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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Big bold wood scents and flavors, has some nice chocolate and black licorice like flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Pour is dark brown with a tan head. Aroma and flavor are both of brown sugar, roasted malts, and toffee. Some slight spice/nutmeg in the finish. I didn’t pick up any notes of the barrel aging.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2012
Aroma kaffe och chocklad. Smaken likaså men kanske en liten nyans av frukt ?!

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Thanks to daknole. Bottle pours deep brown with a tan head. Aroma shows notes of chocolate covered dates, espresso, vanilla, and light roast. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of toffee, raisin, and oak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Little bit of a let down. Pours dark, chocolatey brown with a thin offwhite head, specks of lace. Smells subdued, sweet roasted malts, chocolate and some booze. Tastes sweet and chocolatey with roasted malts and some sweet barrel booze that builds towards the finish. Medium body, tries to be full but not quite, ok 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
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2011
22oz bottle, thanks Alex. Pours with a nice big even head and fluffy lacing. Quite dry and roasty with a peppery finish, hints of wine, toffee and raisins. Roasty patent malt, burnt nuts, toffee, coffee, licorice, oak, peat, light raisin. Touch more port notes would had been nice.

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