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.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear deep brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet caramel and vanilla aroma and taste with a toasted grain finish.
BucannonXC5 (1022) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a draft into a tulip at Karl Strauss in downtown San Diego, Calif. Maybe a ½-inch of head. Color appeared to be dark red on the top, but closer to black when looking at it straight on from the sides. Light lacing on the top. Light film on the sides.
Smelled of caramel malts. Also butter, roasty hops and some dark fruits.
Complex flavors that roll of the tongue beautifully. There was a floral/fruity front with a enjoyable smooth finish.
Full body. Average carbonation. Smooth rules the day.
I really liked this beer. The taste is obviously much better than the smell. It just feels so good on the tongue.
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