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De Molen Tsarina Esra Reserva

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 92   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (353) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - NOV 18, 2015
Really dark brown pour with a thin layer of brown foam. You definitely get some barrel character in the aroma but also an astringent note. Taste starts with dark malts and some caramel and gets quite tart in the middle. It has a sour cheery note along the roasted malt. Lingers bitter in the aftertaste with the same astringent note. Body is medium-heavy with soft carbonation. Overall it’s a good beer but not that well put together. Without the astringency it would have been much better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (1808) - FINLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Pours black with light beige head. Balsamic vinegar, roasted, licorice and roasted. Flavour is roasted, vinegar, licorice, medium to heavy sweet and light bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (2030) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2015 Bottle shared at home. Black with short lasting big beige head. Lots of yoghurt on the nose. Sweet chocolate, bourbon, light spices, yoghurt, red wine, sweet dried red fruits, light espresso. Medium sweet with a light tart touch and soft bitter finish. Full bodied with slick feel and fitting low carbonation. Quite nice, but the yoghurt notes don’t work for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2389) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2015
May 29, 2015. Bottle, vintage 2009.
Black with a small frothy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, hints of chocolate and coffee, wet wood, dark fruits, dried fruits, port and cardboard. Taste is medium sweet, soft roasted bitterness. Finish is sweet with plum, raisins, toffee, red berries cardboard, soft roasted bitterness with some chocolate notes. Medium bodied, slightly creamy texture, almost flat.
A bit too old with clear signs of oxidation.

October 15, 2015. Bottle at home, bottled april 1, 2015.
Black with a small, lasting, dense dark tan head. Aroma is vinous with an overtone of wet oak, some red berries, hints of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is light sweet, vinous, slightly tart with cherries, hints of oaky tannins and light to medium roasted bitterness. Finish is medium sweet with berries and dried fruits, red wine, hints of gooseberries, some roasted notes of coffee and chocolate and light sour. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, somewhat creamy texture.
A bit too much wet wood and sour notes in a porter for my liking...

Get the impression that the 2009 was a better base beer but has suffered from aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Torrefacto (1095) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 24, 2015
Negro opaco y espuma beis ligera. Aromas intensos de frutos negros, manzana oxidada, madera, licor. Cuerpo denso, sabor dulce, manzana roja, frutos negros, ligera acidez y final seco de madera con amargor tostado moderado. Trago cálido.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1334) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - SEP 21, 2015
330 ml bottle #1451, bottled 01-04-2015, from Etre Gourmet.
Black body, with a small, creamy, coffee-colored head.
Aroma is pretty vinous, with a lot of oak, also dried fruits, cocoa, coffee.
Taste starts also with vinous and oak notes, then merges into dried fruits, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, tobacco, subtle liquorice.
Full, creamy mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes smooth, quite dry, with oak, wine, cocoa, tobacco, some coffee.

Interesting. The typical Porter notes are just in the background, dominated by vinous barrel notes. I would prefer more equality of both elements, on the other hand the vinous notes provide an unusual freshness for this style. Overall not my favourite kind of a Porter, but tasty nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (1721) - oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 15, 2015
Botella 33 cl tomada en el momento en Belmonte _puertas 14-09-2015. De el Sr. Don lupulo (r285) Botella n 614 elaborada en 01-04-2015 hasta 01-04-2040th. Color negro intenso con espuma también oscura. Aromas y sabores suaves y finos de maltas algo dulces, tostadas y ligeramente quemadas con toques de cacao y especias con maderas empapados en licor. Cuerpo medio con...vol y buena sensación alcohólica. Líquida fina y algo espumos a. Bastante buena, para repetir sin duda.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lore (1652) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 13, 2015
deep dark brown, almost black colour, moderate sized, creamy, though not too stable beige head; aroma of coffee, chocolate dried plum and cherry, woody as well as some liqueur notes; taste of chocolate, dried plum, syrupy sweetness, some mild roasted coffee, herbal notes, tobbacco, hints of vanilla, liqueur and spicy alcoholic aftertaste; amazing beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BRW (1669) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 11, 2015
Bottle. Black colour with tan head. Roasted, dark chocolate, wood and wine aroma. Roasted, dark chocolate, sweet, wood, wine taste. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2567) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours black with moderate retentive tan head. Aromas of dark berry jam, black coffee grounds, chicory, dark molasses, and oak. Flavors of acidic black coffee, coconuts, vinous green oak and tobacco. Oddly somewhat sour. Still a good beer.

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