Tsarina Esra Reserva - Brouwerij De Molen
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3.75/5 rDev -6.7%
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Sweet chocolate, smooth booze, burnt sugars, oak, some char, and peat. Flavor is a nice mix of smooth booze, chocolate, and peat...really smooth for 11%. Full body, light carbonation, creamy finish.
A nice RIS that I would have again. The peat is not overpowering and the booze is very smooth with nice chocolate notes. Recommend.
08-24-2012 01:27:00 | More by Sean9689
4.18/5 rDev +4%
Thanks to Kristina for sharing this rarity. Bottle #1016, but didn't jot down the batch info - guessing this from 2009 though. Served in a Glunz taster.
A - Tan foam settles to a thick colar, wisps on top, and minimal lacing. Black body with transparent ruby glints. The Tsarina is actually pretty sexy.
S - The wine barrel is pretty aggressive, lending a vinous and mildly sour grape flavor to the dark chocolate malts, and oaky vanilla.
T - Taste is also vinous, but not as aggressively so. More roast coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruit malt flavors and less obvious barrel influence. Quite a different malt character than the H&V or BD series of beers, which is appreciated.
M - Smooth, medium-full body, chewy texture, lower carbonation, and minimal alcohol presence.
D - I liked this quite a bit, even though Jason insisted the bottle he had in Finland was vastly superior. Easy to drink, with a rich flavor profile, and nice wine barrel integration. Would happily drink this again if it weren't so hard to track down.
06-26-2012 16:09:08 | More by MasterSki
4.18/5 rDev +4%
Bottle to snifter
Shared with farundrpar on a recent visit to Amsterdam. Consumed side-by-side with Tsarina Esra Imperial Porter.
A: Dark brown. Barely half (smooth white) fingernail head on vigorous pour.
S: Distinct bourbon barrel nose. Charred and ash. Chocolate and caramel. Dark, roasted malt.
T: Deep, dark cocoa and molasses. Strong dark, roasted malt. Hint of dark chocolate reminds me of a molten lava cake, but not overly sweet. Bourbon comes thru at tail end of palate and warms the soul. Well done!
M: Full bodied with soft carbonation.
O: Compared to its Imperial Porter brother, this beer is off the charts! I thoroughly enjoyed the bourbon presence in this beer as well as the beautiful hint of sweet that is discussed above. Not overly robust or too complex, but just right. This is a beer that should be consumed on a cold winter night by the fire! Save your money and just buy this one; skip the Imperial Porter version.
12-19-2011 12:37:44 | More by spdyfire83
1.63/5 rDev -59.5%
180 ML nip bottle poured into a snifter
A-- NO piff, no sound when opening. Ah, no carbonation. Wonderful. Poured dark cola color. A few bubbles here and there and a small circle of lacing for film. Brings back bad memories of a flat Black Damnation I got from them.
S-- Still has a nose so we press on. Lots of sweet malts. Kind of a root beer smell. Also get touches of oak as well. Soft nose and no ABV smell.
T-- Candied char, ash and burnt rubber. For the love of Mikkeller. Quite thin. But it lacks carbonation you say. I am totally not impressed.
M-- Thin, obviously lacking carbonation, sweet and has a finish of the usual char, ash and tires. At least Mikkeller gets carbonation right.
O-- Drinkable for not carbonated. I keep telling me I am drinking a sherry from the Netherlands. Might be a decent port. Paid $11 for a 180 ML not carbonated RIS. Next time label this as a port. Brutal.
11-17-2011 15:22:07 | More by mulder1010
2.95/5 rDev -26.6%
A: Coke brown, not very dark for a RIS.
S: strong grains and pungent cheese, smells like a brewery, rose.
T: super cheesy, chalky and charcoaly, butterscotch or burnt buttered popcorn. Aftertaste suggests pear.
M: on the watery side, too thin to support the strong flavors.
O: There was nothing to really glom on to here, underwhelming.
09-15-2011 19:32:45 | More by nickhiller
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one! Bottle #907 of 1216! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. The flavor and aroma on this one were nothing short of excellent to say the least. For 11% the alcohol was not very intense as the dark chocolate notes helped to cover it up almost completely and gave it more of a sweet taste rather than a burning aftertaste. My only gripe with this brew is that it was a little high on the carbonation level, but still quite good as the carbonation helped to break up the heavy feel on the palate and made it feel like more of a creamy texture. A well done brew for sure.
08-16-2011 12:21:27 | More by thagr81us
4.35/5 rDev +8.2%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light rounded notes of scotch with light roasted malt with well balanced sweet undertones. Taste is a great mix between light roasted malt with sweetness notes and some subtle notes of scotch. Body has a nice creamy texture with well rounded body with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with nice level of complexity and no apparent alcohol.
06-05-2011 02:47:10 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev +2%
Type: Nip Size Bottle
Glassware: Radeberger Pilsner Glass
Poured a dark brown mahoghany in color w/ a 1 finger creamy tan head that left heavy lacing on the glass. Tremendous look. Nose was of dark burnt chocolate, cherry, dark fruits, and some oak. Taste was of mostly the same, burnt chocolate covered dark fruits up front w/ a finish of slight booze and good hop bite to prevent it from becoming cloying. Medium bodied - a bit thin for the style. 11% ABV was pretty well hidden, but rears head slightly, bottle size is right IMO.
Overall, glad to have sampled and would not turn down another opportunity. Not mind boggling, but a very solid RIS. Only knock would be a bit thin and tough to drink volumes of.
01-27-2011 23:27:59 | More by mikeyv35
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
Another gem provided by Jan, poured into a snifter. 18cl Bottle #434, bottled October 2009.
Pours dark, dark brown, not quite black, with a frothy beige head that recedes to a small cap and leaves some delicate lacing.
The aroma is sweet with chocolate malts and dark fruits. There is a slightly smoked malt presence and some light coffee and a faint oak character. A fairly light aroma for a RIS.
The taste really mirrors the aroma with a dominant caramel, vanilla and chocolate sweetness.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for an RIS with good carbonation. It's a bit light on the feel overall though.
This is an excellent beer but it's certainly on the lighter side of things for an RIS. Extremely drinkable but not overly complex.
06-09-2010 03:42:21 | More by gford217
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
Served from the oak cask in which it had been aged, at the GBBF 2008. Room temperature, gravity dispense. Pitch black colour, minimal head. Intense aroma of tar, woodwork, coffee, liquorice and alcohol. Intensely roasty flavour with coffee, alcohol, tar, liquorice and dark bitter chocolate. Pretty impressive, but certainly not easy drinking.
06-08-2010 21:36:47 | More by Sigmund
4.53/5 rDev +12.7%
Pours deep dark brown almost black complete opaque chocolate brown hues. Light beige head. Thin lasting ring
Sweet bourbon alcohol aroma with roasted chocolate malt, caramel, oatmeal, toffee, and bourbon which doesn't overpower the other flavors. There is also some raisin, bourdeaux barrel, wood and vanilla hints in the nose.
Medium bodied with some sweet bourbon alcohol that is not overpowering with an excellent balance of chocolate malt, slight roast coffee, toffee, vanilla and earthy oak. Slightly vinous and sweet with a nice barrel presence. Delicious and incredibly quaffable. The high ABV is excellently masked.
03-22-2010 01:44:37 | More by corby112
4.35/5 rDev +8.2%
Dark brown with a medium-sized beige and fizzy head quickly fading away. Not really any lacings.
The smell is nice and deep. Lots of round mature fruit aromas, some edgy spices, toffee and caramel. Bog woody notes. Not very roasty. Hints if minerals as well. A very vinous smell that really grows on you.
The taste is dominated by rich vinous fruit notes coupled with earth, spices, minerals and a hint of plastic. Salt licorice and wood. Smooth and sweet malts struggle to break through, together with aromas of chocolate, toffee and caramel. Hints of grape skin. The finish is spot on with a perfectly integrated note of warming alcohol, dry semi-tart fruit notes and grass. The taste is really aromatic from start to finish.
Full bodied and smooth with a dry finish.
All in all, very good and very impressive. The crude description "tastes like a musty red wine blended with porter" would actually be quite fitting. The wine barrel character is really intense, very close to overpowering. I really enjoyed this one.
01-22-2010 21:12:52 | More by ricke
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
Bottled October 2009.
A - Pitch black with a thin sheet of cocoa head. No lacing.
S - Brown sugar, molasses, roasted malts, and cocoa. There's also a smokey tobacco/leather smell with apparent alcohol.
T - Molasses, cocoa, malts, and alcohol. There hops are still present as well at 92IBUs
M/D - Mouthfeel is great, full body with light carbonation. I'm very glad this bottle from De Molen was carbonated. Drinkability suffers due to the alcohol heat, it needs some time.
This beer was complex and interesting, but still a little too hot to fully enjoy. I'm sure it would last a while in a cellar.
01-04-2010 23:53:31 | More by xpimptastikx
Tsarina Esra Reserva from Brouwerij De Molen
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