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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
22oz bottle. Rating #16. Very dark red almost maroon color, not very porterish, the head is a nice creamy dark tan with pretty decent lacing. Roasty aroma, a little smokey even, the coffee is very present. Wow, the flavor is very different from the aroma, sweet dark fruits and just a touch of the coffee in the finish, very smooth but very tasty. (1449)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Bottle from total wine in Rancho Cucamonga. Poured a dark brown with a chestnut head. Aroma was sweet brown sugar and roasted matl. Taste was mild coffee, chocolate, spices, oak and some mild port. Frothy carbonation. Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Dark brown with a fizzy tan head and soda-like carbonation. Aroma and taste of coffee and chocolate with a hint of vanilla but disappointingly almost no port barrel evident.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Growler to go from Sorrento Mesa location: Dark brown color with an initial medium, fading beige head. Aroma to me is light milk chocolate with a hint of coffee and cream. Flavor starts smooth with some dark fruit followed by dark chocolate, a little coffee and a light bakers chocolate bitter finish. Medium body is creamy with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
On tap at O’Brien’s in San Diego with my bros. Rich, deep, and dark. Dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, coffee. Creamy and oaky in the back. Thought it was a stout when I was drinking it. Clean finish. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (365) - , California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Thanks to joet for sharing this bomber at the second-ever tasting at my place. Pours dark brown with excellent clarity and a manila one-finger pillowy head from compact bubbles. Dark fruit, dark malt sinewy character to aroma with a trace of alcohol. Head fades to halo, with some lacing left on pint glass. Cacao nibs and dark fruit dominate the layered flavor that seems to span the spectrum without a deep roast or bitter hop note (which would be unwanted in this style. And if rating for style, one might quibble that it has a bit much residual sweetness coupled with a slight alcohol astrigency, so a bit big). The style-signature clean lager yeast character is there, with a floury mid-palate, then the finish warms with notes of brandy and tangy raisins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crvcac (8) - , California, USA - NOV 29, 2010 does not count
Appearance: Dark brown with a tan, thick creamy head. Aroma: Wonderful bouquet of dark fruits, hints of expresso and light dark chocolate. Slight spice Taste: A lot is going on here. Boasts a complex mixture of dark fruits, roasted coffee like flavors (minus the astringency), touch of chocolate, oakiness from the barrel aging? Wonderful mixture for a winter warmer. Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. The abv is just right for a Baltic porter. Just the right kick to bring on that nice winter Coat we all seek from a good winter warmer. Drinkability: Highly quaffable. Pour me another please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a tan dense creamy 1 inch head.

Aroma: Chocolate covered shortbread cookies, cherry cordials and hazelnut.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roast, coffee, tart cherry, black forest cake, slight spicy hop. Slight barrel note in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy rich mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Balanced, complex dessert beer. I don’t think this one will age well past a year mark, and it’s really in prime drinking shape now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
22oz bottle purchased at Total Wine, Tustin, CA Dark brown pour with a minimal head, this beer has a nice flavor of light roast, chocolate, coffee, with a twang of winy-ness. I liked the flavor. Very tasty and a nice beer for sipping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Bottle from K & B wine cellars. Pours an opaque coffee brown with a faint ruby hue. Nose holds roasted malts, light hops and a faint barrel presence. Light vinous notes on the palate. Karl has honestly been kicking ass the past few years, keep it up!!

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