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

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RATINGS: 559   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 A Mes rate: Bottle thrust into my hands by a very generous Dutch bloke as I was leaving Zythos and I just couldn’t wait and opened it on the train on the way back to Antwerp.
Black colour with a short lived tan head. A huge slug of liquorice in the aroma with some damn fine sweet malt and heavy but lovely spice. Big but tolerable alcohol in the flavour with possibly the best liquorice flavours I have experienced in a beer. Thick chewy malt and not much of the 93.5 EBUs on show until a bit of bitterness towards the end. The finish has UNREAL length that just goes on and on and develops in an amazing fashion. It lingers for so long eventually maturing into some fresh unbrewed malt. It’s like experiencing a growth of many differing vintages all in one go. This one is all about the finish and I love it. Massive thanks to Joris (joes) for this, MUCH appreciated sir!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2008
On tap at the Brewery. Poured Black as night with a 2 finger brown head into a tulip glass. Mostly coffee aroma with hints of chocolate and smoke. It was also nice because my nose was filled with the smell of malt from the brewing room 20 feet from me. Flavor much the same as the aroma with some hints of caramel. A wonderful porter. If your ever in Bodegraven, look for the windmill!!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (13733) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2014 Not tasted in the best conditions as it was from a bottle into a ZBF glass on the train from St Niklaas back to Antwerp. Very dark brown with no real head. Choc stout aroma. Pretty smooth in mouth. Intense aroma, but pretty drinkable in mouth. Some soy sauce, but not over the top. Some nutty flavour too. Very good. Does not blow me away. Lovely choc and coffee. 4.0 Keykeg at Kent BF2014. Wow. Chocolate intense. Smooth. Thick in the mouth in a good way. Frankly amazing. Like chocolate milkshake without the milk. Pretty much amazing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle. Pitch black colour. Soft roasty malty smokish aroma. Sticky mouthfeel. The flavour has smoke, well roasty burned malt with some bitterness. Yum!

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerohen (1997) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2008
Bottled, thanks to caesar. Opaque, black, no head whatsoever. Strong and complex ’aged’ aroma, roasted malts, peat, coffee, cognac it’s all in there, wonderful. Flavour however appears to be a lot more immature, lots of bitterness. Has more characteristics of a barley wine than a baltic porter. Like others have described previously, it tastes like it could use some more aging. Very nice brew, but in its current, ’fresh’ condition i personally wouldn’t classify it as a top 50 brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2008
Bottle @ Yespr tasting.
[thank you, Yespr]
Pours almost black with almost no head. Aroma is complex and powerful. Lots of coffee, roasted malts, light chocolate. Very low carbonation, making it very oily. Falvour is sweet, vinious, coffee, light smokiness. Fabolous aftertaste, where the 11 % come to the fore without ever being alcoholic - which is quite an achievement. Perhaps this deserves a rerate with a bottle that has aged a year or two?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2008
[Courtesy of yespr - session @ yespr] Black with tiny head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, liquerice, chocolate and coffee notes. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, liquerice, coffee and smoky notes. Ends rather sweet and bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2008
33 cl bottle, thanks to BierKönig for giving me this. Thick chocolate malt and light chalky aroma. Soldy alcohol presence and a light roasted note. Flavour is roasted and smoked flavour. Not much carbonation. Light fruity note. finish is dominated by smoked malt. Ends with a nice smoked and chocolate dominated flavour. Great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bullit (4012) - Burgos, SPAIN - FEB 20, 2008
Black coloured, almost no head. Aroma has mainly licorice, molasses and roasted malts. Very bitter taste, of coffee, malts and chocolate. Outstanding!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2008 Finally got some bottles of the Tsarina Esra. Very dark, black colored brew, like black oil. Roasted, chocolat malty aroma and flavor. Coffee, licorice. Very nice porter. Going to re-rate in a couple of years :)


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