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Two Tortugas - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 21.02%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BucannonXC5 on 10-15-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

wattershed, Dec 07, 2011
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ILikeGoodCider, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

bradfordjohnson, Jan 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Mister_Joshy, May 30, 2012
Photo of StoicBeast
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12oz wine glass, chilled. paired with sweetened dates.

a- dark amber, considerately mild effervescence, khaki lacing.
s- a bit astringent, phenol. fruity and roasted aromas are there as well.
t- residual sugar causes sweetness on the front palette. bitterness and bitterness is negligible.
m- medium bodied, creamy, warming. dry finish.
o- simple ode to the Belgium style of a quadruple ale.

Not what I was expecting, for sure. I could tell from the lack of head the translucence that it wasn't going to as complex as something made by Brasserie de Rochefort or St. Bernardus. It reminded me of a flat soda at one point. Perhaps aging would improve the quality, but it seems like it was too focused on flavor. This is the first, out of 3, style from Karl Strauss that miss.

StoicBeast, Jan 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

KevSal, Dec 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

BilbosNuts, Mar 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

kds2437, Jul 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

jeezie, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Chopman50, Jan 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Popp24, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Carlsbad, CA

Dark plum color with ruby edges. Very thin khaki colored head and zero lacing left down the glass--no cling whatsoever.

At first, the aroma is decent enough: plum, raisins, dark breads, and a bit of black pepper. As the beer warms, however, the strong, hot, and stinging alcohol content overpowers much of anything else.

The taste follows a similar journey as the aroma: initially, the beer is decent with the dark fruits, caramel malt, mild bitterness, and a touch of spice pushing through. Though, at any temperature but very, very cold, the beer becomes an unbalanced, alcoholic mess.

The mouthfeel is thin and oily--not particularly appropriate for the style.

This was nothing more than a slightly better than average quad. Significant warming does this beer no favors.

ehammond1, Oct 15, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, purplish-amber color with very little white head. Scent is dark fruits with some spices as well. Heavy caramel malt. Taste is initially delicious dark fruits with a strange berry syrup flavor...like the kind you would put on a snow cone. Very sweet candied sugar flavors with caramel malt and booze. Mouthfeel is thin and syrupy. Not the greatest. Drinkability is fair, as this beer becomes more and more syrupy and boozy as it warms. Overall, the dark fruit flavors are nice, but that's about all this beer has going for it. I also don't see it aging well.

DovaliHops, Nov 28, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

Rollzroyce21, Jan 15, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of PatrickSwayze
2.4/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I usually love karl strauss but man was i disappointed in this beer.

A: Pours a dark amber with a light tan head that quickly dissipates within seconds.

S: A good whiff of this boy is nothing but rich deep caramel notes. Hops seem to be completely eliminated from this beer.

T: Man i drank a a small glass or two from the bomber that i bought and all i tasted was this deep molasses like character that seemed like to much residual sugar. Completely destroyed any remaining taste buds (in a bad way).

M: Overall it was just way to sugary on the tongue. Could have been better if it was a drier beer.

O: I was really bummed on this beer as i usually buy karl strauss frequently. I was also hoping to age this beer later after my initial tasting. Does not represent the quadruple category very well in my opinion. Overall really way to sweet to enjoy

PatrickSwayze, Dec 20, 2011
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

mhaugo, Dec 29, 2011
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

jophish17, Jan 06, 2012
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1.98/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at The Regal Beagle in San Diego 12/29/11.

A ruddy brown color, a bit murky, red wine burgundy with wispy head. Little to no head present at the end of the glass. Mild nuttiness, candied sugar, and caramel covered fresh baked bread aromas. Sweet brown sugar, and thick caramel flavors with an alcohol burn lingering. Middling mouthfeel tending towards thick. Dry finish.

This has so much candied sugar present that I wonder if a confectioner engineered this brew. I'm not a big fan of candied sugar unless it's used sparingly or equally with another strong, but opposite flavor. That was not the case with this beer. I think of a Quad as a very complex dark Belgian. I was proved wrong once with Deschutes' The Stoic, which wasn't dark. This beer just reinforced my belief that a Quad must be, above all else, complex.

Philousa, Dec 31, 2011
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Two Tortugas from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.