Mélange No. 12
The Bruery

Mélange No. 12Mélange No. 12
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Style:
Strong Ale - American
ABV:
16.8%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 5.96%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
166
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The Bruery
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Gots
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SCORE
94
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Mélange No. 12Mélange No. 12
Notes: Mélange #12 is a uniquely debonair blend of some of our favorite strong ales that have been allowed to age gently in bourbon barrels for an average of nearly 22 months. Once these barrels were carefully selected to blend, we chose to enhance the beer and barrel flavors with three of our favorite ingredients: cacao nibs, vanilla beans and hazelnuts.
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/20/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a small foamy and fluffy khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, marshmallow, bourbon, toasted oak, hazelnuts, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, fudge, raisin, prune, fig, date, leather, tobacco, oak char, peppercorn, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Increasing booze in the aromas, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malts, vanilla, cocoa, hazelnuts, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, marshmallow, bourbon, toasted oak, hazelnuts, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, fudge, raisin, prune, fig, date, leather, tobacco, oak char, peppercorn, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, roasted bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, marshmallow, bourbon, toasted oak, hazelnuts, brown bread, coconut, molasses, fudge, dark fruit, leather, tobacco, oak char, peppercorn, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, vanilla, cocoa, hazelnuts, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome malt and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 16.8%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged strong ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, vanilla, cocoa, hazelnuts, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mellowly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Nicely soft for the ABV, not overly boozy/tannic. Awesome balance between super rich malts, vanilla, cocoa, hazelnuts, and bourbon barrel presence/integration; with mild earthy hops and restrained fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive style example. I was expecting a bit more out of this, but it got smoother/better as it got to room temperature.

Jul 14, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 Edition.

The pour is a deep, murky, rust-hued brown. Pours with medium viscosity and hardly any head bubbling up from within the depths of the beer. What does appear is tan and thin. No lace at this temp (about 45 degrees to allow room to develop and warm).

Lots of dark fruit on the nose right away. Definitely getting some hints of oxidation, with subtleties of tartness as well. As it warms slowly, I get a lot of chocolate sweetness to balance out the overabundance of fruit on the nose.

The flavors, thankfully, have held up nicely (the nose scared me a bit). More of the same dark fruit, but with a much more complex flavor profile. Toffee, chocolate, and very subtle nuttiness work together really well, taming a very strong boozy presence. For the most part, the hazelnuts have faded as well as most of the vanilla. There is some on the back end that compliments the sweet fruit, but I gotta say I’m happy with how this has aged. To update, it warms really nicely, with that vanilla and chocolate in particular really intensifying on the palate.

Medium viscosity, tons of booze, very warm. Sticky as it finishes, and has retained a low level of present carbonation.

Dec 06, 2018
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours the typical murky brown body with a khaki one finger head. The body is probably on the darker side of Bruery old ales.

S - Hazelnuts and cocoa nibs greet you at first. The barrel aged characteristics (oak and bourbon) come on with the vanilla as well as caramel complimenting them. Really a dessert treat on the nose.

T - Just like the nose. A good helping of hazelnuts, cocoa nibs and caramel at first. The base BA beer peaks through bringing with it bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark fruits.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. There is some abv heat, but it's so smooth and barely noticeable.

O - This is a home run! Perfectly blended and the adjuncts compliment it.

Jan 31, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown which is nearly black and topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that quickly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of hazelnuts and chocolate with some caramel and vanilla from the bourbon barrels with some slight oak. There's a little dark fruit going on as well in the nose.
T: Taste is chocolate and hazelnuts with caramel and vanilla. Hints of oak and some dark fruits with a little toffee followed by more chocolate and hints of coffee and roasted malts. Swallow is more chocolate and hazelnuts with some lingering coffee and roasted malts. There's some lingering oak, caramel and vanilla on the finish as well.
M: This beer is full and smooth in body with soft carbonation that is perfect for the style and ABV. This beer has a drying finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this is a killer beer. The flavors and complexity are phenomenal and it's a pleasure to drink. It may have a lot of booze but it hides it well. Probably best to split with friends but I'm taking care of this one solo. Definitely one to try and get your hands on if possible.

Dec 04, 2016
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wordemupg from Canada

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml light brown 2015 bottle poured into tulip 16/8/16, cheers billverstien for sending the bottle

A dark brown with some copper highlights when held to the light, short lived noisy tan foam leaves no lace as expected, wide legs all over the glass, shes a big one

S bourbon barrel galore, almost smells spiked with the stuff, boozy sting, lots of cocoa and a little fudge, vanilla, I'm not getting much hazelnut but some in the background, some sugar coated raisins, maybe just a hint of sweetened coffee, much like many Bruery monsters its more like a chocolate liqueur then beer

T slightly ore nutty then the nose, burnt caramel, cocoa comes out even more but so does the booze, more wood, some tobacco, faint char, its hot but delicious

M thick, syrupy, sticky, enough bubbles to keep it form feeling flat, shes got some heat going down and it hits your head and chest just the same, a little numbing on the lips and gums, woody finish lingers

O lots gong on in this enjoyable sipper, boozy at times but you know what your getting yourself into when you crack a 17% monster

Another wonderful massive barrel aged monster from The Bruery. I'm pretty happy I have this one to sip on for the next few hours, I'm not gong to get board of this stuff before I take down the bottle.

Aug 16, 2016
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darktronica from Indiana

4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fizzy like a soda, but considerably more viscous. All the hallmarks of The Bruery's biggest and booziest, this Melange is a glorious concoction with over-the-top barrel character, caramel, and alcoholic heat. A long, warming finish seals the deal. Of the three additives, the vanilla stands out the most, but none of them is particularly prominent when compared to the decadent base beers and lengthy barrel treatment.

Jun 10, 2016
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rand from California

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL leather-colored wax-sealed cap poured into snifter

A dark-brown ale with soda-like effervescence, the brew pours with less viscosity than expected.

The nose is strongly booze-forward, liqueur-like. Notes of burnt sugar, oak and a touch of hop resin combine with aspects of ripe fruit and caramel.

The layers are even more woven on the palate. You could barely smell the vanilla bean and cocoa nibs, but on the palate those notes are prominent. The flavor-profile could have easily been overly sweet and treacly, but extra oak-aging offsets sweet aspects and imparts a nutty undertone that yields notes of pecans in the finish. Really boozy as the sip closes, with long, lingering residuals.

This is one of the more unique varieties of the Melange series. Some part of the process rendered the brew relatively light and bubbly, instead of the typical stodgy, chewy brew-stew.

May 05, 2016
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Disgusting looking beer. Pours sludgy like muddy water. Almost flat too. Nose is chocolate, molasses, fudge, tobacco, booze, raisin, prunes and other dried dark fruit. You can tell right after opening the bottle that this is a Bruery monster. This beer is incredibly dense, rich and complex. Notes of tobacco, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, anise, raisin, vanilla and cocoa powder. A touch course and a lot boozy but it works because this one is so thick and rich. Full bodied on the palate with a sprinkling of carbonation that accents the alcohol. Hot and smooth going down. Fits the flavor really well.

After trying so many Bruery beers, I can say confidently that there's really two categories of beer they turn out. Those that are experiment and not good and those that are phenomenal and above 16% imperial stouts/strong ales. I'm glad this offering is the latter.

May 05, 2016
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RyanK252 from California

4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours basically black with a khaki brown head that quickly settles out.

S: Milk chocolate, coconut, dark sugar, molasses, caramel/toffee, smooth bourbon, hazelnut, and a little spice.

T: Caramel/toffee, vanilla, followed by roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, smooth bourbon, spice, a touch of hazelnut, dark sugar, molasses, and a little alcohol.

M: Medium to full body, mildly lively carbonation, smooth for the high %,, though there is a little pleasant warmth.

O: It's definitely got that signature Bruery style with a big barrel presence and well hidden alcohol.

Apr 16, 2016
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Beersnake1 from California

4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp to snifter. Visual is jet black with little carbonation. Smell is much like many of the strong BA Bruery ales (Black Tuesday, Grey Monday). Lots of bourbon, vanilla, malts, nutty, chocolate. Just wow. Aroma fills the room it's so strong. Definitely the best part of the beer (smell got a 5 from me). Taste follows the nose - complex mixture of chocolate, sweetness, bourbon, alcohol heat, licorice, hazelnut. At 17% ABV, it's strong. The alcohol isn't hidden, but it's very pleasant. Mouthfeel is very nice - thick and juicy. Overall a fantastic beer!

Mar 21, 2016
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cooch69 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was quite a beast
Minimal carbonation and great thick body
About as black as a beer can get
Booze, bourbon, chocolate & coffee all worked wonderful together

Mar 13, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a thin off white head that fades to leave thin wisps and halo along with nice legs.

S - Aromas of caramel soaked bourbon with loads of hazelnuts. Huge malts, light chocolate, excellent nutty walnuts, barrel, light vanilla. The booze is hidden very nicely.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, more of that great super malty backbone. The caramel notes are huge, good chocolate notes along with juicy bourbon. The chocolate is nice, the booze is rather predominant, but, it doesn't drink like almost 17%. It is quite delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is rather heavy and syrupy. The booze is a bit hot.

O - Overall this beer was incredibly tasty, loads of caramel and nuts. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 15, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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Light fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, decent fluffy head, little lacing but long legs, pitch black thick color.

Nose is heavy, big bourbon barrel, sweet bourbon and toasted vanilla barrel, big sweet chocolate malts, dark cocoa, caramelized syrup candy, big nutty hazelnuts, caramel toasted nuts, lots of caramel. A lot like black Tuesday.

Taste brings heavy malts, bit syrupy and sweet, but super flavorful. tons of caramel, caramelized candy and cinnamon dusted caramelized hazelnuts, walnuts etc. Caramel candies, with rich cocoa and little bakers choc, candy bar, dark choc covered caramel hazelnuts. Big vanilla barrel, toasted oak, big bourbon juice, sweet bourbon esp late. Fair booze warmth, esp late, sticky syrupy finish, tons more caramel, toasted walnuts, baking spices, dark choc syrupy malts, and vanilla bourbon lingering.

Mouth is thicker heavier bod, syrupy, decent booze but not a ton, decent carb.

Overall awesome, a different twist on black Tuesday, but delicious, great vanilla and barrel, bourbon, chocolate, nuts, tons of caramel, etc.

Jan 15, 2016
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome brew! Vanilla, hazelnuts, and cocoa all blend together very well. Lighter bourbon notes present from aging. Incredibly smooth for the ABV. Awesome!

Dec 19, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Barrel aged bruery goodness. Hazelnut vanilla toffee bourbon oak. Rich and complex. A little heat.

Very complex and drunkable for the abv. Would have more.

Oct 24, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a recent trade.

This one pours a slightly murky brown, with some clear spots, and a small wispy head, and no lacing.

Smells fairly boozy, with strong chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and nuts.

This luckily tastes way less boozy than it smells. There's a good amount of vanilla, both spicy from the oak and sweet from the beans, with a huge caramel and toffee malt backbone, and a hint of hazelnut on the end. The chocolate comes through incredibly strong. As expected, it's a Bruery strong ale, so it's incredibly bold and incredibly strong.

This one doesn't feel too boozy, but it certainly tastes boozier when it warms. The booze comes through as sort of warming kick at the end of each sip. This one is unfortunately a little thin, probably with the large amount of time the components spent in the barrel. The thinner mouthfeel does lend a nicer drinkability to this than most beers similar ABV, though. I just expected a viscous monster here and it was interesting to not get that.

This is another great big beer from the Bruery. Like Melange 3, I think it's better than the sum of it's parts.

Aug 27, 2015
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted like a big the Big Bruery beer it is. The appearance is lighter than I thought and with the somewhat raison taste, it reminded me more of a Quad then a stout. I didn't taste the elements of the blend it was and it was somewhat hot, but all that being said, it was still a great beer. While not as good as the single stouts like BT, GM, or CR, it was still a very enjoyable beer.

Aug 20, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a matching hoarders taster glass. The brew appears a muddy brown with tan cap fades leaving stringy penline of head and spotty lace.

The smell is sweet caramel, toffee, molasses, toasted coconut and vanilla with a mild tangy alcohol afterthought. The nose on this is all about the layers of sugary glaze.

The taste is sugary sweet like brown sugar with oak and bourbon. Additional caramel, toffee, toasty oak, hazelnut and solvent burn are noted with mild vanilla accent to the finish.

This is full bodied and moderately carbonated. Its a huge boozy sipper but in all honesty, its difference to grey monday is minuscule in my opinion. Basically take grey monday and add some wood chips and whatever type of sugar you have on hand, presto! Melange 12.

Aug 07, 2015
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MattVerbin from Arizona

4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer on tap. Typical big bourbon that we've come to know and love from the Bruery, but masked very well by the sweetness.

Reminds me very much of a mixture of Melange 3 meets one of the Bruery's Anniversary Ales....except the Melange 3 was blended with Grey Monday instead of Black Tuesday. Fantastic beer and definitely distinguishes itself from the anniversary ales and Melange 3.

Aug 01, 2015
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cracked one of these bad boys, into my CBS snifter. Been jonesing to try this. Pours like a Bruery big beer should. Limited head/lacing. Beautiful murkiness. The smell is a bit off-putting. Too leathery. Not a big fan. Does smell very sweet, though. Hits me more being in the snifter. The taste is amazing. Raisiny, chocolate, hint of hazelnut, coffee, bourbon. Very sweet up front, almost like Stickee Monkee. Coats the tongue nicely. Alcohol burn on the back end. Another solid big Bruery beer. Just wish the smell was a bit better.

Edit 8/2/16 This has aged really well. The bourbon character has strengthened along with the hazelnuts. Amazing.

Aug 01, 2015
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Floydster from California

4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snifter at The Bruery tasting room on 7-21-2015

Appearance is a deep brown with slightly reddish hues when held up to the light, minimal carbonation, small head at the beginning, no lacing or retention

Smell is milk chocolate, dark chocolate, oak, marshmallow, butterscotch, vanilla, pistachios, hazelnuts, cream, dark caramel malts, berries, booze, charred malt, and brown sugar

Taste is very similar to the smell but far boozier, vanilla is far stronger than the cocoa, oak is way prominent in smell too, malt profile is very complex and plays off of bourbon very well though

Mouthfeel is both thin and boozy and the same time, you can taste the alcohol in here but if it was winter rather than summer, it would probably be much more inviting, not too cloying and body was not too thick

Overall this was another great Melange from The Bruery, I would say it is close to a Melange 3 meets Grey Monday wih a big vanilla component, I would like to see how this ages in the bottle and see what flavors develop more

Jul 22, 2015
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 5/20/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a deep, dark, opaque chestnut brown with with a quickly dissipating finger and a half ecrue head. Rests in the glass like a port or cognac with some wide legs when swirled but neither retention nor lace.

The nose on this is phenomenal and I can't get enough. Bourbon, hazelnut, vanilla, cocoa, toffee, caramel, oak and some fruity funky yeast notes. This is seriously one of the most delightful smelling beers I've ever had. I spent more time with my nose to the snifter than I spent tasting.

Wow, this has some bold, boozey, sweet flavor. Huge hazelnuts, vanilla, wet oak, bourbon, toffee, chocolate, boozey candied dates, funky sweet yeast, caramel and plenty warming alcohol. Lots of barrel notes shine through with the delicious cocktail of complementary adjuncts. There are so many fantastic layers of flavor that each sip seems to reveal a new aspect to enjoy and it all drinks far easier than the near-17% abv might suggest.

Creamy, heavy feel with mild carbonation. Yeast, wet oak, hazelnuts, bourbon and toffee coat the palate and linger for a decadent finish.

Melange 12 is such a smooth, rich, barrel-full blend. I can't be positive but I detect notes of The Bruery's anniversary ale, White Oak Sap, Mash/ Old Richland and Black Tuesday. This one came out of nowhere and blew me away. I'm very happy to have maxed out my allocation on this.

Jul 17, 2015
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very deep brown in color with a touch of red peaking through the edges when held to the light. A vigorous pour gives me a head of about 1cm that only hangs around a little bit before disappearing. Surprisingly there is a bit of lacing from that amount of head, but there are definitely more alcohol legs than there is lacing.

S- Basically, this beer boils down to sweetness and booze in the scent. The start of the smell definitely starts with a bang of vanilla sweetness. The sweetness moves from vanilla to the hazelnuts pretty quickly. Then the boozy characteristics kick in with a bit of oak flavor and a more prominent dose of bourbon. The combo give the scent an overall impression of a decadent dessert.

T- The taste of the beer follows the scent nearly exactly. Big, sweet, vanilla notes hit first before getting into that lightly roasted nutty flavor of the hazelnuts. The barrel and bourbon is less evident in the taste than the smell, but it still kicks in with some oak spiciness and whiskey bite. Once the vanilla, nuts, barrel, and dark malts mix together, this beer gives an overall flavor impression of almost tiaramisu.

M- Just like the other big Bruery beers, this is definitely an after dinner sipping drink. It is really thick and very booze forward. In addition, the sweetness make it a slow drink as well. The carbonation of this drink is a little higher than the other Bruery beers I have had in this ABV range, but it is still in the lower realms. Definitely sip this one slowly.

Overall, this is a great dessert beer. It is sweet, sticky,fairly complex, and strong. The alcohol is in there and easily detectable, but not completely overwhelming on the palate. The hazelnuts drown out the cacao for the most part, but the overall impression is of a very good beer.

Jun 28, 2015
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johnInLA from California

4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Caramel, nuttiness, cast wood , some bourbon in the nose, all carry through into the flavor. Some chocolate and dark fruit in the flavor.

I have to say I am impressed by this one.

Jun 28, 2015
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Furlinator from California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn! Vanilla, cacao and hazelnut flavors come through big-time. The smell is off the chart! A nice little boozy burn on the finish. World class for sure.

Jun 27, 2015
Mélange No. 12 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 166 ratings