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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

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

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1,820
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
25.29%
 
 
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Photo of ptykozoon
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lacing, thin note of a head.

Orange, caramel, maple.

Very sweet, almost too decadent! Vanilla and bourbon, orange and a bit of black licorice. All flavors are balanced well, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, ABV presence is not as shocking as the rumored 15.5%.

Worth the money? Close. One of the most well made stouts with this kind of punch I've ever had. Definitely one of the best Bruery standouts.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was privileged to try this at a recent tasting.

Pours a brownish black, some head.

Smell...wow...vanilla, chocolate, molasses, licorice, malt, booze, more booze, and some booze. it's all in there. Great!

The taste definitely runs hot with alcohol, but the underlying sweetness is very complex and makes for a great experience.

Mouthfeel is very indistinct, as would be expected for a mashup feel like this. Could have been a bit thicker, but wouldn't have been itself.

Great beer, really grateful to try it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most recent vintage. 750ml waxed and capped bottle poured into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger frothy cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is opaque dark brown. Lacing is spotty and sparse with low cling but thick, oily legs. Good looking beer. Nice head for the style.

Nose is hot, boozy. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and fudge. Incredibly sweet and decadent. A bit over-the-top in my opinion but that's to be expected here. Decent. But I would've preferred a little more complexity and the subtlety to detect that complexity.

Opens vanilla beans, syrup, and maple. Very sweet and hot. Some chocolate and cocoa powder in the middle. Fudge too. A touch of rubbing alcohol appears as this one warms to room temperature but it smooths out nicely into more chocolate and vanilla. End is molasses and hazelnut. Finish is sweet with a vanilla cream aftertaste. The blend is very apparent in this beer.

Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Silky, heavy, oily, and viscous in the mouth and hot but smooth going down. Finish is messy with a long, lingering aftertaste. Unmistakably a big beer. Nice.

Unlike Melange 1 which I thought was a disaster, Melange 3 is a beer that seems to be a sum bigger than its parts. The vanilla of White Oak perfectly complements the Black Tuesday and makes it a touch thinner. Good complexity and although its a bit hot, this is a solid beer nonetheless. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of charlzm
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Haven Gastropub, Pasadena CA on December 28, 2011.

Beer presents as an extremely dark brown (not quite black) topped with an extremely fine one-finger tan head that provides outstanding sheeting.

Aroma is rumlike and strongly alcoholic. Vanilla and oak also present.

Beer is sweet and strong with alcohol (my guess is bourbon). Dark, wheat bread and lots of booze. Touches of wood and vanilla. Lots and lots of brown sugar, rum and a touch of toffee.

Beer is thick but not excessively so.

A tough one to drink due to its sweetness and alcohol content, this is the beer equivalent of a port wine. Sip and relax and don't make any plans.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Alex for letting me buy some of his allotment. Cheers friend! 2011 version, taken on alone.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a ruddy, reddish hue. An interesting thing I notice (and haven’t before when using this glass) is there is a “ball” of beer in the center of the glass which light does not pass through, though it does penetrate about ½” all the way around the glass giving a nifty light/dark contrast I’ve not seen before. About half a finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates at a mellow pace, leaving slight lacing.

Smell – As with most big –bal aged Bruery beers, heavy oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Sweet candied sugar, figs and raisins, and slight cocoa.

Taste – Loads of sweetness up front coming from both brown sugar and the dark fruits. The vanilla kicks in mixed with the oak and a bit of char. Very little roasted flavors though, however, I do pick up slight cocoa, toffee, and cherries at the end. Oh, and of course a massive amount of bourbon presence.

Mouthfeel – Insanely thick body; reminds me of syrup. Lower carbonation, chewy.

Overall – Honestly the mouthfeel and heat of this beer does it in. The feel is just too heavy and syrup like for this beer to be enjoyable to me. In addition, while this is still a young beer and high ABV, the alcohol het (in both taste and feel) is higher than I remember BT or BA Cuir (or regular Cuir for that matter). Lastly, it is sooo cloyingly sweet. This is a beer I feel has potential to age, however, as of now I find it somewhat of a hot mess. I should not have opened this bottle by myself...

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Photo of cpmichael
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a NYE celebration. Poured into a Founder's snifter. 5 oz's worth.

A: Pours a darkish brown/mahogany, thin lace of white foam that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells sweet, with dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, and hints of dark chocolate.

T: Tastes very sweet, figs and raisins with vanilla and bourbon. The oak characteristic was very noticeable, in a good way. Hints of chocolate a discernible.

M: My only knock on the beer is that the sweetness and thickness of this beer make this a sipper and a sharer. The alcohol wasn't overpowering in the least, which is good, but it was just so damn sweet.

O: This is an awesomely complex and tasty adult beverage and I am grateful to have been allowed to try this special beer.

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Photo of kevanb
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured at Christmas, perfect way to share with family.

This pours a really motor oil like brown black color, an agressive pour yields about a 3/4 finger of tan head that dissipates immediately. A ring of film sticks around the glass and spots of film are apparent on the top of the beer. Almost no carbonation, quite opaque, hints of reds and tans in the color. Smells heavily of bourbon and toasted smokey oak, with toffee, molasses and caramel rounding out a really nice blend of aromas. The flavor is exceptional, bourbon is definitely there, strong oak, mostly smoked or toasted oak, strong toffee, but sweet caramel and even a spicy molasses element, it definitely finishes with sweet alcohol, but no burn, only a slight warming. Perfect feel, smooth with no burn, creamy when it needs to be, decadent at times but still mild enough for anyone.

Verdict: This is exceptional, the flavors and aromas are amazingly complex, rich and balanced perfectly. Hats off to Patrick and anyone involved in the mastery of this blend.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gem from the finewinemike tasting event.

The beer pours an amber brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer comes across as very sweet and boozy (what a surprise), and I seemed to pick up some of the component parts of black tuesday and barleywine. In any event, I picked up considerable sweet cherry, vanilla and underlying chocolate. This beer was very sweet and rich on the palate, as the flavor profile replicated the nose, but with more intensity than expected (and I was expecting a full flavored beer). I also seemed to pick up some brown sugar, cherry cough drops and light coffee. The alcohol is very noticeable in this boozy beer (given the abv., that's hardly a surprise), and while the beer wasn't hot on the finish, the combination of sweetness and huge alcohol tended to wear out the palate after a while. Mouthfeel was full with a very long, very smooth, rich, sweet finish.

This beer was delicious, albeit quite warming, and there' no doubt that a little bit goes a long way in this beer.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.54/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms

Look: Dark brown with lighter rings of brown around the edges. 1/4 inch head and little retention

Smell: I did not care at all for the nose I found there to be quite a bit of rubbing alcohol on the nose backed up by some chocolate.

Taste: The flavors of the beer are pretty complex and is very dark fruit forward and lots of sweet syrup. The flavors finish with some chocolate and coffee notes and quite a bit of alcohol

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation and a bit sticky

Overall: In my opinion the beer is too young and needs some time to age and come into its own. I found the alcohol to be a bit distracting especially on the nose

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Photo of Jeffo
3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this particular bottle from Beerpirates, but have also had bottes from hotpipes and Cedromar. Thanks for the trades everyone. I thought I'd try this one solo for the first time. Let's see how it goes.

From a 750ml bottle into a Bruery snifter. Snifter provided by Doodler.
Vintage: 2010
Blend of Black Tuesday, Papier and White Oak.

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour produces a two finger, medium-thinner looking tan head with decent retention. A transparent bistre brown in color with lots of carbonation evident. Head fades quickly into a thick foam cap. A good foam ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big bourbon barrel nose on this one. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate all over the place. Some dark chocolate and touches of roasted malts are there as well. This one is very barrel heavy and has a lot of Black Tuesday in the mix.

TASTE: Very barrel heavy, and still very hot. Bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate and oak notes up front, with lots of alcohol and heat. Spicy alcohol and some pure chocolate and sweet caramel at the swallow. Bold and lingering aftertaste is very barrel heavy with some bitter chocolate and sweet caramel as well. Tasty and definitely a bourbon barrel beer, but also very hot still. The heat keeps this beer from being an other-worldly treat.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a big burn at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Lots of heat lingers on the palate. Hot stuff.

OVERALL: This is certainly a tasty beer, but the heat is still overwhelming. It took me 5+ hours to work through this bottle. Perhaps some time will mellow out the heat and make this one easier to drink, and if that actually happens, this will become a world class beer. No doubt this one is complex and enjoyable, but the boozy heat does get in the way at times. Definitely worth checking out if you get the chance, but make sure there are at least two other people there to help you out. Thanks again for the trade Pirates. I’ll have to have you here to help me next time I drink one of these.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.48/5  rDev +3%
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 Popp24
3.44/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one yesterday 12/9/11 on tap at The Bruery. They only serve you six ounces due to the ABV.

A: Dark brown; cola color.

S: Strong oak smell; maple syrup and you definitely smell the alcohol at 15.5 %.

T: You get a strong oak taste up front and then the sweetness hits your palate. To me it seems the beer has many flavors but I couldn't seem to separate them on my palate; I just got sweet and syrupy and maybe a bit of vanilla. One thing I will say is that the alcohol is hidden well here.

M: A nice full mouthful; somewhat thick and syrup-like.

O: I was disappointed overall on this one with all the great reviews this one got. By no means does it not taste good I guess I just wasn't into the style of this one. For me the oak flavors took center stage and didn't allow any of the other flavors to come through. I didn't feel like I was drinking a beer it was more like a dessert wine in a way. For the price you pay for this one I don't know if I would revisit it.

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Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice rich mahogany with some nice dark caramel edges. There is a nice dense 0.5 inch head that is a light ecru color. The head recedes to a nice ring around the glass with some thicker bubbles.

S - Starts off with some nice strong sweetness. Pure molasses and carmel with brown sugar on top. There is definitely some woody notes and some extreme and awesome Bourbon in the nose. Tons of vanilla is present as well as slight maple syrup notes and some oak. Delicious Bourbon aroma with some butterscotch as well.

T & M - Starts off with an extremely sweet and boozy but at the same time delicious and smooth note. It is sooo rich and delicious with tons of toffee and some nice caramel and extreme Bourbon notes. Wow. I am quite impressed with this offering. Tons of vanilla in there as well. Some slight oak character to it but mostly sweet smooth Bourbon. The booze notes are more on the sweetness side than the hot side. The 15% is definitely not noticeable at all. Extremely surprising and delicious. this beer is rich, silky, smooth, creamy all at the same time. The sweet toffee, vanilla and Bourbon are layered well with some slight wood notes that make this a delight.

O - I was a bit skeptical of this beer as I kind off get turned off by overly sweet beers but this was just right. Very sweet but still manageable brew with some awesome Bourbon and butterscotch notes that don't overwhelm but are intense. Awesome brew.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Haymarket.

A- dark amber brown. Thick creamy toasted marshmallow head, thick ring of lacing

S- bourbon, sweet dark fruits, oak, leather

T- very sweet malts, dark fruits, bourbon, little vanilla, cherries at the finish. Not picking up a lot of roasted malts from the BT

M- full body, cloying sweet, syrupy but not thick. Alcohol is there at finish but not hot

O- wow! Amazing beer especially for 15%. Knocked the ratings down for the sweetness and syrupyness, but other than that very good beer

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

Heavy handed pour yields a finger of khaki head. Dies down to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing. Nice legs though. Almost black with caramel/ruby highlights around the edges when held to light.

Smells of rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, and oak. Huge dark fruit notes of plumb, raisins, and figs. Hints of baker's chocolate, roast, vanilla, tannins, bourbon, and fusel alcohol. Also, some clove like spice.

Taste follows smell. Up front are huge and complex dark fruits. Dark cherry, raisins, figs, plumbs. Even a subtle dark fruity tartness. Then comes caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar. Oaky tannins, alcohol, and spice help balance out the sweetness. Finishes on a clove/alcohol spicy note with dark fruits and residual caramelized sugars lingering.

Syrupy and full bodied with fairly smooth carbonation that is ample and breaks up the viscosity. Warming and somewhat spicy alcohol character rounds out the mouthfeel.

Hugely complex, huge in general as well, multidimensional, quite a good blend. Really interesting, unique, and tasty.

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Photo of IKR
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

Appearance: Very dark brown with 1/2" inch of brown head which dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Vanilla, Bourbon, raisins/dark fruit, and brown sugar.

Taste: Bourbon, raisins, vanilla, and brown sugar from the nose come through in the taste. Some sherry type notes and faint roasted malts come through also. I found this nowhere near as sweet as the 2011 BT and though some reviewers found previous vintages hot, I consider the alcohol in this vintage extremely well hidden for something 15% ABV. Finishes fairly dry and crisp (partially due to the White Oak Sap in the makeup?).

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a modest-level of carbonation. The blending has cut the thickness of the BT used in it's makeup, making this one easier to go down.

Overall: I've been a fan of Melange 3 since I've first had it. BA Cuir and this one make me question if BT is really the Bruery's flagship as most proclaim it to be. The bal-aging is nicely incorporated in Melange 3 and the beers blended all contribute to a fine experience that goes down really easy for the ABV. I'm impressed, very well done Bruery.

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Photo of aasher
3.38/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a muddied amber in color, thick and syrupy in body with no head or lacing. It smells of sweet and and syrupy malts and has a touch of Black Tuesday. Sugar bomb! It has a lot of sherry and port to it. The flavors are sickly sweet malts with slight vanilla and bourbon. It's too sweet to feature much complexity. It drinks medium in body and is very sticky and leaves a great amount of residual sugar around the glass. Overall its hard to endorse this one. It's too big for its own good, just too much sweet malt. Not worth the money in my opinion.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chad for sharin this one! Pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head. Scent is very chocolatey. Slightly boozy. Nice raspberry and cherry aromas. Candied sugar and bourbon. Taste is quite boozy throughout the whole experience, yet its flavors remain nicely balanced and smooth. Great cherry and vanilla oak flavors. Lovely chocolate and malt flavors from the Black Tuesday. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and boozy. Drinkability is fairly high for such a huge beer. Overall, a great beer that definitely needs more time to develop in the bottle.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a sublte red hue, pours minimal head and almost no lacing.

Smell: Sweet, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, raisins, caramel, chocolate, toffee. There is a lot going on here.

Taste: Just like it smells. Very sweet, bourbon, vanilla, boozy, raisins, oak, chocolate, toffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, warm, boozy, viscous.

Overall: The BT is very prevalent, the Papier is easy to taste and I could only detect a hint of the White Oak Sap coming through. Very good beer, but I agree with other BAs that this beer tasted very young and could benefit from some added aging.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was fairly black with some cola brown mixed in. nice creamy head covered it.

very sweet with an abundance of vanilla, plum, fig, and raisin. nice bourbon mixed in.

very sweet up front with the dark fruit kicking in. some faint tobacco and oak. lots of vanilla and bourbon. with this was some alcohol as the booze kicked in. very boozy in the finish.

fairly smooth up front with a mild carbonation that turned to alcohol burn through out the mouth.

pretty delicious but tasted young, really could use a good few more years to mellow out a bit.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Andrewinski1 for cracking open this bad boy. Poured into a tulip. This one pours black with no head, just a rim of bubbles along the edgees of the glass.

Smells sweet and somewhat fruity with hints of mollasses with raisins and figs lingering in the background. Hints of vanilla and some rich chocolate. Sweet sweet sweet indeed. Lots of raisins and plumb on the pallet with vanilla and a bit of sweet chocolate. A little fruitier than I'm digging here. Still good but I would prefer that toned down a bit.

The body is full and silky with soft carbonation. A little hot but it doesn't bug me too much. Real tasty stuff here, a little sweet but great to share with a few people.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LIVEFAST for this one! Poured into a tulip. There is a little bit of an off-white head. The color is pitch black except for some amber hues at the edges.

The aroma is full of dark fruit and some chocolate. A big whiff reveals some alcohol presence.

The taste is big and fruity. This is predominantly sweet, with raisins and plum going with the chocolate. I get a little bit of oaky vanilla, but it's secondary to the before mentioned flavors.

This is pretty thick, with soft carbonation.

I like this one as a sipper. I don't think it's anything super special, but I'd gladly drink it again.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750 split three ways into red wine glasses. Reviewed 4 November 2010.

Ar: Alcohol, heavy black tuesday bourbon and darkness, sweet, raisins, prunes, dry fruit, mild oxidation

Ap: To quote my fellow tasters, "Ghastly", murky tan, mild light tan head, fair retention, intense legs redeem color/murkiness somewhat

T: Heavy sweetness, thick full caramel, vanilal and bourbon, intense alcohol, tastes like burning, sweet start, fruity, very sweet, light tart edge, strong sweetness up front, candy and carmel fade to oak/bourbon and vanilla with dried fruit, tart plummy and cidery hints, bourbon alcohol at the end dries it out, chocolate, balanced toward sweet

M: Burn, full body, viscous and full, alcohol balances sweetness, burns the full length of the throat

O: Really looks atrocious, Black tuesday is better and less hot, good but strange and too hot, not undelicious but not great.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate, wood and coffee malt with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Heavy balanced toasted sweet malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish with a warming burn of long duration. This is a standout beer.

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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
4.35 out of 5 based on 1,820 ratings.
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