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Karl Strauss Two Tortugas

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1323) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Clear amber/brown with minimal head and lace. Rich aromas of cherries, caramel, fig, and rum. Caramel came forward in the flavor profile, but the rum-soaked cherries were still strong. Burnt candy sugar and yeastiness give it a sense of authenticity I really wasn’t expecting. Medium body, moderate carbonation, oily mouthfeel, and a dark fruit sweetness in the finish. I was ready to smack this down for calling itself a quad, but as I worked through it, I came to really appreciate it. A rather pleasant surprise.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Bomber from Valley Farm. Deep ruby red in color. Sweet and fruity in the nose. Some candy and tropical fruit as well. Somewhat sweet and roasted flavors. A bit of alcohol as well. A pretty smooth sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7869) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a hazy bronze hued body with a decently sized tan head that slowly fades to a ring. Good lace and some alcohol legs left behind on the sides of the glass. Aromas are strongly estery and malty. Lots of banana, even at a distance. Caramel, grainy, light chocolate, alcohol, grand manier, and pears. No hops aromas to speak of. Some caramelization. Flavors are alcohol forward, banana, light phenol (clove and some other spices), more esters, honey, malty, grainy, raisin-bran cereal, mild chocolate, orange essence/liquor. Ashy/dusty chocolate, mild table grapes. Complex if not scattered malt character. Light balancing bitterness. On the slightly sweet side overall. Alcohol is definitely there. Bigger body with medium-light carbonation. Warming. Pretty decent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Stately amber color, with a ring of head on an otherwise flat body. Not much aroma other than a twinge of malt. Finally some sweet caramel introduces itself. The body is full of fresh grains, warming, honeyed, and with Belgian spicy yeast.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 15, 2011
clear amber color/ ivory head. Spicy toffee, belgian yeast spice, marshmallow aromas. medium bodied. Spicy, grainy caramel flavors with rootbeer, dark pit fruits, fuel alcohol--too sweet n boozy

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a maroonish brown with small white head. Aroma is dark fruit, vanilla, yeast, booze. Flavors are...muddled? A bit roasty, a bit sweet, a bit fruity, a bit spicy, a bit boozy. Nothing really stands out. Surprisingly thin bodied; oily.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Appearance: Pours a dark red with a head that subsides to nothing.

Aroma: Dried dark fruits, juicy fruit gum.

Taste: Slight toasty malt, dried dark fruit, bubble gum, light spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy withmoderate carb. Overall: A textbook example of an American made quadruple, very sweet, spicy and syrupy.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thetmaxx (752) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Poured into my Karl Strauss glass. Aroma is caramel, and burnt. Smells like a amber. Flavor is similar, sweet, caramely, blah. Too much like a amber for my liking. I don’t detect the alcohol. It is thick and oily on the tounge.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11509) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fred can fix ya up! Pours dark ruddy copper with no head. Aroma is dark fruit with touches of treacle and light spice. Smooth aroma. Full bodied. No trace of heat. Flavors of darkish fruit, touch of treacle, and a fair amount of grapeish malt. Some warming does show in the finish. Amazingly gracious ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (612) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours a nice caramel color with just a whisp of off-white head, very fizzy and thin head. Aroma is dried fruits, caramel and candied sugar. Taste follows the nose with just a bit of dried fruits and some spices. I needed to try one of these now and then lay it down for a year or more.


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