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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3
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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4.35
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9.43%
 
 
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Photo of notchucknorris
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep cola color with a surprisingly large tan head. Eventually, the head gets sucked down into the dense liquid, but I was surprised to see any at all.

S: I'd say this is pretty similar to Black Tuesday. And that is a very good thing. A deep sweet aroma that makes you want to swim in this stuff. Toffee, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, light coconut and toasted brown sugar. If you like sweet things (like I do), this is money.

T: Again, really, really freaking good. Opens with a lot of molasses, milk chocolate covered raisin, and burnt caramel. Dark fruit, especially black cherry is in there as well. Middle features some chocolate and bourbon before a finish of toasted oak and brown sugar. A hint of warmness on the finish, but otherwise the alcohol proves pretty elusive. Mouthfeel is near perfect. Rich and slick without becoming too syrupy. Get it.

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

A: great dark brown color with lighter highlights and an excellent head for a beer of this gravity. Very cloudy - not sure if this was because it was in the fridge for a week or from bourbon barrel aging or something else.

S: fantastic sweet smell of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee

T: very sweet after a while, but you get all of the wonderful flavors of toffee, bourbon, and sweet malt along with some rich fruit.

M: thick, but balanced with solid carbonation.

O: solid beer, but too sweet. I shared the bottle with one other, but half of that is way too much. Should have shared with 4 people. Still an excellent beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

177th review on BA
on tap at RS party

App- It was slightly lighter than the Choc rain only because of the pairing of the two beers. A nice dark beer with little head with no laces

Smell- For a big beer it smelled great as it should. Red fruits with some chocolate and of course the booziness. Nice smell

Taste- This was a close second to Choc rain being the highlight of the day for me. It has the taste of being just great. The red fruits came through with some soft flavor profiles. (Vanilla and others mostly)

Mouth- A very heavy beer with a low carbonation but at the same time was very creamy

Drink- I think at 17% its a bit dangerous in my hands. That whole bottle would stand a chance and I wouldn't be standing anymore.

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Photo of Zach136
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep red no head.

Aroma: Nut, oak, chocolate and raison.

Flavor: Sweetness bording on cloying, alcohol present. PLenty of complex malt character of chocolate, caramel, and nuts.

Mouthfeel: Thick

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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 tpd975
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can not thank JohnQVegas enough for this beer.

A: Pours a nice amberish shade of brown with a nice sized off white head. Nice retention and some lace left behind.

S: Wow heaven in a bottle. Lots of chocolate, dark fruit, and sweet molasses. Notes of oak, vanilla, and a touch smoke from a chunk of burning oak.

T: Nice mix of black cherry and dark fruit up front. Chocolate and oak can be picked up along with dark brown sugar and molasses. The level of oak and vanilla from the vanilla is absolutely perfect. Can not pick up a bit of booze despite this one packing a huge punk at over 15% ABV.

M: Rather full in body, bold, rich, sweet, smooth, um yeah basically awesome.

D: Would be on my short list of beers if I were on death row. This is not just a beer it is a true beer drinking experience, one I wish everyone had the chance to try.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super smooth beer considering alcohol%. Nice sweetness to this. Didn't taste barrel aging , but it didn't matter. Very good.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%

A- Dark, muddy brown body that let's some light shine through. Thin ring of off-white bubbles coat the edge of the glass, but virtually no head to speak of.

S- Lots of toffee and booze on the nose. Hints of caramel and bourbon. Big, full nose that has a lot of strong aromas and a lot of alcohol.

T- Big flavors that really come out and hit you. Bourbon, caramel, toffee, sugary syrup, roasted malts, some roasted coconut, hints of dark fruits. A really huge sipper.

M- Full bodied, boozy, low carbonation, sugary and syrupy.

O- Just a huge beer that has a lot of complex flavors. I thought it would be slightly darker and more roasty, but it really does not disappoint.

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Photo of Deuane
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to akorsak for sharing this one with me.

A-Deep, brown/black with a thin tan head that held on and left spotty lace.

S-Graham cracker, vanilla, sweet roasted malt, toffee, caramel...a treasure trove of aromas.

T-Coffee and toffee, quite sweet overall. deep base of roasted malt with notes of vanilla, chocolate and oak dryness. So many flavours it becomes a bit overwhelming.

M-Medium-heavy bodied. Super smooth and somewhat syrupy, but in a good way. Long lasting flavours with hints and peaks of bourbon notes.

D-A very interesting mix of brews. Lots of flavour and one of the smoothest packages I have ever had. Really nice....Crazy!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Melange No. 3 is a blend of White Oak, Papier, and Black Tuesday. This was on-tap at Small Bar Division for the Craft Brewers Conference special events. I had two 8oz pours into a tulip.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a mocha/tan head. Very little head which quickly vanishes leaving only a few bubbles here and there on top. Overall, not a whole lot to look at.

S - Chocolate, plums, raisins, ultra-booze, toffee. A nice meld here and I can really pick out the sweetness of the Black Tuesday and bourbon in the Papier.

T - Lots of alcohol burn, chocolate sweetness, dark fruits. For this being a 17% beer, the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Not not over-powering, but it's there for sure. I would say this is liquid chocolate cake with infused bourbon.

M - Medium to full bodied, rich and smooth, light carbonation.

D - I enjoyed this beer more then Black Tuesday. It's a sipper, that's for sure. It took me two hours to finish two pours of this. One of the top beers for this style, but Angel's Share Grand Cru is a better beer for me. Recommend!

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

A - Brown, raw prune juice color. Not much head...whisp of smoke on surface. Ring around side, no lace.

S - BOOZE, molasses, brown sugar, cooked dark fruits, wood, vanilla and soy sauce.

T - YUM! Big cooked dark fruit flavor, alcohol heat, vanilla wood. Most of the smells and them some.

M - Hard to handle this hugeness, but they seem to have pulled it off. Good carb, balance, good everything.

D - Nasty ABV but doesn't tire easily!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hannydawg for sharing this with me. Pours a thick viscous reddish color with nice clarity. There is a small amount of head which dissipates quickly and no lacing. The aroma is intensly sweet with layers of complex flavors. Deep notes of chocolate and vanilla are present first, followed by maple and molasses. The taste features and onslaught of malts up front with an expected sweet presence. A little bit of chocolate and vanilla come through along with molasses and mellow oak. The body is substantial and slightly sticky. Overall, this is incredibly intense and best enjoyed in small servings.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

(Aged for 1 year)

Dark, murky brown with a small-to-moderate-sized light khaki colored head. This doesn't leave much cling down the glass, only an oily sheen.

The aroma is sublime: red wine and oak notes initially, especially at colder temperatures, but then the aroma really opens up nicely as the beer warms: dark, decadent chocolate; roasted coffee beans; molasses; dark fruit character; and caramel. Big, bold, expressive, complete.

I've never tasted a beer like this, and each component shines as the beer reaches room temperature. The decadent chocolate notes and mild roast lead the way (Black Tuesday), but are complemented extremely well by sweet and rich caramel, toffee, and candy bar flavors (White Oak Sap), along with bourbon, oak, and vanilla. The alcohol is present, but hidden fairly well, considering the ABV, which sits at 15% on the label, but I'm sure it's actually (much) higher.

Full in body with low to moderate carbonation. Rich and decadent. Coating and thick.

Simply fantastic. A unique, style-bending blend.

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Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by beerloco at our 6 Great Brews mini-tasting last weekend.

Appearance: Pours crimson to mahogany with minimal kahki crown that quickly recedes into a thin ring. Little to know lace going on here.

Smell: Lots of big flavors here. Slightly solvent like alcohol, big caramel notes, some deep roast malt, hints of smoke, rum soaked raisins, and vanilla.

Taste: Same flavors as what were going on in the nose but I'm really impressed by how well they work together. Layers that compliment each other. Very well crafted.

Mouthfeel: Thick with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad considering how massive the flavors and the abv are.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. The latest edition (15% ABV). Served in a snifter.

Pours a translucent cola brown with half a finger of light beige foam. Settles to a frothy ring. No lacing left behind.

Aroma reminds me mostly of the Bruery anniversary old ales. Caramel, vanilla, chocolate with bourbon notes. I suppose I get some of the fruity and floral notes from the White Oak Sap. Slight alcohol burn.

Flavor is quite similar to the old ales as well, at least at first. Intensely sweet initial flavor with strong dark fruit and sherry notes. It seems the Black Tuesday emerges through the middle and finish as a more roasted malt character appears. Floral, fruity, and spicy wheat malt are there too. The finish dries up with some port-like alcohol notes, but the sweetness never goes away and lingers through the aftertaste.

Full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Kind of thick and syrupy.

Overall this is another big and tasty beer from the Bruery, and I enjoy the idea of blending, but it isn't better than the stand-alone components.

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Photo of M_chav
4/5  rDev -8%

Pours a transparent rust color and aroma suggests a BA barleywine. The booze is strong, definitely a sipping beer to share with friends. Lots of wine barrel flavors with the sweet bourbon profile is nice but not what I expected. I get a lot of pine/earthy flavors deeper into the pour but the sweetness is intense, almost too intense. Still a beer to be appreciated and shared.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a bit of red around the edges with a thin finger of frothy off-white head. Fades very quickly.

S - Caramel, dark caramel, and chocolate malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, brown sugar, black licorice, wheat, raisins and other dark fruits, and some booze.

T - Caramel, dark caramel, and a bit of chocolate malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, brown sugar, black licorice, raisins and other dark fruits, molasses, wheat, a hint of smoke, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very bold and very complex. Also well balanced and the Bourbon is kept in check.

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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 Floydster
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled today at the Bruery on Valentine's Day, reviewed this from notes on my cell phone, this is a blend of three bourbon barrel aged beers: Black Tuesday Imperial Stout, White Oak Wheatwine, and Papier, their 1st anniversary brew, I will start off by saying that this is by far their best beer to date and one of the better ones I have ever had period, color is a very dark brown, not much of a head, maybe a quarter inch and slightly bubbly, went away pretty quickly, this stuff just looked good, do not say that often but it was surely the case, there was a big bourbon nose, lots of roasted almonds and malts, very small amount of booze, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, honey, buttered bread, and lots of caramel, flavor is so good, lots of caramel and toffee up front, roasted and bready malts in the middle mixed with vanilla and oak, finish has a nice caramel and bourbon finish, slightly dry in the aftertaste and keeps you wanting more and more, gots sweeter as it warmed after a few minutes and the complexities of the wheat wine component seemed to shine through, cannot barely detect any booze somehow, wow this stuff tastes great, mouthfeel was the only issue with this beer but it was still good, just a little thin at times, sweet, roasty, and tangy mouthfeel, soft carbonation, taste lingered a long time, what really makes this impressive is that is fifteen percent and you barely taste a drop of alcohol, I had to really look for it to even taste any, it was amazingly hidden, could drink a whole lot of this stuff and that would just get me into trouble because of its strength, fantastic drinkability, most amazing part of this brew, the attendees at the Beer Advocate Extreme Beer Fest will be lucky to have some of this stuff, too bad there is only a few kegs in existence, Patrick outdid himself with this one and I made sure I told him before I left, hope to have more as soon as possible, a blending masterpeice, highly recommended

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Photo of Chaney
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Long time want of mine and Huzubendah made it happen. Matt is the man!

I drank a portion of this last night, but I'm now reviewing this around the pool from the bottle Matt gave me.

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured out like melted caramel, same color and everything. Mean looking and ominous in its non-head producing, non-carbonated disposition.

S: Smell like a combination of coconut, caramel, vanilla, and some peanut butter. Pretty friggin amazing.

T: It was so great to try this on a fresh palate. I got the burnt pecan brittle from Black Tuesday, the coconut from White Oak, and the overall bright, fruity center from the various anniversary ales.

M: Sweet and delectable, but that was part of its charm. low on the carbonation side, of course, but high on flavor.

O: This was probably the best beer of 2013 so far.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. 2013 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Peg's snifter.

A: Pours a caramelly brown color with a thin off-white head and low visible carbonation. Very hazy.

S: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla. Quite sweet, moderately boozy. Some sticky malts, dry tannins from the barrel.

T: Bourbon and barrel character with huge vanilla and dry tannins. Toasted caramel, sweet roasted malts, a moderate dark fruit character. As it warms, some mixed sticky fruit flavors come out - reminds me of what I would expect a fruitcake would taste like, although I've never tried one. Finishes drier/less sweet than expected, but still possesses some ethanol sweet burning character.

M: Medium-bodied, carbonation sensation on the low side. Alcohol presence is obvious but seems well-hidden with respect to the listed ABV.

O: I enjoyed this one. It was a surprisingly easy driver for such a huge beer. Nothing I'd always need on hand, but a nice blend for sure. Glad to have tried it finally.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a murky-looking, copperish amber color with a fingers worth of off-white head that dissipates in the blink of an eye.
S- The first notes are of sweet bourbon oakiness, pecans, caramelized nuts, toffee. Secondary aromas are of raisins, dates, figs, some apple. Complex for sure. Another swirl and more of the booze-infused burnt caramel comes through.
T- Way more fruity sweetness than expected! The apple cider, pear, maybe some grapes, make their presence known again. Really boozy heat comes through as well, though not surprisingly at 16.9%ABV. The toffee and caramel notes tend to not be as prevalent in the taste here as they are in the nose. Not getting any chocolate at all from the Chocolate Rain blend. A typical "Old Ale" leathery, woodiness comes through on the back end of the sip.
M- Lighter mouthfeel with some moderate carbonation. Not much bitterness and some heat from the booze adds a little burn.
O- Amazingly complex beer! A bit on the boozier side but still a nice sipper.

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

Glad to try this

The beer pours a deep dark brown. Little lacing and no head. Very mild nose, figs, tobacco, raisin and intense sweetness. The taste matches with incrediblly ripe fruits, but the burp is a hoppy molasses. Strange beer, but almost consistent with an old ale description. The booze are consistently hidden, but catch up to you. I honestly don't know how they hid >15% in this beer. Definitely a tasty beer, but I wouldn't charge more than $20 by any means.

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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 Overlord
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beer!

At first glance pours a somewhat translucent black (oxymorons FTW!), but upon closer inspection it's actually a slightly ruddy very dark, cola brown. A thin crust of light brown/dark tan head. You know what ... I actually have to ding this beer slightly for appearance. I can't give it above a 4.0, which is a shame, as with the skewed rating system here (appearance, to me, is at most 5% of the overall impact of a beer on my quality of life ... 20% is insane) it's going to get a lower score than it deserves.

Smell is overwhelming. Delicious bourbon whiskey notes, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, and a deep, roasted pureed dark fruit undercurrent. Ahhh...so abundant in the nose.

Taste is, perhaps, almost too strong. And you can count the number of times I've said that about a beer on one finger. It's just overwhelming with complexity and quality. There's a definite boozy heat to it, but the kaleidoscope of aromas all translate to the flavors. Additionally, the taste adds in an earthy, woodsy flavor along with brown sugar and molasses. Thick, chewy, delicious.

What the hell was this made of, and why doesn't the Bruery bottle beers like this?

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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.
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