De Molen – Tsarina Esra Imperial Porter

YES. Brilliant effort to elevate a Baltic porter to this level (11%) without it becoming a mere statement of excess. Instead, the complex bitterness of good dark porters is simply expanded to incorporate an even larger mouthfeel, more pronounced raisins, overripe grape flavors, and blackened malts to be the equal to a lasting, faintly dank hop finish. Bit of tobacco leaf and coriander. Splendid warming finish but low on the burn. More present on the back of the palate than the back of the throat. Some packed foam in the head at the outset, though it doesn’t linger too long. Worthy of flagship status as is, but would love to find out more about its aging to date. Assuredly a cellar champion.

Served: On tap (Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen)

Rating: 98

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