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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8074) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StormCoat (122) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Tasted a bomber bottle. Pours a very dark, translucent brown with a medium-sized, fluffy beige head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Flavors are rich, sweet, and very interesting: lots of chocolate and molasses, pitted against juicy dark fruit notes such as raisin. A smooth and somewhat oily mouthfeel, and while this beer seems fairly rich, it’s still drinkable and doesn’t feel overly heavy. My favorite thing about this beer is the long finish and aftertaste, which reminds me of cherries backed by a light coffee bitterness. Really nice. I’ll look forward to drinking this again next winter.

   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a monstrous size of foamy head while the liquid was a dark brown color. As for the nose, there was a mild and subtle scent of lightly roasted malt with a faint background of coffee. The palate is smooth and has a velvety texture where as the flavor is a robust combination of black licorice, cocoa powder, and decaf coffee. There is a minimal amount of wood barrel left behind after the aging process but considering that this was brewed by Karl Strauss, this is surprising a decent Baltic porter from them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6420) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown-amber with tan head. Nose is roast, light fruit, cocoa, and alcohol. Flavor is rich sweet cocoa and roast malts up front with a melange of fruity esters, vanilla and oak in the sweet, warming finish. Medium-full body, thick texture, mild carbonation. An impressive one-off from the SD patriarch, good to see KS brewers experiment more with beer styles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle... Very dark, burnt orange porter with a small, creamy, khaki head. The nose is a malty, earthy swirl of milk chocolate, toasted nuts and rooty herbs. Medium to full-bodied with a plush mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Sweet milk chocolate and candied nuts with whispers of ginger and sarsaparilla. Lengthy, sweet, spicy finish. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14717) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle thanks to hopscotch. Pours black with off white head. Vinous notes in nose and taste. Nose is also chocolate malt and vanilla beans. Taste is chocolate malt, sarsaparilla, vanilla beans, barrel and light lactose sweetness.

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