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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
n San Diego, weíre not known for our partridges or pears but we can all relate to those noisy parrots and their relentless ďcarolingĒ. Parrot in a Palm Tree is a robust Baltic Porter brewed especially for the Holidays. Aged two months in San Pasqual Tawny Port barrels, the resulting brew isnít for the birds. This winter warmer boasts a complex bouquet of dark fruits, espresso and chocolate, with hints of oak in its warming finish. Raise a glass to 2010 or save a bottle as this limited release will age with the best of them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (936) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
22 oz. bomber from 2010. The aroma on this changed significantly as it warmed up. When relatively cold (55 F), it had an aroma of cream and wood with roasted chocolate grain in the background. As it warmed, the alcohol became more present and the roasted grain character became more pronounced. Initially had a puffy tan head that settled fairly quickly to a very light lacing on top of the crystal clear ruby colored body (the most "ruby" colored beer I think Iíve ever seen!). The initial taste is cream and sweet milk chocolate with a little bit of dark/bittersweet chocolate in the back. Thereís some brown sugar and marshmallow in there too followed by a light raisin/prune taste. After the initial chocolate milkshake effect, thereís a light dry roasted bitterness that seems to be from wood, hops and alcohol all at the same time. Finishes with the same dichotomy of cream and dry bitterness with a lasting sweet chocolate aftertaste. This struck me more as a heavy version of a milk stout more than a Baltic porter, but in the end itís just plain delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2011
2/10/11 bomber from dakine. clear. pale porter color with a reddish-orange tint. mild roasty aroma followed by notes of chocolate, vinous/grapey fruit, wood and slight smoke. the flavor is the same along with a coffee character which lingers in the after taste. it is rather thin bodied... but that adds to the drinkability. 7.5/3/7.5/3/15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2011
(22oz bomber) clear copper, lasting soapy bubbles. Nose of chocolate, agave, cocoa and florals. Taste of chocolate and caramel, hoppy, and an oily body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 15, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ UK-SCO Tasting in Ulfborg.

[ Trade by JohnC ]. Clear dark brown red color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, toffee, light roasted and dark fruit. Flavor is light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110409]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2011
Bottle at Jan & Charlottes tasting, Ulfborg, Denmark 09.04.11 cheers Jan & Charlotte This is aged in port wine barrels apparently, however itís quite subtle as I didnít really pick this up too much especially not on the nose which yes showed some but not much. Pours dark brown with a tan head, as Craig mentioned this looks a little thin. Some bonfire toffee, warmth from the alcohol, chewy sweet. Not fantastic but a good label. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15579) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 10, 2011
Bottle @ J & Cís, Ulfborg. Thanks. Pours dark brown with a small settling creamy beige head. Nose is sweet. Dark malts, caramel, plum and vanilla. Chewy malty flavor with notes of vanilla. Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bomber from stevefinny on BA - thanks! Karl Strauss has been crushing the seasonals, and this oneís another fine brew from them. Thick, gleaming dark brown pour with moderate carbonation. Nose has plenty of the yummy Baltic quality one would expect, but also has plum jam, Italian roast, and the barrel. Mouthfeel is thick and silky, a trace of heat on the finish. Figs, currants, and cocoa come together with a very unassuming barrel that lends part vinous and part tannins to the beer. I actually found myself wanting more of the vinous barrel character, so kudos to the brewer for being understated!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (21887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2011
bottle at jans ... brown ... thin tan head ... sofft wooodt roast toffee malt nose ... sweet dark sugers ... toffee malts ... light oakyness ... little cherry woodyness... bock like

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a nice brown black with a medium sized foamy pale brown head. The aromas are chalky medium roast malts, and some light fruit additions. The flavors are medium roast malts, raw oak staves, raisins, the roast level builds, more dried dark fruits come in to play as well. The mouth is medium bodied and cola carbonated which gives it any artificially filling full mouth. Comes and goes but overall pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sikes (9) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2011 does not count
Medium quality, although iím maybe rating too low because it doesnít have my type of taste combination :)

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