Melange No. 3 | The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of Black Tuesday, anniversary ale, and White Oak Sap.

Added by Floydster on 02-14-2009

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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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Photo of angrybabboon
3.52/5  rDev -19.1%
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

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.14/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

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Photo of TK5150
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of LaChupacabra
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2011 vintage
5oz mini snifter

A: This pours out a dirty reddish, brown color. Faint light tan head. Fades really quickly. Forms a ring around edges. Carbonation is ok considering the ABV on this monster. Definitely some alcohol feet are showing through here.

S: Big nose here. Pulling some booze. Caramel. Toffee. Vanilla. Sweet malts leading to dark fruits. As it warms, the nose opens up even more.

T: First and foremost, still getting booze in this beer. High octane is right, as others have mentioned. I let it warm up a little bit. Big toffee and vanilla notes. Almost butterscotch like. Definitely taste some of the barrel. VERY sweet beer, but I like it in moderation. Long lingering finish. This is a bottle to be split with many and enjoyed over dessert of some sort.

M: Full bodied and sweet as hell.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.96/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to SaucerSam for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a medium to dark brown color with some red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is extremely sweet. I get a ton of brown sugar and molasses notes, as well as some wood, maple and vanilla. Unfortunately the flavor is just as sweet as the aroma. I get a lot of dark fruit and oak, as well as some brown sugar. I get some maple notes as well. I know Black Tuesday is a part of the blend but I get no roasted malt or chocolate notes. Very boozy. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel and low carbonation. I am very glad I got to try this one, but it was way too sweet and messy for my liking. Still, definitely a unique brew.

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Photo of Etan
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (2011 I think). Got this in a trade a while back.

A: Pours a cola-like brownish black with a decent off-white head.

S: Piles of coconut, vanilla, rich prune, light chocolate, melted caramel in the nose. Smells like a barrel-aged old ale.

T: Lots of boozy warmth, raisins, caramel, vanilla, prune juice, slight roast. Tannic and warming in the finish. The balance is tipped toward the sweet side but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Thick, yet the carbonation offers a lighter feel.

O: This is very good. I'm not quite sure if the blend was too successful in making the beer unique, though - it tastes like a slightly darker, less fruity version of the anniversary beers. I'm still very pleased with how it tastes, more so than with some of the anniversary beers.

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

2011 bottle

Appearance. Pours a murky deep brown with a little rust and a thin, light tan head.

Smell. Wow! Big sweet bourbon, some caramel candy, a little bit of coffee, molasses and chocolate. Smells pretty awesome.

Taste. Oh man. Sweet bourbon and chocolate. Just a ton of both!! Some nice caramel and toffee with a little creamy sweet coffee and toasted wood. Fucking incredible.

Mouthfeel. Full body, but not in any way thick or syrupy. Does that even make sense? Lets say it defys the laws of physics. Medium carbonation.

Overall. Good lord, this is just packed with flavour. All good stuff too. Wishing I hadn't traded away my other bottle now!!

Edit: I can't believe I drank that whole thing myself. Yikes. I'll be enlising some help the next time I crack something like this...

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Photo of mltobin
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle split with a few friends, poured into a wine glass.

Appearance is mahogany with just some light lacing to it. This strong ale has a nose of licorice, bourbon, vanilla and roasted malts. A serious beer, which I sip slowly and taste dark fruit, toffee, more bourbon and some coffee. Mouthfeel is kind of heavy, with a good amount of alcohol presence, but a nice amount of carbonation to. This beer drinks nicely, but is certainly meant for smaller portions consumed over time.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

(Aged for 1 year)

Dark, murky brown with a small-to-moderate-sized light khaki colored head. This doesn't leave much cling down the glass, only an oily sheen.

The aroma is sublime: red wine and oak notes initially, especially at colder temperatures, but then the aroma really opens up nicely as the beer warms: dark, decadent chocolate; roasted coffee beans; molasses; dark fruit character; and caramel. Big, bold, expressive, complete.

I've never tasted a beer like this, and each component shines as the beer reaches room temperature. The decadent chocolate notes and mild roast lead the way (Black Tuesday), but are complemented extremely well by sweet and rich caramel, toffee, and candy bar flavors (White Oak Sap), along with bourbon, oak, and vanilla. The alcohol is present, but hidden fairly well, considering the ABV, which sits at 15% on the label, but I'm sure it's actually (much) higher.

Full in body with low to moderate carbonation. Rich and decadent. Coating and thick.

Simply fantastic. A unique, style-bending blend.

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Photo of davey101
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011, Batch 2, 15% ABV, 750ml into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to Rempo!

A - Pours a murky dark brown body with a red tinge when held up to the light. Initial pour yields a nice one finger light tan head with large bubbles. Settles down quickly to a thick edging. Decent amount of lacing for this amount of abv. Sticky alcoholic legs that last forever.

S - Big in every way. Molasses, dark caramelized fruit, bitter chocolate, leather, and huge bourbon notes of vanilla and oak. Sweet and spicy with some robust and savory notes. This beer is just all over the place, a complete diabetic complexity. Its smells so damn tasty though. I've had Cuir, and its very reminiscent of that but with more depth and a touch of stout notes. It does smell primarily like an old ale though.

T - The taste is also massive. Super syrupy malt sweetness. Caramelized dark fruit, molasses, toffee, maple, and smokey leather. Like the nose, this leans toward the anniversary beer more so than the Black Tuesday and White Oak. Bourbon barrel notes of oak and vanilla on the finish along with a huge yet pleasant alcohol burn. I get the slightest hint of chocolate and coffee on the end as well, but its all about the fruit here.

M - Thick, coating, chewy and syrupy. Medium level of carbonation. Huge booze warmth, but the thickness is really what holds back the drinkability. 15% is very well integrated though.

O - A huge beer of massive complexity. I've only had Cuir on its own and I do detect a lot of those flavors. I was hoping for some more action from the Back Tuesday or the White Oak Sap. Its still an amazing beer and accomplishment though. The Bruery can work wonders with insanely high gravity thick brews. It lived up to my expectations for sure.

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Photo of mattsander
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep mahogany, syrupy wine-like consistency, nice legs. Some fizz at first, but the carbonation is quite light. Looks like a nice liqueur.

S: Leathery spice, vanilla, cherry, toffee, deep caramel, fig, coconut. Very fruity, reminds me a little of egg nog! Delicious.

T: Sweet fruitiness up front, tons of barrel character and spice. No booze flavor but highly warming. Awesome.

M: The Bruery has a talent for producing gigantic beers that aren't cloying or too thick. This smells, looks and tastes like a fine liqueur.

A very delicious blend. I'd put this on par with Black Tuesday.

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

Huge thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer! Thanks elliot!

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with a white collar.

Smell: Really wood with big barrel notes. Huge malt profile. Dark fruits, caramel, toffee.

Taste: Bourbon and oak are huge in this beer. Very malty and very sweet beer. Dark fruits and candied sugar, caramel, toffee notes.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation. This beer is alot hotter than most bruery beers brewed at this strength of ABV. It just so boozey hot.

Overall: This one was pretty decent, but it did not blow my mind. A good American strong ale for sure, but one try was good enough for me. The barrel and bourbon is just too big right now. I would sit on this bottle for 2 or 3 years if I had a bottle.

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Photo of yamar68
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been on the hunt for this beer for quite some time. I can't wait. Poured from 750 to mini brandy snifter.

Pours like a fresh cup of coffee - burnt caramel body with a brief finger of light brown head that dissipates within a minute, leaving a dense and stubborn collar that laces wonderfully with oily booze legs.

The nose is massive. Very reminiscent of BB4D I think. Big, syrupy toffee and caramel, charred wood, burnt marshmallow, chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, a slight suggestion of dark ripened fruits. The alcohol is so perfectly integrated here... it provides just enough heat to off-set the syrupy sweetness.

The taste is all over the place. Without thinking too much, my first reaction is "Old Ale, of course." But upon further inspection there is much more. Leathery caramel, molasses, milk chocolate, graham cracker, syrupy sweet fruity booze. This beer holds the same complexity as a good bourbon without the imposing booze bill.

Exceedingly drinkable given the style and ABV.

A masterpiece of a beer.

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

The color is a dark reddish brown, but did let a fair amount of light pass through. The head was brief and after a minute didn't even leave a trace.

The smell definitely showcases the bourbon with strong notes of vanilla and oak. There's also a sweet maple syrup undertone as well as some candied dates.

It's an extremely big beer. A sipper, to be sure. Heavy on the bourbon notes. It is extremely, extremely sweet and that's usually not to my liking but the boozy aspect of it cuts it. Vanilla is the strongest flavor in it and it's supported by the oak, dark fruit, and a bit of syrup.

Mouthfeel is sticky, almost like drinking syrup. In fact, I shared this at a neighborhood block party and there was a football "mishap" that caused only the slightest splash from my cup and I had to scrub my hands to make them less adhesive.

This was a fantastic, highly complex beer. I recommend sharing a bottle because the sweetness and high abv would make it hard to finish more than 12oz alone.

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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly muddy dark brown color with some reddish highlights and a thin layer of tan head that immediately dissipates. Big time Alcohol lacing left on the glass.

Aromas are super sweet with plenty caramel and dark fruit notes with a touch of chocolate. The bourbon really comes through providing lots of vanilla and a bit of oak. I am searching for more of the Black Tuesday and/or White Oak, but only finding large quantities of the syrupy Papier.

The tastes begin quite sweet as well with sweet caramel and vanilla dominating with just a touch of chocolate to it. As it warms the bourbon and alcohol flavors come through, but even at such a high ABV, it's not all that hot.

The mouthfeel is on the med-heavy to heavy with minimal carbonation. The finish is super chewy and bordering on syrupy sweet.

Overall I enjoyed the small quantity of his beer that I sampled (around 6 oz) and frankly that is all you need. It is really really sweet and would be a task to consume in large doses. I wish there was more of a Black Tuesday and or White Oak presence to balance the super sweet Papier. It's just really not that complex for the rarity/cost it takes to acquire.

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Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brown-amber colour with some foamy tan head. Nice lacing.

Sweet chocolate and fruit. Caramel. Oak. Bourbon. Candy. Just awesome.

Oak and bourbon dominate this thing. Tons of malt. Toffee. Fruit. More barrel. Chocolate. This is just amazing.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Beautiful.

A delicious beer. The combination of caramel and fruit just works. Lots of barrel and spiritous goodness. Nice.

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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.