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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3

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1,546 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,546
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 800
Gots: 654 | FT: 62
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Floydster on 02-14-2009

A blend of Black Tuesday, anniversary ale, and White Oak Sap.
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4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: 750 mL bottle covered in red wax. Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass after being chilled for half an hour. Huge thanks to sugit for this long time want.

Appearance: Dark brown in color, although it can appear almost black in color at times. Medium brown on the edges. A one finger beige head that recedes rapidly into a pretty nice lacing. The head is really light in color compared to the body.

Aroma: Really big bourbon barrel character takes center stage. There's also strong caramel, vanilla, oak, and dark fruits. The alcohol is strong, but the sweetness definitely tones it down very well. Does a really nice job of combining the best notes of a barrel aged stout and an english barleywine.

Taste: Unapologeticly sweet and barrel forward. Really big notes of caramel, molasses, vanilla and bourbon. Despite the slight burn of the alcohol, this is really easy to drink and goes down smooth. This is really tasty. Light milk chocolate, figs, and more dark fruits add complexity and complement the barrel tones.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and adequately carbonated for the style. Definitely some warming tones on the way down.

Overall, an insanely tasty blend of beers that surpasses the individual components. This is incredibly easy to drink for the ABV and really tasty to boot. I would definitely classify this as a hugely sweet, barrel aged strong ale. This was a huge want of mine for a while and it completely surpassed my expectations. I will be seeking this out again in the future.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The perfect ending to an incredibly crappy day.
Pours a deep burnished brown with faint ruby at the edges and a smallish tightly bubbled khaki head that slowly dissipates to a ring on top. The smell of bourbon and oak hit my nostrils as soon as I pop the cap off the top. Upon closer inspection I am greeted with light and brown sugars with a fair amount of dark pitted fruit and a hint of ethanol. the flavor is sweet up front with brown and syrupy sugar. Dark and light fruit come next along with a bit of vanilla and wood. The alcohol and bourbon come in next with a ferocity that won't quit. Long lingering tannic wood and alcohol burn long after the sweet liquid settles to the bottom floor. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet harsh alcoholic mouthfeel. Nice sipper, but there is no denying the alcohol content of this one. This is tasty but it needs some time to settle down.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears brown in color with ruby around the edges to more of a orange color when held to the light. A tan cap sits atop with spotty lace clinging to the glass as it fades.

The aromatics initially are all barrel characteristics. Sweet smelling like vanilla mixed with coconut and a mild tangy alcohol inclusion. Burnt sugars like caramel or toffee give way to almost a raisony feel.

The taste is sweet with burnt sugar before the onset of barrel presence. Vanilla gives way to tangy booze inclusion. Some coconut, oak and caramel to toffee round things out with a mild amount of raisony dark fruits.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A very nice brew that is so easy drinking I could probably tank a whole bottle myself. Only after the fact did I realize that Fruet is (I believe) a part of this blend and it makes sense as that brew is really felt in this and helps temper some of the more raw booze from black tuesday.

Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,546 ratings.