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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Reviews: 240
Hads: 1,683
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 832
Gots: 696 | FT: 77
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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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Photo of Etan
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.59/5  rDev +6%
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... (793 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,744 characters)

Photo of mattsander
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (995 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mystery bottle at Jon's turned out to be Melange #3. Been waiting to review this.

Dark, caramely pour yields minimal head. White ring up top disappears quickly. Lots of malt and caramel in the nose carry through to the taste. Big booze component helps coat the mouth & soothes my throat as I drink. Thick, sticky body helps bring the complexity forward.

Tasty but not amazing, and I can't drink more than a couple ounces of this. Still enjoyable! (448 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to dbhog for sharing his allotment with me. I've had sips of this beer at a couple of tastings & couldn't wait to have a full pour. Well, half-pour at least, if I cracked this open without my wife she'd shiv me in my sleep. Kidding! I think. 22 oz. bottle.

Pour is black with a bit of pop on top, more than I'd expect from a brew this big & dark. The smell rolls the instant the wax is breached - wow. Massive bourbon & vanilla fringle with chocolate & sweet fruits. Yumza.

Melange No. 3 is just sublime. Hot alcohol seems appropriate rather than daunting & is right up front. Huge whiskey presence with attendant vanilla. Sweetness has a gravitas that mocks lesser beers attempts at killing diabetics. The Papier is distinct in the middle, dark hard fruits & more sweetness, here molasses & brown sugar. Toffee. Malts. Jeeeesus, so much going on. The ending is hot alcohol & more whiskey. Despite the ABV & the ridiculous, over-the-top shit going on here, I could easily take a bomber by myself. And probably will the next time my wife is out of town. Shhhh. Don't tell her.

This is easily a top-shelf beer & possibly one of my favorites of all time. Just beautiful. I could drink this every night. (1,212 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. The latest edition (15% ABV). Served in a snifter.

Pours a translucent cola brown with half a finger of light beige foam. Settles to a frothy ring. No lacing left behind.

Aroma reminds me mostly of the Bruery anniversary old ales. Caramel, vanilla, chocolate with bourbon notes. I suppose I get some of the fruity and floral notes from the White Oak Sap. Slight alcohol burn.

Flavor is quite similar to the old ales as well, at least at first. Intensely sweet initial flavor with strong dark fruit and sherry notes. It seems the Black Tuesday emerges through the middle and finish as a more roasted malt character appears. Floral, fruity, and spicy wheat malt are there too. The finish dries up with some port-like alcohol notes, but the sweetness never goes away and lingers through the aftertaste.

Full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Kind of thick and syrupy.

Overall this is another big and tasty beer from the Bruery, and I enjoy the idea of blending, but it isn't better than the stand-alone components. (1,032 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep, opaque mahogany brown, produces a thin, wispy beige head, leaves no lacing, but does leave some nice legs when it's swirled.

S- Wonderful aroma of figs, raisins, burnt sugar, chocolate, toffee, vanilla and sweet bourbon. It's boozy and sweet but not overly so, the aroma is complex and incredible. As it warms a rich dark chocolate aroma becomes more evident.

T- Lots of sweet flavors of bourbon, vanilla, fruit and molasses. The finish has some really great chocolate and vanilla flavors, with a bit of wood tannins drying it out. The sweetness is nice and sticky but doesn't overpower the other flavors or become cloying, the bourbon and alcohol is similarly handled, everything is kept in perfect proportion.

M- Full-bodied, low carbonation with a thick, rich, decadent feel. The finish has a mix of tannins and boozy warmth.

O- A damn delicious beer, has a lot of the best aspects of the Bruery's big, rich beers. This stuff is a real treat and is an awesome, complex sipping beer. (1,065 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: great dark brown color with lighter highlights and an excellent head for a beer of this gravity. Very cloudy - not sure if this was because it was in the fridge for a week or from bourbon barrel aging or something else.

S: fantastic sweet smell of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee

T: very sweet after a while, but you get all of the wonderful flavors of toffee, bourbon, and sweet malt along with some rich fruit.

M: thick, but balanced with solid carbonation.

O: solid beer, but too sweet. I shared the bottle with one other, but half of that is way too much. Should have shared with 4 people. Still an excellent beer. (626 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hella collar left. Very dark brown body with light brown highlights. Fun alcohol legs.

Belgian notes but big time barrelage.

The Belgian Yeast influenced candied aftertaste just kicks the race horses ass. Yum fruits.

Very smooth, got damn. Lowish carbonation.

Wow,!i loved this one. Reminded me a lot of BA Naked Evil only because of the Belgian aspect and the high ABV. Seek out! Thanks egrace84!! (404 characters)

Photo of MordorMongo
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #3, cellar temp, served in tulip

A : Not quite black, some reddish hues, reminds me of root beer, minimal off-white head, lacing was minimal, nice legs though.

S : Oak, vanilla, caramel, touch of cocoa and I swear I get hints of anise from somewhere

T : Dark fruits, black cherries, hints of chocolate, vanilla & toffee. Sweetness hits mid-palate as does some bourbon, finishes a bit syrupy but not unpleasantly so.

M : Smooth, bold, a bit lighter than I expected honestly

O : I like this, more than I thought I would as I am not the biggest Black Tuesday fan (non-09 anyway!), oak was a bit more forward than I prefer and once it warmed became a touch cloying. Glad I have more, looking forward to it already. (722 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with JLindros. Poured into a tulip and reviewed from notes.

A - Pour is almost blackish hue but its really just a super dark ruddy brown. A creamy mocha halo and nice clouding. This is 15.5%?!?!

S - WTF!!?? No booze at all with this just loads of nice chocolate and dark fruits, sweet caramel, and bourbon.

T - Lots of coconut, dark fruits, and chocolate. Barrels galore. So much delicious bourbon. Ohhh my goodness, what am I drinking?! I want more, its sooo rich and delicious.

M - Uhh...15.5%?! Bullshit! This stuff is so, so freaking good. Goes down amazingly easy. Stuff is amazingly good.

O - Overall this was phenominal. I cant believe a blending of beers can come out tasting like this. Wish this delightful beer was readily available. (762 characters)

Photo of Auracom
3.31/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

More cheers to the RS and another long-awaited tick. 5-6 oz. poured into a Bruery tulip on May 24th, 2012.

A - Pours a darker version of the anniversary series, with more heft and murkyness. Good fluffy, light-tan head. Great retention for the ABV, with great lacing to boot. Promising start.

S - Very rich caramel from the BT portion, with a bit of the bourbon barrel to boot. There's also a definite White Oak presence, with the citrus, sour-like note contrasting from the heavier qualities of the mix.

T - More of the same really. Malts are akin to BT and Papier. Underneath ripe cherry astringency and hints of the old ale's winter fruit. There's less boozyness and richness than I expected.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium-heavy body, quite smooth. Touch of oak barrel dryness and aftertaste.

D - Doesn't live up to two years' worth of hype. I like some of what's here, but unfortunately it's just not that great of a blend. There's way too much White Oak element in here, so I'll blame that because I found that base beer quite loathsome to begin with. (1,068 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rhettroactive for sharing this one the other night. 2012 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. It poured brown in color with a thin sticky head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of sweetness to it with some strong notes of caramel and brown sugar with some lighter wheat malts. It's got a good dose of boozy alcohol to it coming along with the bourbon. It's got some good flavors going on, but also feels overly sugary and boozy at times.

The taste follows through with more of the brown sugar and caramel sweetness with some added dark fruit flavors to it. I get a little bit of the wheat malts of White Oak to it as well. The bourbon comes out in the finish adding a boozy, alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being too way overdone. Overall, it was a decent beer but I didn't think it was better than any of the beers that went into it. The sweetness, alcohol heat and high carbonation were just overdone for me, even for the style. (979 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 750mL red wax dipped bottle to Portsmouth glass on 5/24/12
*From notes

A: It looks like a cider. A decent pour yields a .75 finger head, which leads to a disappointingly meager collar. Not much lacing follows.

S: Quite pleasant. Melted caramel and a bit of apple butter on toasted wheat bread. Unlike the Bruery's White Oak, I get plenty of bourbon on the nose here.

T: Rather wheated up front. This is smooth, low key and really approachable for such a big beer. Though this blend isn't the tits, I do get a reasonable balance of both the White Oak and BT. It's also nothing if not sweet. Lots of residual sugar floating around in my mouth from beginning to end. More bourbon then I'd expected, which I'm really digging. Fairly well put together.

M: It's not gonna rock your face, but it's ok I guess. I'd like a more velvety feel, more viscosity and density. I feel like a broken record by the way, as I've now said this about most of the Bruery's recent releases.

O: A much better effort then I was expecting. After the liquid shitshow that is White Oak, I really wasn't expecting much from this one. Yet this is a solid effort, if not a bit unbalanced. In the future, I'd like to see the Bruery do like Firestone-Walker: bring in a winemaker and allow them to help in the blending process. It'd be a shame for all this potential to go to waste. (1,358 characters)

Photo of jdprmd
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pored into Widmer Brothers tulip snifter

A-Deep garnet burgundy, with little to light lacing,

S- Wow this one opens up quite well after a few minutes. Initially bourbon is upfront with dark sugars; burnt, sweet etc. Big toffee notes coming through, light vanilla and some oak notes from the barrel aging

T- YEP... a home-run .... (green?) grapes, vanilla, butterscotch, followed by dark fruits such as, dark tart cherries, raisins and under ripened plum with a backing of dark chocolate that is present all the way through. All of which is well balanced and tied together with bourbon down the hatch. No obvious hop presence... As it further warms up honey and maple syrup come through... god I wish I had pancakes.

M-Starts out with mild effervescence which fades within 10-15min. Silky smooth down the hatch.

O-Simply Brilliant! With age this one will be a straight 5/5! I am truly loving this one. Thanks to darkmoon6, I was able to drink and share this beer with a fellow enthusiast... CHEERS! (1,013 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,921 characters)

Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.