Epic / Dogfish Head Portamarillo | Epic Brewing Company

Epic / Dogfish Head PortamarilloEpic / Dogfish Head Portamarillo
64 Ratings
Epic / Dogfish Head PortamarilloEpic / Dogfish Head Portamarillo

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration, a Festive brew and the world's first tree tomato beer. A sorta-Porter fermented with New Zealand grown Tamarillos, which were smoked using wood chips from the sacred Pohutukawa tree (also know as the NZ Christmas tree).

Added by trappistlover on 06-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Given a few years to age since its discovery on Brewmasters, Portamarillo is a different take on a porter. I get a smokey and date-like flavor, and it doesn't have any stale or obvious oxidized flavors, so it looks like this beer has aged fine. Too bad it's not a standout beer.

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Photo of beer_nibbler
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jmilo64
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of AdamP
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of DruRho
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Pours dark brown, almost no head, some decent lacing, moderate internal carbonation, not translucent

S: Interesting nose, lots of smoke, definitely some herbal and vegetal elements, even some malt and caramel comes through

T: Much akin to the nose, smoky and malty, some vegemite qualities to it, some cocoa and a touch of spice, some espresso notes emerge as well, quite unique

M: Smooth, but feels quite thick in the mouth, a bit lingering on the palate as a result, almost oily, moderate smoky aftertaste, and moderately drying

O: A singular and interesting porter, definitely an experience, but certainly not one of my favorites, worth a try, more for the novelty, but still pretty decent

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, smoke vanilla, tomatillos, and some oak.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts, vanilla, and some tomatillos. Through the middle, the smoke and oak flavors come through with some milk chocolate. The finish is mix of roasted chocolate malts, smoke, oak, and some tomatillos.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and smoky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice smoky porter with some nice complexity from the tomatillos. Good overall balance.

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Photo of Lare453
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice cola color with a small light grown head.

The smell is roasty, smoky with a light malt.

The flavor starts out light with a malt middle and a smoky ending. The aftertaste is short but good with a light smoke.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium carbonation.

Overall this beer was delicious and I would definitely have it again.

This beer was great I was able to try it at a small pub in NYC. I would recommend trying it if you ever have a chance.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of beer2day
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with ruddy hints of red along the edges. Really looks like port, except for the 1-finger medium cream head. Retention is ok, lace is marginal.

Nose is that of a strong smoked porter. Very strong. Woody with lots of smoke.

Taste is smoked porter up front and lightly spiced bloody mary in the finish. Front side is very nice, back end is just a bit off - but I'm sure the taste is accurate for what they had in mind. Not terribly off-putting, but just different. A bit of vegetable at the end of the glass. Even the celery comes in a bit, or that could just be my imagination.

Feel is about right for a porter. Not too thick or oily. Medium-to-slightly heavy body.

Overall, worth a shot if you are a smoke fan.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bbeane
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... Starts with a finger thick off white colored head that disappears quickly leaving a bit of spotted lacing. Beer is dark in color that turns a shade of ruby when held up to the light

S- Nose is chocolatey a faint smokeyness and definite notes from the tamarillos. The smoked aroma becomes more prominent as the beer warms

T- The taste has far more evidence of the smoked malts than the nose let's on. It accompanies the chocolate malts before being joined by some light notes from the sweet fruit in the finish

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation

O- I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. To me, it was a nice smoked porter with the tamarillo adding an unnecessary, yet pleasant finish that is one of a kind


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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of goblue3509
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown to dark brown color with visible light along the edges. There is a one finger off white head which quickly recedes to skim and leaves a little bit of lace. The aroma has a caramel malt start but then a big smokey aroma comes through. The smoke comes rising out of the glass. The taste starts with a little thin caramel malt before giving way to a slight bitterness, but then comes a very enjoyable roasty and smokey backbone. The smoke taste is very pleasing. The mouthfeel is lowly carbonated and a little bit thin. Overall this was a good beer, the taste made me want more while having nothing offensive. The taste is the star of the show with the rest slightly lagging behind.

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Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of brotherloco
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. No date, but I believe this was released last summer. Served in a goblet.

Pours almost opaque dark brown. A little bit of light gets through to reveal a root beer hue. A finger plus beige head that settles fairly quickly. Slight bits of lacing.

A strong toffee aroma, caramelized sugar, smoke, and salt. Some christmas spices, much like Anchor's Our Special Ale. No sign of the relatively high ABV (for a porter).

Flavor isn't nearly as sweet as the nose let on. Starts dry with a little caramel sweetness creeping in on the finish. The middle is dominated by a slight sourness. I can only assume that's the Tamarillo coming through. Roasty charred bitterness lingers. Alcohol is nicely buried.

Medium-light modied with medium-sharp carbonation. Overall a medium heft and it's quite drinkable.

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Photo of dgfishhead36
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of joecast
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

**moved from the dogfish head listing**

Enthusiastic pour creates a massive tan head. This settles to a nice foamy cap leaving a bit of lace. Quite dark without being black. Low carbonation.

Slight smoke wafts from the glass. Not like a true smoked porter, but noticeable. Behind that is well, it's hard to pick out any one thing that stands out.

Taste is interesting. A bit of porter character; not too much roast or heavy malts, not too much hops. Some hearty bitterness but a bit different to the standard hop variety. Perhaps some extraction from the tamarillos? Some acidic character, not too sharp but it fills out the flavor.

Nice mouthfeel, easily drinkable for 7%.

Interesting collaboration. While it's not your typical porter, you wouldn't expect that from DFH, and certainly not in a collab. The addition I can't say makes a better porter as the base beer would probably be damn good, this certainly gives you something else to think about.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-06-2011 09:47:24

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours larger 2 finger head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing over very dark brown colored beer, with hints of ruby light streaming through.

Nose has some interesting porter aromas, some darker malts with hints of roast, some crystal malts, and other dark malts. Plenty of smoke, light campfire and almost peat like smoke, a light hickory like smoke as well. Some very light peppery aroma, and light sweet molasses or caramel, and hint of creamy dark malts.

Taste brings more smoke to start, light campfire, some hickory smoke, and light peat. Then more malts, darker malts, dark crystal malts, just a hint of roasted malts, etc. Also some light pepper like flavors, and hint of fruity earthy taste that I can't really describe well that I assume is from the tamarillo. It also has a drier smoked and cured like meat flavor (not the meat, just the dried cured flavor). Some bitterness cuts through, a light earthy hop maybe, but mostly from the smoke flavors and tamarillo. A light fluffy malt flavor too. Finishes dry, very dry, with some light spicy pepper, lighter smoked flavors, and some light darker malts all lingering, and a bit more bitterness. It starts to get slightly briny and salty from the smoke very late on the finish.

Mouth is med to slightly bigger bodied, slightly fluffy, decent carbonation.

Overall interesting, a few different smoke flavors, some interesting tamarillo flavors, light pepper, nice malts, a decent bitterness, but a light briny taste at the finish deducts a bit.

Initially reviewed on: 08-09-2011 20:00:30

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