Tsarina Esra | Brouwerij De Molen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by johnnybravo on 02-11-2008

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194
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
13.94%
 
 
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Photo of spdyfire83
2.11/5  rDev -49.3%
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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.04/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.21/5  rDev -22.8%
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

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
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!!

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
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...

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Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of bobhits
3.95/5  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!

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Photo of popery
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 25/04/14; just over a year old. Thanks ReallyOldBrownDog for gifting me this and so much other beer.

A- The black-and-white DM labeled 12oz drops a basically pitch black brew into my wine glass. With an aggressive pour the head barely makes it over about 2mm high with a light tan appearance quickly darting to the edges of the glass. This small ring leaves almost no lace.

S- An array of potent aromas jump out of the glass giving me more of a foreign or even English yeast impression than heavy roast. Strong notes of spicy dark dried fruits, anise/licorice, charred barley, bitter dark cocoa powder, toasted nuts and grains, aged caramel malts and plums.

T- Same general idea as the aroma but a burnt bitterness seems to amplify the heavily roasted grains, licorice, pure dark chocolate and toasted nutty flavors. The dark fruits like raisin, plum and fig are up front and lead to the bittering aftertastes. Exhaling brings ashy, smoked flavors out.

MF- Oily with carbonation on the low-end, not flat but just enough bubbles to keep it acceptable. Slick and thick overall consistency. Finishes slightly warm with burnt bitterness lingering.

A complex, strong Porter that presents a very wide spectrum of flavor. Dark and fruity and not a chocolate coffee bomb; certainly has that East of the Atlantic feel from the yeast.

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Photo of Floydster
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black pour with tan head; cap dissipated quickly to a ring which maintained throughout; spotty lace; good clarity. Roasted malt, chocolate and black licorice nose; dry straw as liquid continues to open up. Flavors of chocolate, roast malt with a semi sweet licorice middle; dry cocoa powder finish with just a touch of alcohol. Medium, dry mouthfeel; light plus carbonation. Semi sweet linger with a little alcohol woven in the Lite roasted bitter malt.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of GoGriz
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rec'd this bottle in a recent trade from Jeff. Thanks for one of the coolest trades I've done to date man. Bottle number 0141...great presentation.

Appearance is pretty nice. It takes a gentle swirl to coax out a thicker head and its color ends up being a cinnamon, mocha tinted brown.
Smell is of milk chocolate and it is very distinct. Wow the nose matches the taste in the milk chocolate department. Other than that though the flavor is a bit one dimensional. Mouthfeel is like a chocolate shake and I like it. Not what I was expecting from this.

A really nice, somewhat simple beer that I know I'll crave in certain moods (which sucks as I may never have it again). I'm enjoying it thoroughly now!

This is the 2009 bottling. 18cl.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 11,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on 08 November 2011 - Good for 25 years.

Appearance: Tsarina Esra appears pitch black in the glass, with a strong back light revealing the deepest of reds along the edge. A rough pour yields a massive, slow-forming, coffee-creme coloured head that displays good retention for the Abv. and leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell: Wow, this is very different from the last imperial porter I had (BBXX), though I guess this is a much more traditional take on the style. Notes include: Roasted malt, ash (noted in most of De Molen's big stouts), dark caramel, sweet dark fruit, a hint of molasses, toasted grain, marie biscuits, a hint of herbal hops and a touch of tar. As the beer warms, milk chocolate notes become apparent.

Taste: Mmmm, this is a delicious imperial porter. Roasted malt, light charred notes, sweet dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, burned raisins and liquorice are all noted. Warming yields notes of chocolate liqueur, a hint of smoke and a touch of coffee. The finish is moderately bitter with light notes of earthy hops.
Perfect Abv. cover, I would not have guessed this was much more than 9%.

Mouthfell: Pretty much bang on for a big porter! Just shy of a full body with a medium level of super smooth carbonation.

Overall: With winter on its way, this was a great choice for an evening sipper! I wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

gosh, de molen has to be one of the kings right now. i know i am a mikkeller fanboy, but these guys are on the rise. this beer is sensational, has a lot of elements that make it similar to other beers they make. its rich and huge and yeasty, boasting chocolate and coffee distinctly as accent flavors, and like my colleague said, its literally light biting into a piece of fudge in terms of both taste and feel. thick and yeasty looking too, with fish food pieces floating about and a full inch of airy tan head that really never settles, although i never gave it a chance to, drank it pretty fast... oh well! notes of peanut and sludgy de molen yeast, feels old, but my bottle was made in 2014. dry for its abv, but there is a big caramel malt middle in this real dark beer, and it never resides, lingering awhile after the swallow. this is campfire stuff for me, to be consumed outside, late and night, in the summer. i know thats weird for porter, especially of the imperial variety, but thats what it screams to me. its the one big dark brew that needs pine pollen and campfire smoke and burnt marshmallow to make full sense. not a trace of booze in the taste, but what a buzz! love

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Photo of Absumaster
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Tsarina Esra from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.
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