Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 1,667
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 3.93%
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Gots: 696 | FT: 75
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Floydster on 02-14-2009

A blend of Black Tuesday, anniversary ale, and White Oak Sap.
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Reviews: 239 | Hads: 1,667
Photo of teamizm
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a RRBC tulip.

A - maple syrup colors - nice, dark amber with a little head with no laces

S - cherries, figs, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and a little amaretto.

T - taste like it smells - just delicious. It's like a cherry bourbon vanilla candy.

M - low carbonation, very creamy

D - 17% but I could easily put this down. I really love this beer, its so complex and a perfect cigar beer or a cold day in front of the fireplace type of beer. (456 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of a great trade with barrydotcom. Big thanks for this Barry! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a very dark brown color, mostly opaque but when held to a light shows its color nicely. No real head, just a thick collar around the glass. No lacing. For a 17% beer, I'm not expecting much head retention.

S - A bit on the boozy, bourbon is prominant. A good amount of caramel, sherry, prunes, a bit of vanilla, some oak, a bit buttery too.

T - This is nice...very complex. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, raisins, dates (maybe), a bit of astringency, oak, sugar. This is really good...

M - On the thick and full side. Carbonation is low...gives a good and creamy feel. This is quite syrupy and rich...

D - Definitely a slow sipper, but this is highly enjoyable. Glad I am sharing the bottle with several BA's. Really enjoying, but too much of this will really hurt in the morning. (903 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A *huge* thanks to drazzamatazz to busting this bad boy out. I owe ya one for this. ~8oz into taster glass.

A- Dark! go figure. W/ black tuesday in the mix, it's not really surprising. Some bubbles, but no head.

S- Dark cocoa some almond/vanilla notes come through. Faint coffee. The booze is there, too.

T- Boozy! big and brash. The black tuesday takes the center stage, but the other 2 beers help cut it a bit to where it's a bit more drinkable than BT on its own. Undefined fruity malts, a lot more caramel and toffee.

M- Heavy, lethargic, and opulent. Yes, this is a beer for kings. To be sipped on.

D- Moderately high given the ABV. Once we got to try it solo we started blending it... the consensus was Melange 3 makes everything taste better. Gotta give points for that. I love this beer. (803 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to OlieIPA.

Pours a turbid, diarrhea brown color with minuscule head and nearly no lacing.

Scent of rich perfume like alcohol and sugar up front, sweet caramel, candy, maple syrup, vanilla, oak, molasses some chocolate. A great scent, but the alcohol is still a bit too strong.

Taste of maple syrup, sugar, chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel, tobacco, tart dark fruit, a hint of earth, and some alcohol. Finishes with cloying sugar and drying alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly sticky and heavy with the lightest touch of carbonation, wonderful. (564 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a generous BA for this one!

Pours a dark brown with a ruby red hue. Thin off-white film across the top. Light lacing. This beer has some decent legs to it as well.

Toffee, caramel and dark fruits rise up from the glass. Touch of alcohol heat. Figs and caramelized apples. Quite sweet. Lots of vanilla and a little bit of oakiness. Great nose.

Sweet cherries, figs and grapes dance across the tongue. Caramel with bready malt. Almost has some Trappist-like qualities to it. Vanilla and a touch of spice, possibly cinnamon. Bittersweet dark chocolate and some alcohol round out the finish. Good mixture of dark fruit, vanilla and spice.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a touch of spice. Carbonation is spot on for the style. Nice warming alcohol. Somewhat chewy, but not too thick.

This is surprisingly drinkable for the ABV. Definitely a sipper, but a quick one. The flavor, aroma and mouthfeel are all great. This is a finely crafted brew and one of the best stong ales I have ever had. A perfect brew to sip on next to the fire on a cold winter's night. I'm really excited to see how the other bottle ages. Nice work Patrick! (1,145 characters)

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ours a deep & clear toffee brown with red hues; no head and wine-like legs.

Toasted sugar, cherries, large amount of alcohol, molasses, oak, vanilla, raisins, and some sugar again.

Viscous, rich caramel, supple chocolate middle, all bathed in alcohol. Cherries and vanilla do come to the show as well. Just a phenomenal mix of flavors and indeed complex. Velvety smooth with milk chocolate and cocoa as well. Ends malt forward but surprisingly balanced from a good deal of spiciness.

The mouthfeel on this beer definitely propels it to a word class American Strong Ale; remarkably drinkable given the potent ABV. (616 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery. From notes.

A - slightly murky dark ruby brown color. Low tan head with high retention. Lots of lacing.

S - boozy bourbon. Dark malts with a little toffee. Raisins and alcohol.

F/M - caramel and toffee and dark fruity raisins. Big alcohol flavor with a touch of bourbon. Vanilla and prunes. Low bitterness. Full bodied with decent carbonation. Nice lingering aftertaste of dark fruits and bourbon.

D - exceptionally good for such a huge beer. The clean alcohol and well-balanced flavors make this an easy drinker for being such a big bold beer. (570 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by beerloco at our 6 Great Brews mini-tasting last weekend.

Appearance: Pours crimson to mahogany with minimal kahki crown that quickly recedes into a thin ring. Little to know lace going on here.

Smell: Lots of big flavors here. Slightly solvent like alcohol, big caramel notes, some deep roast malt, hints of smoke, rum soaked raisins, and vanilla.

Taste: Same flavors as what were going on in the nose but I'm really impressed by how well they work together. Layers that compliment each other. Very well crafted.

Mouthfeel: Thick with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad considering how massive the flavors and the abv are. (651 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Random tasting. The best kind.

Appearance- A nice ruby, amber color. 1/4 inch of tan cap dissipates into a nice ring.

Smell- Woody. As in, plenty of wood. Ripe fruit, cherries, and a hint of vanilla. Some raisin.

Taste- Hint of roast. Acidity, a more vinuous character than preferred. Almost sour? Not really, but hinting at it. Cherry. Too much wheatwine for my taste. Definitely improves as it warms.

Mouth- A tad on the light side. I'd like some more umph.

Drinkability- Better than expected. Nice.

The bourbon comes through as it warms further. There is a weird sour cherry juice thing. Anyways, it's a pretty good beer, but I'm underwhelmed. (653 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: nice dark pour with a touch of mahogany, good head, no lacing.

Smell: Booze hits you in the face immediately like a brick wall, lots of bourbon but also heavy alcohol. Lots of vanilla, oak, toffee, and molasses as well. Alcohol overload.

Smell: Burning booze up front, the smell was more bourbon but the taste is all alcohol. Incredibly rich, full of bourbon, fudge brownies, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, and caramel. Very rich, but just too much alcohol.

Mouthfeel: could use a touch more carbonation, but otherwise very rich.

Drinkability: Incredibly rich, but the enormous booze factor makes more than a glass a chore.

Most of the scores took a hit as it is really too much booze, a bit too sweet, and a bit too flat. I think it would be better on tap. (783 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into Old Guardian Glass.

Pours an off white head. Color is a murky caramel brown.

Aroma: Rich and malty. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, cherries, plums, raisins, and other fruits. Very sweet and warm. Chocolate and caramel as well.

Taste: Cherries, bourbon, oak, chocolate, caramel. Reminds me a bit of an old ale (cherry adam). Then I get some raisins, plums, dried fruits, and vanilla. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and warm. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends malty with bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Smooth.

Overall, this is simply an amazing beer. Reminded me of an old ale, but much bigger. Very good and extremely drinkable for being 17%. I was impressed. (706 characters)

Photo of Vengeance526
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a decent sized tan head that holds up well and leaves a good bit of sticky lacing behind.

Amazing aroma filled with hints of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar and bourbon. Definitely a very sweet aroma but pulled off fairly well so it doesn't create a problem despite how rich it comes off initially.

Now what worked out great in the nose may become problematic in the taste depending on how much you drink. As in the aroma, a mix of flavors come out in full force...chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, molasses and dark fruits with a very prominent taste of bourbon throughout. The alcohol is obviously there and isn't shy. Basically, the taste started off great but after a while, I think there's just too much going on and it starts too seem way too sweet. Still good though, I just wouldn't want quite as much at once if I had this again.

Full body with a smooth mouthfeel. Again, this was very interesting and sounded like a great concept on paper but probably impractical at the same time. BT was great, but this one started to seem like overkill after a while. Again way too sweet. Still, I can't deny how great that aroma was and the first taste was still amazing. I probably killed the experience by drinking too much but that's why I can't call this the most drinkable thing out there. (1,335 characters)

Photo of kfsv034
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a black color with with a tannish head that leaves a thin ring around the edge and a nice lacing down the glass

S - carmel, vanilla, dark fruits, sugar, some bourbony alcohol

T - Starts out with dark fruits and transitions into carmel, vanilla and some alcohol

M - Medium to full bodied

D - Drinkability is minimal considering this is 17% but its damn good I mean I would like to drink more I would just get sloppy! (431 characters)

Photo of xpimptastikx
2.95/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

alfrantzell graciously hooked me up with a bottle each of the new reserve releases. I'm pretty excited to finally try some of their bigger brews.

A - Pours a dark brown with tan head. Sits black in the glass with a spot or two of lace.

S - The is the best part of the beer. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, a little fig, and oh wait, another heaping of alcohol...

T - Considering this is a blend of three ridiculously big beers and then thrown in a barrel extra long, there's a little too much going on. Way too sweet, caramel, candi sugar, alcohol, molasses, candi sugar, alcohol, vanilla, candi sugar, oak, chocolate, and candi sugar.

M/D - This is a pure dessert beer. Low carbonation, a little thin, and only able to barely sip on.

The Bruery needs to invest in 25mL bottles for these ridiculous offerings they keep putting out. It's like an overpowering whiskey, it needs to be diluted so you can actually enjoy it. Last night 5 people were at a tasting and there was still 5oz left in the bottle that was poured down the drain. This was a disappointment considering the availability and price. I think I'm done with the ultra huge BA beers. (1,156 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another AgentZero tasting.

750ml bottle into my Orval glass...Pours a dark brown, dark amber highlights. Light tan head rises about a finger, gone right away, light lacing...The aroma is so boring. I just drank the ba coton and I'm confused that its the same beer. Light vanilla, bourbon, alcohol. When the bottle says made with out anniversary ales I know they refer to the Coton...The taste is sweet alcohol. I can't believe black tuesday is even in here. No stoutness anywhere. Mostly just an ale that was laced with vanilla and bourbon...Feel is light, not easy to drink, way to alcoholic.

Big, huge, disappointment here. (627 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.13/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank at a tasting with jrallen34.

A - Dark brown, mahogany in color, with lighter brown on the edges. A little bit of stick on the sides.

S - This smells a lot like a muted version of the BA Coton. Smaller bourbon smell then I was expecting. I was hoping this was more Black Tuesday like. Some vanilla, dark fruit , and some brown sugar. Not bad, but not great.

T - Once again, was hoping for some more of the Black Tuesday than was in here. This tastes a hell of a lot like the BA Coten. Brown sugar, figs, vanilla, a lot of caramel. I get some licorice on the end of this. Honestly, this is okay, but nothing special, not sure why it is rated so high. Somewhat sweet, could use some more barrel influence.

M - Under carbonated, full bodied.

D - Hard to get down, too sweet, too much alcohol. This is a good, but not great beer. Don't care if I ever have this again. (873 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of mikey711
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep deep brown. when just sitting it is pitch black but there was a little bit of light able to get through. Faint carbonation during the pour that rises about an inch but then quickly falls. No lacing but there is a ring that sits nicely atop the beer.

S: Very sweet with loads of raisin and prune notes. Some woodiness and a boatload of vanilla. Brown sugar and molasses notes.

T: The initial flavor is of sweet molasses and caramel followed by dark fruits. The white oak aspect is definitely noticable and actually a bit more present than most other flavors. The bourbon is there but not super strong but there is a little bit present in the finish

M: A little bit goes a long way with this one. The tiniest of sips unleashes a world of flavors. It is boozy but that is more likely from the barrel again and not from fusol alcohol. A little more creaminess would have been a nice touch

D: a very slow sipper that is quite enjoyable but huge. I dont think it would be wise to even have as much as i am enjoying right now but i would love to try this again and think that this would be definitely be better on tap (1,130 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, dark brown that's pretty close to black in the glass underneath an impressive frothy tan head that recedes quickly leaving a thick collar and lots of boozy legs on the sides.

Whoa, the aroma is big and crazy sweet. There's a dominant rum-soaked dark fruit sweetness with some toffee and molasses. The other major aroma is the barrel which imparts a vanilla sweetness and bourbon on top of that.

The taste is more of the same but with a bit more of the bourbon coming out, especially in the finish which leaves an alcohol burn after each sip. Of course, the sugary malts, dark fruits, chocolate and tobacco underpin the barrel. Big flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and seriously boozy on the palate with spicy oak as well.

This is a definitely dessert beer, quite a sipper. The massive bourbon presence and sweetness definitely limit the drinkability but it's what I've come to expect with the big Bruery beers. (941 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's during Philly Beer Week

A: Deep brown body that has a slightly reddish hue when held towards the light. Two finger medium khaki head. Quickly receded but left a nice collar but not much skim. Pretty decent lacing all things considered.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits and molasses. Bourbon starts to fade as the beer warms. Very rich, well layered and inviting.

T: Complex. It combined wonderful sweet notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel and molasses with the earthy nature of oak, bourbon, and leathery malts. Nice dark fruit component of figs and raisins. Maybe a little roasted coffee towards the finish.

M: Thick, but sufficiently carbonated to keep the beer fairly smooth on the palate. Nice warming heat from the booze, but its mostly on the tongue as opposed to burning in the back of the throat. Nice lingering sweet malty finish.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this. So much so that I easily put two glasses back in about an hour and a half. I was a big fan of both white oak and black tuesday so I am definitely not surprised to love this offering from Patrick and the gang. (1,126 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Monk's.

Pours a ruddy dark coppery chestnut brown color which is completely opaque with a half finger dark tan head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring.

Boozy bourbon aroma with lots of sweet alcohol along with caramel malt, toffee, chocolate and hazelnut. There's also a bitnof dark fruit, most noticeably dRk cherry, plum, fig and raisin. At first it smelled a little bourbon heavy but becomes kore complex in the nose as it warms.

Slightly chewy medium body that is surprisingly spicy up front followed by sweet alcohol heat and bourbon that lingers throughout into a sweet and very hot finish. This beer becomes more complex as it warms and a ton of complexity begins to show. Lots of sweet caramel and leathery malts along with earhty oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, hazelnut and slightly tart dark fruit. A very nice balance of spice, sweetness and bourbon/alcohol heat. Hints of tart dark cherry, plum, raisin, fig mixed with silky chocolate malt and caramel. Very well balanced and pretty drinkable considering the ABV. You can taste the heat butni wouldn't have guessed this beer was 17%. I'm actually very surprised that after the initial palate shock is beer is very smooth and flavorful. The bourbon and barrel notes are excellently integrated Making me salivate for another sip. Very well done and actually lives up to the hype. I'm psyched that I got a chance to try this one. Highly recommended! (1,432 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Monk's on 6/8/10.

Pours murky brown with beautiful tan head. Surprisingly, great lacing throughout the glass.

Aroma was incredibly complex with the bourbon standing out alongside some coconut and other tropical fruity esters. Strong molasses the whole time sipping, and then a very distinct oak nose as it warmed.

Flavor was fantastic with a deep rich caramel and molasses sweetness, balanced with the slightest hints of a roasted coffee finish.

Incredibly thick with smooth tiny carbonation. At 17% this drank incredibly well, but you could feel the heat at the back of the throat, especially as it warmed.

Overall, this drank like an aged 12% beer and went down way too easily. I could put this away many times over. I would expect the heat to calm a little with age and make this beer that much better. Lucky to have tried this. (845 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (894 characters)

Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.