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Karl Strauss Parrot in a Palm Tree



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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
n San Diego, we’re not known for our partridges or pears but we can all relate to those noisy parrots and their relentless “caroling”. 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 isn’t 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a spongy beige head. Nose is coffee bean, cocoa, hay and black olive. Medium body with soft carb; oily and a bit sticky. Taste is chocolate, Mexican coffee, salty licorice and sweet port wine. Finishes dry with raw peanut. I was skeptical but this works well as a winter warmer. Barrel aging adds spice and depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2011
bottle, thanks to exiled, amber color with tan foam, aroma is malty caramel, with a nice flavor of malty caramels, sweet red wine, raisins

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Black color/ lasting light tan head. Nice chocolate ,dark fruit, medium roast, vanilla aromas. medium bodied. Lightly sweet chocolate, vanilla, black licorice, dark fruit flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
750ml bottle. Pleasantly surprised by this one. Has a super dark pour with a oily texture. Medium sized off white bubbly head. Has an oaky presence in the aroma as well as dark chocolate. The flavor was a bit on the sweet side, but I suppose that comes from the port barrels. Creamy mouth feel and fairly easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a deep brown body and a tall, creamy light brown head. Aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, raisins, dark fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, port, alcohol, candied pecans, molasses cookies and leather. Flavors of dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, tobacco, port, vinous, brownie, walnuts. Very chewy. Creamy bubbles. Light tannins. Cereal. A somewhat sweet finish. Tobacco and earth. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Thanks bro! Ruby black with a creamy pale tan head and caramel colored edges. Aroma of chocolate covered raisins as well as some vinous port notes. Some warm roasted flavor with caramel, malt, and a slightly fruity/sweet finish. Smooth and creamy texture (if a little thin) and some lingering bitter chocolate. Quite enjoyable. Nice ending to an epic two weeks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. My first beer from Karl Strauss. The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a very nice mix of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some oaked notes. The flavor is more of the same, with a few added additions. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes – as you expect in a porter – but I also get some oak and dark fruit notes. The fruit is very wine-like and really adds to the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer with a great name. Definitely a beer to try if you get the chance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14080) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours very dark brown with a foamy/frothy 4 finger tan head. Aromas of dark malt, cooked dark fruit and coffee. Med body. Flavor is thin dark malt, substantial dark fruit, some vinosity, and chocolate and coffee. There’s a fair lot going on here. I think there’s some oak in the finish. This stuff drinks deadly well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Exiled) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, grass, port, chocolate, and raisins. Flavor of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, and molasses with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Bomber pours deep mahogany with tan head. The aroma is modest in strength offering up dark roasted malts, mild chocolate, a touch of molasses and crusty caramel followed by spicy oak. The taste is pretty smooth with even notes of prunes, figs, chocolate, mild tart red wine like notes and then a sense of wood into the finish.

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