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Two Tortugas - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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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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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-27-2012 21:54:42 | More by animal69
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-10-2014 15:42:43 | More by BreweryRun
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

02-22-2012 04:35:41 | More by ineva
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

10-17-2012 02:58:57 | More by t0rin0
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3.98/5  rDev +13.1%


On tap at Karl Strauss.

A: Dark brownish red with a fleeting beige head. Nice color.

S: Toffee is rich and esters are pronounced, reminiscent of plum, date, and prune. Phenolics are peppery and I get a touch of booze in the nose. Caramel accompanies bread and faint toasted notes.

T: Sweet toffee accompanies fig, date, prune, and plum. There's a mild pepper-like spiciness with a soft alcohol profile. Breadiness is pronounced and there's a light bitterness.

M: Upper medium body with matching carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth.

Overall: A well done Belgian Strong Dark.

12-23-2011 23:45:54 | More by HopHead84
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

07-08-2013 05:20:14 | More by Zbeetleman
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-20-2011 20:53:41 | More by heresy22
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

02-06-2013 05:34:37 | More by Devinph
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4.03/5  rDev +14.5%

Re-rated on July 18, 2012 to 3.5-4.0-4.0-4.5-4.0 from the original Oct. 15, 2011 version of 4.0-3.5-5.0-5.0-4.5.

Poured from a draft into a tulip at Karl Strauss in downtown San Diego, Calif. Maybe a ½-inch of head. Color appeared to be dark red on the top, but closer to black when looking at it straight on from the sides. Light lacing on the top. Light film on the sides.

Smelled of caramel malts. Also butter, roasty hops and some dark fruits.

Complex flavors that roll of the tongue beautifully. There was a floral/fruity front with a enjoyable smooth finish.

Full body. Average carbonation. Smooth rules the day.

I really liked this beer. The taste is obviously much better than the smell. It just feels so good on the tongue.

10-15-2011 09:05:51 | More by BucannonXC5
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4.03/5  rDev +14.5%

Appearance: Rich Mahogany in color, pours 1 inch of creme colored head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, raisins, dark fruit, candi sugar, malty, spices, estery.

Taste: Toffee, raisins, dark fruit, spices, candi sugar, malty. Boozy as it warms.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, crisp, boozy as it warms.

Overall: A very tasty beer. Rich, complex flavors. The high ABV is well hidden. Drinkability is fairly high.

12-07-2011 00:55:31 | More by phichifiji00
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4.05/5  rDev +15.1%

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a big brown sugar and figs aroma. Gingerbread and frosting scents, yes it smells sweet. Ethanol fumes carry the scent of butter rum candy. Quite a pleasant aroma.

Starts out sweet with a buttered rum flavor. Brown sugar and tobacco flavors with a bock like bitterness. Little bit of ethanol burn. Finally a little toffee candy.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer but on the sweet side.

11-30-2011 04:26:15 | More by Zorro
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

08-02-2013 04:46:59 | More by I_heart_beer
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +21.6%

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a meringue of a head that fades a bit too quickly though it does leave a smattering of lace around the tulip

Smell: Rum-soaked cherry, caramel and pecans

Taste: Caramel and pecans, up front, followed by the rum-soaked cherry flavors bulding into a peppery, yeasty crescendo by mid-palate; after the swallow, the candi sugar moves the brew into a sweeter realm, while the alcohol adds a warm sensation in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite a surprise at how well Karl Strauss tackled a difficult style to brew; while the mouthfeel needs some work, the flavor profile is spot on

Thanks, jodan, for the opportunity

12-24-2011 02:55:31 | More by brentk56
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4.33/5  rDev +23%

A - Cloudy dark red-brown with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Dark caramel malts, date, plum, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, spices, candi sugar, brown sugar, hint of vanilla, and some booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, date, raisin, plum, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove and other spices, candi and residual sugars, some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Excellent Quad. Really nice balance and smoothness.

02-20-2013 05:02:08 | More by ngeunit1
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4.43/5  rDev +25.9%

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby/garnet hues
Smell: warming alcohol in the nose, toffee, dark fruits, moderate phenols
Taste: toffee, mild alcohol, toffee, copious amounts of dark fruit, again moderate phenols, belgian candy sugar
Mouthfeel: for an 11% beer, the alcohol is masked extremely well. very sweet, but now cloying
Overall: a great beer. with a little age on this one I can see the intensity rounding out.

01-13-2012 16:54:52 | More by crvcac
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

12-19-2011 23:53:37 | More by JKouza
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

12-20-2011 03:17:26 | More by kenzak
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5/5  rDev +42%

11-21-2011 06:03:22 | More by tjfinkle
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5/5  rDev +42%

11-29-2011 16:55:37 | More by stawn
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Two Tortugas from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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