Brouwerij de Molen Cuvée #3 – Imperial Stout at 11.4% ABV

Brouwerij de Molen Cuvée #3 Imperial Stout at 11.4% ABV _(C$8.78 at Andrew Hilton Wine & Spirits, 330 ml, packaged on 27-Mar-2015, best before 27-Mar-2040, acquired 15-Jan-2016, reviewed 7-Feb-2018)_

Appearance: near solid black with one finger of loose beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: red wine, burnt sugar, oak, dark fruit, cocoa, liquorice. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full slightly sticky body, moderate carbonation, boozy hot sweet building bitter and warming finish. (3/5)

Not really working for me. The aroma is a bit muddled, with an odd mix of red wine, chocolate, and liquorice intermingled with burnt sugar and possibly burnt wood. A bit all over the map, with no clear direction. Maybe I jumped the gun and it would settle down and intermingle a bit better if I had cellared it for another couple-three-twenty years and drank it just before the BB date? (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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