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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, weíre not known for our partridges or pears but we can all relate to those noisy parrots and their relentless ďcarolingĒ. 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 isnít 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DennisD (12) - USA - NOV 23, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoptrip619 (10) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2010
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. Iíll have to pick-up a few bottles to lay down.

   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 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 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!!

   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 donít think this one will age well past a year mark, and itís really in prime drinking shape now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle; poured a dark brown color with a large, semi-frothy dark khaki head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, roasted malt, wood, alcohol, brown sugar. Flavor had much more a chocolate flavor, which was really nice. Fruit, caramel, oak, dark fruit and a hint of coffee. Smooth and just the touch of the barrel. Very easy to drink. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14167) - 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. Thereís a fair lot going on here. I think thereís some oak in the finish. This stuff drinks deadly well.

   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (936) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
22 oz. bomber from 2010. The aroma on this changed significantly as it warmed up. When relatively cold (55 F), it had an aroma of cream and wood with roasted chocolate grain in the background. As it warmed, the alcohol became more present and the roasted grain character became more pronounced. Initially had a puffy tan head that settled fairly quickly to a very light lacing on top of the crystal clear ruby colored body (the most "ruby" colored beer I think Iíve ever seen!). The initial taste is cream and sweet milk chocolate with a little bit of dark/bittersweet chocolate in the back. Thereís some brown sugar and marshmallow in there too followed by a light raisin/prune taste. After the initial chocolate milkshake effect, thereís a light dry roasted bitterness that seems to be from wood, hops and alcohol all at the same time. Finishes with the same dichotomy of cream and dry bitterness with a lasting sweet chocolate aftertaste. This struck me more as a heavy version of a milk stout more than a Baltic porter, but in the end itís just plain delicious!

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