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


on tap


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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
Tsarina Esra lagered with oak chips drenched in 40 years old cognac.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1211) - 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 (2001) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2012
August 2011 bottle at Nya Tröls in Malmo. Deep brown body with a quick-forming light brown head. High effervescence requires a time of swirling agitation to bring the carbonation down to suit the body, otherwise it’s overly frothy and fizzy and the yeast phenols, present in all other high gravity De Molen beers tried before, become excessively dirty. When the carbonation meets the body the malt is presented sticky, fluffy and pillowy, leaning to the sweet side. The cognac soaked oak along with the heavy malt provide a sweetened date/plum/grape note to go with the chocolate mousse and roast. Alcohol, mentioned at 12.5%, never dominates, always playing in the background. It’s well-balanced sweetness, alcohol and malt firmness are what makes it so good. Had as a nightcap after a wonderful mackerel, cod, asparagus and beef dinner earlier, elsewhere in town.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11555) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle. [thanks noize/skortila/caesar]
Completely black with a firm, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma has lots of fat milky chocolate, sweet oak, cognac, light roasted. Low carbonation, fat and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of delicious, luscious, chocolate, roasted, soft, elegant. Long, lingering, malty bitter finish with a soft vinious touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19534) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small longlasting off-white head. Has a roasted malty fruity chocolate and weak cognac aroma. Roasted malty sweetish chocolate and dark fruit flavor with hints of cognac. Has a roasted malty chocolate, cognac and dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7887) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2012
33cl from DeMolen biership, shared with Tomaz. Brune foncée, col fin beige/moka. Arôme de malt, choco, caramel, le tout sur un bouquet Cognac boisé, note de grains voire de noisette? Houblon est présent également et confère une légère pointe d’amertume. En bouche, malt grillé, léger cara/choco, le cognac est en retrait et se ressent par le profile de copeaux de chêne. Pointe toffee noisette, le tout étant collant aux lèvres. Le houblon est fleuri voire citronné rajoutant une fine amertume en fin de bouche. L’usage de copeaux en lieu de barrique s’en ressent pour une présence plus faible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoFi (1678) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2012
Bottle, a 12% version bottled 08/11/2011. Black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma: wood, roasted, chocolate, müsli. Taste: chocolate, licorice, some alcohol, cognac, raisins, roasted, some kind of red candy. Full-bodied. Leaves me a bit disappointed after the fantastic regular version. I don’t know, the last year or so, with the new label design, the heavier De Molen beers haven’t been as impressive as they used to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (7139) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2012
Bottle at Arendsnest. Black pour with a beige head. Aroma is slightly vinous, roasted, stale coffee and oats. Flavour has chocolate, dark fruits, coffee and caramel. Full bodied with low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dunt (299) - Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2012
Handbottle courtesy of Bo. Sampled side by side with the base beer. Deep brown in color with a small amount of head on the pour. Nose is full of smoke and oak, there is chocolate and some roast as well. Flavor mirrors the nose with a little more emphasis on the chocolate, tobacco, and oak. The cognac doesn’t really shine through all the much. Mouthfeel is smooth, booze is hidden well, and there is a solid amount of carbonation. Didn’t really do a lot to differentiate itself from the base beer. It’s decent, nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4851) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2012
Bottled. The aroma has roast, dark fruits, red fruits, some coffee, hint of cognac, nice and subtle. Black coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is little sweet, bitter, has some chocolate, roast, fruitiness, bit wine. Medium-full mothfeel. Nice.

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