Freetail Porto Gallito
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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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And lo, before the brewers of Freetail stood two freshly emptied Port barrels, calling to be filled and their potential realized. “To ze lab!” proclaimed staff Astrophysicist Dr. Klaus von Brandenburgen. For hours the brew team and Klaus brainstormed before it dawned on them that Klaus actually knows little to nothing about recipe formulation. “Das Leben ist wie ein Kinderhemd--kurz und beschissen. I am physicist,” said Klaus as he walked away. Left to their own devices, the brew team developed Double Red Rooster, which eventually went into barrels and transformed into this tawny, rich brew with hints of tartness. Es ist noch nicht aller Tage Abend. Ingredients: 2-Row, crystal, melanoidin, special B, chocolate and honey malts; peak alpha hops; top-fermenting yeast; natural, limestone-filtered, Edwards Aquifer H2O; last-minute inspiration.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle shared at Dark Lord Day (Munster, IN). Pours a deep brown ruby pour, great hazy dark body, some brown ruby glow on the edges. Frothy tannish head atop dies to a firm film, laces ok. Aromas are sour fruit, some cherries, some apples, oak and port barrel. Distinct red wine character with some vanilla, balsamic and cherries. A touch of biscuit. Lactic acidity. Initial is medium bodied, a bit more subtle than the powerful nose. Balsamic and cherries, red wine and oak, some biscuit and lactic acidity. Cherries, balsamic, vinegar. Middle is a bit more mellow, nice sourness and cherries, red wine, some biscuit and brown malts. Wet oak, balsamic and gentle carmelization. Backend is dry and sour, nice barrel, red wine and cherries. Finish is a touch carmelized, balsamic, oaky. This beer reallt settles down. A bit of a bigger body but I think the flavors are nice (though much more tame than the nose let on), well integrated. Nice sourness, cherries, and wine/oak character. Pretty nice. Probably not for everyone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Errl (1574) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle- Pour is dark brown with a tan head..Nose is sweet chocolate,cherry, fruits, tartness, barrel, alcohol..Taste is nice cherry, chocolate, barrel, tartness, refreshing, fruit..silky palate;

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2013
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 Thanks to whomever sent this my way! Nice dark brown pour, soapy head and carbonation. Oud bruin nose with modest wet oak. Mouthfeel is light and fairly acetic. Some interesting accents in this one, black pepper and mild chocolate in addition to the tart base. Red wine, dark notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Godofthecellar (667) - NYC, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2013
poured deep brown with minimal head. smell and flavor of sour malt, lemon peel, cabernet sauvignon, and wine barrel. Nose had a hint of instant hot chocolate powder. Not my favorite by freetail, wouldnt seek this one out again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1238) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Dark and barrely; dates and other dark fruits blend with a strong port wine kick. Healthy amount of sourness before finishing oaky and dry. Another tasty sour from Freetail.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
murky amber pour, thinnest cream ring head. Nose is stinging acetic with manure, wet earth, and mushroom. Flavor is old and burnt, earthy and musty across the mid, sweetness throughout especially finish, light caramel and more green sourness. Sticky, grainy body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1513) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bomber purchased at Freetail. Dark hazy brown with a very small head. Nose is huge tartness cherries, tartness-nice and inviting. Taste is the same with lots of tartness, very dry, Nice base of cherries (?) and lots of tanginess tart. Delicious and a great representation of the Belgian Rodenbach style-well done Freetail!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4563) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle provided by Huhzubendah. Thanks! Poured a ruby color with a wispy white head. Aroma was slightly tart, with some sweet, but still pretty tart notes. A pretty drinkable and enjoyable brew. Liked this one a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
651mL thanks to Huhzubendah. Pours a clear, deep cola ruby. Weak, tan foam. Nose is oud bruin, chocolate, red wine, oak, savory smoked tomato, black pepper/Shiraz. Taste is spicy, lactic, peppery red wine, oak. Palate is lactic, citric, lime. I’m a sucker for oud bruin, my favorite style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Thanks, Geist. Nose is pretty light but is mostly oak and some oxidized malt. Flavor has some dark fruit character along with some astringency. Mild acid.

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