Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Imperial/Strong Porter
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Tsarina Esra lagered with oak chips drenched in 40 years old cognac.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (3396) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
Petite bouteille version 2011 à 12,0% d’alcool. Cette version a la même robe que la classique, elle est noire avec une mousse brune. Le nez offre des arômes de choco-caramel, d’alcool, une touche de levure et de la vanille des copaux de bois. Le cognac se fait plus discret que le chêne. La bouche goûte l’alcool et la poussière. Elle est moins amère et moins riche que la version sans cognac.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3568) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2012
Une bouteille (brassin 2011) offerte par Yan. Un gros merci! Une liquide qui me semble être noir. Une tête mousseuse brune qui flotte et qui résiste. Des parfums de chêne et de cognac qui ne sont pas tonitruants et qui rendent l’appareil fruité et vanillé. Une bonne base de malts rôtis qui procurent à mes narines des effluves de chocolat et de caramel. Des saveurs à peine moins intéressantes. Des flaveurs foncées et chocolatées qui se frottent à une eau-de-vie fruitée. Aussi simple que ça. Une bouche qui me semble moins complète que la version normale. Donc, un corps plutôt moyen qui se fait doucement remuer par des bulles molles. Une texture qui manque très légèrement de richesse. Une finale dans laquelle une amertume de torréfaction se manifeste sous le joug d’une chaleur d’alcool et de houblons mordants. Intéressante dans la mesure où le cognac n’écrase pas tout le reste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (3216) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 25, 2012
A ton of different aromas and flavors in this one. Cherry, coffee, chocolate, tobacco, molasses, and the obvious foundation in cognac. Alcoholic, but not overwhelming. Smooth mouthfeel. Another winner from B. d. Molen. Tried at the Cunigan’s tasting party in 2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle from Zombier, Málaga, brewed 08/11/2011
Black color; generous brownish head. Aroma of cookies, light rubber. Good roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor, very smooth mouthfeel, with moderate residual sweetness, and light presence of generic distillate (the cognac); warming alcohol feeling; correct bitterness.
As usual, a very good dark beer from De Molen, although not complex or special as others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2012
330 ml bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! Bottled 08/11/11. Pours a deep, near-opaque brown with a small, lasting tan head. The aroma has a definite cognac character, along with notes of nuts, oak, chocolate, roast, toast, and earth. Heavy cognac flavor, with chocolate, toasted malts, earth, tobacco, and brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with a boozy, toasty mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Might need more time to mellow and I could see it getting better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (2542) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2012
Black with brownish foam head lacing to glass. Aroma is toffee with (surprise) cognac. Taste is little bitter with some coffee, burns caramel. Aftertaste is long bitter. Good (Velp 201206)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (4016) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JUN 18, 2012
Pitch black bit dark brown and quite foamy head. Clear cognac aroma, which is lovely in this beer. Also raisins, cream, vanilla, some roast and a bit of alcohol. Medium sweet but balanced taste. Extremely smooth body, warming at the finish. Develops well in the mooth. Not the most powerful or roasted, but rather a unique warmer. Lift the already warming character further but has to let go of some power. I really enjoyed this. (33cl bottle, bougt at De Molen)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3444) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2012
33 cl bottle, almost a year old. Dark brown with coating tan foam. Nose is chocolate cake, raisin, light cognac and hay. Medium body with an airy tingle. Taste is milk chocolate, blueberry and caramel with cognac adding a bitter bite. Very smooth for a big brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1104) - New York, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle, 05/30/2012, thanks to Jeffo. Pours black with a massive, pillowy tan head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate with light roast, the cognac treatment clearly present with grape/plum-like overtones, subtle vanilla popping in, and surprising note of citrus hops in the end. Taste is more conventional, moderately sweet chocolate, just a touch of cognac-influenced dark fruits, with light roast offset, coffee notes, some alcohol in the finish. Full palate, fairly carbonated, barrel notes start to build up after a few sips. Nice brew from de Molen, but perhaps not their best- flavor needs to catch up with the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (1781) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2012
33 cl bottle @ home. Black color. Beige head, very fine on top, below very frothy. Aroma’s: Sweet, chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, alcohol, light cognac (mostly retronasal) Flavor is medium sweet, alcoholic, bit ash. Strong alcohol feel, prickly & burning. Full body. Finishes with more ash, somewhat dry and roasted bitterish.

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