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Mélange No. 14 | The Bruery

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Mélange No. 14Mélange No. 14
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4.14/5
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Mélange No. 14Mélange No. 14
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
219
pDev:
7.97%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
42
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 219 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by rand:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Incredible complexity, depth, variety, intrigue and power simply oozes from the Bruery's constantly evolving Melange release. The fourteenth in the series carries a breadth of wonderful oxidation, savory wines and remnants of the beers that are fortunate enough to join the fray.

Like dark, tawny port wine, the beer's somber froth and deep mahogany hues start a masculine, powerful tone that resonates through the session. Mouth-watering aromas of chocolate, toffee, molasses, coffee, oak, vanilla, coconut, spice, sherry, leather and tobacco roll onto the nose with unabashed apology. Lavishly sweet and savory flavors slather across the tongue with brown sugar, molasses, toffee and dark chocolate.

Richly sweet, the middle palate cloys with the immensity of residual, nearly oily sweetness. But the savory, light salinity, brownie-like flavors add a touch of roundness, smoothness and irresistiblity umami flavors to seep deeply into the tastebuds like fine dessert elixir. Spicy booze brings out the fruit- red grape, currant, blackberry, plum, prune, raisin and date. Oak, vanilla and coconut reel in the leather and fresh-hung tobacco tarry sweet earthiness of the barrel for extra measure.

Full, rich, decadent and bracingly sweet, the beer's alcohol and fine vinous acidity offers just enough reprieve to give the ale a sense of luxurious sipping temperament. A long sweet and spicy interplay warms the throat with light numbing action and a piquant savory afterglow.

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Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on a shelf in MN. About seven years ago I recall finding my first barrel-aged beer on a shelf. We’ve come a long way, baby. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

Pour is dark brown. Smells like toast, chocolate, light bourbon, & leather that’s hit the pavement one too many times (once is too many, by the way).

Melange #14 is the kind of beer that leads to bad decisions. Bourbon & leather - which should be a website, if it isn’t - is all over this brew. Driftwood-dry, coconut, oyster mushrooms, sherry, with a nod towards extreme booziness & brown sugar infused molasses. Sticky. I would drink more of this, but I’m not sure I want to wake up in the afternoon tomorrow.

Not up to the mind-bending awesomeness of #3, but still a very good brew.

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

Photo of KAP1356
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Daniellobo
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikepcarney
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djrn2
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of siege06nd
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IpeeA
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IrishColonial
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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

Photo of rudzud
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, darker chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, some odd vegative notes.

T - Taste similar to the nose, The chocolate is nice, good barrel notes. Solid sweetness, light caramel. There is an odd vegative note.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden, bit thin though.

O - Overall this was a decent stout. Sweet, decent chocolate, the vegative coffee notes are a bit distracting though.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/25/2016. Pours nearly opaqe dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with goof retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, toasted oak, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, and date; with lighter notes of leather, tobacco, chocolate, cocoa, red wine, pepper, and roast/oak/toasted earthiness. A bit boozy as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, toasted oak, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, and date; with lighter notes of leather, tobacco, chocolate, cocoa, red wine, pepper, and roast/oak/toasted earthiness. Moderate bourbon/tannic oak spiciness and light roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, toasted oak, dark fruits, light chocolate/cocoa, and roast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bourbon/oak spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bourbon/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and very rich full body; with a very smooth, creamy/slick, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish; with minimal barrel booziness. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged strong ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Barrel presence on this is absolutely enormous, but not boozy. Mostly old ale/English barelywine character, with some lighter complimenting stout flavors. A highly enjoyable offering.

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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

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