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Portamarillo - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 17.45%
Wants: 34
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For the collaboration, Luke Nichols of Epic came to Dogfish in June of 2010 for the intial test batch (we brewed it in our Rehoboth Beach, DE brewpub).

An Imperial sorta-porter fermented with Brazilian Rapadura sugar and a couple of really unique New Zealand ingredients.

To make the Portamarillo we first grilled tamarillos (sweet, fruity NZ tomatoes) over Pohutakawa wood at our pub then pureed and added them to the boil. Luke sourced this unique wood for us from his motherland - Pohutakawa has found an important place in New Zealand's culture, both of the European settlers and Maori - being venerated for spirituality, strength and beauty.

The wood and tamarillos do truly add a smoky, fruity, roasty beauty to this beer.

50 IBU

This listing is for the draft-only version available at Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats. Reviews for the bottled version should be entered here -  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 5925/70424 

(Beer added by: Pinto21 on 07-10-2010)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown almost black in color with a short 1/4" head.

Smell: malt sweetness, some earthy tones, and a bit of a vegetable aroma rose from the glass.

Taste: toffee, mild roasted malt flavor, brown sugar, and that interesting vegetable tone lingers in the background. There is a bit of a woody / earthy flavor here. Bitterness is nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. A medium bodied beer.

Overall: not knowing what tamarillos are, nor the wood they were smoked on, this beer had a unique flavor. Easy to drink this beer. On tap at the brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

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A - a deep dark ruby red brown, 1/6 finger tan head and some minimal lacing

S - dark fruits, sugar, spices, huge sweet malts, caramel, vanilla, hops, wood, earth and maybe that fruit/veg

T - very nIce fruit, dried dark berries, flowers, sugar, nice biting hop, cherry, wood, terrior, I may be tasting the fruit used for this ale, I have never had it though so I can't tell. All the flavors are very nice

M - medium body, low acidity, well balanced, awesome complexity and medium very nice finish

D/O - one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. Lots of taste. Not overwhelming. Refreshing and just an all around lovely beer. Huge flavors all are awesome

Final thoughts - $11 is really high, but worth the try. 7% abv could be higher. But this is a huge delight. Dogfish has done a great colab, need to try more epic stuff

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- JET black. Perfect head that slowly settles and hangs around for the ride. I have to believe this is a porter or stout.

S- Grass, Flowers, Cherries, and just a hint of chocoalte.

T- A whole lot of chocolate. Not too sweet though. Some cherries and ripe berries. Very little cofee present until the finish which goes perfect with the lingering smoke. Has near perfect balance

M- Fits perfectly with this beer. Malty but good carbonation to lighten it up a bit.

O- I remember watching the episode where they made this beer and it did not disappoint.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights when held up to light. The head is about a finger thick and light tan in color, there is no lacing apparent.

S: The scent is very malty, I'm not picking up any roasted characteristics, but a molasses like malt scent.

T: The taste is much different than the smell, it is malty, but there is more of a roasted/smokey flavor to it. Now, I've never had a Tamarillo before, but there is an upfront tart flavor, it must be it. There is bitterness in the middle and the finish is dry and malty. Not your everyday "Porter."

M: This beer has a thin medium body with some tingly carbonation. The feel is malty.

D: Definitely not a typical porter, the tamarillo seems to add an interesting kick to this beer. The flavor is very malty but it blends together fairly well.

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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OK, that's damn irritating..Why the HELL did stupid fB just make me replicate a Captcha to post on my own freaking page???!!! That happens again they're getting the what for!!!

I'm curious if this has been imported to the U.S. I'm sure it has, because that label I used as the picture says it was imported by Shelton Brothers...It musta been a small allocation though 'cause I haven't seen it round these parts...

This is a collab with Dogfish Head, as many of you will remember from the episode of Brewmasters. Thanks to great trader Mr. Kennedy of Oz for this brew!! Cheers!!

Pours a dense mahogany, very dark. Close to opaque. Beautiful, creamy head which persists and leaves pleasant, sticky lacing. Medium carbonation. Nice looking brew...

Very robust and super-unique aromas. You get the sense of both the weird wood smoke and also the tanginess of the tamarillo used. Nice malt bacbone to it also...Also a nice herbal note in there, kind of like oregano. Very excellent thus far.

Flavor is interesting, and now I see where the folks in NZ didn't offer a medal to it. Not nearly as robust as either the aroma or appearance would suggest. Rather than evolving through flavors, it all seems to be mish-mashed together into one, very long flavor. The smoke aspect is almost completely absent, which is a bummer. I woulda liked to have seen that more forward. Carbonation is excellent and sets up the middle well. The flavor is definitely a porter, but slightly thin for one.

Almost forgot - The Basics: 7.0% ABV and no idea on price. Heck, it would be in Aussie dollars anyway!!

Where was I - oh, yeah: This is DEFINITELY the Nicole Kidman (yeah, I realize she's not from NZ, get over it) of beers: Looks fantastic, smells great, but is too thin.

Finish is long and bitter, and I like the bitterness.

What I like Most: The wonderful appearance and unique aroma profile.

What I like least: The confused cavalcade of flavors all mish-mashed together.

Verdict: Good enough to definitely try if you see it, but not as excellent as I had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 01:11:18 | More by SolomonGrundy
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