Porto Gallito | Freetail Brewing Company

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Porto GallitoPorto Gallito

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Mora2000 on 07-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Seanniek91
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from a wax sealed bomber into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. Served just below cellar temps.

Appearance- Dark tawny/brown color with one finger of off-white bubbly head sticking around the top of the beer. Very dark, can't see through it at all.

Smell- Definantly port grapes up front. They're sweet grapes, with very little acidic aromas. Closely following the grape, is cherries and oak. Mild lemon/vinager at the end.

Taste- This is a very layered beer. First I get some mildly tart cherries, but they're followed quickly by sweet and tart (at the same time) grapes. Finish has tons of port flavors. I taste the boozy sweet port, but I get no booze heat. Finishes sweet, smooth, and extremely clean with no harsh acidity.

Mouthfeel- Very full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Good viscosity and relatively easy drinkability.

Overall- I thought that this was a nice barrel aged wild ale that had various layers in both aroma and smell, but I wanted the body to be a bit more bubbly and light. Maybe the 7.2% had to do with the heavier body. All the same, this was a nice treat from Texas.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of harrymel
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of joel66
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of ucsbmullet
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. Appearance is dark brown with reddish hue. Small amount of head that is short lived. Nose is heavy with cherries, grape skin, fruit juice, a touch of oak, and a slight acidic kick. Taste is is tart up front but not really entering the territory of vinegar. Nice amount of depth and interplay between sweet and sour. The sweet comes on a bit stronger than the tartness. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy with medium carbonation. Overall, a nice beer with lots of character.

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Photo of Florida9
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of ucis
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of gpawned
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Etan
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, from the 2012 release, into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark brownish-red with a decent light tan head. The color of the body is like that of a very dark red wine.

S: Strong horsey and pineapple-like brett pushes forward in the nose, along with light vinous tannins and a bit of sweet caramel malt.

T: More horseblanket and light acetic acidity from the brett, a bit of lactic and lemony tartness, and a moderately charry note of roasted grain in the finish. Very light port and oak tannins mid-palate. Relatively dry.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Dry, puckering feel.

O: Although this seems to be the most complex of the Freetail wilds I've had (especially in terms of bugs), it's a bit rough around the edges. The brett is pretty extreme, and the roasted note on the end is a bit too strong. Like the other Freetail sours I've had, this is tasty enough, but the program has a ways to go if it wants to be on the same level of quality as Russian River, Cascade, Lost Abbey, Allagash, etc...

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Photo of Robdrinx
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ARaces23
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of oline73
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -1%

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

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.

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Porto Gallito from Freetail Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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