DennisD (12) - USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great Baltic Porter. I really enjoyed it.
Poured from a 22, it had a nice rich dark brown hue with a creamy off white head. I could smell oak, rich dried fruits, chocolate/coffee tones. The flavor was right on. You could taste the oaky flavors along with the rich chocolate, raisins, dates. Warming finish, full bodied. Very nice. I will be picking up a few more.
hoptrip619 (10) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this one up from Beverages 4 Less, apparently they were the first to get their hands on it. Pours a deep, dark brown with an espresso-like frothy head. Smells of cocoa and dried fruit, with subtle hints of oak and coffee. The taste is pretty damn impressive with dark chocolate, plums, raisins, and subtle oak undertones. Not too heavy on the booze, nice silky texture, and hints of port in the finish. Overall, well done. I’ll have to pick-up a few bottles to lay down.
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Woohoo! Rating #4 for this brew. Bomber, pours a not-totally-opaque dark black-brown. No head, aroma is faintly of malt and toffee, and humid earth and tree bark. Taste is initially light, and somewhat thin, of dark malt, toffee, some vanilla and a touch of bitter chocolate. The ABV burn kicks in mid-palate and sparkles throughout, lasting minutes after the swallow on the tongue and roof of the mouth. 2nd taste is similar to the first, except darker, more bitter,and creamier than the first one. I suspect this brew gains character as it warms. As it is, a very nice porter and a strong offering from Karl Strauss.
StefanSD (2183) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from bev4less. pours a murky dark brown color with a large khaki head that has good retention and plenty of sticky lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength with chocolates, dark fruits and anise. The flavor is robust and complex with dark chocolate, earthy malts, licorice, biter walnuts, raisins and dates. The palate is smooth with lively carbonation. The finish is long with lingering dark biter chocolate. Overall: Very tasty porter.
hamilton23 (612) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with minimal head. Some chocolate. Toffee. Decent beer.
Getbetter (882) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle,red/brown,brown head,medium sweet,chocolate aroma,i taste a cherry like flavor,oak,im so surprised by .karl strauss by this beer