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Mélange No. 14 | The Bruery

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Mélange No. 14Mélange No. 14

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 219 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of rand
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of WilliamD
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kent felt peg.

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Photo of DrKarl
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of colts9016
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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%.

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

Photo of redleg64
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Prost76
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of eawolff99
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Radome
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of addicted2thebarrel
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bajdog
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beer21
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kuges
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Mélange No. 14 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 219 ratings