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Tsarina Esra Imperial Porter - Brouwerij De Molen

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Tsarina Esra Imperial PorterTsarina Esra Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

121 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 32
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: johnnybravo on 02-11-2008)
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spdyfire83

Ireland

2.1/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

63rd Review
Bottle to snifter
Bottle #464

Shared with farundrpar on a recent visit to Amsterdam. Consumed side-by-side with Tsarina Esra Reserva.

A: Medium brown. Looks like chocolate milk. 2+ (mocha white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Milk chocolate mixed with paint thinner and laid on oak chips. Yuck!

T: Very roasty. Off tint of cardboard and smoked chipotle peppers. Burnt chocolate. Hint of caramel (the only positive in this experience). Overly burnt dark malt.

M: Prickly and not pleasant. Medium bodied/carbonation.

O: Sharp and off. Hodge podge of really weird tastes and characteristics. Unpleasant from start to finish and thoroughly not enjoyable. Not sure if the bottle is/was infected or what, but this was just a bad beer. Sad, because I really enjoyed the Tsarina Esra Reserva that was consumed side-by-side with this.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 12:33:48 | More by spdyfire83
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

The beer itself is nearly black with a tightly wound tan froth that exists mostly as a cap on top of the beer.

The aroma is not that appealing. Dark chocolate, molasses, and some bitter coffee notes provide the nice part of the aroma, but licorice and earthy hops are less interesting, and there is a metallic copper smell that hovers above everything else.

The flavor is slightly better. There are no noticeable metallic notes in the flavor, leaving dark chocolate, roasted malt, smoke molasses to provide a nice front, with licorice and a moderate earthy hop finish. The flavor is a bit strange as well, and it is not something I really enjoyed.

The beer feels fine on my palate. It is full, rich, chewy, and smooth, with a medium carbonation for the style. It is a little bit dry and smoky up front, and the earthy hops, coffee, and licorice, provide a kind of acrid, dry bitterness.

Overall this is not a beer I would really go after trying again.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 03:48:27 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

330ml bottle, forgot to check dates

A- Near black colour. Huge light brown head, looks really dense and it shows very nice retention

S- In just three words: roasted milk chocolate

T- A hint of roasted malts upfront, then caramel among a very sweet lactic feel that reminds of a milk stout. Maybe some slight dark fruit hints. Not as complex as one could have hoped. Cloyingly sweet finish, with an unpleasant burnt caramel/alcohol feel that leaves a really bad impression on the back of your mouth. I'm also getting some herbal feel on the back of the tongue, but it feels burnt with alcohol as well ad it does not bring enough balance to an overwhelmingly sweet finish

M- Not at all bad upfront, filling the mouth with a soft viscous feel and just the lightest hint of carbonation. As mentioned, really bad on the back of the mouth and in the aftertaste with that unpleasant burnt feel. Plus, alcohol gets too much in the way

O- Appareance and smell were quite promising but the taste was a total letdown. This is an unbalanced beer, no fine brewing work here, and really not worth it's price

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 20:28:56 | More by Cozzatoad
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aztraz

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

02-05-2013 17:00:34 | More by aztraz
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on sep´12. Dark mahogany color & tan headed. Lasting thin layer is left on top. To the nose roasted malt & fudge chocolate aromas, floral fragrances & spiced touches. Creamy & sweet malty sensation. Full body. Soft carbonation. Oily & dense. Herbal & bitter cocoa in the middle. Sligthly sugary aftertaste. Incredible well hidden ABV!!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 22:04:54 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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farundrpar

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

12-13-2011 19:33:09 | More by farundrpar
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

07-17-2013 20:52:11 | More by Caudalie
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boqonx

Hong Kong

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

04-06-2014 07:17:52 | More by boqonx
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bigred89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

02-03-2014 04:38:16 | More by bigred89
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ari32

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

10-06-2013 18:23:59 | More by ari32
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

01-27-2013 23:53:11 | More by Texasfan549
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Swervine44

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

10-02-2013 21:11:40 | More by Swervine44
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

03-21-2014 20:31:52 | More by tom10101
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at the beer store at Brouwerij De Molen. Bottled 05/04/12. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a one finger beige head with good retention and lacing. The nose is dominated by dark fruit and brown bread along with hints of toffee, butterscotch, and coffee. The taste follows suit with huge brown bread, raisins, and dates, along with hints of molasses, licorice, subtle chocolate, booze, and coffee. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a sweet, boozey finish. Overall, this is a little too sweet for my tastes and really lacks any kind of roast. More like a Barley Wine for me than a Porter. I remember having this on tap several years ago at ACBF and really liking it, but this was a bit disappointing...

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2014 20:50:30 | More by beerdrifter
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HopHead84

California

3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/7/2011

Bottle shares by Tim, thanks! 2010 vintage.

A: Black with a small beige head. Foreboding.

S: Dark chocolate with molasses and licorice, and earthy hops in the nose. Light smoke notes waft from the glass and I get lots of green wood. 

T: The flavor doesn't quite live up to aroma. Light chocolate with some plum and grape, almost a sourness in the finish. Roasted grains are apparent. Alcohol is well masked.

M: Full body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and chewy.

Overall: Recommended. A good Baltic Porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 23:07:09 | More by HopHead84
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle number 646, November 2007 Bottle Date; Sampled February 2010
The beer pours pretty much visually flat, though it does muster a large bubbled ring of froth around the edges. The beer is a tar black / concentrated brown color that is pretty darn opaque when held up to the light. The nose smells of umami laden rich malt, hints of teraki, savory roasted grain, a touch of peanuts, toasted hazelnuts, toasted whole grain bread crust, espresso accented dark chocolate. The finish sees a bit of alcohol warming that evokes thoughts of Bourbon. Oxidation definitely is playing a rounding role here in the aroma, but it seems to only be contributing in positive ways up to this point. It is really interesting how nutty the aroma is, this mixes quite well with the rich malt and roast grain notes.

My first sip sees me noticing that the beer is sweet, viscous, yet somehow thin due to the lack of carbonation. This also has a touch of weird, almost rubbery, burnt vegetal note to the finish that is a bit distracting in my first sip. Flavors of molasses, dark chocolate, and burnt brown sugar up front are followed by interesting leather notes, touches of tar, a bitterness from both burnt grain and hops. In the far finish there is a touch of chalkiness, but the bitter roast grain husk flavors linger on the tongue without being overly astringent. Some oxidation adds some burnt sherry notes, a background richness and roundness to the malt as well as a subtle nuttiness to the finish that in combination with some of the chocolate flavors makes me think a little bit of nutella (but without the aggressive hazelnut flavor). Despite the light body (much of which is likely due to the lack of carbonation), this is most definitely a sipping brew and somehow it also has a thickness to it

An interesting beer that I could wish had a touch of light carbonation, but really still drinks pretty well without it. I am not sure if this will actually make 25 years, but it has lasted the past two pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 22:47:22 | More by Gueuzedude
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thimble sized pour from this tiny medicine dropper of a bottle that was dipped in red wax. Roughly a 3oz or so pour of this from a ~6oz nip into a 5oz mini snifter. With Kegatron along for the ride, we divulge this mysterious dark liquid. Obligatory bottle numbering system, this one was #46 in line. It appears a dark brown color with a faint hint of brown clarity around the edges. A swirl hardly provokes any lacing effect or bubbles from solution. A few spots and leggings of alcohol are noted on the glass.

The smell of this brew is unexpectedly herbal with hops, grass and sulfur. Some fruity alcohol aspects emerge reminescent of raisin, licorice and some tar-like notes. As it warms up, it gradually gets back in line with roasty elements if dark grain and bitter chocolate scents.

The taste is bitter with a dry roasty grain inclusion that is burnt tasting of char, tobacco and earth. Some raisony alcohol provides a faint sweetness. The tangy inclusion of alcohol mixes with the dry earthy elements to make for an unusual yet enjoyable experience. The more sips are taken, the more the alcohol seems to become integrated in the brew. All across the backend, are Belgian yeast influences mixed with some herbal hoppiness. Licorice last long into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Initially it is pretty bold with alcohol that tapers off and becomes more enjoyable. It also has a little bit of awkward flavors as aromas that seemingly burn of as the experience continues. Not a bad brew but also not something I would get terribly excited over getting to try again. The small format of this bottle was quite ample to get a feel for.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 20:38:11 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tiny 18cl red wax topped bottle into a couple of snifters. Mucho thanks to Stakem for splitting this little guy with me. Bottle # 0046/1344.

Pours black with a mocha colored head. This retains with a thin ring around the edges of the glass, leaving back a light cascade of spotty foam. The aroma smells of coffee, cocoa, and some light herbal hops. The alcohol mixes in a bit of spicy warmth as well.

The taste is a blend of coffee, chocolate, green citrus, and some more of an herbal hop character that emerges as well. Brunt roast fills out the back, sticking to the tongue along with some leftover pine and lingering spicy alcohol. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a moderate amount of sharpness to the carbonation, giving this a firm creaminess across the back of the palate. The high alcohol presence, while not being overly hot, does start to wear on the palate a bit despite the short pour here.

This was a solid Imperial style Baltic Porter that definitely had some strength behind it but the flavors here never did quite get as deep or robust as they felt like they wanted to. The alcohol also got to be a little bit intrusive here as well. This was certainly good but ultimately didn’t leave a huge impression on me.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 18:08:34 | More by Kegatron
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cL bottle tried 7 Mar 2009, #26, bottled 1 Nov 2007. Courtesy of ygtbsm94, thanks!

Poured in 0.4 L Steiner Pils tulip. Almost no head, this beer is essentially flat. Pours reddish black, opaque. Aroma is of molasses, prunes, figs, some chocolate and dried cherries. Lots of molasses and ethanol, burnt caramel, slight astringency. Finishes with prunes and bittersweet chocolate. Lots of molassess sweetness throughout, slight hint of smokiness at the finish. Fairly heavy body, mouthfeel is like cocoa powder. Alcohol noticeable but not overpowering.

Good but the lack of carbonation was a big detriment.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 02:57:36 | More by htomsirveaux
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2009 - Drank 2010.

A - Deep brown, not quite black. Small creamy beige head, that settles pretty fast with a bit of lacing left.

S - A lot of dark roasted malts and barley. A good amount of bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, and some dark fruit. Also a bit of molasses and brown sugar.

T - A lot of those dark, roasted malts are the initial flavor and provides a base for the drink. Some bitter roasted taste, chocolate, and coffee then come in, along with a bit of tobacco. Then dark fruit starts to make a greater presences (raisin and date) along with some molasses. Starts bitter and then eases into a bit more sweeter taste. Alcohol taste is present throughout.

M - Medium to full body that is creamy and a bit chewy. Low carbonation. Also fairly slick.

D - Strong flavors, high ABV, and low carbonation don't help the drinkability. I wouldn't mind drinking one at another time, but definitely not more than one in a night.

Notes: Pretty nice porter, with some strong flavors that evolve through drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 20:27:28 | More by FreshHawk
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big dark black porter with a huge caramel head. Very nice looking beer.

A big roasted malt with hints of hops. Porters are normally not the most aromatic of the darker beers but what is here is nice.

Chocolate balanced by roasted malt and enough hops to balance out the sweetness perfectly. The net result is a nice porter that doesn't bite from hops or the roast. A very smooth and somewhat creamy flavor is the net end result.

This is a very creamy beer though not syrupy like some of the bigger imperial stouts.

Tsarina Esra is a nice porter, but I can't see going back to this one anytime soon. Definitely, one to pick up if you like the style. It is a touch pricey like all De Molen beers are in the US, but if you can get past that try this one!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 12:38:44 | More by bobhits
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popery

California

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with some dark brown just barely showing on the edges. Small-ish mocha-colored head with lots of fine bubbles. It's actually a pretty decent head for the abv. The aroma has a lot of tasty milk chocolate but seems a bit simple otherwise. There's a lactic edge with a whole bunch of cocoa, so basically milk chocolate. There's a definite caramel malt backbone and a bit of fruitiness to the beer, but it's buried in chocolate. A very light touch of booze. There's probably a light mineral-ish hop flavor, as well, but it's not easy to pick out. The taste is sweet, and while there's a bit more depth, the beer is still on the simple side here, as well. Lots of milk chocolate but a bit more malt and hop complexity, particularly in the finish. It's not quite roasty, but there's a darkly toasty malt flavor in there. The milk chocolate sweetness just doesn't relent, though. Mouthfeel is smooth and full. Very good. This is a nice beer, but I was hoping for more. I tried the recent Evil Twin stout and porter brewed at De Molen, and they were great. So, I guess I had my hopes up for this beer and a couple others. While this is a good beer, I don't think it's worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 06:23:58 | More by popery
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Generous extra courtesy of KingKong. 330ml bottle served in a tulip. 05/04/2012 indicated on the back label. Pours two shades shy of black with a 1.5 inch, tight, mocha-colored head. Head eventually disperses into a sudsy, broken froth. Interesting nose - malted milk balls and dark fruit. Taste follows nose; however, there's also a slight metallic character interspersed in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slightly creamy texture and a very mild, even carbonation. Overall, a very good Baltic Porter; however, it may be heading a bit down hill as I'm getting some traces of oxidation. I'd love the opportunity to try this on draft at some point.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 23:03:05 | More by Jwale73
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SanFranJake

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-13-2013 17:29:15 | More by SanFranJake
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

Bottle number 640 of 823. Bottled 1/11/2007. The beer pours dark brown to black with a very small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, teriyaki and soy sauce. The flavor is more of the same with roasted malt, teriyaki and some light smoke. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 02:19:45 | More by Mora2000
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Tsarina Esra Imperial Porter from Brouwerij De Molen
93 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.