BT or Melange 3

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by timc100, May 20, 2013.

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  1. timc100

    timc100 Disciple (375) Aug 13, 2012 Illinois
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    I've got 2012 vintages of both and want to crack one of them open on a cool summers evening, which of the two is better fresh?
     
  2. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    Depends on how much you like/tolerate heat. BT is pretty hot, M3 not nearly as much.
     
  3. timc100

    timc100 Disciple (375) Aug 13, 2012 Illinois
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    I like big boozy beers, but not if the heat is making them more one-dimensional aka I don't want to waste a bottle
     
  4. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    That's significantly less likely to happen with M3.
     
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  5. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,113) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Open the Melange 3.
     
  6. IKR

    IKR Zealot (550) May 25, 2010 California
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    Just had a 2012 M3 this past Saturday and a 2012 BT a couple of months ago. I'd go for the M3. The heat in the BT wasn't unbearable, especially in light it's 19.2%, there's just less in the M3 right now.
     
  7. timc100

    timc100 Disciple (375) Aug 13, 2012 Illinois
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    Great, thanks all. Sometimes you just can't wait. When's BT's prime in your experience? I do not like to cellar what I haven't had, but could only trade for one.
     
  8. mattsander

    mattsander Zealot (547) Feb 3, 2010 Alberta (Canada)
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    Melange 3 is magic, BT is very good but overrated.
     
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  9. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    I just had it last night and it's really, really hot. I usually say not to age things if you hadn't had them, but if you don't like heat in your beer (which I don't know if you do, maybe you do) then you'll want to wait a while. No idea when it'll start chilling out, the fact that it's a different ABV each year makes it hard to say.
     
  10. timc100

    timc100 Disciple (375) Aug 13, 2012 Illinois
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    I agree, if I had access to more than one I would drink one in a heartbeat. Because it's a hassle to get, I don't want to have it and think 'it could be much better'. I am a bourbon drinker so I like something boozy, but not if it's holding it back. Ex. central waters barleywine is super delicious, but I can tell it needs to smooth out
     
  11. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    In that case I'd sit on it for a while. Previous years have held up quite well over time, no need to rush it.

    The good news is that Melange 3 drinks superbly right out the gate, it's my #2 beer by them (after Chocolate Rain).
     
  12. mdfb79

    mdfb79 Poo-Bah (4,741) Jan 11, 2010 New York
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    If I had to drink one now, I'd go with Melange, but I personally find both benefit with time on them. I think Melange is pretty good fresh, but last time I had it it was with 12-15 months on it and I thought it was fanastic.

    Both are strong (and great) beers so I'm sure you'll be happy either way, but if you can hold off until the fall/winter I think they'll both be much better.
     
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  13. Ahappyhiker2

    Ahappyhiker2 Initiate (194) Mar 27, 2013 New Jersey
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    I'd go with the Black Tuesday. I've had both aged and Black Tuesday gets very, very sweet. It's already pretty sweet, but IMO it gets a little unbearable. Melange #3 is good fresh and aged, so I'd let that one sit.
     
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  14. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Meyvn (1,019) Aug 29, 2008 Australia

    give BT a year. mellows out a lot and not all that sweet.
    3 is excellent off the bat
     
  15. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Agree with this one - I opened a 2011 this past Christmas and it significantly smoothed out. Melange #3 I've had fresh a few times and really enjoyed, although I still have one I'm aging to still how it does.
     
  16. timc100

    timc100 Disciple (375) Aug 13, 2012 Illinois
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    Holy shit M3 was fantastic! Had it last night, drinking perfectly. To my tastes, the booziness did not get in the way of anything and balanced out the incredibly sweetness.
     
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