LoFi (1714) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2012
Bottle, a 12% version bottled 08/11/2011.
Black with a creamy light brown head.
Aroma: wood, roasted, chocolate, mŁsli.
Taste: chocolate, licorice, some alcohol, cognac, raisins, roasted, some kind of red candy.
Leaves me a bit disappointed after the fantastic regular version. I donít know, the last year or so, with the new label design, the heavier De Molen beers havenít been as impressive as they used to be. kermis (12869) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2012
Bottle at Arendsnest. Black pour with a beige head. Aroma is slightly vinous, roasted, stale coffee and oats. Flavour has chocolate, dark fruits, coffee and caramel. Full bodied with low carbonation. Dunt (316) - Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2012
Handbottle courtesy of Bo. Sampled side by side with the base beer. Deep brown in color with a small amount of head on the pour. Nose is full of smoke and oak, there is chocolate and some roast as well. Flavor mirrors the nose with a little more emphasis on the chocolate, tobacco, and oak. The cognac doesnít really shine through all the much. Mouthfeel is smooth, booze is hidden well, and there is a solid amount of carbonation. Didnít really do a lot to differentiate itself from the base beer. Itís decent, nothing to write home about. skortila (5798) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2012
Bottled. The aroma has roast, dark fruits, red fruits, some coffee, hint of cognac, nice and subtle. Black coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is little sweet, bitter, has some chocolate, roast, fruitiness, bit wine. Medium-full mothfeel. Nice. dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2012
Bottle @ home. Aroma is caramel, cognac sweetness, some roast.
Flavour is creamy, roasty, ashy, then some cognac sweetness with some alcohol. Loads of other flavour, caramel, red fruit, molasses and much more. Great beer, but I think I prefer the regular Tsarina.
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
330mL from De Bierkonig in Amsterdam. Deep mahogany pour looking black in glass with a towering, spongy brown head. Soapier retention and weak lacing. Taste is tangy, minerally, and coppery with odd tin and copper metallic. Earthen soil and iron heavy dirt. Eh. Creamier. No off character. Nose has some rich orange liquor to cognac nose. Richer and subtle. Some raspberry and cherry notes. Cherries jubilee with mild candied orange peel. Great aroma. Oily palate. Very nice. Sticky fruit candies. Mineral water palate. Decent roastiness. Spicy liquor finish. Not bad. A bit
earthen soil and metallic- unfortunate. lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2012
330 ml bottle. Bottled on 8.11.2011.laiti (8374) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2012
Pours a black colour with a small off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, cognac, strong dry wood and some berry-like sweetness. Weak flavour of vanilla, roasted malts, cognac, dry wood and salty licorice. Medium bodied, thin mouthfeel and a dry, roasty and salty finish. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. All-in-all a bit weak.
33 cl bottle (12%) @ home, bottled 08.11.2011, BBE 08.11.2036tiong (7198) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2012
Aroma has pear and plastic glue. Also some vanilla and alcohol. Flavour has some oaky notes and vanilla. Some alcohol in the finish. Some stinging cognac appears when this warms up. Quite round stuff with rather narrow flavour palette when looking at the ABV.
330ml bottleolio (10167) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2012
Bottled on 08/11/2011, 12% ABV - Pours pitch black with a tiny sticky and bubbly light brown head. Strong aroma of cognac notes, roasted malts, hints of glue, wood and vanilla. Taste is quite sweet and roasty with some cognac, vanilla and oaky notes. Finish is quite dry and bitter with some roastiness and sweetness from cognac. Medium bodied, no carbonation. Alcohol burns through slightly in the finish. Okay, perhaps a bit unbalanced but still quite tasty barrel aged imperial stout.
33 cl bottle. Bottled 08.11.2011.
Pours dark ruby red, almost black color with small off-white head. Aroma of soy, tar, cognac, roasted malts, caramel and some toffee notes. Flavor of roasted malts, ash dry chocolate, caramel and toffee notes, faint syrup and vanilla. Dry palate with a short sweetish and dry finish.