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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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BucannonXC5 (802) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
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.

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.

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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10792) - 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.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2012
A really solid big bodied maltfest. Really liked this brew. A bit of spices but really a powerpack of malts that are awesome!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3322) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Shared with Strkyzone on Facebook Chat. The 22 oz bomber poured a dark copper with a tan head. Nose is malty, with dark fruit - raisins, plums, banana, candy,and some cloves. Full body and a very smooth mouthfeel. The high alcohol is very well hidden but still sneaks up on you. The flavor is of dark ripe fruit. Warm, sweet, and alcoholic finish. A very delicious brew that stays consistent from first to last drop and keeps surprising you with new subtle flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (604) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1214) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 Bomber from Plaza Wine and Spirits in Mira Mesa: Chill haze dark caramel amber color with a medium, fading beige head. Aroma is toffee, raisin and prune. Flavor starts rich caramel and dark fruit with hints of dark rum followed a little cinnamon and a hint of clove with a light bitter finish balancing the rich start. Medium-full body is smooth and oily with moderate carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Bomber. Shared bottle on Christmas. Pours a dark brown, caramel color. Smells of toffee and dark fruits. A malt lovers dream, smooth on the palate will just a hint of the alcohol flavor lingering. If you like holiday barleywines then this the the beer for you.


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