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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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1,585 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,585
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 810
Gots: 673 | FT: 66
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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Ratings: 1,585 | Reviews: 242
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to jedwards for sharing. This beer has been a long-time want (and thanks to Callmecoon for sending a long a bottle in the Movie Night Part II BIF - definitely plan on cellaring this). Pours a brownish-amber with no head and no residual foam. Nose expresses cocoa, molasses and a suggestion of booze. Taste reveals toffee and cocoa notes - I'm definitely getting the wheat wine and stout characteristics here; however, the old ale qualities aren't really popping. That said, the sugary sweetness of this beer practically makes my teeth hurt. Mouthfeel is medium in body with just a kiss of carbonation. Overall, this beer is fantastically complex and decadent. A small pour definitely goes a long way.

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4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ShanePB
4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml waxed, vintage 2011
Served into a tulip glass

A: Medium to dark brown with ruby hues throughout the body. A vigorous pour yields a thick bubbly light beige head. Some lacing is left behind but the head settles out into a thin ring around the edges.

S: Huge sweet caramel, toffee, rich malts, cocoa and touches of really sweet whiskey dance around the back. This is one big smelling beer, tons of complexity which is expected from a blend of this kind.

T: Like the nose, big sweet caramel and bourbon notes come through first. Toffee, Werther's Original candy, milk chocolate and some oak break through. This is over the top in its sweetness however, a signature trait I've come to expect from The Bruery.

M: Carbonation is kept right where it should be, not over the top or underdone. Feels sticky and viscous on the palate.

This was certainly a nice treat to open but it was very big, rich and sweet. A little too much in that aspect for me but a good beer as a whole.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SPlit this beer with my brother after spliting a bottle of Black Tuesday. The Melange 3, in my opinion, was just as good as the Black Tuesday, and if you are not a big deep stout drinker, and like things a bit lighter, you will probably think the Melange 3 is better. It is blended with Black Tuesday, but is a much ligher beer and has some more fruity, caramel-like flavors...really nice.

Drink this one slightly chilled, not cold, just a few degrees below room temp...
A: Pours a deep copper-amber with an orange/brown foamy head.
S/T: Sweet, with the heat of 15% abv bursting through the nice ale flavors
M: smooth, not at all harsh..really nice
O: really nice blend...

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour produces an opaque dark brown beer, with a huge tan heat that snaps and pops as the bubbles break. While it leaves no lacing, at the huge abv, it's not a surprise. There is a constant sliding of bubbles of the glass that replenishes the head and makes for great retention.

Smell is a new depth of darkness, wood, char, bourbon, a hint of soy sauce, caramel, sweet pungency, dark fruits, wine and dates. Very reminiscent of the first time I drank Samiclaus.

Incredibly, the taste lives up to the aroma. Tons of roasted malts, burnt sugars, plenty of booze, notes of wood, bourbon and even more booze if possible.

Texture is full bodied and very smooth, so thick, it's other worldly. Definitely a sipper, and very enjoyable. A nice boozy warmth, and a good chew make this quite the monster.

The decision to go this alone was probably a bad one, but one I am glad I did. It took me more than 2 hours to drink, and I loved every minute.

DOA

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a beautiful dark cherry beer with minimal head.

S: The aroma of caramel and cherries.

T: Very sweet and a further taste of chocolate with cherries.

M: Magnificent and glorious controlled carbonation.

O: Super beer with an extremely delicious sweet aftertaste.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Callmecoon for this. 2011 vintage I presume.

4.0 A: Black color in the glass, but it didn't look so dark during the pour. Oh well. Two fingers of beige frothy head. Retention is very good given the ABV, but nothing is left with regard to lacing.

4.5 S: Intensely sweet with huge dollops of caramel, toffee, and molasses. Lots of oak and vanilla in this. Leathery bourbon booziness. Fair amount of chocolate and dark fruits with emphasis on prune and fig. The aromas from the base beers blend quite well together.

3.5 T: Again, intensely sweet. The decision to drink this alone was a bad one, but I will persist. Anyway, this reminds me a lot of straight up Black Tuesday in that the sweetness goes unchecked and the booze is almost as bad. However, both the sweetness and booze are a little lower in magnitude. Anyway, a lot of caramel, toffee, molasses again. Chocolate, fig, plum, prune, melon, vanilla, and oak. Leathery bourbon, brown sugar, butterscotch. Huge all around.

4.0 M: Syruppy heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Velvety creaminess. The only problem is the amylase coagulation that is going on.

4.0 D: An intense beer. I got through the whole bottle and it wasn't so bad. Yes, the sweetness is trying, but the flavor profile is pretty good.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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