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


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RATINGS: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 92   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ajm (1067) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
__Rb81 (487) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours dark with a tan head. Vinous aroma, caramel, dark fruits, berries, wood, chocolate, alcohol. Taste is moderate sweet, light sour, vinous, dark fruits, caramel, chocolate towards the end as well as in the aftertaste. Quite nice, but not sure if really intended like this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aherbelste (28) - - JAN 30, 2016
Not your typical imperial porter. Huge malt flavour. Nice alcohol taste. Pretty smooth texture. Great, overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3988) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2016
(De Molen Tsarina Esra Reserva) Bottle 330 ml, bottled on April 1st ’15. Served into a snifter at home, ABV 11% Black coloured body, small and thick brown head on top, with good retention. Aroma has some sour notes, some funk, fruity touches, faint roasted malts. On the taste the same sour notes can be found, not sure if intented or not, seem to fade a bit aftet the beer has breathed for a while though, cherries, fruity touches, dark roasted malts, coal, well hidden alcohol. Medium body, sharp carbonation. Quite good, I must say I expected something richer though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1116) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (1572) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2015
Tasting at Maakun’s. Bottle shared by Mrk. Enorm lekker zacht mondgevoel, dik als yoghurt, zwart stropie, drop, hout, met een zuurtje. olieiig als een mofo. Backlog from 2015/10/16.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (13048) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2015
33cl bottle. No. 59! Pours opaque black colour with a mid-sized brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, red fruits, wood, coffee, alcohol. Taste of dark roasted malt, red fruits, wood, sweet chocolate, warm alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (4762) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle, pours reddish black with small off white heaD. Notes of brisket, fig, dates, dark fruit, and toffee. Mollases and sticky burgundy barrels. Medium bodied with slight stickiness. Dirty butt and Hershey’s finish. Thittt

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
weark (538) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - DEC 14, 2015
500eme bière - Bouteille achetée chez Erzbierschof - 2010 version bottle Number 0578 aged in my cellar- De couleur noir avec une fine mousse fauve - Au nez des arômes de chocolat, de cacao, de fruits rouge, de figue, un peu terreux, un nez très envoûtant - En bouche des arômes de cacao, de chocolat, terreux, herbacée, une pointe d’alcool - Corp puissant, amertume moyenne/forte, carbonation correcte pour une veille bière, amère et soyeuse et douce , longue final chocolat amère - Délicieuse, l’âge arondi les houblons et fais ressortir la douceur du malt PA version non âgée était beaucoup plus punchi mais moin équilibrée

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (418) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2015
Dark brown pour, close to black, with a very thin lacing. Smells a bit like the base beer, dark fruit, roasted malts and sour cherries, with an addition of vanilla and hints of whiskey. Tastes like sour cherries, roasted malts, some vanilla, caramel and some kind of strong liquor, like apple brandy. The downside is that the mouthfeel feels much lighter than it should, and it also feels much carbonated than would feel nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElManana (1384) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2015
Bottle at home, bought at Bierhalle Deconinck.Black with a light beige head. Sweet chocoolate, red wine and tanniines kicking in as it opens up. Taste is full, red & dark fruits, chocolate, more red wine. Very easy drinkable, one of the better dark beers I’ve had in a while.

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