Karl Strauss Six Suits A-Hangin' Holiday Imperial Belgian Brown

RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Winter in San Diego means surfers break out their fullsuits. And while you may not find many stockings hung by the chimney with care, you’re sure to see those wetsuits hung out to dry on plenty of balconies across the county. Six Suits A-Hangin’ is the 6th installment in our “Twelve Days” holiday series. This Imperial Belgian-style brown ale is brewed with caramel and brown malts for rich flavors of graham crackers, roasted nuts, and peppery Belgian spice. Aging on French oak adds a hint of vanilla. As for the finish? It’ll warm you from your head to your frozen toes.

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Pdubyah (812) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 14, 2017
Taste seems quite sweet then moves to a duller dryer note then again moves to something with a spice note to finish with a lovely linger. That's a beer that you have to sip twice.. I think this is quire nuanced and more complicated that it's letting on to be. The Vanilla part of this is a quite achiever.

retinadoc (243) - - JUL 5, 2016
Draft. Not as flavorful as their IPAs. Subdued carbonation and nose. Slightly spicy flavors. Smooth finish. Surprisingly high ABV.

Samtzu (607) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 24, 2016
650ml bottle. Slight chocolate nose with a Malty after scent. Light body with similar tastes as the nose. Interesting yet not as appealing as I would hope.

slowrunner77 (12997) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Late season bomber. Aroma of spiced bread, nuts and chocolate. Flavor close to the same with the yeast coming out a little more as it warms. Warming beer, though over carbonated a touch. Nice, but too expensive.

beer-yum (1906) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 9, 2016
Restrained aroma in a dark copper brown pour. Belgian base has hints of cloves, vanilla, banana, and bubblegum - with the complexity made subtle by the oak.

User134089 (1644) - - MAR 7, 2016
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: Bine & Vine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $12.59
Purchased: Feb. 26, 2016
Consumed: March 3, 2016
Misc.: Bottled in Dec. 2015

Didn’t know much about this beer when I got it. I just knew I liked Karl Strauss and I knew I liked its specialty brews. Reading it makes me thing of a Winter Warmer with a Belgian twist. This should be a good one.

Poured an auburn, dark amber, semi-clear color with two fingers of khaki white, rocky head. Average-to-above average uneven foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

First whiff was a bit everywhere. First thoughts were booziness, dark plum and stale beer in that order. Second go I got perfume, red apple, Belgian peppery spices, grape, honey, nutmeg, hints of cinnamon and sweet caramel. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted pretty close to the smell, specifically plum, red apple, dark grape, honey, spicy Belgian peppery notes, nutmeg, graham cracker, fruitcake, sweet caramel and a touch of oak. Alcohol is hidden. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Somewhat long, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a decent beer, but I may have been a bit nice on the ratings for most of the categories. Not worth the price, but happy to have tried it. (Overall - 3.75)

3.78 85 B+

fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Draft at Royal India Downtown San Diego. I wasn’t sure what to expect from an Imperial Belgian Brown. Turned out to be more Belgian-like than Brown-like which is good for me. Looked like a dubble but drank like a Tripple. Not bad.

SDalkoholic (2434) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle from BevMo: Poured a medium brown beer topped with a thick forthy layer of foam. Bold aromas of malts that have been caramelized down while a minimal amount of spiced Belgian like yeast lurks in the background. 4 months shelf life but I seriously hadn’t seen this beer anywhere locally and thus why I was so late on rating it. Bottled Sept 17, 2015 and it is now January 2016. The flavor of the beer woke my taste buds up because the spice of the yeast that had hints of clove along with the sweet syrupy malts rich is sugars and heavy ABV % comes across a lot like an American version of a German style and I would have sworn this was a dunkel just because of how sweet and sugary it taste.

Oscbert (1321) - Lincoln, California, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Spicy yeasty Belgian yeast aroma, coriander, pepper, banana. Pours amberish brown with small off white head. Strong spicy yeast flavors, corriander, pepper. Bready malts. Medium bodied with high co2, lingering yeasty spice finish. Yeast flavors overpower this one, but still balanced enough to make it easy to drink although one pint is more than enough for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

DuffMan (10728) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2016
On tap @ the brewery, downtown San Diego location. Very dark Amber brown, golden highlights. Spicy yeasty brown bread and sweet dark fruits, treacle, marzipan. Sweet but not too sweet. Very good.

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