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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

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 32
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: johnnybravo on 02-11-2008)
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Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev -1%
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.

biboergosum, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
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!!

GONZALOYANNA, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

aztraz, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of popery
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

popery, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
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

wordemupg, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Texasfan549, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -4.3%

kjkinsey, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of bigorange
4/5  rDev -4.3%

bigorange, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of safaricook
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought it at the Bierkoning in Amsterdam. It was bottled on 05APR12 and therefore a few month short of a year old. I poured it into my Leute Bokbier glass, which is basically a wine glass without a stem. Let it warm up a bit before the pour. I had this one a couple of times and was always excited about it and finally got to review it.

Nice creamy looking beige head of a few fingers that reduces slowly leaving a thin layer and later only a rim, little lacing. It is dark as (Italian) coffee with some ruby shine when put into a strong light source

It smells of chocolate, malts, only little coffee and some booze.

Taste is of malt, little coffee, alcohol. Sourness from some dark fruits and malty sweetness is well balanced. Finishes sweet and a little bitterness.

Really smooth almost oily texture, with enough carbonation to keep it from being stale.

Perfect beer to end the day with. Very satisfying in taste, smell and mouthfeel. If you dig the style you have here a very fine example. My favorite beer from Brouwerij de Molen so far.

safaricook, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Daktyls
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an SA PP glass. This porter is a deep, dark brown, practically black with a half fingered, mocha colored head that dissipates quickly to a patch of lacing in the middle and a ring of slightly larger bubbles around the outside edge of the glass.

S: Mocha and bold coffee present themselves almost immediately with slight hints of yeast in the background as well as some very slight hints of dark fruits.

T: Light notes of coffee and chocolate combined with some less notes of dark fruits and some breadiness.

M: Creamy feel with a low level of carbonation that allows the flavors to come through without masking any flavors too much, though it does hide the higher alcohol content very well.

O: A nice, solid porter with a lot of flavor. A very enjoyable beer that I would definitely have again.

Daktyls, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of wyatt13
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

wyatt13, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of kaneel
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

kaneel, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

DoubleSimcoe, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
5/5  rDev +19.6%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of JavierGC
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

JavierGC, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of ryanpj
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

ryanpj, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of crnipeter
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11-07-2011 so roughly a year old by now. Apparently opaque very dark brown body with ruby hue gets crowned by thick persistent tan head that never entirely goes away and weaves firm sheets of lace on the sides.

Pleasant aroma that's not overly complex exhibits pronounced darker malt chocolate quality and shows some esters of dark fruits and currant.

Initial sweet flavor with chocolate-caramel qualities is overrun by dark malts that last through the relatively dry finish, yielding coffee-like roastiness and liquorice notes. Alcohol is noticeably warming yet remains restrained gently wrapping itself around the tongue.

Substantial carbonation makes the full body mouth-filling and seemingly lighter than actually is. I was pleasantly surprised by excellent mouthfeel and appearance provided by Esra. Obviously De Molen has/had serious quality control issues as their Hel & Verdoemenis was a sink-job due to complete absence of carbonation.

So, the tsar has fallen but tsarina still holds the throne. (330 ml, into tulip)

crnipeter, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

MasterSki, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

kaelingirl, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 small green 180ml bottle w/red wax #219 – bought in Amsterdam

Pours a dark root beer color with a very small quickly dissipating head. Smells of booze, figs, dark overly ripe plums. First sip is complex yet in many ways rather simple. Deep roasted malts, dark fruits, hazel nuts and a tad of brown sugar comprise the taste. The beer is slightly under carbonated and that hurts the mouthfeel. Pretty damn tasty. Drank side by side with a 2012 version bought stateside. 2010 was hands down better and really seemed liked a different beer. The 2010 had yeast in the bottle and was bottle condition while the 2012 was not bottled condition. Really cool to have two different years side by side.

ATLbeerDog, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

DrinkSlurm, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Dope, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Arno
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: Sort of pitch black, or very dark brown at the very least. Nice 2/3 finger foam head. Not lasting too long, but has great lacing.

smell: Roasted malts together with some sour dried red fruity malts. Dark caramel & chocolate sweetness. Coffee as well.

taste: Quite amazing. First you get sweet & sour dried fruits, like black currant, vigs and plum. Then there is some sweet, smokey, dark caramel followed by roasted coffee flavors. Slightly bitter, but quite mellow for a proper porter. Then as a finish it all seems to come together. You still get the hint of sour, dark dried fruits, the sweet caramel and a bit of coffee. The coffee and caramel fade over time, leaving quite clearly the vigs/plum taste behind. Lovely.

mouthfeel: delicious. Creamy, round and full, but with a proper carbonation kick.

overall: I'm tending to give this one a 5 actually. But usually i only get there after i had a few. This is the one i'd go back to the brewery for so far, after bringing back a whole case of "The Molen" bears last time as tasters. It's quite alcohol heavy, but you don't get none of that when drinking (after maybe ;)). It has such a great flavor balance. I like porters, but most of the time they are just a touch off balance. It's too bitter, too milky or whatever. This one seems to do everything right. Highly advised!

Arno, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Diomede
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Diomede, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

bsuedekum, Jul 04, 2012
Tsarina Esra Imperial Porter from Brouwerij De Molen
93 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.