Tsarina Esra Imperial Porter - Brouwerij De Molen
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Reviews by johnnybravo:
4.8/5 rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Normally I do not rate much beers. I'm simply too lazy. But to rate this one I had to enter a few other ratings to get to 20 reviews so I could enter this new beer to the database. And I think it was was worth it. This beer is absolutely the best beer ever brewed during the last 40 years (before that I have no knowledge) in the Netherlands. Just amazing. I do like porters and stouts a lot. And this Baltic Porter has all it needs. The aroma is very strong, chocolate, roasted, malty, hops. The flavor just the same. And the mouthfeel. How do they do it? It's so full, so warming, so silky and oily, so warming. And above all that so well balanced. The only others that I had that come close are Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter and Thirsty Dog Siberian Night.
Serving type: on-tap
02-11-2008 09:41:34 | More by johnnybravo
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4.23/5 rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours black with a mocha head.
S: Sweet, toasty, roasty malts, dark chocolate and dark roast coffee in the nose.
T: Sweet toasty/roasty malt, dark and milk chocolate, coffee. Sweet malts are the dominant characters. Some alcohol as it warns and sweetens further.
M: Full bodied and creamy smooth when it's warm enough.
O: Definitely recommended. It smells like a porter and tastes like a slightly sweet stout.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2014 06:04:01 | More by BierJager89
4/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tsarina Esra looks like hot cocoa: black and opaque at first glance but actually more of a dark brown upon closer inspection. There's obviously no chance of seeing through it - the beer is far too dark for that - but there's definite highlights along the edges and it has a taupe colour head.
Tsarina Esra looked a little light coming out the bottle and, indeed, smells a little more like a Brown Ale than it does a Baltic Porter; the notes of toasted brown bread, nuts, and raisins are far more mild than you'd expect from an 11% beer. There certainly isn't the heavily roasted malts that the brewery advertises.
The palate definitely raises the volume up a few notches, but flavours still stay within the boundaries of sweet (dried fruit, black licorice, truffles) as oppose to the anticipated more bitter, dark qualities (espresso, unrefined cocoa). This makes it a slightly more approachable ale but strips it of the rich, decadent notes that distinguish the style's best.
That said, it drinks nothing like its strength and has a chestnut honey-like profile that makes it a satiating porter. It lacks the coffee-ish roast and stout-like semblance of many new world examples, but it has a deliciously agreeable, toothsome molasses/tootsie-roll-like satisfaction...
And hence Tsarina Esra is a little sweet for my tastes. The prunes-meets-rum cake profile isn't exactly what I look for in the Baltic (or any kind of) Porter style and this makes it a tough one to recommend, especially given the rarity and price on this side of the world. De Molen remains one of the best Dutch breweries I've tried, but they have better offerings than this.
Serving type: bottle
11-14-2013 03:10:45 | More by biegaman
4.16/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
De Molen Tsarina Esra Imperial Porter served in a small snifter.
Completely opaque body is covered by an excellent head.
Aroma: rich, sweet and complex, with a load of dark fruits and other elements I could not untangle.
Flavor: starts too sweet then turns more and more bitter -- way more change in this dimension than usual.
Feel: Creamy smooth; very soft; alcohol is almost completely hidden.
O: extraordinary. My admiration exceeded my considerable enjoyment.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2013 03:03:54 | More by chinchill
Tsarina Esra Imperial Porter from Brouwerij De Molen
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