CheesedMan (554) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy SoLan. Pours a nearly totally black color. Aroma is odd. Very nutty and chocolatey. A great roasted note comes through nicely. The flavor is much more intense than I anticipated, with a huge roasted bitterness on the finish. Vwry nice.
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with almost no head. Sweet aroma of dried fruits, choclate, coffee and lots of roasted malts. Pretty sweet taste, dark caramel, followed by an intense bitterness, both from roasted malts as from hop. Virtually not carbonated, which is a pity, otherwise it would have been really great. Now it is just a great beer.
profwonka (1) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2008 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this with dinner tonight, at the brewery.
At first, I was disappointed they had no TIK, Tien, or Rasputin. But WOW!
Its got a LOT of everything. Complex, deep, rich, perfect head and smells like a beer should.
I would have bought a case, but they were sold out. Competes with the best Belgian Beers in my fridge (West Vlet 12, St. Bernardus ABT, Rochefort 10.)
TaktikMTL (5394) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via un échange avec Chouffegnome99. Arôme: Odeur de torréfaction avec une pointe d’anis. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de caramel avec une pointe de petits fruits foncés. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture sirupeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #1624)
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
The controlled sweetness of aniseed and vanilla swims in warming alcohol until an abrasive finishing bitterness provides plenty of roastiness and hoppiness for this atypical Baltic Porter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam barely surrounds the brown-sleeved black; even if I swirled the beer in the glass, it could not muster any decent head.
-The aroma was not really inviiting (nor intense); I really had to dig into it to find a few objects of interest.
-The mouthfeel is slick and rather loose, not helped by the nearly dormant carbonation.
-That spicy sweetness is almost minty at times.
-There aren’t too many residual sugars in here, which is nice, but I didn’t find lots of mindblowing maltiness either. The body is rather slender for a beer this size.
-This tasted like it needed a lot more time to become more cohesive.
Bottle; thx Marc et Éric!
pantanap (3324) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle shared at west lakeview this past weekend..... poured a dark brown, considerably darker than de molen’s impy stout, with a wispy head.... aroma of black licorice, chocolate, and a little roast that was followed up with dark, roasty smoked chocolate which was semi-watery but ultimately went down well.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 33cl bottle. pours black with no head. aroma of bakers chocolate. flavors are loaded with baker’s chocolate, coffee roast. really smooth around the edges. alcohol is very well hidden. yummy!
auerbrau (3082) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to kramer17801. Aroma is a really intense, complex individual character. There’s an interesting depth that comes as unique, bready mature yeast character, but nothing bad. It’s just so fragrant, delicate and nuanced. Mature, chocolately, bright and crisp. It has that extra edge of something I can explain that puts it in an upper echelon of unique quality. I think the high level of hopping contributes to the beauty of the aroma, but it melds really well. Pours a dense oily black, with very little head. Flavor continues in the vein of the nose. There’s some warm spiced bread, dark fruit jams, then a good run of chocolate and coffee. Immeadiately, I’m reminded of Mikkeller X Imperial Stout, for having the faintest edge of funk. Dense, nutty and sweet. I’m not overwhelmed by stickiness or alcohol, which makes this really special. There’s distinct fresh roast character that originates from Cashews, toasted breads, and caramel. Finishes clean and long drawing. I could sip this for hours. Dense and packed with flavor. A really nice example. Worthy of its status.
holdenn (2063) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled by bottle at West Lake View Tasting. I’m glad I got to try this, especially since I’m told this won’t be coming to America at all. Pours brown black with almost no head. Nose is strong and rich. Chocolate, roasted malts, and molasses. Sweet chocolate flavors. Caramels, alcohol, dark chocolate, and anise. Charred and toasted grains in the finish. I’m not blown away, but overall its a really good beer.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012
Name: Tsarina Esra
Date: March 22, 2008
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Words: number 40
Appearance: dark brown, scant head, thick viscous layers on the glass
Aroma: rich dark chocolate aroma with a winey sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, sweetness comes in with wine and dark caramel, lots of bitter dark chocolate to balance the sweetness along with an almost smokey earthyness, lasting bitterness rises out of the earthyness
Name: Tsarina Esra
Date: September 13, 2012
Mode: Bottle 219
Appearance: black, thin tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet winey aroma, roasted, caramel sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, light sweetness, dark chocolate bitterness, long roasted finish
Name: Tsarina Esra
Date: September 13, 2012
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: wild dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, touch of wild funk, caramel sweetness, lots of balancing roasted
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4