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Fernet-Aged Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Fernet-Aged PorterFernet-Aged Porter

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 1759Girl on 10-11-2013)
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40ontarget, Jan 27, 2014
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Photo of StuporJew
4.96/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.


StuporJew, Oct 18, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown body with a very thick, very creamy, light tan head; lots of lacing. Peppermint, anise, and chocolate aromas immediately greet the nose; some nuttiness. A cornucopia of flavors: chocolate, mint, various aromatic herbs, nice bitterness and a touch of alcohol warmth. Thick and smooth on the palate; semi-sweet feel.

I'd never heard of fernet, but a little research indicates to me that aging a good porter in fernet liquor barrels has great potential. Odell has done a superb job with this concept. This porter is thick and heady yet easily drinkable and yields great flavors and aromas. Unique and exciting...

beergoot, Oct 27, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous black pour in a tulip glass. No head and not much lacing. The aroma is spicy with strong emphasis on anise. Tastes like a spiced porter, clove, cardomom, and a little molasses. Hang of perfect Fernet; if you love the taste of fernet branca, you will love this.

1759Girl, Oct 11, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

russpowell, Feb 04, 2014
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Fernet-Aged Porter from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.