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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3

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247 Reviews
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Reviews: 247
Hads: 1,720
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 25.29%
Wants: 840
Gots: 718 | FT: 80
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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Reviews: 247 | Hads: 1,720
Photo of Popp24
3.44/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one yesterday 12/9/11 on tap at The Bruery. They only serve you six ounces due to the ABV.

A: Dark brown; cola color.

S: Strong oak smell; maple syrup and you definitely smell the alcohol at 15.5 %.

T: You get a strong oak taste up front and then the sweetness hits your palate. To me it seems the beer has many flavors but I couldn't seem to separate them on my palate; I just got sweet and syrupy and maybe a bit of vanilla. One thing I will say is that the alcohol is hidden well here.

M: A nice full mouthful; somewhat thick and syrup-like.

O: I was disappointed overall on this one with all the great reviews this one got. By no means does it not taste good I guess I just wasn't into the style of this one. For me the oak flavors took center stage and didn't allow any of the other flavors to come through. I didn't feel like I was drinking a beer it was more like a dessert wine in a way. For the price you pay for this one I don't know if I would revisit it.

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Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice rich mahogany with some nice dark caramel edges. There is a nice dense 0.5 inch head that is a light ecru color. The head recedes to a nice ring around the glass with some thicker bubbles.

S - Starts off with some nice strong sweetness. Pure molasses and carmel with brown sugar on top. There is definitely some woody notes and some extreme and awesome Bourbon in the nose. Tons of vanilla is present as well as slight maple syrup notes and some oak. Delicious Bourbon aroma with some butterscotch as well.

T & M - Starts off with an extremely sweet and boozy but at the same time delicious and smooth note. It is sooo rich and delicious with tons of toffee and some nice caramel and extreme Bourbon notes. Wow. I am quite impressed with this offering. Tons of vanilla in there as well. Some slight oak character to it but mostly sweet smooth Bourbon. The booze notes are more on the sweetness side than the hot side. The 15% is definitely not noticeable at all. Extremely surprising and delicious. this beer is rich, silky, smooth, creamy all at the same time. The sweet toffee, vanilla and Bourbon are layered well with some slight wood notes that make this a delight.

O - I was a bit skeptical of this beer as I kind off get turned off by overly sweet beers but this was just right. Very sweet but still manageable brew with some awesome Bourbon and butterscotch notes that don't overwhelm but are intense. Awesome brew.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Haymarket.

A- dark amber brown. Thick creamy toasted marshmallow head, thick ring of lacing

S- bourbon, sweet dark fruits, oak, leather

T- very sweet malts, dark fruits, bourbon, little vanilla, cherries at the finish. Not picking up a lot of roasted malts from the BT

M- full body, cloying sweet, syrupy but not thick. Alcohol is there at finish but not hot

O- wow! Amazing beer especially for 15%. Knocked the ratings down for the sweetness and syrupyness, but other than that very good beer

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

Heavy handed pour yields a finger of khaki head. Dies down to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing. Nice legs though. Almost black with caramel/ruby highlights around the edges when held to light.

Smells of rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, and oak. Huge dark fruit notes of plumb, raisins, and figs. Hints of baker's chocolate, roast, vanilla, tannins, bourbon, and fusel alcohol. Also, some clove like spice.

Taste follows smell. Up front are huge and complex dark fruits. Dark cherry, raisins, figs, plumbs. Even a subtle dark fruity tartness. Then comes caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar. Oaky tannins, alcohol, and spice help balance out the sweetness. Finishes on a clove/alcohol spicy note with dark fruits and residual caramelized sugars lingering.

Syrupy and full bodied with fairly smooth carbonation that is ample and breaks up the viscosity. Warming and somewhat spicy alcohol character rounds out the mouthfeel.

Hugely complex, huge in general as well, multidimensional, quite a good blend. Really interesting, unique, and tasty.

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Photo of IKR
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

Appearance: Very dark brown with 1/2" inch of brown head which dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Vanilla, Bourbon, raisins/dark fruit, and brown sugar.

Taste: Bourbon, raisins, vanilla, and brown sugar from the nose come through in the taste. Some sherry type notes and faint roasted malts come through also. I found this nowhere near as sweet as the 2011 BT and though some reviewers found previous vintages hot, I consider the alcohol in this vintage extremely well hidden for something 15% ABV. Finishes fairly dry and crisp (partially due to the White Oak Sap in the makeup?).

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a modest-level of carbonation. The blending has cut the thickness of the BT used in it's makeup, making this one easier to go down.

Overall: I've been a fan of Melange 3 since I've first had it. BA Cuir and this one make me question if BT is really the Bruery's flagship as most proclaim it to be. The bal-aging is nicely incorporated in Melange 3 and the beers blended all contribute to a fine experience that goes down really easy for the ABV. I'm impressed, very well done Bruery.

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Photo of aasher
3.38/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a muddied amber in color, thick and syrupy in body with no head or lacing. It smells of sweet and and syrupy malts and has a touch of Black Tuesday. Sugar bomb! It has a lot of sherry and port to it. The flavors are sickly sweet malts with slight vanilla and bourbon. It's too sweet to feature much complexity. It drinks medium in body and is very sticky and leaves a great amount of residual sugar around the glass. Overall its hard to endorse this one. It's too big for its own good, just too much sweet malt. Not worth the money in my opinion.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chad for sharin this one! Pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head. Scent is very chocolatey. Slightly boozy. Nice raspberry and cherry aromas. Candied sugar and bourbon. Taste is quite boozy throughout the whole experience, yet its flavors remain nicely balanced and smooth. Great cherry and vanilla oak flavors. Lovely chocolate and malt flavors from the Black Tuesday. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and boozy. Drinkability is fairly high for such a huge beer. Overall, a great beer that definitely needs more time to develop in the bottle.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a sublte red hue, pours minimal head and almost no lacing.

Smell: Sweet, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, raisins, caramel, chocolate, toffee. There is a lot going on here.

Taste: Just like it smells. Very sweet, bourbon, vanilla, boozy, raisins, oak, chocolate, toffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, warm, boozy, viscous.

Overall: The BT is very prevalent, the Papier is easy to taste and I could only detect a hint of the White Oak Sap coming through. Very good beer, but I agree with other BAs that this beer tasted very young and could benefit from some added aging.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was fairly black with some cola brown mixed in. nice creamy head covered it.

very sweet with an abundance of vanilla, plum, fig, and raisin. nice bourbon mixed in.

very sweet up front with the dark fruit kicking in. some faint tobacco and oak. lots of vanilla and bourbon. with this was some alcohol as the booze kicked in. very boozy in the finish.

fairly smooth up front with a mild carbonation that turned to alcohol burn through out the mouth.

pretty delicious but tasted young, really could use a good few more years to mellow out a bit.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Andrewinski1 for cracking open this bad boy. Poured into a tulip. This one pours black with no head, just a rim of bubbles along the edgees of the glass.

Smells sweet and somewhat fruity with hints of mollasses with raisins and figs lingering in the background. Hints of vanilla and some rich chocolate. Sweet sweet sweet indeed. Lots of raisins and plumb on the pallet with vanilla and a bit of sweet chocolate. A little fruitier than I'm digging here. Still good but I would prefer that toned down a bit.

The body is full and silky with soft carbonation. A little hot but it doesn't bug me too much. Real tasty stuff here, a little sweet but great to share with a few people.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LIVEFAST for this one! Poured into a tulip. There is a little bit of an off-white head. The color is pitch black except for some amber hues at the edges.

The aroma is full of dark fruit and some chocolate. A big whiff reveals some alcohol presence.

The taste is big and fruity. This is predominantly sweet, with raisins and plum going with the chocolate. I get a little bit of oaky vanilla, but it's secondary to the before mentioned flavors.

This is pretty thick, with soft carbonation.

I like this one as a sipper. I don't think it's anything super special, but I'd gladly drink it again.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750 split three ways into red wine glasses. Reviewed 4 November 2010.

Ar: Alcohol, heavy black tuesday bourbon and darkness, sweet, raisins, prunes, dry fruit, mild oxidation

Ap: To quote my fellow tasters, "Ghastly", murky tan, mild light tan head, fair retention, intense legs redeem color/murkiness somewhat

T: Heavy sweetness, thick full caramel, vanilal and bourbon, intense alcohol, tastes like burning, sweet start, fruity, very sweet, light tart edge, strong sweetness up front, candy and carmel fade to oak/bourbon and vanilla with dried fruit, tart plummy and cidery hints, bourbon alcohol at the end dries it out, chocolate, balanced toward sweet

M: Burn, full body, viscous and full, alcohol balances sweetness, burns the full length of the throat

O: Really looks atrocious, Black tuesday is better and less hot, good but strange and too hot, not undelicious but not great.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate, wood and coffee malt with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Heavy balanced toasted sweet malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish with a warming burn of long duration. This is a standout beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the huge whale-ish tasting at Chris's. Thanks a ton to portia99 for cracking this. batch #1.

Light fizzy head covering, actually a decent head for 15+%,, dark murky coke brown colored beer.

Nose brings lots of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, candi sugar, sweet dark malts, little chocolate, light roast, touch of booze and a sweet awesome malt.

Taste brings sweet malts, lots of malts esp darker malts, little nutty, bit boozy, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, little roasty flavors, caramel, candy and candi sugar, molasses, bit of brandy soaked raisin, light fig, and a rich toffee, with more bourbon on the finish. It's fairly sweet and a bit boozy, but hits right on for what it presents, and is surprisingly drinkable.

mouth is heavier bodied, a little syrupy, decent carb and a bit boozy.

Overall an awesome beer! lots of great flavors, rich and malty, a bit syrupy, chewy, great vanilla, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, etc. And surprsingly drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from bardwashrind. Thank you, Andre, both for the trade and a fun afternoon drinking at The Falling Rock!

They say that when all you have is a hammer, all your problems start resembling nails. Right now, all I have at home (apart from a couple of gueuzes) are some ginormous beers from the Bruery and FiftyFifty. This makes these beers seem like appropriate summer beers. Strangely, though, this beer doesn't look like one. It's a mildly muddy, ruddy brown with a dense, light brown head that rises briefly before falling off to a ring, leaving little lacing in my Great Divide tulip. The nose is rather excellent, just what I was hoping for. Significantly better than the kegged version I had at Monk's a year back, this is immediately dominated by a blend of brown sugar, toffee, leather and bourbon. Moderately fruity with port-soaked raisins, vanilla sugar, a definite woody, oaky character and maybe some molasses? The alcohol is remarkably well-hidden. To some extent, there's a red grape character as well, which brings to mind brandy.

The palate opens with not nearly as deft a touch, with a strong, boozy heat immediately noticeable. Immediately after is the remarkable sweetness that this beer has.The Papier/Coton contribution is most noticeable with the big bourbon along with the brown sugar and vanilla making this rather decadent. The BT adds a layer of cocoa and chocolate to the palate. And then, there's the raisin and grape character that lends a definite brandy note to the palate. The toffee character does lend a lightness to the palate, a mild boozy beer. Medium-full in body with soft carbonation, this beer has a boozy finish with a blend of bourbon, brandy and brown sugar. Excellent stuff, though I have to admit that it will take me 3 nights to finish this damn bottle.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.22/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a neutral brown color, some haze but mostly translucent. Whisps of bubbles appear, but this just looks like maple syrup. Smells of caramel and wood, vanilla is present, but just smells sweet. I would put this on my ice cream, but its not something that I enjoy forcing down my gullet. Flavor is very complex, but tastes like someone had a bag of mixed candies, left it in the trunk of their car all summer, and poured it into my glass. Very tough to drink, sickeningly sweet and resinous, It took me 6 hours to drink my half of the bottle.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/12/11 notes. Had at EBF up in Boston, MA. Was excited to see this on the list.

a - Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint, light carbonation evident, and one inch of white head.

s - Smells of chocolate, alcohol, bourbon, oak, alcohol, vanilla, roasted malts. Alcohol is pretty strong.

t - Tastes of sweet vanilla and fruit, alcohol, oak, chocolate, and roasted malts. Lots of alcohol and a little too sweet, but still decent.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Thick body.

d - A decent beer but nowhere near the level of Black Tuesday. I have a bottle of Papier but haven't had it yet as I've heard it is very boozy, and I imagine it would be like this. Would give this another shot but wouldn't seek it out again; I'd imagine with more time it will get better, whereas BT is good to go right now.


EDIT 09/25/12: Drinking a 2011 vintage in late 2012.

While there is a still a little bit of alcohol to it, it is nowhere near as boozy as it the first time I had it. Tons of vanilla, caramel, and chocolate to it, as well as bourbon. Nose is a tiny bit too sweet, but the taste and mouthfeel are amazing. Really nice beer; looking forward to getting a few more bottles of this this year and sitting on them a while.


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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the 2011 RS party. Lighter than BT, a light brown, deep caramel color. Aroma was very much vanilla, super reminiscient of BT.

The % of BT in this beer really dominated the taste profile, I didn't taste much, if any of the other beers. The tree sap and/or white oak came in soft. Maybe a little more dark sugar and fruit feel to it, but it was barely above negligible. Drinkable enough, was smooth, probably hid its alcohol slightly better than BT, which is saying quite a bit.

The BT and Coton parts just dominate this beer, the white oak doesn't come across as much as I'd hoped. But with so much BT, its a damn good beer, and somehow hid the Coton heat more than Coton itself, maybe that's the role the white oak beer played in this one, other than the slight wood feel to it, but that could have been from the others too.

Toffee and caramel just all over this one.

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Photo of vissai
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I actually had this out of the bottle and tap during the same tasting. Bruery Clusterfork tasting #1.

A: A lot lighter in color than I remember. It was noticeably lighter than Oude Tart with sour cherries. Almost no head. looked oily and slick.
S: Black Tuesday is what jumps out at me first. The beautiful sweet boozy vanilla slap you next. Can I get this in a cologne??
T: Black tuesday is what pops out in the taste also. I taste barrel notes and vanilla also. Very pleasant booziness.
M: Very chewy moutfeel. Carbonation is very low, which I enjoy.
D: All day everyday. Goes with being a a sibling of Black Tuesday. 15% abv is hardly noticed.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a plastic cup at the Central Waters 13th Anniversary party. My one and only tick for the evening started quite early.

Thanks to BALcstradamus for sharing this one with us! I was a day away from sampling it at the Bruery during one of their parties and always wanted to get a sip.

A - Clear dark brown with a dense tan head. Low retention from high alcohol but nice lace is left behind on the cup.

S - Rich, thick aroma of smooth vanilla and bourbon with chocolate and roasted malt. Mmmm.

S - Rich, thick bourbon is hot with chocolate roasted malts and molasses with cocoa and a mocha finish. Absolutely delicious!

T - Smooth but syrupy with a hot alcohol finish and low carbonation.

D - If I had a bottle of this I wouldn't open it around any less than three other guys, if not more, much like Adam did. This beer's booze level just begs to cause trouble for those partaking.

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Photo of garbercury
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with Reed415...Pre-Super Bowl beer. Figured might be better than trying to deal with it during the game...

A--Reddish black with not much lacing. What was there faded pretty quickly...

S--Booze, oak, the bourbon is really coming out in this guy. Fruity esters come out, mainly from the White Oak I would guess.

T--Bourbon, chocolate, more bourbon, this sucker is boozy. There is a sweetness that might be a little bit much, but complex.

M--Nice feel.

D--One pour into a snifter and I am feeling this sucker after a few ounces, strong as hell, and I am a big beer drinker. I am glad I was able to get a hold of a bottle of this, but would not seek it out again. Guess for the meantime, as close as I will get to the elusive Black Tuesday...

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Photo of sweemzander
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to adam for sharing this one.

A: Dark brown nearing black. No head no lace. Some legs form with swirls.

S: Bourbon dipped chocolate, booze soaked dark fruit, sweet and rich.

T: Pretty much a mirror of the nose. Loads of dark chocolate and roasty malt. Booze soaked dark fruits and wet wood.

M: Thick and syrupy body. Modest carbonation.

D: Just another big boozy beer to check off my list of big boozy beers I never have to drink again.

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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.