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Porto Gallito - Freetail Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 29
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 07-24-2012)
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Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Thorpe429, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

acurtis, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +5%

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with ruby port highlights; an inch of tan foam stacks on top of the liquid, leaving a smattering of dots and dashes around the tulip glass

Smell: Lactic sourness complements the berry, cherry and grape notes

Taste: Blackberries, cherries and grapes dominate the opening, with the lactic sourness building through the middle; underneath the tart flavors is a subtle undertone of fortified port, though the sweetness really doesn't come through in a meaningful way; in the finish, the oak joins the profile though there is quite a bit of puckering sourness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Unlike a lot of dark sours, this beer doesn't overwhelm with caramel malt flavors (which often fail to work well with the sour flavors); I am really impressed by the way the flavors complement each other, with the port barrel adding a distinctly different tone

Thanks, Phoenix2443, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev 0%

Bottle: Poured a deep red/dark burgundy color ale with a average size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of oak and vinous notes with light acidic notes. Taste is a nice mix between some port notes with light woody notes and some vinous notes. Acidity level is quite balanced with a nice level of tart notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice sour ale with good overall balance.

Phyl21ca, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev 0%

Texasfan549, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

kjkinsey, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

Served in a snifter.

Thanks to both twiggamortis420 and wagenvolks for the hookups here!

So...something along the lines of "Port Cock"... Okay. This stuff pours a deep mahogany topped by a finger of glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises tart black grapes (couldn't tell you if they were Porto grapes or not), red wine (something akin to a Malbec), and some musty oak in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a hint of cranberry. Everything is decidedly tart here, though somehow not enough to cause intestinal issues in the morning for a lesser man. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a tasty sour, one that seems like a one-note song, but one that doesn't grow quite as tiresome as such musical entrees.

TMoney2591, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Had at a recent Philly 'burbs bottle share.

Ruby-brown pour, with a small, sturdy cap of off-white foam; moderate retention and lacing. Berry aroma, lactic and slight acetic notes. On the palate, vinous notes, cherry and cranberry, tart and acetic, but manageable, earth and mineral, with some of the caramel malts coming through in a minor way. Medium body, moderate (maybe slightly high) carbonation. Nothing groundbreaking, but a solid and enjoyable wild ale overall.

Rifugium, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.76/5  rDev -6%

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a reddish brown/dark amber color with a ring of off white head that goes away.

Smell: There is a dark sour funk that reminds me a bit of red berries. I'm also getting a sweet component that reminds me of brown sugar.

Taste: This one is quite tart up front with a good amount of sweet brown sugar malt to balance things out. There is some vinegar and a red berry like tartness. The finish is tart.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with just a hint of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Dark sours aren't my favorite, but I thought this one was pretty good. I'd have more if someone offered.

oline73, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%

On tap at the brewpub.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of dark fruit and cherries, as well as some toffee malt. The flavor is quite funky, with some leather notes to go along with some barnyard funk. I also get some tart cherries and tart grapes, as well as a hint of sweetness from the toffee malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

mendvicdog, Jan 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

oriolesfan4, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -8%

Bomber into a snifter. The brew appears an amber color with red hints around the edges and tab cap that retains decent. A swirl brings about a finger back to the surface.

The smell is vinous and tangy with a bit of vinegar. Mildly fruity alcohol inclusion. Some minerals and funky cheese round out the nose.

The taste is vinegar with fruit and herbal hops. A modest inclusion of alcohol is noted. Almost a salty to savory aftertaste with a hint of soy sauce oxidation lingers in the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is unique and overall fairly easy drinking. Unique and worth a try but nothing terribly exciting.

stakem, Feb 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

duceswild, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%

The beer is reddish amber hued with an inch of foamy beige head. The aroma offers red wine, tannins, oak, acetic yeast, port, currants. Smells nice. The flavor follows suit, offering nice complexity and balance. A nice tart finish with alcohol content well disguised. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A delightful beer to sip and savor.

Huhzubendah, Jan 03, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle opened on 12.25.12

A - Pours a brown with a fizzy one inch light brown head that fades slowly.

S - Oaky, acidic, and wine-like.

T - Tart, woody acid, port wine.

D - Decent carbonation and a medium body.

O - Fizzy and tart with lots of barrel characteristics and som port residue. I enjoyed it.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Big thanks goes out to BeerBuddy2122 for sending me this one as part of a past trade! Shared this one at one of our Random Sunday Tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep ruby red brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, fruit, sour, dark fruit, earth, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, fruit, tart, sour, dark chocolate, earth, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I went into this one not really knowing what to expect. However, what I found was actually not too bad. There was a nice touch of balance going on with the earthy/roasty notes along with the tart and funky notes. The barrel definitely also made its presence known throughout each sip with the nice notes of wood and fruit. A really well done brew that I would definitely enjoy having again in the future.

thagr81us, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

22 oz bomber pours a dark brown color with a frothy cap of tan head. Retention is average but the lacing is wall-ish and superb.

Nose is tart and lacto-esque with some sweet hints of dark berries and blackened sugar. Maybe a light port wine character, but not as influential as I would have thought...probably would not notice it if you didn’t know it was there.

Mmm, very smooth lacto tartness on this one, if that makes any sense. Rolls just fine from berry-sour to cocoa-grainy malt and finishes with a sharp twang and bubbly carbonation. Damn, this is really tasty, I wish I had bought a few more now. Usually not a big fan of the darker sours, but this one has less roast and overall malt heft than most. The port barrel treatment seems to have complimented the lacto extremely well in this case. Very, very good beer. Kinda flies under the radar (no bat-pun intended), but damn, I am digging the shit out of this one.

twiggamortis420, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

AngusOg, Jun 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Florida9, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

Notes from tasting on 11/16. thanks to mike for sharing this brew.

a - brown with a maroon tint. thin watery look.

s - nice tart smell. some cherry...don't get any port.

t - really tasty. brown ale with cherry and a nice barrel glazing. great tart with some sour egginess in there.

m - easy drinking. soft tartness.

o - overall really nice all around.

cosmicevan, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of harrymel
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%

My first Freetail sour....

Pours a dark, weak coffee brown with a fine sheet of light tan foam. Smells like tart, dark grape juices, some currant, a little oak, some leather and balsamico. Lovely nose. Nice and sour with cherry, grape, and raisin. Some oak, some sugar, a little bit of tobacco leaf. Light bodied balanced well with the slight sweetness and medium carb with a watering finish. I really, really enjoyed this beer. Would love to have more.

harrymel, Apr 01, 2013
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Porto Gallito from Freetail Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.