Karl Strauss Parrot In A Palm Tree Holiday Baltic Porter - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.
Pours an almost opaque dark crimson brown with a 1 inch tan head that settles to a thin cap. Random dots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, and toffee aromas. Taste is of dark malt, dark fruits, and some cocoa powder flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Baltic porter from Karl Strauss. I am glad I was able to try this one on tap after having a bottle of it a while back.
12-11-2011 19:47:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.8/5 rDev -28.9%
Aged in Port wine barrels.
Pours black with a thick tan head that quickly fades.
Nose is an elegant plum/black cherry chocolate roasted grain that is light to medium assertive. Layered and complex but restrained.
Mouthfeel is medium thin with nice carbonation and a good "feel" to it but it's all overshadowed by flavors that do not integrate and fight each other to the point of unappealing.
Flavors start with what one thinks will be a pleasant "bitter port wine" quality that goes to smokey bitter and then green herb bitter with roasted grain undertones, hints of chili chocolate, celery and salt. There is "something" that is appealing in the individual characteristics but when you put them together your mouth is a mess.
Finish is bitter green herbs, green pepper, celery and salt and all in a less than appealing way.
This was one with good intentions - it missed the mark. I can't imagine drinking it again or having it with (or without) food.
01-06-2011 05:10:15 | More by GRG1313
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
22oz brown bomber with a vintage date amongst the info on the label.
Good lacing action on my mug, dark brown color has an edge of garnet which flaunts some clarity. Hint of burnt sugar and raisins, some dried plums, a hint of wood and faint grape sweetness all in the nose. Creamy full body, smoothness from the moderate level of carbonation comes off as nearly silky. Roasty sweet maltiness throughout, boarders on a mocha not of dark chocolate and a cup of Sumatra coffee. Wood character creeps in slowly as it pulls the palate in, very mild port flavor ... more wood than anything else. Baked apples, golden raisins and ripe blackberries unfold from the patch of fruitiness in the middle. Alcohol in the breath is warming at most though there is a clean fume of port within. Finishes with a mild roasted character and pulling dryness of wood.
Amazing, one of the better wood aged beers I have had in a while. A solid robust porter base marries the wood at first sip.
03-08-2011 04:44:40 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. My first beer from Karl Strauss.
The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a very nice mix of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some oaked notes. The flavor is more of the same, with a few added additions. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes - as you expect in a porter - but I also get some oak and dark fruit notes. The fruit is very wine-like and really adds to the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer with a great name. Definitely a beer to try if you get the chance.
12-28-2010 02:22:55 | More by Mora2000
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
Full of dried fruit, as everyone notes. Figs for sure. Long sweet flavor of roasted malt, but more of raisins than caramel. Nice touch of acidity tempers the fruit, and the hops are mellow but add complexity and sharpen the overall flavor. Smooth, rich, and creamy for a really good mouthfeel. Lovely chestnut color with a fine head and great swirly lacing.
Karl Strauss seems to do really well with these big malty beer, in my opinion. Sorry I didn't get to try this on tap, but I'll pick up a couple more bottles-- Ibis Market on Ft. Stockton in Mission Hills (San Diego) has a bunch of it.
08-23-2011 05:38:40 | More by mactrail
3.55/5 rDev -9.9%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,
A: Pours brown with a light white head, spots of lace.
S: Oaky, malt (chocolate), some vinous notes.
T: Dark chocolate predominately with nice barrel integration into the overall flavour. Not as big or as interesting as I think a BA Baltic Porter should, but still a nice tasting brew.
M: Smooth, full-bodied, creamy, soft carbonation.
D: A beer I liked, but had nothing to offer to keep my attention. Worth a try though on-tap I'd say.
12-15-2010 03:16:30 | More by Halcyondays
4/5 rDev +1.5%
On tap at Churchill's and served in a tulip.
A: Crimson tinged deep brown with a large frothy light brown head.
S: Served extremely cold. It took quite a while to warm up. The two months in Tawny Port barrels certainly left a mark. Notes of grape and plum are pronounced, it's quite vinous, and these aromas meld well with the chocolate, light roast, and restrained espresso. I detect date and fig as well.
F: Lightly roasted, with prominent notes of grape and plum. There's a dash of espresso, and I detect light chocolate notes. I think there are dates in here as well. The finish exhibits drying oak and a little warming, with a touch of alcohol flavor. Overall it's sweet, but not really close to cloying.
M: Upper medium body with upper moderate draft carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.
Overall: A very nice beer. If there were 4.25s I'd be giving a few of those out. Recommended.
01-11-2011 15:27:35 | More by HopHead84
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured on-tap at the San Diego Brewing Co brewpub. They had it for one of their guest taps, which was fortunate, because they were out when we were at Karl Strauss. The beer pours a dark black with brown-amber highlights and a thick, foamy tan head. The smell of the beer is heavy in coconut and chocolate. The taste of the beer is crisp, with undertones of coffee to boast the chocolate forward flavors. There is very subtle coconut notes on the aftertaste. Crisp, short, and bitter finish. The beer is very smooth and round. Pretty robust flavors that balance together well to make a very enjoyable, drinkable holiday beer.
01-09-2011 23:57:12 | More by GarthDanielson
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
Aromas of dark robust fruit (figs/dates), followed with chocolate and a a bit hint of vanilla. Simple yet enticing.
The taste is more potent, but follows what the nose suggest. Figs, dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, cherry and a hint of earthiness.
The mouth feel is smooth, but not heavy, and the carbonation is consistent throughout. Really balanced with the maltiness, earthiness and sweetness, really great.
Overall this beer is very smooth and well-rounded. Pretty robust flavors that balance together well to make a very enjoyable, drinkable holiday beer. Looking forward to getting my hands on some more offerings from this brewery.
01-27-2011 23:33:02 | More by claspada
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
A - Dark brown cola, somewhat murky, light tan head leaves pretty fast. Some cling lace.
S - Roasted malt, spices and wine...
T - Roasty porter, sharp wine finish that is pretty nice.
M - Medium body and carbonation, the balance is a little strange to me.
D - Fun to try but not a session beer for me.
04-22-2011 01:41:20 | More by srandycarter
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
leaving carlsbad last wednesday
heading back to vegas four kids
in the car in the pizza port lot
the bottle shop closed with two
bottles of this one sitting in
the cooler apparently nfs until
five thanks so much to the guy
behind the counter who sold them
to me didnt get the chance to
crack a bottle this weekend but
tonight is the night garnet color
with two fingers of airy light brown
foam aromas of juicy dark fruits
raisins and red grapes on the
palate medium bodied with the
alcohol well hidden flavors of wine
oak grapes and vanilla
04-06-2011 05:13:11 | More by emmasdad
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
Parrot in a palm tree has a dark brown body that borders on black due to the fact that it is opaque. Great looking brown head, large and solid with good retention and lacing.
The aroma is quite good, with dark fruit smells of dates and figs that obviously comes from the port barrels. There is also some chocolate malt and sweetness in there.
Parrot in a Palm Tree has lots of fruitiness, which comes from both the port and the yeast. I'm guessing this is an ale yeast (Baltic Porters go both ways) due to the fruit notes. The barrel notes are definitely appreciable, with dark fruits, oak and a hint of vanilla. I think a little more time in the barrel would have been nice though. The malt base is just as strong as the barrel flavors, with a little bit of roasted malts, a good dose of chocolate and some general sweetness. Just a hint of spicy hops.
The mouthfeel is medium in both body, but the carbonation is very good and lends a slight creaminess to the beer.
Not a bad beer at all, I enjoy most things that come out of port barrels though. Easy to drink considering the ABV, but not interesting enough for me to want more than one.
01-08-2011 16:40:19 | More by Hojaminbag
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop (in Super Jr. Market)
A - Poured a mahogany color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind
S - Is of roasted malt that gives off chocolate scents
T - Starts off with the roasted malt with chocolate then some dark fruit flavors come out and finishes with some alcohol
M - This beer has a smooth fuller body with lighter carbonation to it
D - I'm enjoying this beer quite a bit and thats saying a lot as this generally isn't a style I go crazy for it has an enjoyable taste with a great body this one is worth picking up if you see it around
01-04-2011 00:41:38 | More by armock
Karl Strauss Parrot In A Palm Tree Holiday Baltic Porter from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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