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Karl Strauss Two Tortugas

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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San Diego may not top the list for birdwatchers but it certainly tops the list for beer-drinkers. And while you’re more likely to spot a Sea Turtle than a Turtle Dove, tracking down a world class beer is easy. Two Tortugas is the 2nd addition to our less than literal “Twelve Days” series of holiday ales. This Belgian-inspired Quadruple Ale has a delicate union of toffee, dark fruits, and warming spices that will continue to develop with age. Raise a glass to 2011 or save a bottle for 2021, this turtle’s got legs.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
On tap @ Uncle Henry’s Deli. Lightly hazed copper pour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet raisin, plum, and banana. Lots of caramel and brown sugar notes. A bit of chocolate and toasted bread...maybe some booze. Flavor is quite sweet as well. Bit time dark fruit, brown sugar, and caramel. Chocolate syrup, toast, and bananas. Mild yeast, alcohol, and clove spiciness. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5568) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Red-amber with a tan head. Aroma is cherries, dark fruit, toffee and alcohol. Flavor is raisins, cherries, toffee, alcohol, bread and brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2013
A - Cloudy dark red-brown with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades fairly quickly. S - Dark caramel malts, date, plum, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, spices, candi sugar, brown sugar, hint of vanilla, and some booze. T - Sweet dark caramel malts, date, raisin, plum, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove and other spices, candi and residual sugars, some booze. M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish. D - Excellent Quad. Really nice balance and smoothness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) clear rich copper, fine tan bubbles. Nose of rich raisin, caramel, brown sugar. Taste of raisin, toasty, alcohol, medium thick body and an alcoholic linger.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (14496) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2013
3rd April 2012
Hazy deep amber beer. Tidy pale tan head - bubbly. Semi dry palate. Rich caramel and dried fruits. Mild aniseed alcohol. Mild banana and bubblegum esters. Semi dry finish that is mildly warming. Not bad.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
On tap @ Hamilton’s Tavern during SD Beer Week: Poured into a proper trappist glass as a glowing amber hue with a shade of brown tinting. Created some development of foam on top but quickly thinned out leaving the liquid naked. The aroma is initially fruity with a funky strain of yeast that comes alive as being an authentic Belgian strain while a heavy presence of alcohol is easily found with the nose. The drink is sweet and displays the taste of fruity yeast that was so in the aroma except the fruit becomes more apparent and suggests such natural fruits as banana, dark rich plum, and the taste of a strawberry smoothie that included both the top green stem part and berry. Palate is refined with steady carbonation levels while an aftertaste of sugary malts and candy sugar end this beer on a good note as a good quad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4843) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2012
From the 12/2012 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright caramel-orange color with a small foamy tan head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was sour caramel, nut, booziness, pepper and faint vague fruits. The flavor was tangy sour caramel, pepper, apple, nut, pear and more booziness. Long pepper, caramel and fruit finish. Moderately full bodied but the booziness distracted. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (888) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Bomber purchased a year ago at BevMo in Carmel Mountain ($8.99). Pours into tulip a murky reddish amber color with one finger of beige foam that very soon reduces into nothingness. Aroma of sticky figs and prunes, buttered caramel, coconut, and brown sugar. Flavor of rich toffee, dark sticky fruit, nutty bready malts, dark honey, molasses, vanilla, and some spice. Finishes moderately sweet and with a slightly boozy finish (though the high ABV is generally well concealed). Pretty good quad. Will be interested to see how the other bottle I have ages. (34, 752)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6185) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 18, 2012
Draught at City Beer. Nose of caramel, some spice, plums, fig, cherry. Dark brown. Sweet flavor, honey, molasses, lots of dried fruit. Boozy but smooth. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6363) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours dark amber with no head and a sweet fruity aroma. There is a hearty sweet dark malt flavor with some plum and a warm alcohol trail.


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