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


on tap

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RATINGS: 314   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 92   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2016
Un imperial porter qui loue la gloire des tsarines, et surtout d’Esra, puisqu’il va même dans sa réserva !! Niveau abv de 11 % pour 23,4° plato, et pas moins de 93 ebu. Nous avons bien sûr ici la version en barrel aged. Les malts sont en pils, cara, munich et choco. Il y aussi du froment. Le houblonnage est en premiant et sladek. Mon exemplaire n’avait même pas un an, il n’aurait eu son anniversaire qu’au 1er avril, alors que le brasseur parle d’une validité jusqu’en 2040 !!!!!!!� Mais je n’ai pas pu attendre 25 ans … mea culpa !! Couleur noir quasi intégral (ebc 385 !!). Léger voile beige diaphane sur ce breuvage charbon. Arômes de fût, vin de grand calibre, tanin, pointe de groseilles noires et cassis. 1ère bouche souple au prodigieux ensemble vin/fût/malt. Arrière-bouche complexe, fine, longue. 2ème grandiose sur bois/tanin/pruneau. Arrière-bouche inouïe. 3ème à la grande harmonie, digne d’un très grand vin. Arrière-bouche savoureuse à souhait, moelleuse. Longueur qui est un véritable mémorial au vin, et encore nous parlons des très grands vins du Médoc... Jambes huileuses (comme lesdits vins .. divins vins). Levure dense, très élaborée, très grande ligne. Alcool qui est une pure merveille qui connaît son travail sur les saveurs. Finale qui est une splendeur des splendeurs .. on va développer dans la conclusion … CONCLUSION : bière qui est une caverne d’Ali Baba, dans le plein et bon sens du terme. Tout y est, et plus si affinités … Mais je me disperse dans les mille et une nuits !!! Mea culpa, mea esra, mea maxima Esra !!! … Alléluia, et sois bénie, ma tsarine, au firmament d’Ali Baba réserva… où tu recevras un 500 sur 100, dans 25 ans ...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jerohen (2169) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 On draft at 1st Borefts Beer Festival, Bodegraven. Completely dark appearance, beige head. Very complex nose, chocolate, coffee, malts. Very complex flavor, some sweetness, nicely balanced. I like it eeven a lot more than the regular version (altough that one was very young). Absolutely fantastic. Re-rate: bottled, number 622 bottled Feb 19th 2009, sampled Dec 2012. I didn’t think it was possible, but it actually got even better after 3.5 years. Wow...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Bottle trade with wavers1. Terry, you’re a God, and probably my favorite trading partner. Thank you. This beer is God-damn incredible. Color is a brown-black with ruby highlights and no head. Nose is rife with port, plum, strawberry, unbelievable malts, great character from the wood (which itself was imported from Elven Country) and a very vinous, ephemeral character. Flavor is the fruit and wood mentioned above, topped off with a beautiful dark grape old port character that is just absurd. Like a chocolatey, brandy-soaked Alexander the Grape. Just unbelievably balanced and possibly the best wood-aged beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2008
UPDATED: APR 20, 2010 Cask@Brewpub. Amazing aroma. Really unbelievable. Sweet, strong, coffee, sweet chocolate, subtile oak, lots of fruits. No head, shiny, very dark brown, thick. Sweet, complex flavor of fruits, coffee and chocolate. Full and smooth. And ... it was still way too young. I’m really looking forward to trying this in a couple of months again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2008
Cask (gravity) @ Great British Beer Festival, GBBF 2008, Earls Court, London, England SW5.
This to celebrate my rating #4900 on ratebeer. Clear dark black color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly dimimshing, beige head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, cream chocolate, licorice, vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration. Body is full, texture is oily - creamy - syrupy and so smooth, carbonation is flat. This is a beer that Mrs. fonefan loves and me also. It is so powerfull and complex - balanced - impressive.. Very very nice .. It is not for lager boys.... ;o)) It was my first and last beer the first 2 days on GBBF, Mrs fonefan did not drink much else the second day ... ;o)) Lovely work Menno, you are one of the best ! (050808)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
nip courtesy of deflagro, thanks a ton! nice thick, dark brown pour with a thick creamy brown chocolate-milkshak- foam head that has surprisingly good retention. nice aroma that is very dougy and yeasty, notes heat and gunpowder, notes of citter cocoa, charcoal, vanilla and oak are pleasant. the mouthfeel is thick and chewy, nice and warming but not too much detectable heat, more of an afterburn. notes of tobacco, smoke, sweet yams, prunes, clove, cinnamon,and figs all show up. thick and sweet at first, slightly drying and bitter in the finish, very nicely balanced. vanilla extract notes mixed with a premium cigar and blackstrap molasses, yummy stuff! a nice strain of yeast, has nice lager notes present, but not overpowering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
caesar (6644) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2009
Bottled @ BBF. Cloudy brownish color, medium off-white head. Aroma of chocolat and coffee, but also fruity red wine. Perfect balance in taste between the roasted coffee from the tsarina esra and the vinous notes of the barrel aging. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Peter’sFather (8) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011 does not count
Bought at Brouwerij de Molen. Bottle number 641. Recommended by the owner. He does know his products. Caramel, chocolate, black, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, full body, creamy, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lore (2169) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2008
GBBF, Trade Day, 2008 Gravity cask (oak). Musty and musky - touches of warm plastic. Wonderful aroma. Warm, soft mouthfeel - very rich and coating. Warm treacle. A gorgeous beer.

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