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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

Melange No. 3Melange No. 3

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BA SCORE
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1,164 Ratings
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Ratings: 1164
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.68%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a teku glass. This is a 2012 version.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and leaves about a finger of off-white, light tan head.

Smell: Bourbon, hint of cherry, plum, vanilla, raisins, figs, cocoa. Solid aroma.

Taste: Matches the nose nicely: bourbon, vanilla, plums, oak, cherries, molasses. Plenty of alcohol present. Very sweet.

Mouth-feel: Medium to low carbonation (solid for this beer) with a medium, creamy body (a bit syrupy).

Overall: A solid BIG brew. Very, very sweet but this one has some nice flavors: the vanilla, oak and dark fruits play together nicely. Perhaps a tad hot, but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 23:25:13 | More by Resuin
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TheSevenDuffs

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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Dope

Massachusetts

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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timc100

Illinois

4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012

A: Pours out a gorgeous murky ruby brown (yes, I think that's pretty) and leaves a surprisingly substantial head. Beige with big, barrel aged bubbles, big alcohol legs, pretty sticky. Has a much darker appearance in the glass than the pour - very dark ruby with no light getting through

S: Damn! Huge, huge boozy aroma of caramel, figs, raisins and bourbon. At first the chocolate from the BT comes through, but as it warms it turns into a big BW. The bourbon is very intense and enticing - an apple and grape skin flavor came through as well as big rich caramel and some vanilla. It is very woody as well - nice charred oak and oaky vanilla. It smells more like a liquor than a beer.

T: Huge and very, very sweet, but thankfully not cloying. Rich caramel, dark fruits, and chocolate sweetness. Very boozy, the bourbon comes through strong. It finishes sticky and sweet leaving a coating in the mouth. Really nice warming sensation on the back of the mouth and throat.

P: Usually I am put-off by big beers that don't have an incredibly viscous mouthfeel, but the medium-full mouthfeel on this works perfectly. Incredibly smooth, very soft carbonation - almost none, decently sticky, chewy, long lasting finish.

O: I'd call this a barleywine, and a great one. One of the most bourbon intense beers I've had and I loved every minute of it. A big, sweet boozy monster that is incredibly well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 16:38:23 | More by timc100
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Deep brown. No real head. Slightly transparent at the edge. Leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Boozy as hell. Bourbon and brown sugar. Much more brown sugar than barrel complexity, but it smells like candy. Some oak and vanilla, but mostly sugars.

Taste - Sharp alcohol, bright fruity flavor. Probably from the alcohol. Less brown sugar, more of a deep caramel flavor. Some light roast. Lots of oak in the finish. Dry, amazingly.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, boozy, rough, sharp and alcoholic. Might be the two margaritas and multiple beers I had before this, but it's pretty dry.

Overall - Delicious blunt object of a beer. Bourbon brown sugar. Great stuff, if nothing but sugar and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 02:15:00 | More by Alieniloquium
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.31/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with sweet notes, some bourbon and some vinous notes makes for a unique mix. Taste is a mix between bourbon and vanilla notes with some oak, dark fruit and some vinous notes which feels more or less balanced with the rest of the mix. Body is full with limited filtration and light warming alcohol. I didn’t really dig the mix between rich stout/old ale sweet notes and the dark fruit and also vinous feels of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 19:09:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was brought into a tasting by Mar02x. We had a Westvleteren tasting of different Westvleteren 12 bottle dates, end 2013 beginning 2013. After those bottles were gone the bigger work started. Tasted at the restaurant of the best beerbrewer in Holland: De Molen in Bodegraven on the first Easterday 2013.

This was the best beer of the tasting without a doubt. What a well balanced beer and what a depth. Sweet with almost no carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 18:48:47 | More by Brabander
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spicelab

Australia

4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to MrKenendy for sharing. Reviewed from notes.

Deep mahogany with a beige head of modest retention. Falls to a collar.

Initial balsamic pungency gives way to stewed fruit, toffee apples, cherries, muscatels, raisins.

Flavours are wayyy richer and sweeter. Redskins, stewed plums blackcurrant and caramel fudge.

Syrupy, rich and decadent, but not overly big for the ABV. Light carbonation. All told, it's quite drinkable.

Big but balanced. The high sweetness is offset by the barrel complexity, making it a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 04:08:22 | More by spicelab
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ngeunit1

California

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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ZacJay

California

4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Steingarten LA for a Bruery tap takeover. Paired with a delicous chocolate cake w/ hazlenut sauce.

A - Dark brown with no head. As it warms, it is almost the color of flat coca cola.

S - The booze is at the forefront. Heavy burbon smell but sweet raisins come through as well

T - The barrel aging is very apparent in this but very drinkable considering the abv. The burbon is delicious, but does not overpower the complexity. Very sweet. Strong toffee in the front that moves into light chocolate and raisins.

M- Medium to full mouthfeel. Appropriate for the flavors. Good carbonation is present. This is important to me as I am not the biggest barleywine fan. Thick and a little syrupy.

O - Ive been wating to try this for awhile and having it makes me more excited for my bottles of BT. Delicious and sweet, excellent paired with dessert. It exceeded my expectation and I look forward to having it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2013 08:21:00 | More by ZacJay
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Edit: on tap at the bruery feb 2013.

The beer pours a dark brown with brown on the edge in the light. Keeps a ring of light head with some lacing on the sides.

Has a very big deep dark complex aroma with a hefty dose of malts, barley, alcohol complexity without too much heat, licorice, a bourbon like smell, leather strap molasses, brown sugar, maybe even maple in there. It's very big. I enjoy the complexity in the nose.

The taste is very smooth and has some great strong ale tastes but surprisingly without any annoying alcohol burn but still with the complexity. Has a flood of different sweet and savory tastes, mostly some raisins and prunes plus some old school candy like tastes/molasses. There's amazing amounts of savory malts in this as well, more than most other beers. Leather.

The feel is good, it's not as thick as I'd like but the lack of cloying heat is very impressive in a 15.5% alcohol beer.

This is a very nice beer, very unique and complex, certainly hard to get through a lot of this at once though, this is a beer to share Ike a sipping alcohol. Edit: on tap this opens up beautifully and really is quite stunning.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2013 01:33:28 | More by Dreadnaught33
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Bruery tulip. Still trying 'new' Bruery offerings to dictate my level of 'engagement' in RS this year. Thanks to cduckett16 for this in a trade.

A - the beer pours a murky deep brown in color; there are some lighter brown hints around the edges within the very quickly dissipating head; lacing is virtually non-existent

S - up-front, the beer smells like a bourbon-raisin punch to the nose; I get all the vanilla, "rich caramel" and oak that the label suggests I should; I also get some sugar cookie and general alcohol notes; the barrel aging aromas are prevalent

T - bourbon-soaked raisins; I recently had Fruet for the first time and feel like that is much sweeter than Melange; I get candied dark fruits and that sugar cookie flavor again; there are caramel, brown sugar, figs, toffee, and a hint of cherry in here; take all of those wonderful flavor notes and swirl them in to a vat of bourbon

M - this beer certainly provides that sticky sweetness I expected, but it's not at all syrupy, at least not to me; there is extremely little in the way of carbonation in the bubbly form, but I think the carbonation comes through in the overall mouthfeel experience; somehow, it's present without seeming so...like the fizz is there but concealed in all the complex flavor notes; the heat is noticeable but not overpowering

O - I'm glad I've already ordered up four of these bottles through RS; this is a really good and complex blend of what I anticipate to be three amazing Bruery beers...I've only had the White Oak. I'm sitting on a BT and Papier can't be too bad; that said, I wish the sweetness in Melange 3 shone through like it did with Fruet...hopefully that one is blended in to another Melange offering. Great sipping beer with numerous flavors present and a great balance of beer infusions.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 21:01:33 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 02:46:39 | More by Gosox8787
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 22:36:15 | More by johnnnniee
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 20:31:33 | More by stakem
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jvillefan

California

3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: It is a very hazy muddy brown with a very minimal head.

S: Very hot on the front end and throughout. There are hints of bourbon, cherries, and caramel.

T: Alcohol is first unfortunately. Followed by bourbon, cherries, caramel, and a pleasant tart.

M: Very slightly carbonated but very heavy and viscous.

O: Very good, very heavy. This is a once in a while beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 04:21:12 | More by jvillefan
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dogfishandi

New York

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed and capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours out a murky chestnut dark, deep red / brown color. A nice layer of light tan colored head with some tight, retentive bubbles. Bits of spotty lace and some nice sticky legs left on the glass after a swirl.

Big sweet aromas. Big caramel, maple sweetness. A range of different dark fruits; plum, fig, vanilla, maybe a bit of butterscotch. Some nice smooth bourbon barrel aromas, becomes pretty boozey as it warms.

Follows the aroma. Lots of caramel and maple sweetness that blends so nicely with a range of dark fruit/ stone fruit, figs and bourbon barrel. Such a nice sipping beer, never becomes astringent.

Thick, and very sweet. Smooth, light carbonation which helps on the overall smoothness of the beer.

What a beer, so thick, sweet, and full of flavor. The bourbon mingles with the sweetness of the beer so nicely, very rounded flavors. A top notch beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 01:10:04 | More by dogfishandi
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 15,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled and split between an over sized wine glass and a snifter.
No bottle date

Thanks to futura123 for this bottle.

Appearance: Melange #3 appears a very deep brown in the glass, with a backlight showing deep red highlights and bright golden edges. A rough pour yields a good sized beige coloured head that lasts well for the abv, but does not leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells fantastic – the nose is absolutely massive and incredibly decadent. The initial nose offers tons of bourbon, dark caramel, vanilla, oak and butterscotch. As the nose opens up a big dark fruit character (cherries, bourbon soaked raisins, figs and dates) becomes apparent, alongside brown sugar, a toasted character, a touch of chocolate, a leathery note, some liquorice, a touch of tobacco, and a lightly spiced note (reminiscent of Christmas cake batter). There is a little alcohol noted, but it is gently warming and not harsh or unpleasant.

Taste: Wow, this is quite a lot sweeter than I expected and strangely seems sweeter than all of its components! Don’t get me wrong, I love massive sweet beers, but I have a feeling it might get a little much since I have the whole bottle to my self. Flavour notes include: Sweet dark caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, butterscotch, some oak, bourbon soaked raisins, cherries, figs, molasses, dark treacle, some toasted notes and a little chocolate. As with most beers from the Bruery, there is far less alcohol noted than you would expect.

Mouthfeel: The body is just about bang on for the style – full, fairly sticky and with a distinct sugary feel. The carbonation is however not quite as good. The medium level is a little high for me and it could be a little smoother.

Overall: As I suspected, the sweetness became a little much as I approached the end of the bottle. That said, Melange #3 is still a fantastic beer and would be perfect split with a friend. I have not had White Oak Sap, however I can’t say that I noted much wheatwine character and I would guess that the Anniversary ale and Black Tuesday make up a much higher proportion of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 10:09:17 | More by Thehuntmaster
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dbc5

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into 10 ounce Kentucky Bourbon Stout snifter.

A: Pours a murky brown. Almost has a muddy quality on the pour. Surprisingly, getting a 1 finger cream colored head on this (didn't expect that on a beer over 15%). Head sticks around and getting some nice lacing on the glass. Really impressed by this given the alcohol content.

S: Getting smacked in the face (nose I suppose) with bourbon on the pour. Opens up a bit and picking up oak, caramel, vanilla, caramelized sugar, apples, plums, and raisins. I swear I'm picking up a light citrusy character. Not picking up roasted malts to the degree I would expect given that Black Tuesday is listed first on this blend.

T: Surprisingly, bourbon flavors are not as present in the taste as the nose suggested. Don't get me wrong, it is present, but more balanced than I thought. This isn't to say the beer lacks alcohol heat. It is certainly perceptible and contributes a nice warming sensation in the throat. Caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, RICH chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Very sweet and very complex.

M: Thick and syrupy with minimal carbonation. This almost drinks more like a liquor than a beer. Alcohol contributes an oily character.

O: The complexity and flavor here is insane. So much going on. While one should never expect a 15% plus beer to be "drinkable" this one is somewhat less drinkable than some other beers I have had in this ABV range (e.g., Bourbon County Variants, BB4D, BB Monster 29, even Black Tuesday). A really nice beer to enjoy over the course of a few hours. Extremely glad to have the opportunity to enjoy this. Would be interested in getting another to lay down for multiple years.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 02:11:35 | More by dbc5
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Waxed 750ml bottle that we ended up splitting 3 ways. My portion into a Deschutes tulip. Huge thanks to Sean for this one!

A: Tawny pour yields a nearly opaque brown body with transparent tan hues along the edges. Minimal head but good lacing and legs.

S: Huge vanilla and caramel, with a hefty amount of oak; booze. Strong, sweet bourbon with a good amount of brown sugar as well. Pretty sweet and sugary, with a distinct spirit presence and plenty of barrel notes.

T: Bourbon, and everything that comes with it; caramel, and vanilla to slightly lesser extent. Lots of oak and rich, decadent chocolate. I've never had BT but I'm sure I can taste it here among the flavors, lingering with dark roasted malt sweetness, chocolate, and coffee. Surprisingly there is hint of tangy citrus and wheat in the midst of this beast.

MF: Very full bodied - viscous and creamy, with low carbonation.

O: Pretty darn sweet and boozy to the nose, while the palate actually yields a unified flavor profile. Not 3 beers I would pick to blend (and the tangy wheat IS a bit odd) but overall a masterfully crafted beer, though the sweetness really got to me. Nightcap beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 15:27:41 | More by Scotchboy
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.51/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 1/19/13

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - off-white head, bubbly - head dissipates quickly, but keeps a nice ring around the edges of the glass, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: In a word, absurdity - bourbon, booze, and sugar - cooked, caramelized malts - sugary, sweet caramel, toffee, and molasses - vanilla, wood - sweet chocolate - dark fruits, including cooked apples, figs, grapes, and raisins - so much sugar

Taste: Similarly mad - so much booze, this kind of tastes like a liqueur - bourbon, caramel, wood, vanilla, molasses, toffee - very, very sugary - dark fruits and chocolate - sugar and brown sugar - roasty and burnt malts - the menace of Black Tuesday is quite apparent - rich chocolate and coffee - extremely complex and intense

Mouthfeel: Full body, slick, syrupy, insane - like a rich liqueur

Overall: This is madness! (Not Sparta)

This beer is so crazy that it warrants an overused reference to a movie that came out almost 5 years ago. Burnt, roasty, and woody with a stupid amount of bourbon, caramel, and sugar. So much sugar. Why.jpg

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 22:54:12 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split with angrybaboon.

Appearance: Deep rich brown with bar click red highlights. Small tan head drops to a spotty cap and small collar. No carbonation

Smell: Toffeee and booze soaked raisins. Sharp alcohol. Crazy sweet. Molasses, maple, caramel. Sugar in all kinds. Touches of butterscotch. Some roasted elements. Vanilla, oak and so much sugary sweetness. Candy. White chocolate. Caramel malts. A touch of something earthy.

Taste: Sugar. Caramel, toffee, touches of brown sugar. Butterscotch and vanilla. So much overcooked and caramelized malt. Sugary sweet. Bourbon and something akin to honey. So much raw sweetness. Bourbon sugar. Oak and minor roasted malts. Light brown sugar. Sherry. Sugar and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, but warm syrup. Not quite full. Minimal carbonation. Lingering alcohol dryness.

Overall: My name is Wilford Brimley and this beer gave me diabeetus.

Take Black Tuesday, add sugar, drop some of the bourbon and stout characteristics, and you get this. So much sugar sweetness and alcohol. So sweet it's distracting and detrimental.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 22:52:08 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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TK5150

Maine

4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a murky brown/amber with a small beige head that recedes quickly into a small ring around the glass. Alcohol legs on the side of the glass as I swirl.

S- Big sweetness. Caramel, molasses, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and just a hint of alcohol. Awesome.

T- Big sweetness again. Caramel, molasses, sugar, oak, and bourbon. Dark fruits come through towards the finish with some light heat from the alcohol and barrel. If I didn't know Black Tuesday was one of the beers in this blend, I would never have guessed there was a stout in here. Either way, it works, and its fantastic.

M- Full bodied, but not huge. Lighter side of full bodied I would say. There is a little bite to it.

O- One of the best beers I have ever had. I like big, sweet beers, and this hit the spot. While it is sweet, the barrel character helps balance it out. A true piece of blended beer art.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 16:29:18 | More by TK5150
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle with just over a year of age on it.

A - Deep brown body, barely an off white head.

S - Oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, toffee. Sweet.

T - Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, very sweet. Can definitely pick up on elements of both black tuesday and their anniversary beers.

M - Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation, very smooth.

Very good. Was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Not sure if it is greater than the sum of it's parts, but it's pretty close.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 14:30:47 | More by s1ckboy
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LaChupacabra

California

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

Batch 2, 2011. 750ml served in snifter glass at cellar temp.

A: Pours deep brown with red highlights. Tan head that quickly fades to a thin skin around the edges of the glass. Little lacing left behind.

S: Lots of sweetness: vanilla, toffee, maple, caramelized sugar, candied dark fruit. Also bourbon/oak.

T: More bourbon and oak in the taste than in the smell. Still lots of sweetness and dark fruit. Also some leather, coffee and toasted malts. Boozy, warm finish. Very good, but also very sweet. A bit boozy, but in a good way. And considering the 15% avb, the booze is actually hidden very well.

M: Medium-full body that is syrupy & sticky. Medium-low carbonation.

O: Great beer! It's heavy and really sweet, so I'd definitely recommended it as a beer to share with several people.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 23:51:58 | More by LaChupacabra
Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.