.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 02:44:21 | More by Dope
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4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL waxed and capped bottle courtesy of a great trader - thanks! Split with two friends and poured in to a Bruery tulip.

Appearance:  Pours a dark molasses, brown and ruddy but not quite black, capped initially by a foamy, jumpy, fizzy head, approximately one finger high.  Retention isn't fantastic, but the level of carbonation - relatively high, visible through the sides of the glass - keeps the collar thick and foamy, present throughout.

Aroma:  Sweet, estery, blooming with bright, floral stone fruit notes.  Tons of springy, ephemeral sweetness, but it's largely devoid of identifiable "individual" fruit notes, suggesting more a sugar variety than a yeast variety.  Green and flashy, but with a few darker notes, even hinting at cocoa at points, with toastiness.  Anise, brown sugar.

Taste:  Incredibly sweet, with a ton of molasses, dark fruit sugars, and other caramelized sugars.  Raisins, digs, dates, plums, and cherries run rampant over the tongue, or perhaps more accurately their juices, because of the sweetness factor.  It's honey-like at points, saccharine, with hints of darker malts mingling with toffee, and also other barrel notes - vanilla, boubon, caramel notes, hints of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel:  Incredibly smooth and creamy, even, moderately carbonated, lessso than one would imagine based upon the image.  Perfect part of this beer.

Drinkability:  The above represent a somewhat jumbled set of notes - I was playing Settlers of Catan while reviewing this one. That being said, this is an intriguing beer, a hot beer, and a testatment to the magic of blending. Who would have thought that a wheatwine, a barrel aged imperial stout, and an old ale could combine to give you this array of flavors? That being said, it's a sipper, and a slow one, lest you inadvertently build yourself in to a corner while playing Catan without realizing it, but, that's neither here nor there.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 20:26:19 | More by CrellMoset
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4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2011 vintage
5oz mini snifter

A: This pours out a dirty reddish, brown color. Faint light tan head. Fades really quickly. Forms a ring around edges. Carbonation is ok considering the ABV on this monster. Definitely some alcohol feet are showing through here.

S: Big nose here. Pulling some booze. Caramel. Toffee. Vanilla. Sweet malts leading to dark fruits. As it warms, the nose opens up even more.

T: First and foremost, still getting booze in this beer. High octane is right, as others have mentioned. I let it warm up a little bit. Big toffee and vanilla notes. Almost butterscotch like. Definitely taste some of the barrel. VERY sweet beer, but I like it in moderation. Long lingering finish. This is a bottle to be split with many and enjoyed over dessert of some sort.

M: Full bodied and sweet as hell.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 15:32:27 | More by inlimbo77
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4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, enjoyed in a snifter.

Glugs from the bottle light caramel that, interestingly, becomes a deep black in the glass. Seems dichotomous until a hold to the light reveals a deep scarlet, with clarity and hue like red wine. A small, very fizzy head the color of beach sand pops away quickly, making the top layer thinner, yet more dense.

Black Tuesday is the major component reflected in the nose — layers of oak, bourbon, booze and chocolate are thick and difficult to peel away. Maybe some deep, sugary orange from the White Oak, but picking it up is work.

Wowzers. The strata I couldn’t pick up before have been revealed in the flavor. I’m met first by the anniversary ale component — big scoops of tangy dark fruits, butterscotch and chocolate syrup blend perfectly with overripe oranges, vanilla, top-shelf bourbon, caramel and brown sugar. There’s a fair amount of alcohol in here, but the sweetness and surprising bitter notes cover it up nicely. The balance of each component is perfect.

Carbonation is very soft, kneading the tongue with its gentle touch. The body’s a tiny notch under medium, but it’s nicely creamy and enlivened by heat-lending, tongue-numbing booze.

Love triangles usually end in heartbreak, but Black Tuesday, White Oak and Cuir are making it work. The balance is perfect, the flavors enticing, the booze big enough to let your know you’re drinking something big yet not big enough to turn you off. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:38:44 | More by Phelps
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle

Appearance. Pours a murky deep brown with a little rust and a thin, light tan head.

Smell. Wow! Big sweet bourbon, some caramel candy, a little bit of coffee, molasses and chocolate. Smells pretty awesome.

Taste. Oh man. Sweet bourbon and chocolate. Just a ton of both!! Some nice caramel and toffee with a little creamy sweet coffee and toasted wood. Fucking incredible.

Mouthfeel. Full body, but not in any way thick or syrupy. Does that even make sense? Lets say it defys the laws of physics. Medium carbonation.

Overall. Good lord, this is just packed with flavour. All good stuff too. Wishing I hadn't traded away my other bottle now!!

Edit: I can't believe I drank that whole thing myself. Yikes. I'll be enlising some help the next time I crack something like this...

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 02:03:10 | More by Rutager
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