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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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247 Reviews
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Reviews: 247
Hads: 1,720
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 839
Gots: 719 | FT: 81
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 MattSweatshirt
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at The Bruery

Small head that falls to ring/khaki. Dark brown body with orange and red highlights. Leaves some lacing.

Big all around. Toasty bread and coconut. Sweet with molasses, brown sugar, toffee and caramel. Bourbon. Deep dark chocolate.

Big sweetness on the taste. The alcohol comes through. Vanilla, wood, coconut, dark fruit, toffee and chocolate.

Smooth and big bodied. Slight carbonation tingle on the tongue. Alcohol heat.

Drinkability isn't the best. The 4oz pour I had was perfect. I would definitely drink this again if given the opportunity though.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml brown glass bottle with waxed-over pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me friend's gaff in low altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. 15% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high given its current position in the top 250.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger wide khaki colour head. Decent creaminess. Nice thickness. Retention is bad. Decent lacing.

Body colour is a dark nontransparent brown with some red hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Murky.

Overall, it's a bit mundane for the style.

Sm: Oak. Vanilla. Caramel. Molasses. Brown sugar. Wood. Raisin. Plum. Cherry. Booze. Some burnt notes. I like the dark fruit. Sweet.

Not getting any yeast character.

T: Plum, dark fruit. Caramel. Molasses. Brown sugar. Wood. Raisin. Cherry. Some booze. Oak. Brown sugar. Vanilla. Light bourbon. Complex, with light subtlety. I don't know that it's top 250 quality, but I do like it. The barrel aging notes aren't as evocative or well-executed as I'd like; the oak is one note. Bourbon lacks evocative-ness.

Fairly balanced, but the booze does come through. I like the dark fruit notes, but they could be more evocative.

No yeast character or hops come through. I'm not getting much in the way of malts.

Mf: Viscous and syrupy, but enjoyable for what it is. Smooth and wet. Nicely carbonated. Too thick and overbearing. a bit vinous. Hot.

Dr: The booziness limits the drinkability. I'm glad I have others to share it with. I honestly wouldn't pay its hefty pricetag again, but I'm glad to have tried it once. A nice little blended beer from The Bruery, but its reputation isn't warranted. I like it, but it's not fantastic.

High B-

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Photo of wordemupg
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml red waxed bottle poured into tulip 3/7/13 cheers alpineclimber for the bottle

A dark cola liquid until held to the light where it glows a deep maroon, to my surprise a thumbs width of foam lasts for a few sips leaving a single partial ring. not as dark as I was expecting almost being able to see the other side of the glass under the foam and I can see plenty of bubbles and a little sediment

S barrels strong with some wood, bourbon, vanilla, and a little booze but I'd never guess how strong it actually is, loads of caramel, a healthy dose of chocolate fudge, a little molasses with a hint of plum, sugar coated raisins, and maybe some dried cherries. plenty going on and I'm liking it, quite sweet and the booze is well hidden

T much more booze and a little anise I wasn't smelling, burnt brown sugar and slightly more oak but a little less bourbon, and very faint coffee, didn't quite live up to the nose but that still leaves some tasty liquid

M very thick and syrupy, just enough bubbles to give it some life and sticky on the lips, tannins are noticeable but slight, a numbing effect with a little heat, this finish isn't that strong but its complex

O lots going on and I have little to complain about, there's some booze popping up here and there but all things considered they made a massive beer quite drinkable. I've had my nose in my glass for a while now and its very impressive and if the flavor could've followed at that level this would've been one of my all time favorites

this one lives up to the hype and I'm just stoked I got to try it, lots going on and although I might regret it tomorrow I had no problems taking this monster down solo. I'd love to have another bottle to lay down for a decade but I feel lucky because I got to try this bad boy

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The color is a very dark mahoghany, almost like black.

The aroma has tons of deep sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, almond, dark fruit, plum, and some woody oak.

The flavor follows with a punch of sweet juicy plum, raisin, prune, almost like a candy. Then there’s vanilla, caramel, oak, bourbon. It’s almost like biting into a caramel plum candy that just explodes with deep rich sweet flavors.

The mouthfeel is extremely rich and creamy. It’s almost like oil with how huge and thick the body is. There’s a slight booze on the back end, which makes sense for this beer.

For me, it’s mostly the Papier that comes through, as it’s much like an old ale with its molasses, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel. I don’t really get the stout characters of Black Tuesday, although I’ve never had either.

This is clearly one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Up there with the huge amazing bourbon barrel aged stouts. I love this beer.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours quite still with limited carbonation as you would expect. The color is deep and dark, basically just this side of black. The smell changes with each nose as you get some bourbon, some roast, and some fruit. This beer is basically somewhere in the old ale/barleywine spectrum with hints of the RIS. It would pair incredibly with a cigar and blow right through the smoke. So much flavor. Different with every sip from roast to fruit to toffee all with full richness and dense mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink and worth the price tag for a special occasion.

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Photo of Resuin
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Dope
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of timc100
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75


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. 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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of Brabander
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of spicelab
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of ZacJay
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.64/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of stakem
4.39/5  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.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of dbc5
4.09/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
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