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Melange No. 3 | The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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.

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

750 ml waxed, vintage 2011
Served into a tulip glass

A: Medium to dark brown with ruby hues throughout the body. A vigorous pour yields a thick bubbly light beige head. Some lacing is left behind but the head settles out into a thin ring around the edges.

S: Huge sweet caramel, toffee, rich malts, cocoa and touches of really sweet whiskey dance around the back. This is one big smelling beer, tons of complexity which is expected from a blend of this kind.

T: Like the nose, big sweet caramel and bourbon notes come through first. Toffee, Werther's Original candy, milk chocolate and some oak break through. This is over the top in its sweetness however, a signature trait I've come to expect from The Bruery.

M: Carbonation is kept right where it should be, not over the top or underdone. Feels sticky and viscous on the palate.

This was certainly a nice treat to open but it was very big, rich and sweet. A little too much in that aspect for me but a good beer as a whole.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured dark as night black with a half finger brown head and had good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: cocoa, sweet sugar, and toffee aromas up front with hints of vanilla and booze as well.

T: taste almost excatly like the nose consisting of; cocoa nibs, sweetnes with toffe and good amount of booze hitting the palate.

M: medium to full body with decent amount of carbonation to accent the overall flavor rush.

D: went down to good considering the 15% ABV on this bad boy. Really enjoyed this beer all the way through and hope to get my hands on a bottle.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black with a thin layer of cream coloured head that immediately disappeared.

S - Big barrel notes come through first - bourbon, charred oak and vanilla. Chocolate fudge and dark caramel are also present from the base beers.

T - Sweet bourbon, charred oak and vanilla dominate as the barrel notes come to the forefront. Chocolate fudge, dark caramel and molasses flavours come through as well as lighter dark fruit flavours. The Black Tuesday seems to dominate this a little too much.

M - Medium body. Almost no carbonation.

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Photo of Duff27
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hella collar left. Very dark brown body with light brown highlights. Fun alcohol legs.

Belgian notes but big time barrelage.

The Belgian Yeast influenced candied aftertaste just kicks the race horses ass. Yum fruits.

Very smooth, got damn. Lowish carbonation.

Wow,!i loved this one. Reminded me a lot of BA Naked Evil only because of the Belgian aspect and the high ABV. Seek out! Thanks egrace84!!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy heck, this thing is good. I had a 2oz sample at the Boulder Strong Ale fest...then another...then another...then another.
A black pour, thick brown head. Good lacing, some parts were sticky, some not.
Aroma was full of goodies. Cocoa, caramel, toffee, some toasted bread, roasty malt. Thought I got hints of banana, but not sure.
Taste is great too. Follows the nose, very complex but not 'in yo face'. Smooth movement between the toffe/cocoa to dark fruits and toast.
Feel is great. Feels velvety but not as 'thick'..kind of like a powder that dissolves quickly and softly.
A really good beer. Alcohol (I have 15% version) is well hidden.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery is this, a three thread beer with 30 proof. Yummy goodiness is calling my name. On to the beer:

The beer is charcoal black with creamy caramel colored edges. Trickles of thin lacing stick to the glass, and a paper-thin sheet of retention remains over the liquid. The flavors found in this beer make me think this is 30 proof, but the medium-heavy, un-viscous body and hidden booze scream no way. This is like Bourbon County Stout with much of the boozy feeling bitchslapped out of it. Out come the barrel, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, whiskey, burnt sugar, and a mild, well-controlled cinnamon-hot alcohol. Very drinkable and approachable.

Just when you think Pat and the crew can't further diversify their portfolio of beers, they do it again. And once again, quality is not an issue. This might be my new favorite Bruery beer, and instantly one of my all-around favorites. Well, until Melange No. 4 is conceived.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.96/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to SaucerSam for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a medium to dark brown color with some red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is extremely sweet. I get a ton of brown sugar and molasses notes, as well as some wood, maple and vanilla. Unfortunately the flavor is just as sweet as the aroma. I get a lot of dark fruit and oak, as well as some brown sugar. I get some maple notes as well. I know Black Tuesday is a part of the blend but I get no roasted malt or chocolate notes. Very boozy. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel and low carbonation. I am very glad I got to try this one, but it was way too sweet and messy for my liking. Still, definitely a unique brew.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.2/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 Release, Sampled March 2012
A soft pour into my small tulip glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale brown tinged, dirty tan colored head. The ber is a concentrated brown / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry-ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite alcoholic, but has lots of other notes as well, but that is certainly prominent. Notes of vanillin, toasted coconut, Sherry, lots of nut like notes, toasted caramel, sweet caramelized brown bread. The sherry character is actually quite striking, both the alcohol, the rich, sweet nutty notes and the oxidized malt contribute to this really smelling quite a bit like sherry. This definitely smells like desert in a glass.

As expected, from the nose, this beer is quite sweet; the sweetness seems a touch simplistic / sugary as opposed to really rich, concentrated malt like in character, by which I mean there seems to be a fair amount of residual, simple sugars left in this beer. The body is certainly viscous, but actually somehow seems light for a beer of this strength; much of the, perceived, lightness is likely contributed by the amply noticeable, warming and even hot, alcohol notes that play a prominent role in the flavor. Ample flavors of sweet coconut, vanillin, sugar coated / toasted nuts, sweet sherry, amaretto, and perhaps a touch of brandy like fruit character are noticeable. Woody oak, with a touch of astringency and some spiciness comes into and lingers through the finish; the alcohol also lends to the spiciness and heat in the finish. There is a definite fruitiness here as well, it is sort of evocative of prune juice, perhaps a touch of fig and raisin as well. Other flavors of maple syrup, toasted oak, brown sugar syrup, touches of roasted bitterness in the finish, and a toasted, brown bread note add some character.

This is definitely a HOT beer, at this alcohol level that is not unexpected, but I can’t say that I necessarily appreciate that either. The sweetness is also a bit too simplistic in this beer; I would have been more appreciative if the malt character was less simple sugar focused and had more of a dense, almost savory, concentrated malt character. Interestingly enough, given how hot this beer is, I don’t get as much Bourbon character as I was expecting; more of the vanillin, spicy oak, and toasted oak come out individually rather than reminiscent of actual Bourbon. Not a bad beer if you are only having a couple ounces as a nightcap, but anything more for me is just a bit underwhelming (not complex enough in flavor) and overwhelming (in the hot alcohol and sugary sweetness) at the same time. I must say that I really like the oxidized malt character / sherry notes that are on display here (is this the anniversary old ale contribution), it really adds an extra dimension that keeps me much more interested than I otherwise would be. Drinkable and even enjoyable in small amounts if I am not critically evaluating the beer. Before cracking this beer, I had not reallized how strong it was going to be, I wish I had, as I would have planned to use the rest of the beer for cooking of some sort; I could imagine this being used quite well in a “rum” cake recipe, or even a dense fruit cake would likely be a perfect use (just make sure to reduce the level of sugar called out for in the recipe to account). I am planning on this already with the bottle of Black Tuesday that I am opening; in fact I am almost more excited about the Imperial chocolate stout cake that I am going to make than actually drinking the beer :-).

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled from a growler at The Bruery,

A: Pours a murky brown, small smattering of bubbles, really no head, not surprising though when I found out it was 15%. Looks good for a high alcohol beer.

S: Smell is just great. Beautiful aged malt, molasses, prune/raisin/dark fruit. Has the smell of fine English barleywine, outstanding.

T: Big on the malt for sure. Wheatwine is really most evident and stands out. Fermented brown sugar, hint of vanilla, caramelized dark fruit, butterrum candy.

M: Very light carbonation, very smooth, full-bodied for sure, really no alcohol.

D: If I thought Partridge in a Pear Tree held its alcohol well this is exceptional. I knew the blend of the beer so I was thinking 10%, but I found out it was 15% and was shocked. Really it drinks like a 5% beer. I hope they have this on cask at a later date, I'd really like to have it again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by yours truly at Curran's tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown, almost like liquid Werther's candy, with no head or lacing.

Smells like sweet bourbon, caramel liqueur (if that exists?), brown sugar, toffee, and booze. Smells decadent and sweet, which is how it translates flavor-wise.

This one is a world-beater, so unbelievably tasty. So much caramel and toffee here, the chocolate monstrosity that is Black Tuesday is in full force, but it is overshadowed by the caramel/toffee invasion that is supplied by White Oak Sap and the anniversary ale. So much vanilla and oak as well, as well as the expected bourbon push, sweet, slightly smoky, but full of coconut and vanilla goodness. Just out of words to describe how good this is.

Full bodied, but not too thick, creamy, sweet mouthfeel. Very low carbonation.

This one absolutely blew me away. Bravo!

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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 HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25oz consumed on 11/27/2009 on tap at The Bruery over a couple hours. I should have had more. The color is dark brown and opaque with a big thick light brown head.

The nose has a lot of brown sugar and a distinct bourbon presence. I detect maple, and the brown sugar and maple notes pervade every aspect of the aroma. The beer is boozy but not 17% (as the sign reads) boozy. Perhaps 10% boozy? It's evident but at a level that I enjoy. Strong caramel, toffee, and vanilla notes are evident. I detect cocoa but it's hidden behind the bourbon and brown sugar sweetness. When the beer warms, the combo of bourbon, butterscotch, brown sugar, and vanilla is intoxicating. I'm a sucker for The Bruery's barrel aromas.

The taste opens with brown sugar, maple, butterscotch, and bourbon. Booze heat is powerful yet delicious. Sweetness is at an upper moderate level and oak is noticeable. The beer is quite sweet, but the robust bourbon and maple absorb it nicely. I get bourbon soaked dates. Strong brown sugary maple finish. Delicious bourbon booziness. I don't get any roasted malt out of the blend, despite previous reviews mentioning it.

The mouthfeel is robust, smooth, and sticky. Big bold and boozy. This beer is not for everyone, but it is definitely for me. This is one refreshing craft beverage.

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The color is a very dark mahoghany, almost like black.

The aroma has tons of deep sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, almond, dark fruit, plum, and some woody oak.

The flavor follows with a punch of sweet juicy plum, raisin, prune, almost like a candy. Then there’s vanilla, caramel, oak, bourbon. It’s almost like biting into a caramel plum candy that just explodes with deep rich sweet flavors.

The mouthfeel is extremely rich and creamy. It’s almost like oil with how huge and thick the body is. There’s a slight booze on the back end, which makes sense for this beer.

For me, it’s mostly the Papier that comes through, as it’s much like an old ale with its molasses, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel. I don’t really get the stout characters of Black Tuesday, although I’ve never had either.

This is clearly one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Up there with the huge amazing bourbon barrel aged stouts. I love this beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with JLindros. Poured into a tulip and reviewed from notes.

A - Pour is almost blackish hue but its really just a super dark ruddy brown. A creamy mocha halo and nice clouding. This is 15.5%?!?!

S - WTF!!?? No booze at all with this just loads of nice chocolate and dark fruits, sweet caramel, and bourbon.

T - Lots of coconut, dark fruits, and chocolate. Barrels galore. So much delicious bourbon. Ohhh my goodness, what am I drinking?! I want more, its sooo rich and delicious.

M - Uhh...15.5%?! Bullshit! This stuff is so, so freaking good. Goes down amazingly easy. Stuff is amazingly good.

O - Overall this was phenominal. I cant believe a blending of beers can come out tasting like this. Wish this delightful beer was readily available.

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Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Monk's.

Pours a ruddy dark coppery chestnut brown color which is completely opaque with a half finger dark tan head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring.

Boozy bourbon aroma with lots of sweet alcohol along with caramel malt, toffee, chocolate and hazelnut. There's also a bitnof dark fruit, most noticeably dRk cherry, plum, fig and raisin. At first it smelled a little bourbon heavy but becomes kore complex in the nose as it warms.

Slightly chewy medium body that is surprisingly spicy up front followed by sweet alcohol heat and bourbon that lingers throughout into a sweet and very hot finish. This beer becomes more complex as it warms and a ton of complexity begins to show. Lots of sweet caramel and leathery malts along with earhty oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, hazelnut and slightly tart dark fruit. A very nice balance of spice, sweetness and bourbon/alcohol heat. Hints of tart dark cherry, plum, raisin, fig mixed with silky chocolate malt and caramel. Very well balanced and pretty drinkable considering the ABV. You can taste the heat butni wouldn't have guessed this beer was 17%. I'm actually very surprised that after the initial palate shock is beer is very smooth and flavorful. The bourbon and barrel notes are excellently integrated Making me salivate for another sip. Very well done and actually lives up to the hype. I'm psyched that I got a chance to try this one. Highly recommended!

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

From 750mL red wax dipped bottle to Portsmouth glass on 5/24/12
*From notes

A: It looks like a cider. A decent pour yields a .75 finger head, which leads to a disappointingly meager collar. Not much lacing follows.

S: Quite pleasant. Melted caramel and a bit of apple butter on toasted wheat bread. Unlike the Bruery's White Oak, I get plenty of bourbon on the nose here.

T: Rather wheated up front. This is smooth, low key and really approachable for such a big beer. Though this blend isn't the tits, I do get a reasonable balance of both the White Oak and BT. It's also nothing if not sweet. Lots of residual sugar floating around in my mouth from beginning to end. More bourbon then I'd expected, which I'm really digging. Fairly well put together.

M: It's not gonna rock your face, but it's ok I guess. I'd like a more velvety feel, more viscosity and density. I feel like a broken record by the way, as I've now said this about most of the Bruery's recent releases.

O: A much better effort then I was expecting. After the liquid shitshow that is White Oak, I really wasn't expecting much from this one. Yet this is a solid effort, if not a bit unbalanced. In the future, I'd like to see the Bruery do like Firestone-Walker: bring in a winemaker and allow them to help in the blending process. It'd be a shame for all this potential to go to waste.

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

A: Poured a hazy dark brwoen with a small tannish cap

S: Immediate boozines stings the nostrils, chocolate, caramel, raisin, oak and vanilla.

T: Delicous and amazing! Booze soaked fruits and chocolate covered raisins, bourbon, oak and vanilla just like the nose. I also get a nice Earthiness with oak.

M: Big body, loads of flavor

O: Just delicous and I see it being cellar worthy for sure

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle tap filled from...you guessed it...NutBrown! Thanks Alan!

A light hiss when I popped the cap, with an average pour I get a 1 finger head of tan foam and the liquid appears to be a pitch black. Holding the glass to the light, I can't see any signs of contradicting that statement.

I'm taking a few whiffs and man, this is one hella good malty smelling brew. A little bit of alcohol sneaks its way through but not nearly as much as I expected from a beast this strong. Cocoa and chocolate? You betchya, in spades.

First sip and it's a sweet thang. Big milk chocolate and caramel malt sweetness absolutely dominates. I can taste some dark fruit sweetness on the tail end as well. Wow. The malts just never give in here though I do dtect a slight dark chocolate bitterness from time to time and is most noticeable near and through the finish.

There's some nice warming here, very welcome on a very cool day that is currently ~40F, so sipping on this puppy is mandatory, as the abv would suggest, but certainly dosen't detract one bit from how much I enjoy drinking this brew. Oh, I just got a good taste of plums, like literally out of no where. It's reminding me of a JW Lees Harvest Ale with the Malt presentation and that's a compliment all the way!
Wow, again!

Full bodied with light carbonation, it feels so sliky smooth in the mouth that I have to say yet again, wow!

Drinkability? Huge alcohol content that is hidden quite well considering, awesome taste and awesome mouthfeel, ths is one of the best malt centric brews that I have ever tasted. In my book, this is World Class! Alan...I can't thank you enough for the opportunity!

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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz growler courtesy of jw347. Shared with Deuane, ksak, and sierrags.

A: The ale has a dense, dark body, heavily influenced by the stout. When held up to light, only the faintest chocolate brown colors come through and only at the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is heavy on the oak, imparting a boozy warmth and full flavor that features both vanilla and cocoa powder. The sweet, treacly barleywine aromas are also evident.

T: Taste-wise, both the stout and the barleywine aspects fight for attention. The barleywine angle seems, to me, to be the winner in a close finish. Cocoa powder and vanilla re-appear and reinforce the barrel aging. Malts that do come through are sweet and thick. Every now and again, burnt malts from the stout base pop up and add more coffee and chocolate. Dark fruits add a lush sweetness that isn't too sugary. The taste is very full, a luxurious ale to sip on.

M: The ale has a sharpness driven by the carbonation, scrubbing at the taste buds after each sip. The complexity is a treat in the mouth.

D: 15%? Really? The strength rarely pops up, content to hide behind the full profile. A masterfully blended ale, rich and intense. More, please.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, boozy sweetness. Almost a jammy quality. People say this is too sweet, but I think the alcohol cuts through and balances it, then again, I don't mind sweetness. For such a big beer it doesn't feel sticky. No alcohol burn. think I preferred Fruet to this, but barely.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml red waxed bottle poured into tulip 3/7/13 cheers alpineclimber for the bottle

A dark cola liquid until held to the light where it glows a deep maroon, to my surprise a thumbs width of foam lasts for a few sips leaving a single partial ring. not as dark as I was expecting almost being able to see the other side of the glass under the foam and I can see plenty of bubbles and a little sediment

S barrels strong with some wood, bourbon, vanilla, and a little booze but I'd never guess how strong it actually is, loads of caramel, a healthy dose of chocolate fudge, a little molasses with a hint of plum, sugar coated raisins, and maybe some dried cherries. plenty going on and I'm liking it, quite sweet and the booze is well hidden

T much more booze and a little anise I wasn't smelling, burnt brown sugar and slightly more oak but a little less bourbon, and very faint coffee, didn't quite live up to the nose but that still leaves some tasty liquid

M very thick and syrupy, just enough bubbles to give it some life and sticky on the lips, tannins are noticeable but slight, a numbing effect with a little heat, this finish isn't that strong but its complex

O lots going on and I have little to complain about, there's some booze popping up here and there but all things considered they made a massive beer quite drinkable. I've had my nose in my glass for a while now and its very impressive and if the flavor could've followed at that level this would've been one of my all time favorites

this one lives up to the hype and I'm just stoked I got to try it, lots going on and although I might regret it tomorrow I had no problems taking this monster down solo. I'd love to have another bottle to lay down for a decade but I feel lucky because I got to try this bad boy

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a ruddy brown, all those caramel and toffee notes apparent in the color, thin beige head 1/5". Aroma was lots of toffee, vanilla, caramel, barrel, brown and chocolate malts but with enough sweetness that the heat nor roastiness comes out on the nose.

Black Tuesday dominates the profile, lots of sweet chocolatey booze in this one, like drinking a liquid cracker jack of 15% proportions. Dark sugar. The waves of toffee and caramel keep on keepin' on. Goes BT, Anniversary beer, then the white sap in order of dominance of the flavors. Its a really good, often overlooked beer, really fun when you have a few friends to share it with, cracked quite a few of these over the years, often once the co-main event fight gets going, that's the time for this one.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle bought to a recent tasting by Doug and Shaun. Poured into an unlabeled snifter 8/31/2013.

This beer pours a thick dark brown body, with minimal white head and retention. Looks rather viscous, but otherwise looks like any other barrel-aged barleywine (even though this is most certainly not a barleywine).

The smell on this is just awesome. Up front, I can smell that bourbon heat! And then there is that strong aspect that reminds me of white chocolate, but not quite- I don't get as intense of a vanilla scent in the nose like I did in the actual WC.. but its a very sweet, vanilla coconut scent that is cut rather well by the chocolatey flavour which I imagine is the BT contribution. There is a nice caramel, perhaps toffee contribution in the nose which is probably from the Anniversary ales. Very pungent, complex and fascinating nose.

The flavour profile is also very complex. I get less of the bourbon and quite a bit more of the toffee, caramel flavours that cut the white oak sap contribution's straight up vanilla/coconut sweetness by quite a bit to make it a more interesting, varied experience. There is less of the bourbon flavour, but the aftertaste is definitely a BT contribution. I don't know how else to describe this beer, but it is an absolute treat.

Definitely a big bodied beer, OK carbonation, and a small bit of heat. But nothing indicates to me that this is a 15% ABV beer. Nothing. It's smooth yet is absolutely a sipper. But extremely flavourful and creamy.

This beer is an absolute treat. Would definitely recommend sharing one bottle with friends, preferably friends you like! Very interesting, complex and big beer. Typical of the Bruery's best offerings.

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

Huge thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer! Thanks elliot!

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with a white collar.

Smell: Really wood with big barrel notes. Huge malt profile. Dark fruits, caramel, toffee.

Taste: Bourbon and oak are huge in this beer. Very malty and very sweet beer. Dark fruits and candied sugar, caramel, toffee notes.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation. This beer is alot hotter than most bruery beers brewed at this strength of ABV. It just so boozey hot.

Overall: This one was pretty decent, but it did not blow my mind. A good American strong ale for sure, but one try was good enough for me. The barrel and bourbon is just too big right now. I would sit on this bottle for 2 or 3 years if I had a bottle.

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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
4.35 out of 5 based on 1,827 ratings.
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