Karl Strauss Parrot in a Palm Tree

 
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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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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J_man (1022) - 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!

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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

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mpersinger (366) - , 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.

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papajohn (1340) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Growler to go from Sorrento Mesa location: Dark brown color with an initial medium, fading beige head. Aroma to me is light milk chocolate with a hint of coffee and cream. Flavor starts smooth with some dark fruit followed by dark chocolate, a little coffee and a light bakers chocolate bitter finish. Medium body is creamy with moderate carbonation.

4
JoeTheYounger (1195) - 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.

4
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Johnc, thanks!!! Dark brown. Aroma of dates, odd sweet wine, caramel. Flavor is sweet, very light roast, dates, cocoa. Nice.

4
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.

3.9
StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2010
650 ml bottle from bev4less. pours a murky dark brown color with a large khaki head that has good retention and plenty of sticky lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength with chocolates, dark fruits and anise. The flavor is robust and complex with dark chocolate, earthy malts, licorice, biter walnuts, raisins and dates. The palate is smooth with lively carbonation. The finish is long with lingering dark biter chocolate. Overall: Very tasty porter.

3.9
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
On tap at O’Brien’s in San Diego with my bros. Rich, deep, and dark. Dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, coffee. Creamy and oaky in the back. Thought it was a stout when I was drinking it. Clean finish. Nice!

3.9
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
22oz bottle. Rating #16. Very dark red almost maroon color, not very porterish, the head is a nice creamy dark tan with pretty decent lacing. Roasty aroma, a little smokey even, the coffee is very present. Wow, the flavor is very different from the aroma, sweet dark fruits and just a touch of the coffee in the finish, very smooth but very tasty. (1449)


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