“Mélange #3 is a blend of three bourbon barrel aged strong ales. White Oak Sap, a wheat wine, our Anniversary Series old ale and our imperial Stout, Black Tuesday, join forces in this luxurious strong ale that links some of the best characteristics of each of the contributing beers. Chocolate, dark fruits, oaky vanilla and rich toffee-like character reach through the bourbon veneer for an intensely satisfying quaff.”
Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Thanks Scott for trading this to me a couple years ago. I think this is a 2013. Bottle says 15%.
Pours a muddy brown opaque body with not much of a head, it’s off white and reduces quickly to leave pretty much nothing but a very faint ring. Good amount of sediment. /
Aromas are outstanding.. complex.. rich.. molasses, vanilla, lots of dark fruits to the point of being reminiscent of a heavy red wine, nutty, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, bourbon, chocolate, crazy amount of complexity coming through here, letting this warm up really woke it up.
On the tongue it’s equally as complex and rich.. overall its super sweet with notes upfront of molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, chocolate cake, lightly boozy bourbon, followed by chocolate chip cookies, char and roastyness, syrupy malt extract, finishes sweet and rich. Body is heavy with low carbonation.
This is the definition of a dessert beer.. sweet, rich, and complex, you could spend forever analyzing the flavors and nuances of Melange 3. Very nice.