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Karl Strauss Two Tortugas



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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Clear deep brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet caramel and vanilla aroma and taste with a toasted grain finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #13. Dark brownish red color with a beige head. Sweet aroma, brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel. Mild flavor at first, more dark fruits, molasses and a light roast bitterness, burnt sugar. (2077)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Ri9ch amber beer with a beige head. Caramel and yeast aroma with light banana, spice, and light alcohol. Caramel and yeast flavor with spice, banana, and frutiiness. Medium-plus bodied. caramel and yeast lingers with banana, spice, and frutiiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Pours a clear ruby color with a thin white head. Aroma bubblegum, vanilla and banana bread. Taste is sweet, fruity, cherry, spicy, herbal and delicious. I’m more impressed than I thought possible coming from Karl Strauss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2012
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of raisins, roasted malt, banana, light vanilla, cocoa, caramel, and toffee. Flavor of raisins, caramel, grain, cocoa, sassafras, toffee, clove, and banana.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2328) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2012
22oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye..Nose is candy, honey, bready, caramel ,fruits..Taste is fruits, candy, light malts, spice..Palate is sweet and light

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (7590) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Bomber. Pours a mostly clear ruby color with almost no head. A sweet nose of spices and fruit. A nice flavor of dates, plum, some light cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of orange zest. Pretty warm. A light estery banana. Decent, certainly decadent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2012
CBC on tap-pours copper with an offwhite head. Aroma is dark fruit, medium malt-caramel, spme spice. Taste is dark fruit, medium malt-caramel, spme spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5901) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Bomber from Hayduke. We both had a bottle and enjoyed it together via facebook chat. This poured pretty much clear mid brown and had no head at all. A nose of fruit and molasses. First sip is dark fruit and toffee. Especially cherries. Alcohol is hidden nicely but my legs sure feel funny. There might be just a hint of spice but it is hidden almost as well as the alcohol. This beer stayed steady throughout the bottle despite temperature changes. This was tasty and dangerous.

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