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Tsarina Esra Reserva - Brouwerij De Molen

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16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 31
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 19.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Travlr on 12-23-2009

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 31
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Photo of ricke
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage.

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.

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Photo of farundrpar
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Marius
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, close to black, with a very thin lacing. Smells a bit like the base beer, dark fruit, roasted malts and sour cherries, with an addition of vanilla and hints of whiskey. Tastes like sour cherries, roasted malts, some vanilla, caramel and some kind of strong liquor, like apple brandy. The downside is that the mouthfeel feels much lighter than it should, and it also feels much carbonated than would feel nice.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really dark brown pour with a thin layer of brown foam. You definitely get some barrel character in the aroma but also an astringent note. Taste starts with dark malts and some caramel and gets quite tart in the middle. It has a sour cheery note along the roasted malt. Lingers bitter in the aftertaste with the same astringent note. Body is medium-heavy with soft carbonation. Overall it's a good beer but not that well put together. Without the astringency it would have been much better.

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Photo of nickhiller
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tln13
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Abio
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Anatole
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of vhmf1978
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Sigmund
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of mulder1010
1.65/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Travlr
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #806 poured by Glenn at Alvinne - thanks Glen!
A: Very dark maroon color with an edge head and some lacing.
S: Aroma of chocolate and bitter cocoa.
T: Flavor starts with milk chocolate then progresses to roasted espresso beans and vanilla, well-balanced and dry.
M: Very good body.
D: Nice De Molen brew.

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Photo of gford217
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mikeyv35
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 01/20/2011
Type: Nip Size Bottle
Vintage: 2009
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64th Review
Bottle to snifter
Bottle #094

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.

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Tsarina Esra Reserva from Brouwerij De Molen
87 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.