Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 18cl. Bottle number 1189. Small, beautiful creamy deep beige head. Tar, wild strawberries, spicy and citrusy hops, molasses, pink grapefruit marmelade, pineapple, coffee and dark chocolate show up in the nose. Deeply complex and inviting nose. Full bodied. Syrupy. Suprisingly salty. Beautiful hop profile. Tar, molasses and pineapple are rather present in the taste. Strong bitterness. Very low carbonation. Warming on the swallow. Nice lacework. Licorice, pineapple and pine needles in the finish which is dryish. The saaz hop really adds to my appreciation of this beer. A brew with a huge amount of character.
RasmusOtt (1389) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2015 Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of hops, roasted coffee, dark dried fruits, tobacco and some spice. Taste is also hoppy with coffee beans, more spice, herbs, dark dried fruits and a bitter roasted finish.
phaleslu (7185) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from VikingHammer- thanks, Brad! 2007 vintage. Pours a dark, oily, opaque brown color with almost no head whatsoever. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, earth, roasted malts, and wood. The flavor emerges more so than the nose (could have been because we were tasting a ton of things at a bar), with rich chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, tannins, figs, herbs, earth, and olives. So rich. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel that comes out fruity, sweet, and rich. Damn fine imperial porter.
TrefwoordPunk (818) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 18 cl. Brewed on November 17 and bottled on December 17 2010. My bottle states the alcohol % is 10 and the beer has 92 IBU. So this brew seems to be different from the first Tsarina Esra. The beer is dark brown with a minimal tan head and an aroma of roasted malts, fresh hops, chocolate, mocca and dried prunes. The taste is really impressive, high on roasted malts and not too sweet, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel and maybe even something like cigar-smoke. The aftertaste is a very pleasant combination of roastiness and bitterness, that stays on your tongue for a pretty long time. This is a very nice brew and the only thing I still wish for is that the bottle was a bit bigger.
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of my secret santa -- huge thanks! Shared in a vertical with Reserva. Pours an oily black color with no discernible head. Surprisingly flat in body, but absolutely cavernous in flavor. Brimming with notes of dates, plums, ash, red grape skins, tobacco, tannins, and apple seeds. An amazing beer.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown pour with zero head. Booze, raisins, chocolate and roast in the aroma. Flavor is roasty, tannic, and crazy good! Simply awesome!
Zarin (202) - ITALY - DEC 29, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, brown sugar and vanille.
Appearance: Deep brown, with creamy soft foam.
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, honey, spicy and coffe.
Palate: Medium body.
Overall: Best Stout 19/20.
kermis (6141) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2012 An aged 75cl bottle, originally bought from De Molen. Reddish/Dark with little head and an aroma of fudge. Beautiful sweet fudge taste, one of the best beers I’ve ever had.
deanso (6192) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An aged 75cl bottle with friends.
Lovely flavour. Dark colour. A great beer
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured black with no head. aroma was dark roast, dark fruits, brown sugar, and smoke. flavor was much the same plus the alcohol. medium body with no carbonation.