Melange No. 3 | The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of Black Tuesday, anniversary ale, and White Oak Sap.

Added by Floydster on 02-14-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,872
Reviews:
269
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
Wants:
832
Gots:
757
For Trade:
82
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Ratings: 1,872 |  Reviews: 269
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle shared with Andrew and Nick. Rich and complex. Dark bottled with bubbly head. Above average mouthfeel. The imperial stout, the Black Tuesday is the centerpiece, some chocolate, A sour finish. Somewhat like a good red wine (though with tannins).A sipper and one I would have again.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki cap that settles to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly slide back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of bourbon, wood, malt, brown sugar, toffee, and dark fruits. Taste is of bourbon, wood, malt, brown sugar, toffee, plums, and figs. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A definite alcohol warmth in the back of the throat with each sip. Overall, this is a fantastic beer with very complex aromas and flavors. I am really glad I was able to try this one.

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pretty wild beer here, their version of a black and tan, what a gas! the color is red and caramel mixed together, very thick like sludge, dense, minimal but lasting light brown head. I smell everything, no joke. rich malts, darker grains than the color shows, aggressive sugars, whiskey barrel, vanilla, clove, rye malt, booze, and molasses. what I don't smell or taste in this, is yeast. it is mysteriously absent from the flavor profile, not that this beer is hurting for complexity, this is a hell of a blend. dried fruit and sugar, as well as the best richest elements of black Tuesday are what I taste here. its oaky and rich, almost too much really, but the booze is not that obvious for something so high. this goes way beyond beer to something else entirely, more of a barleywine than anything, just so much happening, and such a heavy buzz from even small quantities of this. good carbonation for the size, and about all the body you can pack in. this is not my favorite beer from the bruery, but it is yet another example of their expertise in all aspects of beer making. a blend like no other, worth trying for lovers of huge brews and the bruery more generally.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a dark brown color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has a mixture of things going on. Some definite strong malt aromas coming off of this one. The taste is very rich and on the sweet side with a kick of bitterness in the finish. Overall the beer is pretty solid, I was always curious about it and was thankful when I got to try it.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml brown glass bottle with waxed-over pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me friend's gaff in low altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. 15% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high given its current position in the top 250.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger wide khaki colour head. Decent creaminess. Nice thickness. Retention is bad. Decent lacing.

Body colour is a dark nontransparent brown with some red hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Murky.

Overall, it's a bit mundane for the style.

Sm: Oak. Vanilla. Caramel. Molasses. Brown sugar. Wood. Raisin. Plum. Cherry. Booze. Some burnt notes. I like the dark fruit. Sweet.

Not getting any yeast character.

T: Plum, dark fruit. Caramel. Molasses. Brown sugar. Wood. Raisin. Cherry. Some booze. Oak. Brown sugar. Vanilla. Light bourbon. Complex, with light subtlety. I don't know that it's top 250 quality, but I do like it. The barrel aging notes aren't as evocative or well-executed as I'd like; the oak is one note. Bourbon lacks evocative-ness.

Fairly balanced, but the booze does come through. I like the dark fruit notes, but they could be more evocative.

No yeast character or hops come through. I'm not getting much in the way of malts.

Mf: Viscous and syrupy, but enjoyable for what it is. Smooth and wet. Nicely carbonated. Too thick and overbearing. a bit vinous. Hot.

Dr: The booziness limits the drinkability. I'm glad I have others to share it with. I honestly wouldn't pay its hefty pricetag again, but I'm glad to have tried it once. A nice little blended beer from The Bruery, but its reputation isn't warranted. I like it, but it's not fantastic.

High B-

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Burnt caramel color with a thin foam that quickly fades to a ringlet; while there is not much lacing, there are legs (not unexpected for 15.5%)

Smell: Very boozy, with bourbon, vanilla, caramel, honey and cinnamon elements

Taste: At the outset, the bourbon, rum-soaked raisin, prune, honey, pear, caramel, vanilla and cinnamon elements lay down the gauntlet and build in alcoholic intensity by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors meld together, with a mouth-puckering, oaky intensity in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Considerable complexity and a fascinating range of flavor; while not particularly drinkable I am very impressed

Thanks, ptykozoon, for the opportunity and to sj3324, for the opportunity to revisit

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Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. I was very excited to get to try this at Jackie O's, shared by a generous BA.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with a small layer of off white head. The head fades to a very thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet with lots of cherry and dark fruit. The malt dominates and is joined by some warm alcohol.

Taste: This one is uber sweet and loaded with dark fruit notes. Some maple like notes and brown sugar with some warm alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side and a bit syrupy. There is hardly any carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: The abv is really high so it may be unavoidable, but even so it was still a bit too sweet for me. I enjoyed sipping on my pour and would probably have it again if I have enough people around to share a bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with sweet notes, some bourbon and some vinous notes makes for a unique mix. Taste is a mix between bourbon and vanilla notes with some oak, dark fruit and some vinous notes which feels more or less balanced with the rest of the mix. Body is full with limited filtration and light warming alcohol. I didn’t really dig the mix between rich stout/old ale sweet notes and the dark fruit and also vinous feels of the beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 batch.

Melange No. 3 pours a dark opaque brown with ruby highlights. A small tan head tops it and doesn't last long, quickly receding to a crown.

The aroma is an intense and alcoholic mix of bourbon and caramel, stonefruit and vanilla, chocolate and dates. Very deep and complex. Some earthiness shines through the sweetness. As it warms the fruitiness comes out more, balancing the powerful bourbon character. 

Bourbon and caramel hit the tongue first. Chocolate candies, surprisingly a lot of fruitiness too, stonefruit and dates. Molasses-like sweetness, mellow alcohol, a bit of tannic oak. While it tastes quite strong and rich, it's actually very mellow and easy to drink. It finishes semi-sweet with a leathery, bourbon-toffee aftertaste. The sheer viscosity of it is impressive, a few ounces is plenty, but I wouldn't complain if I could drink this regularly. Nice job, Bruery.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/26/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, vanilla, maple, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Lightly increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but never overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, vanilla, maple, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, vanilla, maple, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, nuttiness, dark fruit, cherry, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; and with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slight dryness from roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Mildly warming alcohol from 16.3%, with minimal barrel booziness. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged blended strong ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. More of an old ale on style, but still has nice levels of chocolaty roast presence. Perfect balance of barrels; adding plenty of complexity to the base blend, without being boozy or overly tannic. An insanely enjoyable offering.

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