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 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. papajohn (1250) - 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. 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. daknole (11044) - 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.
madmitch76 (24360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
20th March 2012StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2010
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.
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. 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. 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! 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)