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.

Added by ONovoMexicano on 06-01-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 46
Reviews by redleg64:
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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 oberon
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of boogerisu
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (@ 13.4% ABV) - ooooh weeee, said in the manner of Mr. Poopy Butthole from Rick and Morty.

This beer pours a murky, very dark brownish-black colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and creamy beige head, which leaves a bit of random landscape feature lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells of lush dark chocolate, robust caramel/toffee/treacle-like malt, artisanal coffee, some vanilla-forward Bourbon barrel oakiness, Scandahoovian black licorice candy, a subtle under your parents' basement stairs mustiness, smoky tanned leather, a hint of sherry flor, and very tame earthy, leafy, and weedy green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, an equal to the task biscuity toffee sweetness, still rich dark cocoa, brown sugar syrup, a hint of free-range ashiness, cafe-au-lait, a low-key and old school earthy and musty thing, some mixed black orchard fruitiness (plums and Bing cherries, mostly), more vanilla and spice-tinged barrel woodiness, and a minor leafy, herbal, and lightly perfumed floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly subdued in their basically punch-clock frothiness, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and generally quite smooth, with a nice aerosol creaminess arising as things warm up a tad. It finishes fairly off-dry, with the big caramel malts, chocolate, fruit, spice, vanilla, and ethereal alcohol presiding.

Overall, this is one stellar blended offering, as the proportions stated seem to be borne out in the end brew - mostly barleywine, but with enough Imperial Stout to provide that little extra luscious oomph to the proceedings. And that hefty wowee sauce quotient - I thought that this was going to be kinda hot, but hell no, the booze is deftly integrated, just like everything else here. Great stuff!

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of woodchip
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of needMIbeer
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IKR
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 Vintage

Appearance: Dark-brown root beer color with a medium sized beige head that slowly faded.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon, brown sugar/toffee, and mild vanilla notes.

Taste: Moderate bourbon, brown sugar notes followed by some roast/coffee notes and modest oak notes. The beer is mildly sweet but kept in check by the roast/coffee notes. The finish is reasonably dry with tannic oak notes present in the end. Fairly restrained alcohol presence

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Could stand to be a touch thicker.

Overall: A pretty nice Melange offering. The coffee and roast notes contrast nicely with the sweeter barley wine/old ale elements.

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Photo of Gmann
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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

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

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