Mélange No. 15 | The Bruery

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Mélange No. 15Mélange No. 15
BA SCORE
3.93/5
Very Good
80 Ratings
Mélange No. 15Mélange No. 15
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by rocky road; brewed with walnuts, cacao nibs from TCHO and vanilla into rich, bourbon barrel-aged barleywine and old ale to mimic the flavors of the rich, nutty dessert. Lactose was added to impart a marshmallow character and an extra creamy mouthfeel.

Added by shoegueuze on 06-06-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,688
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
80
pDev:
19.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
17
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of RPM3334
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer21
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck_Jones
2.97/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is over the top infected, real good and sour. Everyone else I had it with hated it, I actually didn't mind it, but it would clearly work a lot better if it wasn't sour.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml

A- pours a clear deep ruby-brown color with a small fizzy off-white head that has short retention

S- big marshmallow aroma up front with lots of sweet vanilla. Sweet caramel and toffee mix with bourbon barrel and plenty of booze

T- sweet caramel and tobacco up front give way to creamy marshmallow and vanilla sweetness. Mid-palate gives plenty of bourbon barrel, the finish gives more caramel and a linger of toasted nuts

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a long boozy linger

O- pretty good blend with a noticeable walnut presence

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Photo of Zonian1
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At nearly 15% alcohol it is incredible that I get no alcohol heat here. And the pour almost seems thin when you're expecting motor oil; but the mouthfeel is impeccable. The aromas and flavors are too: walnuts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, some coffee, and good amounts of dark fruit flavors come through as well.

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Photo of dannyhipps
1/5  rDev -74.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Infected beyond belief... picked this up to share with my wonderful wife on our 20th anniversary... she's always loved walnuts, and hey, Rocky Road ice cream cuz we're old school like that...

on the bright side, I'm enjoying the aftertaste of battery acid with hints of rancid cherry yogurt showing through... yay.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SomethingClever
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into snifter

A: good clarity, caramel body very little head as you pour light off white khaki.

S: lots of sweet bourbon, toffee, vanilla, caramel. Vanilla is fairly prominent.

T: lots of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, caramel very sweet a little alcohol heat too.

M: medium bodied to slightly watery a little more carbonation than I expected.

O: this beer is sweet it's boozy and it's not bad, really wish I had shared it with someone. I'm surprised how much chocolate comes out in the front I'm wondering if I'm mistaking some of the chocolate for some of the walnuts because the finish is definitely walnuty.

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Photo of Hallertau
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Soneast
1.6/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Photo of nataku00
1.97/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy ruddy brown with a finger of quickly dissipating tan head.

Aroma: Tart cherries and vinegar? Hmm, not in description

Taste: Definitely infected, just sour and not in a pleasant way. Some of the vanilla and cacao still in finish, but the taste is just all apple cider vinegar.

Really disappointed in this infected beer. Description sounded interesting, but the tastes and aroma was all infection.

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Photo of rspauldi
1.54/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

It appears like Infection is setting in on this beer. The tart cherry flavor was really off putting. I didn't get any aroma or flavor of walnuts. Took a few drinks and poured the rest down the drain.

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Photo of BMart
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpeedwayJim
1.75/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

750ml foiled and capped bottle into a Surly teku.

When a beer is this bad, it doesn't deserve a proper review. The light sourness/tartness that previous reviewers were alluding to has developed into a full blown infection at this point. There some walnut aromas present but make no mistake, this beer is ashy with hints of white and dark vinegar. The high ABV mixed with the tartness just makes things worse. Body is much lighter than it should be for the style and way too carbonated.

I've always forgiven the Bruery for their sours because their stouts, barleywines and old ales have been top-of-the-line. However, when you start to make infection mistakes with your bread and butter style and still selling to to the consumer at $30 plus/per bottle then its over. What a disgraceful showing.

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Photo of Matt141
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of topdown
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Liquid, boozy rocky road ice cream.

Walnuts come through when it warms. Body that of an old ale or barleywine, so don't expect a thick stout here.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gold foil capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 7/19/16. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours an opaque, deep red with about two and a half fingers of manilla head. Splotchy surface, full collar, a few dashes of lace.

Sweet aromas of vanilla, toasted nuts, bourbon, a mild, creeping sour funk, lactose and some cooked sugar. Not a fan of that semi sour element but even with that going on in the background this smells excellent.

A hearty smack of booze is initially apparent in the flavor and reminders of that substantial abv crop up throughout. Bourbon-soaked walnuts, cocoa, caramel, milk sugar, slightly funky wet wood, vanilla and some of that familiar Bruery house yeast in the background. As in the nose I may not like the subtle signals of possible infection but this is still damned tasty.

Full, almost sticky feel with light carbonation. The aftertaste is like bourbon-doused rocky road with just a mild oaken funk.

I always appreciate The Bruery's commitment to a theme. This rocky road Melange is some solid work. I detect a subtle creeping funk but this was still a mighty enjoyable brew. I will be drinking my other bottles in short order rather than cellaring them.

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Photo of Hugonaut13
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 80 ratings