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


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RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   IBU: 94   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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OG 1108, FG 1026, Color 388.7 EBC, Chinook and Saaz hops. Bitterness 93.5 EBU.

Stronger version of a Baltic Porter. Comparable with an Imperial Stout but without the heavily roasted malt character. This created a soft beer with strong hops in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 6, 2008
Bottle thanks to kramer17801. Aroma is a really intense, complex individual character. Thereís an interesting depth that comes as unique, bready mature yeast character, but nothing bad. Itís 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. Thereís some warm spiced bread, dark fruit jams, then a good run of chocolate and coffee. Immeadiately, Iím reminded of Mikkeller X Imperial Stout, for having the faintest edge of funk. Dense, nutty and sweet. Iím not overwhelmed by stickiness or alcohol, which makes this really special. Thereís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2008
Sampled by bottle at West Lake View Tasting. Iím glad I got to try this, especially since Iím told this wonít 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. Iím not blown away, but overall its a really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012
Name: Tsarina Esra
Date: March 22, 2008
Mode: Bottle
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
Vintage: 2010
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
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2012
Score: 3.6
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
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 5, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of kramer17801. Thanks, Jason! Pours an oily, dark chocolate color; solid viscosity; mostly headless. Gorgeous aroma: oily peanuts, roasted malts, a touch of salt, and maple syrup in the aroma; all beautifully integrated; loads of roasted chocolate and salty/sweet oiliness. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of oily peanuts, roasted / charred malts, and lots of dense, gooey chocolate; minimal carbonation; loads of dark chocolate, dried fruits, and chewy, oily peanuts; nice citrus and general bittering hops to balance things out; very oily, very full of chocolate; impressively dense, with very little alcohol showing through. Lengthy finish, showing oily chocolate, cocoa, and plenty of nuts and peanuts; cocoa and dry toasted grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
Courtesy of kramer17801. Dark brown body with a small tan head. Sweet, raisin nose with molasses, cola and milk chocolate. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with milk chocolate, juicy plums, roast, toffee and light cherry. Medium/full body is soft with light carbonation. Finish is long with a bit of warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
For rating #400. Thanks very much to Jason. Black bodied with a froth of bubbles formed. Aroma is a sweet licorice, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor is a roasted bitter licorice, and chocolate primarily. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Thin and watery body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 330ml bottle shared by kramer17801. Pours a dark brown with little to no head. Sticky sweet nose of motor oil, some smoke, some rich, sticky malt, a lack of overbearing hops, which is really nice. Sticky, smooth, sweet, rich, decadent chocolate and syrupy malty goodness along with some moderately strong alcohol which adds to the whole experience. Rich, sticky, sweet up front, drying into the finish. Really well made, the sweetness thatís found in most Dutch beer is certainly there, and it works really well. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DSG (6261) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
(3/16/08) Bottle bought at Brouwerij de Molen in Bodegraven and drank at a friendsí house in Amsterdam. Black color, not totally opaque, with no head and just a bit of brown foam. Strong aroma of dark chocolate, some espresso notes, a bit of licorice, a bit of hops and faint hints of alcohol. Flavor starts sweet with malt, chocolate, caramel and a bit of dark fruits and finishes with a strong hops and roasty bitterness. Full-bodied and syrupy, maybe even a bit like melted chocolate. Really great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ygtbsm94 (12) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Thanks Jan (from De Bierkoning) for hand delivering this Bottle #101. What an amazing porter; aroma was roasted malt with slight Smokey flavors, strong licorice, more alcohol aroma as it warmed. I had plenty of frothy brown head after the initial pour. Taste was outstanding for this porter; full-bodied with plenty of bitter chocolate, coffee, slight tobacco flavor with an oily feel; very drinkable considering how high the alcohol level. Canít wait to get some more of this stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 27, 2008
12oz bottle #224 from kramer17801. Very lucky to get this without having to spend a fortune trading overseas. High fill bottle. No pop when the cap was removed. I was told this leads to undercarbonation (as this beer was flat) in naturally carbonated beers, and also prevents mellowing with age, which would be desirable in this beer. Pours thick and black with a heavy body. Aroma is powerful despite the lack of carbonation. Lots malty notes with figs and prunes abounding. As strong as the aroma is, it pales in comparison to the first sip: Like soaking a leather belt in pipe tobacco and prune juice, then chewing on the belt. Flavors abound. Actually pretty nice and fun to drink. I wish the carbonation level was higher and it had another 6 months of age, or put into a barrel or something. Mega-potential. 4.1-4.2.

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