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Tsarina Esra Imperial Porter - Brouwerij De Molen

Tsarina Esra Imperial PorterTsarina Esra Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

113 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tremendous beer, bottle number 75. Challenger hops, and saaz for aroma. Sent from Holland, fresh. Left it for about 24 hours, yet it kept foaming over, foam eventually almost disappeared,still tasted carbonated. Jet black.Aroma of cocoa and licorice. First maltiness, then the hop bitterness comes at you and builds up over (several) glasses. 92 IBU, an outstanding effort for its class-I would take this over many great imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 00:54:01 | More by Sammy
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lazily pours out an opaque, inky black body. No amount of swirling, shaking, or verbal abuse can raise a bubble of carbonation from its depths.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with notes of barley, baker's chocolate, and licorice liqueur.

Taste: Richly roasty and certainly sweet. Hint of scorched grains. A taste reminiscient of bitter herbs and wood run loose amongst the other tastes of chocolate, licorice, molasses. A bit of smoke on the long bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that takes on an oily feel due to the absence of carbonation.

Drinkability: All in all, it really is a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 21:04:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. These statically-labeled offerings from this Mikkeller-esque brewery keep on coming hard and fast to we beer lovers here in Albertastan.

This beer pours a very thorough black, with dark reddish brown hued basal highlights, and three fingers of puffy, broadly foamy beige head, which leaves a few instances of roller coaster profile lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of dry chalky cocoa powder, sour black fruit, soft anise, dark sugar, musty earthy, leafy hops, and a twinge of warming alcohol. The taste is a big shot of semi-sweet baker's chocolate, caramel malt, fruity molasses, a slight milky sourness, mild coffee grounds, more distinctive plump raisins, and a fading earthy mustiness.

The carbonation is quit sedate, and unobtrusive, the body a decent medium-full weight, and rather smooth, with strong creamy leanings. It finishes well off-dry, the chocolate and caramel still most prominent, as the fruit, hops, and alcohol pick and prod away in a slow, barely erosive process.

A rather pleasant porter overall, the chocolate dialed up, the sourness dialed down, and the alcohol somehow off in another dimension, or something. Lots of flavour to go around, and really nothing to keep you from enjoying this like I would imagine the titular Russian empress would.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 03:39:05 | More by biboergosum
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I get back from watching Looper and discover that my beer is also a time-traveler. Apparently this was brewed on December 3rd 2009, but bottled nearly 11 months earlier on January 14th. Thanks to Jeffo for this one. Served in a wine glass. Bottle #288/1320 - 18cl.

A - Hard pour yields a thin tan foam that settles to a thin ring, a wispy patch, and a few specks of lace. Very dark brown with some transparency at the edges.

S - Lots of dark fruits, dark chocolate, and a touch of licorice. Alcohol is fairly well-restrained, and there's a savory undercurrent of soy and umami. There's a bit of roast and char, but as with most of Menno's beer it's understated.

T - Taste is super smooth with lots of chocolate fudge and light caramel and toasted bread. Dark fruits are there, but on the sweeter side rather than vinous. No alcohol presence here, and a mild anise bitterness in the finish. As it warms I get a bit of Belgian-style candi?

M - Medium-full body, with moderate-to-low carbonation that dies out over the course of the glass. Smooth texture with a very sticky finish. Not much in the way of any alcohol heat.

D - I had a bottle of this when Menno was in town and it wasn't nearly as good as this one. Perhaps some vintages have held up better than others. 18cl is the perfect serving for this sort of beer if your drinking for one. Hopefully the batch released stateside recently will be as enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 02:44:58 | More by MasterSki
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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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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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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
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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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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 28/1/13

A looks like black liquid with a deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam fall fairly fast ending up as a thin film that leaves no lace

S molasses and slightly sour dark fruits come out first, bakers chocolate, a little booze, raisins, some licorice and earthy notes

T the roast is darker in the mouth, a little char and smoke work well with the sweetness, slightly nutty and the raisins I could smell have switched to prunes, a little chocolate liqueur with coffee and overall I'm a little surprised how different the flavor is compared to the nose

M not too thick with a little heat, a little sticky on the lips and nice sweet roast aftertaste lingers for a while

O pretty solid example of the style, could use a little age but already quite mellow for a big brew. quite a bit going on and nothing to complain about, something I'd drink again in a heartbeat

I'm happy with this one and might buy one or two to sit on, I doubt I'll age it for the 25 year potential I see printed on the bottle but I'm sure a year or two would do it some good

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:02:15 | More by wordemupg
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largadeer

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Arne. Opaque viscous black with a thin brown crust. Black licorice aroma is prominent, and there's a faint charred undertone along with a bit of molasses sweetness. Palate is very viscous, and the flavors mirror the aroma pretty closely, with strong black licorice flavors, molasses, earthy bitter hops, brown sugar cookies and a touch of alcohol. Really nice stuff, this brewery continues to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 03:03:16 | More by largadeer
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle, stamp on back label says 05/04/12. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some milk chocolate and a bit of an earthy/herbal flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and slick, and has a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew, but also pricey at $8.99 a bottle. With that being said, it's definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 22:30:42 | More by bluejacket74
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gford217

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle, 2007 vintage #172, courtesy of fonefan poured into a tulip.

The top comes off with hardly a sound and an aggressive pour produces a smattering of big tan bubbles on top of an opaque deep brown body. There is no retention or lacing to speak of.

The nose is boozier than I was expecting with a port character that comes out from the very beginning. There are tons of dark roasted malts, coffee and bakers chocolate underneath the booze. There is an interesting mix of tobacco and leather that comes out as it warms.

The taste really explodes with the first sip. There is an ashy burnt malt and tobacco presence to start things off, but it gives way to some espresso and dark chocolate malts in the middle. The finish gets slightly sweeter with some molasses before the big dry finish kicks in.

The mouthfeel is super slick aned smooth with almost non-existent carbonation. The finish is ash-like in it's dryness which I don't often get in a beer.

This is an excellent beer that I think would be absolutely world class if it had a shade more carbonation. As it is, the look and feel take a hit from the complete lack of carbonation. The nose and taste are exceptional with tons of complexity and all kinds of different flavors coming out. Interesting and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 02:32:02 | More by gford217
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

18cl bottle poured into a tulip, bottle # 1167...Pours a dark brown with a light tan had, rises about two fingers, but gone right away. Spotty lacing...A very strong aroma of alcohol, black licorice, but it sweet, yet I'm not thrilled...The taste pulls this out, super complexity. There is still lots of alcohol, this could use some time before drinking. The taste is very vinous, I would assume this was aged in red wine barrels but I can't find anything to indicate that. A sweet start, red wine, then a bitter coffee finish. A very tannic feel. Enjoyable to drink, but this is a sipper.

Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 21:46:47 | More by jrallen34
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chinchill

South Carolina

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
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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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Floydster

California

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

33 cl bottle brought by rallison to the SeaO'Floydster tasting, thanks a lot Ryan for bringing this brew from Netherlands, reviewed from notes, poured into my Rader snifter

A-Deep dark brown, minimal 1/4 inch creamy light tan head that did not last long, no lacing, some legs
S-Dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, honey, booze, roasted malts, port wine, and tobacco
T-Starts off with dark roasted malts, syrupy and coffee in the middle, more of that in the finish along with booze, malt seemed peated in this one and was quite harsh, very rich overall with an always smoky and dry flavor jumping out
M-Roasted, dry, and semi-sweet mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, on the lighter side for carbonation, taste lingers
D-Could drink this bottle but not much more, eleven percent is there and you can taste it, still pretty smooth stuff

This was my last beer of the tasting and not a bad one to end on before going to bed on that super comfortable Motel 6 mattress, would like to try the reserve version now and compare them, first beer from De Molen and it did not disappoint, would drink again, recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 03:52:51 | More by Floydster
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thierrynantes

France

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark brown color, with light tan foam head.
Smell : roasted malty, alcohol and coffe aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted malty, licorice and heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Imperial or Baltic Porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 16:50:32 | More by thierrynantes
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at the De Molen bottle shop in Bodegraven. Wanted to drink the new batch before trying the Cognac version they'd just brewed.

From a 33cl bottle into a snifter
Bottle 335 of 768

APPEARANCE: Pours out brown and transparent, yielding a 2 finger, thicker looking, tan head with great retention. Black body and medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good cap and totally coats the sides of the glass. A ring and splotchy wisp remain leaving some nice lacing down the glass. Good looking beer, though it could be a little darker off the pour.

SMELL: Dark malts, smoky malts and licorice notes in there. Caramel notes, dark chocolate and coffee in there as well. Bold and impressive stuff. Enticing.

TASTE: Dark malts, caramel and smoky notes, as well as some licorice flavors up front. Some vanilla and sweet cream through the middle, leading into a bitter, pure chocolate and coffee finish. A good burst of booze on the swallow as well. Big and lingering aftertaste is boozy with chocolate and caramel sweetness as well. Very flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: On the fuller side of medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes with a little burn at the swallow. A slightly sticky finish and some heat lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: This stuff really is world class. The previous small batch was flat, unfortunately, but this one is just as good as I remember the earlier batches being. A great look with a huge nose and piles of delicious flavor. Only the relatively aggressive heat keeps this one from scoring like a champ. Definitely worth the trouble if you get the chance. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 12:22:35 | More by Jeffo
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with a large and dense light brown head adorning it. Decent lacing but nothing spectacular.

S: Super fruity, loaded with dark fruits. Cherry, grape, raisin, fig, plums, you name it. Touch of chocolate and char but not a huge amount of roasted malt character. Sweet caramel. Creamy. Even get a hint of anise in there.

T: Starts out fruity with the dark fruits mentioned in the aroma. Turns into some roasted malt with char and a bit of chocolate. Char turns almost ashy towards the finish. Ends with a bunch of char, a little chocolate, some anise and a little residual dark fruit. Hints of ashy char and dark fruit linger forever in the aftertaste.

M: Not as big as you'd expect for 11%. Super creamy and smooth, however.

O: Too many baltic porters are almost indistinguishable from an imperial stout. This one is not. Very fruity without a huge amount of roasted malt like you'd get in an IS. Drinkability is shockingly high for an 11% brew, it's very smooth and creamy and a delight to drink. Excellent baltic porter, possibly the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 06:18:48 | More by Dope
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks Dan! Poured into a chalice.

A: Deep brown motor oil, minimal head, even less lacing. Remains absolutely motionless in my glass.

A: Smoky, burnt, soy bitternerness, vegetal hops, very pungent.

T: Unbelievably sweet, burnt brown sugar, so crazy toasted across the board. Very salty, in a way, and almost burnt in places but the astringencies aren't harsh or offputting.

M: Thick, motor oil-esque, and "oily" would be a good way to describe it. I'll settle with "slicker than snail snot," to use the description that was floating around the room.

D: This one'll kick your butt if you're not careful, and likely even if you are. A beer to be respected, but definitely one to try - very unlike a lot of other baltic porters I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 23:05:02 | More by CrellMoset
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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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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a thin beige head that only leaves a small layer on the side of the glass. The carbonation is very low.

The smell is full of chocolate with only a slight roasted edge. There is a hint of smoke and maybe some traces of vanilla and hoppiness.

The taste is a balanced between the dark malts and the alcohol and bitterness. The dark malts offer a dark chocolate and coffee taste, the alcohol is not upfront, but it gives the beer a warming sensation and a big mouthfeel. The bitterness is 93 EBU according to the label, but never mouthpuckering bitter. As said, the beer is very balanced. The high density of the beer gives it a bit of a sticky mouthfeel, but this is very well crafted with only malts.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 15:22:30 | More by Absumaster
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Liam, 2009

Deep brown colour, ring of tan head with not much in the way of lace either. Smell is of burnt coffee beans, bitersweet chocolate and darker fruits, just a hint of alcohol, but fairly robust and roasty overall. Taste is of dark chocolate cake, a bit of coffee as well, herbal-black liquorice flavours and mild dark fruit, a bit of booze with a bittersweet finish. Lightly carbonated, fairly full feel. A great porter, nice rich layerd flavour here probably as a result of aging.

Serving type: bottle

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