Mélange No. 14
The Bruery

Mélange No. 14Mélange No. 14
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Style:
Strong Ale - American
ABV:
13.4%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 7.93%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
227
From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  4
Gots
  35
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Mélange No. 14Mélange No. 14
Notes: Our Mélange series is a chance to roll out the barrels, roll up our sleeves and explore flavors that cannot be achieved outside of the art of the blend or by any one beer. French for "blend", this mélange fuses the mature character of some of our most vintage barrels of barelywine and old ale with the dark depth of our imperial stouts, including both Tuesday-themed releases and Share This. This mélange is one for all, with rich, complex notes and the signature kiss of oak.
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into Aslin anniversary glass and allowed to warm.

L: 1F or so fluffy white head. Leaves no lacing but you get a nice ring. Beer is a very dark chestnut brown but not quite completely black.

S: Quite a few different malts, molasses and kandi sugar, lots of dark fruit like prunes and raisins, a touch of oak

T: Fairly sweet, a lot of the barleywine character comes through with the sugar and dark fruits. less of the malty stout though you get some dark roast.

F: Full-bodied, light carbonation.. Not too cloying or sticky, but maybe could have been controlled a tad better. Alcohol controlled very nicely.

O: Very good dessert beer, obvious care and effort in making it.

Nov 05, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- 750ml into a small becher with a small foamy nutty tan cap. Decent head retention and small sheets of lacing.

S- Smooth ass Bourbon barrel and a fairly bold stout that brings both the black and the brown malts. Some bold caramel and dried dark fruits like fig and raisin rounding it out. Spicy and smooth oaky Bourbon, vanilla sweets, brown sugar, brownies, toasted nuts, a hint of booze and souffled sugar. Becomes pruney and fairly date strong with those dry fruits coming out.

T- Ditches some of the fruits and really becomes more of a dessert and sweet stout here, quite the shift. Brownies and vanilla ice cream sundae with bourbon whipped cream and caramel. Fudge and roast barley play of the spicy bourbon and woody oak very well and a moderate sweetness rounds it out with a touch of booze. Great depth of flavor and balance. Just a hint of dates and figs.

MF- Thick overall body and the texture is slick and a bit frothy. Carbonation at a medium level and ends a touch warm.

Doesn't have quite as much as the cloying booze super intense fig flavor and allows more roast grains, bourbon and barrel flavors to shine alongside the big ABV flavors. Shifts a bit away from the stout flavors as you sip on it but a great beer overall.

Nov 26, 2019
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Muddy brown and mohogany red color with murky body and a finger of tan head

S - Malty goodness, caramel, butterscotch, toffee, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, oak, wood, toasted coconut, boutbon

T - Dark chocolate from the stout, toffee/caramel sweetness, huge malt presence, sweet sticky bourbon, coconut, char, vanilla, and tobacco from the barrel

F - Smooth, no booze at all

O - Perfect blend of barleywine, old ale, and imperial stout with a stick bourbon bear hug. Amazing.

May 04, 2019
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rand from California

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a Bruery snifter

A: Dark-brown, viscous ale, indistinguishable from a big, high gravity stout. Soapy looking head collapses under its own weight.

S: Big, bold bouquet with strong notes of unsweetened cocoa, leather and oak. A touch of orange peel accents the bourbon-y overtones, emulating a yeasty Old Fashioned. Plenty of alcohol volatiles deliver the aromas.

T: Stong bourbon-y flavors with tons of warming booze. Seems boozier than the 13+% ABV. Good doses of oak and tabacoo suppress subtle nuances of carob and citrus notes. Big malty sweetness ushers in a long, sticky finish. Sweet bourbon-y notes seem to linger indefinitely.

M: Strangely lighter complexion than expected, although still oily rich. Seems the ample carbonation adds some levity.

Another big tasty blend from the Bruery, although the flavors are a little more disjointed than some of their other offerings.

Mar 15, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer was tucked away in my cellar I decided it was a grand time to drink this beer. I do not know anything about this beer and will research at the end of the review. I am fascinated with The Bruery Beer I hope this one is better than the last one I drank. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. A gentle pour on the beer produced a one finger head with poor retention. An airy and foamy dark brown head dissipated fastly. The color of the beer is SRM 36 a dark brown nearly black beer. The black beer is opaque.

The initial aromas of the beer are toffee, figs, and burnt sugar. Additional aromas are nutty, breakfast coffee, mild chocolate, roasted malt, toasted malts, bready, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, wood, earthy, alcohol, oranges, char, and herbal note.

The initial flavors in the beer are coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and stone fruit. Additionally roasted malts, caramel, toffee, earthy, herbal, wood, alcohol, bready, vanilla, char, oranges, grassy, nutty, burnt sugar, yeast, and toasty notes.

The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth and dry.

The body of the beer is full, medium carbonation, and a full finish.

The beer has an incredible balance and harmony. A tasty beer and a must try.

Nov 24, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a huge Bruery snifter to a deep and ruddy brown but honestly appears to be black. The beer is topped by a dense finger and a half of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of a ton of bourbon barrels with some nice chocolate and toffee notes with some oak and vanilla plus a hint of some toasted nuts. There's some dark fruits and what smells close to a red wine note as well.
T: Taste is fairly woody on the front end before the toffee and slight red wine like flavor comes in with some leather and nuts. Nice dark fruit notes as well along with some hints of coffee. This really tastes more like a port aged beer than bourbon barrels. Slight toasted marshmallow comes in as well with a little coconut. On the swallow this one is fairly drying with more oak, some toasted nuts, toffee, leather, and some slight chocolate at the very end.
M: This beer is full in body and slightly chewy in texture. Carbonation is slightly effervescent but it's on the money for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is an outstanding beer. Great flavors and complexity which are melded very well together. Truly a beer to be sipped, savored and shared with others. Worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

Nov 22, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. 2016 Edition, looks like bottle is stamped '05/23/16' for bottling date.
Dark brown body, with red mahogany highlights. Two finger light tan head settles to thick, creamy cap. A few spots of lacing are left behind. Each new pour brings forth another creamy head which noisily dissipates.
Bourbon, oak barrel aroma blends well with the chocolate of the stout. Whiffs of vanilla and black cherry. Quite a bit of alcohol.
Lots of heavy alcohol, barleywine flavor, with big bourbon oak barrel. The stout chocolate is there and contributes well. Influences of red wine and dark fruit. Vanilla also.
Thicker mouth feel, each sip coats the mouth. Good carbonation.
Enjoyable sipping of the blends, but be aware of the ABV%.

Aug 10, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark brown with a one finger off white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, oak, dark cherries and bourbon.

T - The taste is caramel, toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, raisins, dark cherries and bourbon.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp sticky finish.

O - There is a lot going here. A nice mix of an imperial stout and barleywine. The ABV creeps up on you making this a slow sipper.

Apr 22, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a tulip glass this beer is very dark in color with a 3/4 finger width crown. The crown is loosely based and formed with bubbles of all sizes that don't seem like they want to fit together. The barleywine characters of this blend seem to come through the most, which was surprising to me. I figured the stout would've shadowed over them making them barely noticeable, but that's not the case. The stout notes like chocolate and the creamy mouthfeel are still present. Made for an interesting and delightful blend of brews.

Jan 30, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown just shy of being black, tan head on the top, good size and good retention, sits around the 3/4" range and just chills. Aroma is the usual mixture of oak, bourbon and chocolate from the Bruery.

Taste really does hit the "blend/melange" notes because there is a lot going on here. Chocolate, bourbon, caramel, toffee, alcohol, nuttiness, oak. Its warming but not blistering heat.

Its a good beer, but the problem is the high price tag. There's hundreds of beers like this, most of which are a little bit cheaper. The base is equal parts big stout, anniversary beer and barleywine/old ale. The stout base provides mostly color, as it is obviously the low end of the contribution percentage wise. Slight roast,but the caramel and toffee really whisk it away like that Japanese Homer commercial about banishing dirt away to the land of wind and ghosts or some shit.

This is a good beer that is very expensive and similar to a lot of other beers out there.

Dec 18, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a super deep brown that appears black at first glance, thin foam head that fades fast. Tons of oak / wood on the aroma, supporting smells of vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut. Taste follows suit mostly - not sure where the stout comes into play, i know it is only 15% of the mix but can't say it adds anything detectable. It tastes like as a very good BBA barleywine wine - caramel, treacle, toffee, blackstrap, with some whispers of hop at the end.

Dec 18, 2017
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Radome from Florida

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

L - Dark brown color; slightly cloudy. Head thick, creamy and smooth in a dark tan color. It is made up of tiny bubbles with a few larger, oily-appearing ones.

S - Aromas of Imperial Stout, but somewhat muted and blended into a general maltiness and strong oak. Low fruitiness, like black cherry. Some bourbon character.

T - Faint, roasted, stout-like flavors mixed with a stronger influence of non-roasted malty beers like old ale or barleywine. Very strong oak and low bourbon flavors. Not as layered or nuanced as some of the best barrel-aged beers I've had.

F - Medium body with low carbonation. Strong alcohol burn mixes with medium hops bitterness, resulting in a moderate burning sensation.

O - This is a flavorful and enjoyable beer. The imperial stout portion provides a distinctive hint of flavor, but the major influences are strong barleywine-style malt and oak.

Dec 10, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/23/16; drank 7/20/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Opaque dull brown/orange rust appearance.

Minimal khaki head; almost no lace.

Red wine, marshmallow, milk chocolate & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Red wine, marshmallow & faint chocolate flavors up front; a slightly tart bite on the finish.

An odd but interesting "melange"; drinkable & enjoyable but not quite great.

Jul 21, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour from the source.

Beige head. Bark brown color.

Too much going on here. The roast and char from the stout over power things. Caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee. Decent, just a tad too much for me.

Jun 10, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, caramel colored beer with a slight reddish tinge. The very light tan head leaves behind random spots of lacing. The aroma is reminiscent of a quad with a lot of malty sweetness and raisins but there is also oak, vanilla and cherry notes. The taste is a little on the sweet side with the the bourbon and cherries as the main components with the raisin flavors, vanilla and oak bitterness at the end. This is a really tasty and well balanced beer.

May 30, 2017
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mjwellman from Texas

4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours dark black with creamy two finger head.
S: strong bourbon aroma with a sweet caramel and vanilla
T: Sweet bourbon flavor dominates with vanilla. There is a little of a bourbon burn to it at the end.
F: light carbonation, no bitterness, slightly sweet
O: WOW. The Bruery doesn't doesn't disappoint with this. Wonderful flavors and the ABV for my bottle is listed at 15% and I believe it. This is a beer to savor

May 15, 2017
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Boccu from New York

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black. Two finger head no real lacing. Aroma is booze and very sweet. Taste dark raisans, plums, molasses,sweet but not overpowering,brown sugar with a light bourbon finish. look forward to more from bruery.

May 12, 2017
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Gmann from New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a mud puddle brown color with a short dense khaki head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Pretty much straight up bourbon barrel aroma.

The taste is of a smooth bourbon. Sweet caramel to go along with it. Golden raisin fruitiness. A bit of toffee and very subtle roast.

The beer showcases the bourbon barrel very nicely. It could use more from the stout though to give some complexity.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet and sticky on the palate. A little bit of belly burn from the abv.

Apr 09, 2017
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a dark brown body. A bit darker than the usual old ale. I assume the imperial stout added this color change. One finger khaki head that disappears to a ring around the glass.

S - The nose is coming off sweet. Good amount of bourbon barrel with a mix of caramel and toffee.

T - Again, on the sweeter side. Caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Getting some fudge as well.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Sticky and wet finish.

O - This is well blended and a dessert beer of sorts.

Feb 21, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of The Bruery's Melange No. 14 for 23.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this series for a while now and this one sound like a pretty good blend, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's has a nice clean and classy look to it. It poured a dark brown color that didn't let any light come through and it had a fingers worth of tan fizzy head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish the head retention and lacing were better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the barrels being the first to show up and they impart some nice bourbon and whisky aroma with some vanilla and lots of woody oak aromas that go right into a noticeable alcohol aroma with a little bit of dark fruit aroma with the raisins seeming to be the most noticeable. Up next comes the malts which impart lots of caramel, sweet malt, caramel malt, light chocolate, light butterscotch and a little bit of a buttery aroma coming through towards the end. This beer has a very nice aroma, I really like the complexity and all the different aspects work well together.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the barrels still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with a little less whisky this time. Up next comes the alcohol which is warming and a little on the boozy side and that goes into the dark fruits which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they stick out just a little more and they are a little more brighter. Up next comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with those nice caramel and butterscotch aspects seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's no bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place along with some warming alcohol and it there were some barrel, caramel, butterscotch and light dark fruit like aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, all the flavors work really well together and it's got some very nice complexity.

M- A little smooth, fairly warming, pretty crisp, on the lighter side of being full bodied, sticky, a little chewy and it had a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very nice and it works great with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and it's a great example of the style, it really showcases the art of blending and just how complex and tasty a beer can beer when blended properly. This beer had nice drinkability, one glass is the perfect amount for me, but I think I could take out the full bottle by myself. What I like the most about this beer, is the complexity, balance and how well all the different aspects work together, to me that's the highlight of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the appearance, it's not bad, but I wish it had better lacing and head retention. I would buy this beer again, but because of the price it would be for special occasions only. I would recommend this beer to anyone looking for a big, complex and tasty barleywine like beer. All in all I was happy with this beer and I was a little impressed with just how complex and tasty it was, whoever blended it really put some thought into it. It's my new favorite Bruery beer and it's a great example of the style. Great job guys, this is one tasty beer, keep up the hard work.

Jan 27, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

This pours a dark murky brown, with a small head and no lacing.

Smells like fudgy chocolate, dark fruit, port, caramel, slight coffee, and oak.

This is your typical big sweet and decadent barrel aged strong ale from the Bruery- big, molasses sweetness, oak, caramel syrup, tobacco, roasty bitterness, and lots of bourbon.

This is medium bodied, a tiny bit syrupy but not overwhelmingly so. There's a small level of carbonation.

This isn't the best of the series, but it's still quite nice.

Jan 21, 2017
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TruePerception from California

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Bruery's Melange 14, 85% Bourbon barrel aged ale and 15% imperial stout. 13.4% ABV.

A: Almost two fingers of light tan head. Very dark brown in the glass, almost black. Solid sheeting. Decent lacing, but it mostly doesn't stick.

S: Lots of Bourbon soaked oak, toffee, and malt. Edge of light char. Some earthy tree sap.

T/MF: Very big. Not as much body as a typical stout. Lot of char, burnt oak, very dark toffee. A bit of Bourbon-y chocolate hiding in the back. Not particularly sweet, as the flavors might lead you to believe. Not bone dry, but nicely balanced. I kind wish it was thicker and had that extra sweetness, but it's quite good. A bit of butterscotch coming out as it sits. I want some grilled steak, now. This blue cheese will have to do...

Poured from a 750ml bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Jan 15, 2017
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep chocolate brown and viscous looking. Wonderful dark fruit, malty, sugary, roasty and bourbon aroma. Sweet, dense and malty palate overall. Toffee and figs. Lots of bourbon. Highly viscous and sticky on the tongue. Mild carbonation. Very tasty. Tough to drink a lot of it though.

Jan 12, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet a deep dark reddish hued cola color with a minimal head atop,quite flat looking but decent color.Chocolate and raisin aromas really stand out along with vanilla and sweet alcohol.smelled like an alcohol bomb.Really sweet and syrupy on the palate that is not quite kept in check by the roast,chocolate and vanilla flavors stand out most,as it warmed it became more boozy but the oak came thru more as well.It was a night cap sipper last night and although tasty it was real hard to get thru the bottle because of the sweet alcohol.

Dec 29, 2016
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morimech from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best part of this beer is the bourbon barrel notes in the aroma and flavor. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, and oak round out this beer very well. Feels thin for a beer this big. Ultimately does not equal the sum of its parts.

Dec 17, 2016
Mélange No. 14 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 227 ratings