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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

Melange No. 3Melange No. 3

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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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Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 22:28:16 | More by Jwale73
Photo of CrellMoset


4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL waxed and capped bottle courtesy of a great trader - thanks! Split with two friends and poured in to a Bruery tulip.

Appearance:  Pours a dark molasses, brown and ruddy but not quite black, capped initially by a foamy, jumpy, fizzy head, approximately one finger high.  Retention isn't fantastic, but the level of carbonation - relatively high, visible through the sides of the glass - keeps the collar thick and foamy, present throughout.

Aroma:  Sweet, estery, blooming with bright, floral stone fruit notes.  Tons of springy, ephemeral sweetness, but it's largely devoid of identifiable "individual" fruit notes, suggesting more a sugar variety than a yeast variety.  Green and flashy, but with a few darker notes, even hinting at cocoa at points, with toastiness.  Anise, brown sugar.

Taste:  Incredibly sweet, with a ton of molasses, dark fruit sugars, and other caramelized sugars.  Raisins, digs, dates, plums, and cherries run rampant over the tongue, or perhaps more accurately their juices, because of the sweetness factor.  It's honey-like at points, saccharine, with hints of darker malts mingling with toffee, and also other barrel notes - vanilla, boubon, caramel notes, hints of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel:  Incredibly smooth and creamy, even, moderately carbonated, lessso than one would imagine based upon the image.  Perfect part of this beer.

Drinkability:  The above represent a somewhat jumbled set of notes - I was playing Settlers of Catan while reviewing this one. That being said, this is an intriguing beer, a hot beer, and a testatment to the magic of blending. Who would have thought that a wheatwine, a barrel aged imperial stout, and an old ale could combine to give you this array of flavors? That being said, it's a sipper, and a slow one, lest you inadvertently build yourself in to a corner while playing Catan without realizing it, but, that's neither here nor there.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 20:26:19 | More by CrellMoset
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New York

4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

despite a few reviewers saying that taking this on alone was a mistake, i've been thinking about popping one of these for the past week or two...and tonight, well...why not? poured into a bruery snifter.

a - brew poured a soft purple that settled into the glass much darker and ominous. my hard pour yielded a generous cream colored head that slowly fizzled down to a thin skin on the surface of the glass with some nice bubbling. swirling the glass leaves some boozy slime, but no real sign of lacing. looks more old ale than any of the others in the blend.

s - WOWIE ZOWIE! black tuesday shines through. some grape and old ale characteristics as well, but having tried chocolate rain last night, that black tuesday base is still fresh in my head and i immediately noticed it here. really nice caramel smells as well with a hint of vanilla too...the chocolateness of BT works well with this. what a wonderful smelling blend.

t - cherries and figs with a wash of booze. caramel is strong and drives the sweetness with some vanilla on the tail. a dessert beer and a treat. really impressive blend. the old ale seems more dominant in the flavor, but BT is there as well. syrupy and strong. the 15.5 is hardly noticeable in my opinion, but to say that this isn't a huge beer would be a huge lie. delicious. i am VERY impressed.

m - smooth and rich. bold and flavorful. leaves a boozy tingle, but doesn't feel 15.5% by any stretch. really easy drinker for such a big beer. the sweetness isn't as intense as i had expected.

o - overall, not sad that i took this on by myself at all. loving every sip. in fact, my wife took a sip and really dug it and she grabbed a glass, so not such a solo effort. gotta give the bruery credit...created a huge beer that both my wife and i can dig. my wife normally runs from barrel aged. kudos on a job well done and psyched to have a few more of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:10:55 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of ShanePB


4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml waxed, vintage 2011
Served into a tulip glass

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 14:21:25 | More by ShanePB
Photo of 4thelvofbeer


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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 19:12:27 | More by 4thelvofbeer
Photo of Drinkerofales


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

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

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

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

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

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


Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 01:42:01 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of homebrew311


4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hannydawg for sharing this with me. Pours a thick viscous reddish color with nice clarity. There is a small amount of head which dissipates quickly and no lacing. The aroma is intensly sweet with layers of complex flavors. Deep notes of chocolate and vanilla are present first, followed by maple and molasses. The taste features and onslaught of malts up front with an expected sweet presence. A little bit of chocolate and vanilla come through along with molasses and mellow oak. The body is substantial and slightly sticky. Overall, this is incredibly intense and best enjoyed in small servings.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 04:20:08 | More by homebrew311
Photo of DARIVA


4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

S: The aroma of caramel and cherries.

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

M: Magnificent and glorious controlled carbonation.

O: Super beer with an extremely delicious sweet aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 17:17:12 | More by DARIVA
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.88/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 02:53:36 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of b3shine


4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to oversized snifter (thanks for the trade, Bob). Looks solid; deep and complex. Smells tasty too; bourbony and heavy. Tastes great; this beer is probably better than its average review suggests. Mouthfeel is good too. Overall, a damn good beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 04:01:10 | More by b3shine
Photo of orangesol


4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to Imminent Liquidation II, not my first time having it, bottle is from 2011.

A - Pours deep brown bordering on black with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head leaving small strings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malts and bourbon, that would be the black tuesday, oaky syrup, white oak, and lots of dark fruits, the papier. They really do smell amazing together.

T - Starts off with a mix of sugary sweetness and dark roasted malt quickly giving way to hints of dark fruits, warm bourbon and plenty of dry oak tannins. The finish has plenty of sweet heat to it, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Big and boozy through and through with moderate carbonation. Plenty of sweet booze holding strong long after the finish.

O - I have always enjoyed this one. It has all the flavors I enjoy and the blend works very well. This one is still a little too boozy, can't wait to drink the others in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 00:50:04 | More by orangesol
Photo of DCon


4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 1 PT. 9.4 FL OZ-750ML bottle of this w/ friends @ 4 Hands Brewing Co in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Orange/Blue Checkered and Striped label w/ Melange upside down on the right side of the "3" into a 12oz 4 Hands Snifter. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- A deep bourbon aroma begins this aroma for the Melange 3. Then light coffee is introduced. Whatever the ingredients, this aroma burns the nostrils!

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has the darkest amber/light brown body and leaves suds behind.

Flavor- Deep bourbon once again and very malt heavy. Combination of so many ingredients just makes it a strong, complexed brew. Finishes medium-high in bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, and alcohol is well hidden! Very surprising.

Overall Impression- Now just to enjoy all three of these individually... Very wild combination and not sure how they were able to hide the huge ABV but made the experience even better. Enjoy if given the opportunity!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 20:33:03 | More by DCon
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle of the most recen batch, sent to me by my RS trustee JRSD and poured into my Duvel tulip.

Melange #3 pours black, but not quite as deep as, say, an imperial stou. About two fingers of light tan foam come together to form the head. Retention is just average, and lacing is basically nonexistent. The nose is heavy on caramel and bourbon, with some nice, subtle vanilla and oak undertones. The taste really steps things up and has more layers of complexity. The bourbon takes a little bit more of a backseat here, as vanilla, caramel, and milk chocolate form the centerpiece of the flavor profile. Bourbon and wood come in and lend supporting roles. The touch that really adds the final touch is the hint of figs and cherries that creep in during the finish. The body is full and creamy, though not nearly as syrupy as I might have anticipated a 15% beer being. The carbonation is barely there, just enough to make itself known. Melange #3 is a delicious beer from The Bruery, and one that shows the possibilities of artfully blending beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 06:07:31 | More by axeman9182
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New York

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rempo for this long (really long) time want! Opened this up tonight to celebrate my first cycling race and the completion of my goal to not be DFL (Dead F'in last) in the race...
Melange is not black, rather deep, deep brown, with dark red auburn highlights. A decent off tan/light tan head sits atop the ale, it actually never fades completely from sight. Smells strongly of alcohol, hot alcohol, but barrel too, caramel, toffee, lots of vanilla and chocolate. Coconut too! Really fine smelling beer as I love bourbon bombs. The taste too is great, toasted marshmellow, caramalized brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, yes bourbon too. You do get a touch of alcohol in the flavor. Thick and heavy mouthfeel, almost oily and slightly cloying....though what would you expect? Super tasty ale here.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:30:10 | More by pmlondrigan
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4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 3/20/12. 2011 version served in a HF tulip at just shy of 55 degrees. Thanks Cory.

A - Dark brown with a head that rises over an inch, then fades into thick off-white lacing. Beautiful.

S - Somewhat complex. Dark malts, molasses, oak, caramel-like bourbon notes. The caramel and vanilla really come out when you dig in there a bit. There is some sweetness evident, maybe more than I'd like. However, I'm liking this a lot.

T - First two sips were a little sweet upfront, but was too interesting to put down. Sweetness from the wheatwine upfront mixed with the spices from the strong ale (Coton this time around?). This transitions so smoothly into the middle/finish. Maybe a little bit of raisin in there. The Black Tuesday begins in the middle, yet really shines in the finish with those chocolate, oak, caramel notes shining through. Slightest clearing of the nose, but no real burn. Some vanilla lingers with the slightest dryness of the oak. Great transition and development of flavors. Do I love this? I think so?

M - Somewhat thick with enough carbonation to make it drinkable. I honestly couldn't ask for a better feel for this style. Thick, yet drinkable.

O - I'm really having a tough time giving this beer anything short of a 5. I had a long day at work, I've been looking forward to this one for quite some time, it is my b-day and I haven't eaten dinner. All of those combined probably give me a skewed perspective, so I'll hold off on the 5 until I get an additional opportunity to sit down with another bottle.

Consumed on 3/26/12. 2010 vintage. Not sure where I got this, but thanks to whomever provided. Poured at cellar temp into a HF tulip.

A - Pours dark brown with a medium head, mostly comprised of bubbles instead of foam. This leads to eventual lacing. Looks nice with the thick legs after the bubbles go away. 4.0.

S - Getting some sweet notes, some spices and then some caramel coming through quite strong. There is a hint of vanilla, but mostly caramel. Smells more like a sweet old ale than anything else. 4.0.

T - A sweet beginning suddenly clears the nostrils. I knew I should have held off for another year. Some spices come through, bits of a brown sugar, raisin and then some caramel and vanilla kick in. The vanilla, again, is subtle. Caramel and heat in the finish. As the flavor develops, more dryness is evident int he finish. 4.0

M - A lot like the '11, but maybe a tad thinner. 4.5.

O - Not as good as the '11 at this point. Hotter, not quite as smooth. Still a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 22:50:07 | More by claaark13
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District of Columbia

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

On tap at the tasting room.

A: Pours dark brown with a bare tint of burgundy, a ring of dense sand colored head. No lacing but good retention.

S: Loads of brown sugar, dark chocolate and dark fruit, rich caramel, barrel spice, bourbon and coconut, and bourbon soaked raisin.
The oak backbone supports the nose very well. Intense graham cracker as it reaches room temp.

T: Lots of red cherry and dark chocolate syrup, raisin, a little oak and vanilla, caramel. Wonderful stuff, finishing with some sweetness on a long, elegant finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation, high for the style but it seems to work. Imparts a warming sensation from the alcohol, which is noticeable but mild.
Texture reminds me of cough syrup even though it's not particularly full bodied.

O: Delicious, complex, and dangerously drinkable. The fruit and complexity moderate the sweetness, but like Black Tuesday the sweetness is a limiting factor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 20:53:34 | More by pmarlowe
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4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from champagne bottle to tulip....

A: Dark brown resembling very much a quad. Very little head with the 15% abv that's to be expected and a good amount of carbonation coming off the bottom of my glass...

S: Smells of sugar soaked dark fruits and you definitely get the booze in the nose. Vanilla with a dark chocolate backbone hits you once you get past the booze and the fruit...

T: Very complex brew...I'm having to take a few seconds to absorb the flavor and try to put it into words. A lot of quad notes hit you up front with a slight cherry tartness. Definitely know that this is a boozy brew in the middle but then a roasted sweetness coats the mouth and leaves you with a nice finish. For a 15% brew the alcohol is really not as noticeable as it is in the nose. Very nice...a sipper for sure.

M: This is the one knock I have on this beer. It's missing that velvety, honey feeling in the mouth that I thought for sure would be present. A little more carbonation than I would have predicted and a little thin. Mouthfeel isn't really congruent with the rest of the features of this beer. By no means does this ruin the experience...just think they missed the target a bit with this aspect of the beer.
*Edit*: As this beer warms the mouthfeel starts to develop into that classic thin honey, Belgian viscosity. Definitely improves with some time in the glass...

O: This beer is very hard to come by in my neck of the woods and I was very grateful to be able to obtain a bottle. This beer is wonderful and if it were readily available I'm sure I'd have a few in the cellar...but unfortunately it is not. For my money I'm not sure it's worth the price you pay. For the cost of a couple bottles I could grab a case of Rochefort 10. Don't get me wrong...it's very good but just not on the same level as some of the Firestone Walker blends I've had. I would definitely drink this brew anytime it was put in front of me and I am very glad I had the opportunity to try it. Just wish it wasn't so damn expensive. These guys do a great job no matter what the cost and I'm looking forward to more Bruery offerings in the future...

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 04:20:31 | More by lokieman
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3.1/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Melange 3 

A: A midnight brown poured into a 3oz snifter

S: A behemoth of booze and vanilla osk. Zero hop presence

T: Big bold and boozy and with crazy mad sweetness. Vanilla and oak murder the taste buds leaving tour tongue lathered in a syrupy mess

M: This thing is stupid sweet. Not as bad as some of special edition Nogne-Ø's but up there. You feel as if your dehydrating at a remarkable rate as you throw back this sucker.  

O: This beer could have been amazing, if it had only been a tad bit more dry. The flavors are there, the mouthfeel blows.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 17:31:43 | More by PatrickSwayze
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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Brown, raw prune juice color. Not much head...whisp of smoke on surface. Ring around side, no lace.

S - BOOZE, molasses, brown sugar, cooked dark fruits, wood, vanilla and soy sauce.

T - YUM! Big cooked dark fruit flavor, alcohol heat, vanilla wood. Most of the smells and them some.

M - Hard to handle this hugeness, but they seem to have pulled it off. Good carb, balance, good everything.

D - Nasty ABV but doesn't tire easily!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:18:09 | More by srandycarter
Photo of newk340


4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Flight at the Bruery.

A: A dark hazy maroon/brown. Little to no head and relatively little lacing.

S: Wow, what can't I smell? Plums, prunes, caramel, toffee, and maybe even a little bit of chocolate. Deliciousness all around.

T: Perfect. Absolutely delicious blend of caramel and toffees, dark fruits permeate the mouth. Worth the several bottles I bought.

MF/D: Extremely smooth with relatively little carbonation, but couldn't believe the ABV. Certainly tasted strong, but not 15+%...

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 04:18:39 | More by newk340
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4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle - 2011 Vintage (Thanks Dan!)

Pour: Deep, dark cola brown with red/golden hues throughout and a small, off white, slightly bubbly head.

Nose: Fusge brownie, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol, raisin, darker fruits, cherry pits, slight toffee and coconut.

Taste: Vanilla, cherry, fudge brownie, slight abv, raisin, oak, coconut, spice, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily, slightly viscous, and sticky.

Overall: This beer is fantastic, a blend of 3 great beers that is better together than as parts. Really great...could drink nightly

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 08:10:52 | More by waltersrj
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy dark brwoen with a small tannish cap

S: Immediate boozines stings the nostrils, chocolate, caramel, raisin, oak and vanilla.

T: Delicous and amazing! Booze soaked fruits and chocolate covered raisins, bourbon, oak and vanilla just like the nose. I also get a nice Earthiness with oak.

M: Big body, loads of flavor

O: Just delicous and I see it being cellar worthy for sure

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 15:30:54 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a murky brown with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves no real lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is definitely Black Tuesday with huge notes of vanilla, molasses, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, and bourbon but there are also different aromas in there like graham cracker and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste is very interesting with the main components being BT but I can definitely pick up the White Oak and Anniversary ales in there as well. Nice notes of vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, citrus, and a slight tangy rye like flavor.

M: The feel is on the thinner side of medium with a nice slick finish that lasts on the palate for a long time.

O: Another beautiful beer from The Bruery. The blend really gets all the best aromas and flavors from the base beers. Mouthfeel suffers a bit but that's a small complaint.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:08:38 | More by GregSVT
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4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to try this

The beer pours a deep dark brown. Little lacing and no head. Very mild nose, figs, tobacco, raisin and intense sweetness. The taste matches with incrediblly ripe fruits, but the burp is a hoppy molasses. Strange beer, but almost consistent with an old ale description. The booze are consistently hidden, but catch up to you. I honestly don't know how they hid >15% in this beer. Definitely a tasty beer, but I wouldn't charge more than $20 by any means.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:53:34 | More by ThePorterSorter
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4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap a few times starting with one of the first kegs to ever make it out of the brewery when Blue Palms was still young. Never thought I'd see it in a bottle. Let's see if it lives up to my memories...

Poured from a waxed-and-capped 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

A vigorous pour fills the glass with a rich cordovan tinted bole, more or less opaque with a small but surprisingly persistent beige head. Creamy, fine, even lacing. Very good retention.

The aroma glows with toffee, vanilla, caramel, spices, tobacco, and a long list of barrel notes...fully intoxicating.

The flavors deliver all the same as the nose from red velvet cake to cinnamon to toasted artisan bread to prunes to rosewater...and on and on...jammy esters and a gentle roastiness emerge next. The finish is perhaps the only flaw, being rather too sweet (almost like a brandy).

Smooth, not-quite-full-bodied mouthfeel...not at all hot despite the sky high ABV.

A stunning desert drink, and a little goes a long way. A shame about the sweetness...I feel like the blend could be tweaked just a bit to achieve a more perfect balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 05:58:38 | More by augustgarage
Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.