Karl Strauss Parrot in a Palm Tree

RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
n San Diego, we’re not known for our partridges or pears but we can all relate to those noisy parrots and their relentless “caroling”. Parrot in a Palm Tree is a robust Baltic Porter brewed especially for the Holidays. Aged two months in San Pasqual Tawny Port barrels, the resulting brew isn’t for the birds. This winter warmer boasts a complex bouquet of dark fruits, espresso and chocolate, with hints of oak in its warming finish. Raise a glass to 2010 or save a bottle as this limited release will age with the best of them.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DennisD (12) - USA - NOV 23, 2010
This is a great Baltic Porter. I really enjoyed it. Poured from a 22, it had a nice rich dark brown hue with a creamy off white head. I could smell oak, rich dried fruits, chocolate/coffee tones. The flavor was right on. You could taste the oaky flavors along with the rich chocolate, raisins, dates. Warming finish, full bodied. Very nice. I will be picking up a few more.

Dfonorow (2274) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Pour is dark brown with a tan head. Aroma and flavor are both of brown sugar, roasted malts, and toffee. Some slight spice/nutmeg in the finish. I didn’t pick up any notes of the barrel aging.

SDalkoholic (2431) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a monstrous size of foamy head while the liquid was a dark brown color. As for the nose, there was a mild and subtle scent of lightly roasted malt with a faint background of coffee. The palate is smooth and has a velvety texture where as the flavor is a robust combination of black licorice, cocoa powder, and decaf coffee. There is a minimal amount of wood barrel left behind after the aging process but considering that this was brewed by Karl Strauss, this is surprising a decent Baltic porter from them.

VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2012
Aroma kaffe och chocklad. Smaken likaså men kanske en liten nyans av frukt ?!

XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Big bold wood scents and flavors, has some nice chocolate and black licorice like flavors.

crosamich (474) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2012
A nice lil beer. Perhaps a little more time in those port barrels but nice varietal flavor profile. Some dark fruits, spice, Figs, complementary sherry/oxidation notes starting on.

madvike (3301) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle shared by cptnspeed1 (i think)...thanks Brad (I think)! - Pours mahogany with a thin tan head. Nose is molasses, brown sugar, lots of sweet, bready malt--but I don’t smell any of the port barrel. Taste is a little less sweet, with more maltiness and a raisin notes. Big, thick, and slick. This one has the emphasis on the sweet and decadent, but I really hoped for the port to make more of a presence.

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle shared in line for GTMW tickets (Madison, WI). Pours a rich roasty brownish hue, good murkiness, frothy tannish head, touch of lacing as it rings. Aromas are toffee, touches of malty caramel, faint biscuit, cocoa. Some mellow spice, brown sugar, touch of dried fruit. Initial is medium bodied, offering dried cocoa, toffee, toast into the fold. Some mellow toffee, gentle biscuit, brown sugar. Middle is a touch swete and thick, quickly moving into a dry and mellow spiced finish. Dried toast, dry hops. Abv is well hidden. Solid beer.

madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
20th March 2012
Bottle in the hotel before night before Norway trip. Lihgt haze on the warm brown coloured beer. Nice nose of toffee and dried fruits. Smooth softish palate. Creamy malty with a subtle dark malt undertones. The barrelling seems to have rounded this off nicely, Subtle wood. Nice tawny port tones with dark toffee and subtle dried fruits. Mild minerals and a whisper of bitterness in the semi dry finish. Really nicely done. Subtle but flavoursome and well joined up. Possibly unique being tawny port barrelled as well.

daleharshman (1075) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bomber bought almost a year ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($7.49). Pours a dark brown with some red highlights and two fingers of tan head. Aroma is on the weak side but has notes of creamy chocolate, dark fruit, and toasted malts. Flavor of nice dark raisin-y port wine, cocoa, caramel, and light molasses. Nice level of sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel. Feels kind of light considering the 8.5%. Good effort from Karl. (58, 648)

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle:   Cola in color, large foamy beige head, nice lacing.   Pale roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, and very slight vinous like aromas.   Not a strong roast, fairly soft.   Smidgen of cocoa or chocolate on the tongue.   I am getting some raisin like presense, with some alcohol warming.   Fairly smooth, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not a thick beer by any means, but its at least smooth.   Seems light in flavor for a Baltic Porter.   A bit more alcohol is noticeable too as its warming on the back of the tongue.   Almost has a slight sour aspect to it, well tart.   As it warms I get a little woodiness out of it.   Good, different, but certainly not a heavy example.   Thanks Ron!

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