PARROT IN A PALM TREE
Holiday Ale 2010
In San Diego, we’re not known for our partridges or pears but we can all relate to those noisy parrots and their relentless “caroling”. Parrot in a Palm Tree is a robust Baltic Porter brewed especially for the Holidays. Aged two months in San Pasqual Tawny Port barrels, the resulting brew isn’t for the birds. This winter warmer boasts a complex bouquet of dark fruits, espresso and chocolate, with hints of oak in its warming finish. Raise a glass to 2010 or save a bottle as this limited release will age with the best of them.
“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.”
- Jason Alström, Beer Advocate Cofounder
“Picked this one up from Beverages 4 Less, apparently they were the first to get their hands on it. Pours a deep, dark brown with an espresso-like frothy head. Smells of cocoa and dried fruit, with subtle hints of oak and coffee. The taste is pretty damn impressive with dark chocolate, plums, raisins, and subtle oak undertones. Not too heavy on the booze, nice silky texture, and hints of port in the finish. Overall, well done. I’ll have to pick-up a few bottles to lay down.”
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