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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9596) - 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 it’s quite subtle as I didn’t 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9313) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2010
Bouteille partagée avec Ibrew2or3. couleur brune claire, mousse est fine et de ton beige. Malt et caramel avec des notes de fruits noirs allant vers la figue et date. Garde une certaine douceur au palais et l’on peut y noter un peu l’usage du tonneau de Porto et donne à cette bière ce goût fruité.

   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.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle shared in line for GTMW tickets (Madison, WI). Pours a rich roasty brownish hue, good murkiness, frothy tannish head, touch of lacing as it rings. Aromas are toffee, touches of malty caramel, faint biscuit, cocoa. Some mellow spice, brown sugar, touch of dried fruit. Initial is medium bodied, offering dried cocoa, toffee, toast into the fold. Some mellow toffee, gentle biscuit, brown sugar. Middle is a touch swete and thick, quickly moving into a dry and mellow spiced finish. Dried toast, dry hops. Abv is well hidden. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6731) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6625) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle:   Cola in color, large foamy beige head, nice lacing.   Pale roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, and very slight vinous like aromas.   Not a strong roast, fairly soft.   Smidgen of cocoa or chocolate on the tongue.   I am getting some raisin like presense, with some alcohol warming.   Fairly smooth, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not a thick beer by any means, but its at least smooth.   Seems light in flavor for a Baltic Porter.   A bit more alcohol is noticeable too as its warming on the back of the tongue.   Almost has a slight sour aspect to it, well tart.   As it warms I get a little woodiness out of it.   Good, different, but certainly not a heavy example.   Thanks Ron!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2011
22 ounce thanks to Luckyhank. Pours a big cream head. Nice sugar sweet porter. Molasses. Little bit of coffee. Sweetness is more of a milk stout sweetness. Nice overall.

   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 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.

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