Tsarina Esra Reserva | Brouwerij De Molen

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Tsarina Esra ReservaTsarina Esra Reserva

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Travlr on 12-23-2009

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of corby112
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
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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Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Travlr
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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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4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Andrea_Netherlands
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown body with a soapy, lasting, beige head. Smoke, char, burnt malt, bourbon, alcohol heat. Smoke and char with burned wood and rich bourbon. Mild sweetness with a light tannic note. While the char character is incredibly forward, I still really enjoy this quite a lot, in spite of the imbalance. Distinctly European in style. Nice.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of mikeyv35
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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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4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Tsarina Esra Reserva from Brouwerij De Molen
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