Mélange No. 10
The Bruery

Mélange No. 10Mélange No. 10
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Old Ale
4.33 | pDev: 6.93%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Mélange No. 10Mélange No. 10
Notes: 60% Bourbon barrel aged Anniversary ale and
40% Bourbon barrel aged barleywine with chilies, chocolate, and cinnamon.
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 157 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/5/15; drank 8/12/16 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Opaque brown/orange rust appearance.

Minimal khaki head; minimal lace.

Marshmallow, cinnamon & brown sugar notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Marshmallow & orange zest flavors up front; cinnamon bite on the finish. No booze heat, surprisingly.

Interesting & drinkable; not amazing.

May 13, 2019
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ptykozoon from California

3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Murky brown, hints of purple, no head or lacing.

Vanilla, oak, cherry, bourbon, fudge, hints of sweet cheese. Complex.

Dessert beer. Very rich and deep. Spices and dark chocolate, mixed with a milky sweetness.

Medium to medium heavy bodied. Cloying sweetness and alcohol heat on the finish.


Jun 11, 2018
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was delicious. The spice and cinnamon reminded me of many of the other "Mexican Hot Chocolate" beers that I have had. But with this being 15% abv, it had a boozy, malty punch that made this beer unique.

May 27, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Whole bottle poured into a giant Bruery snifter to a nice and deep brown topped by a finger and a half of dense light tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of chocolate, chili peppers, cinnamon, oak, caramel and vanilla. This thing smells like heaven
T: The taste on this one is toffee with some cinnamon and peppery heat with a nice chocolate influence followed up with some caramel and vanilla. There's that slight dark fruit flavor from the anniversary beers as well. Swallow is chocolate, chilis and cinnamon with some lingering vanilla and caramel with some hints of oak.
M: This beer is full and thick in the mouth with soft carbonation and a dry finish
O: Overall this beer is off the chain. The complexity and flavors are on point. It would have been nice if this would have been a blend of stouts but this beer is still very tasty. I'm stoked that I have a boatload of this but I almost wish I had two boatloads.

Nov 05, 2016
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g00ey from California

3.04/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not sure if I got a bad bottle, or one that was past its prime, but this really wasn't very good. And that coming from a big fan of The Bruery and even bigger fan of big beers like this one. The taste was all over the place and the cinnamon/Mexican chocolate coated the back of my teeth and was very off-putting.

Oct 07, 2016
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a black coffee body with a fizzy one finger khaki colored head that dissipates quickly.

S - Bourbon and cinnamon at the forefront with chocolate and chiles bringing up the rear. Not overly inspiring.

T - Initially, it's sweet caramel and cocoa nibs. The cinnamon and bourbon comes on midway. The ending hits you with the spicy chiles, though somewhat subdued. Plenty of oak and vanilla laced throughout.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. Sticky beer with a dry ending.

O - I think all of the flavors come through better on the taste than the smell. Still, a well made beer.

Aug 08, 2016
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BWood from California

4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: dark but not black. Slight red hint. Small head that reduces to a small ring. Not bad.

S: Carmel and bourbon up front. Very slight cinnamon. Great smell.

T: much stronger cinnamon and chili taste than the smell. Nice bourbon lingers after the initial flavor got. Exceptional beer.

F: a little thin but still good. The heat is there but I like that. I wish it was a little more creamy but still felt nice.

O: great beer. I love the chili cinnamon taste with bourbon. Hides the high abv well. I will buy more.

Jun 25, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a teku glass

A- pours a murky dark brown that looks like muddy water, small fizzy off white head with short retention

S- plenty of chili aroma provides a slight burn on the nostril, followed by a hit of cinnamon & herbal notes. Malty sweetness mixed with the pepper gives an aroma of pepper jelly. Chocolate and light bourbon finishes it out

T- initially quite sweet with notes of caramel and cocoa powder, quickly followed by strong cinnamon & chillies. Beyond the chillies, plenty of bourbon kicks in along with some spicy woodsy notes, before finishing with more sweet caramel malt.

M- medium-viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slick mouthfeel that coats the mouth before finishing with a slight abv warmth

O- a unique beer that hides the alcohol very well at this point, being nearly a year old. I really enjoyed this one

Jan 09, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color, thin beige head. Aroma was chile, chocolate, bourbon and cinnamon, very nice, very well integrated.

Integration continues in the taste. God this kicks Huhnapu's ass. Enjoyable and not hot. This is probably the best non sour Melange I've had, and damn if 8 and 3 aren't pretty good beers.

Dec 22, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to hopodyssey for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 2/5/15.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, cinnamon, chili, caramel, toffee, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with the cocoa, cinnamon, and chili qualities coming through better in the taste to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Dec 15, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave wisps and a nice halo really good legs too.

S - Aromas of caramel malts, bourbon the chili is rather subtle. Really nice Mexican chocolate notes as well. Light cinnamon.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of caramel sauce, malts, dark chocolate and cinnamon, Mexican chocolate notes. The vanilla is very nice as well and even a little coconut from the barrel. There is very nice chili notes as well. Not spicy hot, but just enough to make the chili known. The coconut groin the barrel pops out much more as it warms. Wow.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, lightly creamy.

O - Overall this beer was really tasty. Very nice barrel notes along with Mexican chocolate as well. One of my favourite Melange.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 01, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Spilt with rudzud

Decent fizzy head, little lacing, decent legs, dark murky brown color.

Nose big malts, sweet candy malts, chewy nougat candy, candy like Charleston chew, little roasty, nice toasted oak, vanilla, bourbon candy, vanilla nougat, touch of Mexican choc, intense caramel malt.

Taste is great, a big Hodge podge of Mexican choc, fudge, cinnamon, and chilies. Big caramel old age, soft layered aged malts, touch biscuity cookie dough, with nice cinnamon cookie, fluffy nougat Charlton chew, candy bar notes, hint of warming booze, nice mild pepper heat chili pepper, little cinnamon. Nice barrel notes, vanilla and coconut barrel, little bourbon whisky like, chewy fudgey nougat caramel. Finish little sticky semi dry, very little booze warmth, nice lingering caramel soft aged malts, candy bar, touch cinnamon and chili pepper, more cocoa and nougat, with barrel lingering. Coconut barrel comes through more as it warms, as will as cinnamon and chili.

Mouth is fuller bod, nice carb, little pepper heat, light tingly booze, chewy malts.

Overall this beer was awesome, what I've come to expect from the great melange series.

Dec 01, 2015
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this one in trade from fellow BA ThickNStout. Enjoyed out of a 750 ml brown bottle with a bottling date etched into the side of the bottle, but I'll have to update my review later after I can double-check the bottle. Not terribly relevant, however, given the style and the fact that I know it's a 2015. Poured into a large brandy-style snifter.

Appearance (4.25) - As the liquid comes out of the bottle, it has a translucent sepia look to it, with some considerable sediment escaping the bottle into my glass near the end of the pour. But in spite of that brown translucence in the pour, once the liquid has been compiled into the glass, it is much darker and hard to see through, with just hints of that original sepia around the edges of the glass. During the initial pour, a creamy, luscious head of taupe grows up to about three fingers. After a minute or two, that head dissipates to leave a ringlet and a smattering of film across the surface of the liquid, with nothing to show with regards to lacing aside from a spot or two around the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.25) - Initial smell is very hot, with huge notes of bourbon and caramel attacking my olfactory. Based on that initial aroma, I'm worried that I may have cracked this one too soon in my desire to avoid any fading from the added chilies, chocolate and cinnamon. However, as I let it breathe a bit more, the aroma calms down a bit--the booziness is still very present, but the sweeter notes become more prevalent, with semisweet chocolate, caramel, and light cinnamon wafting through. Some dark fruits make an appearance about the time this baby hits room temperature.

Taste (4.5) - Much to my delight, the taste is not nearly as hot as I'd feared from my initial experience with the aroma. There is definitely some booze to this (which is to be expected at 15% abv), but it's well blended/hidden with the other elements. The caramel and bourbon sweetness are again the headliners, but now there is a wonderful undercurrent from the cinnamon that really enhances the overall flavor profile. It's by no means a cinnamon bomb, but the cinnamon adds a depth to the flavor that wouldn't have been present otherwise. The chocolate has less of an influence, but does impart some richness and an additional kind of sweetness--even though the beer overall is very sweet, it manages to avoid being cloying.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - The body is medium, but on the fuller side of medium, and carbonation is on the low end of moderate. Those two characteristics combine to create something that somehow feels more substantial than it is. I was worried that it might be too thin based on the look of the liquid as I first poured it. Lastly, the feel is really the only place I detected the chiles--with a spicy heat becoming present cumulatively as I consumed the beer.

Overall (4.5), this is the second offering I've had from Bruery's Melange series, and between these two and the work they do with the Anniversary ales, I've come to the conclusion that they know what they are doing as it relates to blending. Fair warning: these beers are sweet, but in a way that isn't overpowering--at least not to my palate. I'm especially impressed by the way the cinnamon and chocolate worked to subtly impart a depth of flavor that really made this beer remarkable.

Sep 28, 2015
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winningwes91 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Aaron for this treat. Pours out a dark ruby red color. Smells of bourbon soaked chocolate with some cinnamon and chilies tucked in the back. Taste follows suit. Wow this is stupid drinkable for a 15 percent monster. Another awesome beer from the bruery

Sep 26, 2015
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of boozy character to this brew. Not a bad thing for me though. Chiles come through in flavor slightly with just a hint of heat. Decent offering. Glad to try it.

Sep 04, 2015
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black and silver foil capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 2/5/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a muddy yet attractive russet with a full three finger cap of khaki head. A couple small islands of froth linger along with a wisp of a halo that fails to leave any lace.

Smells of bourbon, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, candied dates and a hint of Bruery's house yeast. Good stuff for sure and the nose gets even sweeter as it reaches room temperature.

Such a crazy mix of flavors here. Cinnamon, bourbon, chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, yeast, chili flavor with a subtle bite, vanilla, a little bit of pine, oak, subtle coconut and a less-than-expected nip of alcohol. The slight heat from the chili is an interesting counterpoint to the booze heat and those two serve to somehow balance the abundant sweetness. Chock full of flavor from the start, as in the nose this gets sweeter as it warms. I could see where it may become a bit much for some people's tastes but I think this is delicious.

Full, creamy body with delicate carbonation. The rich aftertaste blends toffee, bourbon, cinnamon brownies and mild pepper.

With this bizarre but complimentary hodgepodge The Bruery answers the age old question: what would happen if a bourbon barrel aged old ale and a bourbon barrel aged barleywine were blended and given the Mexican stout adjunct treatment. It's original yet familiar and quite tasty.

Jul 15, 2015
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rand from California

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From hydroflask to snifter

Big boozy blend that falls somewhere between a liqueur and barrel-aged stout. Decadent desert notes define the flavor profile with distinct notes of anise, butterscotch and dark chocolate. The nose is spicy and warm with penetrating booze, with lingering sweetness.

It's like a 100 degrees where I'm drinking this right now, so I'm not going to comment on how drinkable it is, but the brew is decadent. Up there with Melange #3, the best of the lineup IMO.

Jun 28, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer offers a burst of sweetness of caramel that lays a wonderful foundation for the spices and the beer's ability to hides its ABV. However, there is still a burst of alcohol that reminds you that this is a 15% beer. The beer follows on what it suggests with churro flavors, cinnamon, sugary sweetness, a bit of pepper flavor, a bit of cocoa chocolate, a medium plus mouthfeel with a slick finish.

A great dessert treat for those into cinnamon foods.

Jun 24, 2015
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Bsquirrelbrewer from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle.

Cloudy brownish tone. Great caramel color.

Smell includes bourbon, toffee, and cinnamon.

Sweet and boozy. The caramel dominates at first, with a subtle chili/cinnamon spice on the finish.

Coats the tongue, but not cloying.

Another excellent offering from the bruery. Best shared with friends!

May 25, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ive been eyeballing this in my fridge for awhile and after a successful 2015 Spring Gobbler hunt, a celebratory beer was in order. Enter this bottle: 750ml poured into a matching Bruery Hoarder snifter. It appears brown in color with a khaki head that starts 3 fingers strong and fades to a ring around the perimeter.

The aroma is classic Bruery old ale which I like: sweet caramel, toffee and vanilla. A pleasant bourbon nuance to balance the otherwise sugary nose.

The taste is sweet with vanilla, caramel and toffee. The aftertaste includes cocoa and a mild citrus pepper flavor. Some fruity alcohol warmth to finish. Once the beer reaches room temp, cinnamon really starts to evolve.

This is full bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice brew with minimal advertised adjunct inclusion. I dig it but think the adjuncts could be stepped up a bit to be even more noticeable/enjoyable but the subtle character did make it enjoyable. I had no problem taking this down myself...actually wish I had more.

May 05, 2015
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timc100 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wild recipe, going into this with great curiosity of how it will all come together.

Tons of cinnamon up front as well as chocolate - has a lot of that 'mexican-style chocolate' flavor coming through. Vanilla, oak, some whiskey boozy caramel there as well. The brilliant dark fruits of the anniversary beers is not present, the ancho is lacking as well only very slight heat on the finish. There is still some tobacco and raw oak that come through but overall much more of a desert beer.

It works very well, the adjuncts are in no way obnoxious nor overpowering. Also one of the lesser boozy and sweet barrel aged bruery offerings.

Apr 19, 2015
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KevSal from California

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with the wife into 2 bruery snifter. Been waiting to crack this one, have no clue how the mix came out 15% considering some of the beers in the mix are a lot lower.

Looks great in the glass, a lot like their anniversary beers

Big caramel and cinnamon right up front, chili heat in the back.

Vanilla and barrel sweetness. A bit of cinnamon and chili burn faintly in the back. Was real hoping for more chili heat. Super tasty, lots of layers of flavor. As it wars the chili heat goes up a tad. Little bit of chocolate.

Mouth feel is big and sticky exactly how I like my big beers, coats the tongue

Overall I really liked this mix, I wish the chili heat was knocked up a few notches, but tasty none the less. This beer is good to go right now!

Apr 19, 2015
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml foiled and capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich, 1.5 finger light cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a cloudy brown, muddy even. Lacing is spotty and stringy with little stick but with huge, oily legs that cling and coat the glass. Very good for the style.

Nose is bourbon, molasses, tobacco, chiles, and a nice cinnamon spiciness right at the end. Deep, rich and robust.

Opens chile sweet and spiciness. Chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and booze in the middle with hints of wood, tobacco and heat. Spicy with some cinnamon sugar, brown sugar, booze and more chile at the end and finish. Sweet, rich caramel and molasses in the aftertaste. Like a better Hunahpu's.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and rich in the mouth and goes down hot and spicy. Finish is accented with a lingering, sticky sweet aftertaste. Excellent.

The Bruery's doing what the Bruery does in terms of high ABV, big, robust, over-the-top beers here and it's awesome! Great unexpected flavors in a highly complex beer with just fantastic feel. Top notch!

Mar 28, 2015
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Wolberjs from California

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a dark beer. A little foamy will match to overall.

Smells of cinnamon, chocolate and a hint of spicy pepper. Can definitely pick up some of the anniversary beer sweetness. No alcohol at all. Delicious.

Taste follows the nose. Lingering cinnamon and pepper heat and a little alcohol burn. Good but not quite as integrated as the smell.

Very good pepper spiced beer. Not on par with hunahpu (with which I've had it side by side), oro negro, etc. but still very good and worth a try if you love those beers.

Mar 22, 2015
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