JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Bottle from total wine in Rancho Cucamonga. Poured a dark brown with a chestnut head. Aroma was sweet brown sugar and roasted matl. Taste was mild coffee, chocolate, spices, oak and some mild port. Frothy carbonation. Very nice stuff. daleharshman (1064) - 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) Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
From a bottle,red/brown,brown head,medium sweet,chocolate aroma,i taste a cherry like flavor,oak,im so surprised by .karl strauss by this beer J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
22 oz. bomber from 2010. The aroma on this changed significantly as it warmed up. When relatively cold (55 F), it had an aroma of cream and wood with roasted chocolate grain in the background. As it warmed, the alcohol became more present and the roasted grain character became more pronounced. Initially had a puffy tan head that settled fairly quickly to a very light lacing on top of the crystal clear ruby colored body (the most "ruby" colored beer I think I’ve ever seen!). The initial taste is cream and sweet milk chocolate with a little bit of dark/bittersweet chocolate in the back. There’s some brown sugar and marshmallow in there too followed by a light raisin/prune taste. After the initial chocolate milkshake effect, there’s a light dry roasted bitterness that seems to be from wood, hops and alcohol all at the same time. Finishes with the same dichotomy of cream and dry bitterness with a lasting sweet chocolate aftertaste. This struck me more as a heavy version of a milk stout more than a Baltic porter, but in the end it’s just plain delicious! BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown-amber with tan head. Nose is roast, light fruit, cocoa, and alcohol. Flavor is rich sweet cocoa and roast malts up front with a melange of fruity esters, vanilla and oak in the sweet, warming finish. Medium-full body, thick texture, mild carbonation. An impressive one-off from the SD patriarch, good to see KS brewers experiment more with beer styles.
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Poured into a Tulip glass. Mild aroma, faint of mocha and malt. Dark but not opaque pour. Taste is more mild than nose or color; some smoke and toast flavor, ok palate, not too bright but not chewy either. Good but not great for this style. gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Woohoo! Rating #4 for this brew. Bomber, pours a not-totally-opaque dark black-brown. No head, aroma is faintly of malt and toffee, and humid earth and tree bark. Taste is initially light, and somewhat thin, of dark malt, toffee, some vanilla and a touch of bitter chocolate. The ABV burn kicks in mid-palate and sparkles throughout, lasting minutes after the swallow on the tongue and roof of the mouth. 2nd taste is similar to the first, except darker, more bitter,and creamier than the first one. I suspect this brew gains character as it warms. As it is, a very nice porter and a strong offering from Karl Strauss. hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with minimal head. Some chocolate. Toffee. Decent beer. crosamich (433) - 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. mpersinger (365) - , California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Thanks to joet for sharing this bomber at the second-ever tasting at my place. Pours dark brown with excellent clarity and a manila one-finger pillowy head from compact bubbles. Dark fruit, dark malt sinewy character to aroma with a trace of alcohol. Head fades to halo, with some lacing left on pint glass. Cacao nibs and dark fruit dominate the layered flavor that seems to span the spectrum without a deep roast or bitter hop note (which would be unwanted in this style. And if rating for style, one might quibble that it has a bit much residual sweetness coupled with a slight alcohol astrigency, so a bit big). The style-signature clean lager yeast character is there, with a floury mid-palate, then the finish warms with notes of brandy and tangy raisins.