Fernet-Aged Porter - Odell Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.74/5 rDev -1.3%
Reviewed from notes after opening on 4/19/14. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a cork & cage topper. No obvious dating, although there appears to be an obscure code, but it doesn't quite match up to my expectations of a Julian dating. No matter--this was a late fall 2013 release, so i have a reasonable idea of its age. Poured into a large snifter glass.
Appearance - Pours an inky body of brownish-twinged black with no light able to pass through and reveal much of the brown shades that lurk within. Atop the body sits a fluffy one finger head the color of toasted marshmallow which lingers for a minute or so before dissipating to a veneer of intermittent bubbles across the top of the liquid. Lacing is nonexistent but for a streak or two of sticky residue.
Smell - Dominated by a cacophony of herbal notes--fresh spearmint and perhaps root beer notes poke through a muddled blend of herbs that makes this quite unique. It's fortunate that Odell has chosen a blend of barrel-aged and non barrel-aged, as the fernet is plenty aggressive on the smell. Beneath the herbal notes are bitter roasted malt and perhaps some hints of baker's chocolate as well.
Taste - The minty characteristics are not as strong on the taste, but the herbal presence is no less aggressive. The root beer impression is stronger now, but not like your standard soda--more like a house made root beer, with that earthy, fresh component to it, and not nearly as sweet. There are some floral notes as well, with perhaps cardamom and clover, but they are faint, and all of it rests on a backdrop of charred malt and perhaps some vanilla and fleeting oak tannin. Like the smell, the taste is muddled--more of a tone poem of flavor than a symphony.
Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and slightly viscous, with moderate carbonation and a gummy feel on the tongue. I would describe it as cloying, but without the sweetness, if that makes sense. Lingering finish.
Overall, an incredibly interesting beer. I'm a big fan of mint in general, so I had high hopes for this one, hoping the more herbal earthiness of the fernet would do better than straight up mint might. And while I applaud the effort and the outcome for the most part, I can't help but think that it could have been better.
05-16-2014 06:02:07 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.6/5 rDev -5%
750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a huge rocky brown head that retains very well and laces the glass.
The aroma is minty roast chocolate with some alcohol.
The flavor is roast chocolate malts with mint and some black licorice and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, an interesting minty beer.
10-30-2013 05:24:25 | More by Beaver13
4.01/5 rDev +5.8%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Appearance: Near black with good sized tan head and decent lacing.
Smell: Chocolate, molasses, licorice and some odd spiciness that I can't identify. Mostly though, it smells like a Porter.
Taste: The Porter backbone is evident out of the gate, with chocolate, molasses and light licorice (although the licorice could be more more from the Fernet barrels than the base beer). Some light oak shines through, and then the finish is herbal, with touches of lavender, flower petals and ginger. There is a lingering aftertaste that is minty and herbal in a slightly bitter way.
Feel: Fairly full bodied and creamy. Moderate carbonation. I guess the finish is somewhat dry, but is mostly just a little odd.
Overall: Interesting and unique beer. The Fernet barrel aging really imparts some flavors that mostly play well with the Porter even if the aftertaste was occasionally distracting. Some sips I loved it and some I was distracted by the mint and herbs, but overall I was quite pleased.
01-12-2014 05:14:05 | More by bsp77
4.96/5 rDev +30.9%
Poured from a cork-and-cage bottle into my DFH tulip. Served at around 60 degrees.
A - Pours a rich burnt-coffee brown, that is almost impossible to see the light through.
A heavy pour generates almost three fingers of rocky head, that hangs around for more than two minutes, leaving a light amount of wispy lacing on the glass. When swirled in the tulip, it kicks back up to a one-finger head, all by itself. Methinks a decent amount of flaked oats went into this beer, to help all that head-retention.
S - Peppermint, Chamomile, and Lavender take center stage, backed up by light Black malt notes that keep it from being cloying. I'm pretty sure I get hints of spearmint, and there is also some honey-ish sweetness there too, which bring to mind the honeysuckle used in this beer. Just smelling it makes me want to taste the Fernet that the Leopold brothers make! Just sticking my nose in it tells me this beer is something completely different.
T - Herbal notes hit the front of the palate hard. Peppermint, sage, and rosemary lead the way, being rounded out by honeyed sweetness, lactose, and a hint of sweet basil.
The malt is there, and hops make little to appearance at all, which is fine with this beer, taking into account the fact that it IS aged in Fernet barrels.
My buddy Byron who brought this home to me told me "I got you this beer because there is so much going on with it, that we KNEW you'd appreciate it." You were right, Sir. You Handsome, Spectacled Sonofagun.
M - Creamy, rich, and smooth, this guy leaves nothing to be desired.
It is round, full, and lingering, hanging on to the back of your palate like a Titanic passenger trying not to fall into the icy waters waiting below them. The carbonation is there, but serves only to help the beer settle onto the palate, and hang out like Snoop Lion in Jamaica. The herbs add a bit of soapiness to the mouthfeel, but in no way make this beer abrasive.
O - An amazing effort in the world of Robust/Imperial porter, FAP (HA!) should have a place on a pedestal in the frigging Smithsonian. This is one of the most versatile, deep, and mind-punching beers that I have ever had the pleasure to lay lip to.
Yes, I know Odell's will be available in Texas next year, but this makes me want them here NOW!!! Truly the nectar of the Gods. If you see this bottle, GRAB IT, And don't look back. RUN HOME, grab your favorite tulip glass, and hide in a closet under a blanket while you carefully savor every single sip. To quote Peter Griffin from Family Guy "Holy Crap, Lois!" I wish this bottle was never-ending... *Sigh* Anyone want to trade one for some Black Butte 25 or Stone Woot??? It's that good. I'd even give up my last FSW Parabola for another.
10-18-2013 04:13:51 | More by StuporJew
4.24/5 rDev +11.9%
Pours an effervescent ebony with 3 fingers with mocha colored head. Stellar head retention & lacing
S: Grapes & plums & carob & oakyness
T: Follows the nose, some dark chocolate, figs & a bit of booze bite up front, I do get some mint & some gin-like flavors. Figgy & herbal notes as this warms, plus oaky dryness, plus a touch of anise & mintyness & carob once warm. Finishes with red grape notes, oaky dryness, herbal & minty notes
MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation. warming
Nice offering, a tad pricey, well over 80 cents an ounce. This drank very well despite the complexity & heft
02-04-2014 05:08:35 | More by russpowell
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
Large pillowy head sits atop a dark black brew. Light spotty lacing is left down the glass. A thin cap remains behind.
Herbaceous aroma that is not a surprise. I have no experience with Fernet but the description of the label gives me an idea what to expect. Chamomile and lavender being the most distinctive. Slight mint notes as well as influences from the oak barrel.
There is a robust porter that is the base for this beer, and in the end, it has the most positive qualities. The barrel-aging aspect did not result in a product that appealed to me. This tastes very woody, earthy, herbal, and licorice. It kills the chocolate malty notes that I enjoy.
Big robust body. Expertly carbonated results in a silky smooth, soft texture that is a joy to drink.
The first few sips were very enjoyable, but it soon became overwhelming. Not sure what the use of Fernet is, but there is probably a reason why I never came across it before.
02-01-2014 20:03:48 | More by morimech
3.5/5 rDev -7.7%
Pours fairly thick dark brown with little light escaping with a low dark tan head.. nose is thick licorice and minty.. little dark maltiness really translates except a bigger malty sweetness that helps carry the sweet herbaceous qualities.. hints of dark chocolate rise with warmth, but when this is cold it is a liqueur delivery device.. interesting but I could not appreciate a full bottle of this one.. It is definitely a "sharing bottle" IMO. Glad I was able to have it on tap so many times.
3.5's across the board... and that is generous.
05-24-2014 05:34:13 | More by JohnGalt1
Fernet-Aged Porter from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.