Fernet-Aged Porter - Odell Brewing Company
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1.48/5 rDev -60.9%
The head on this beer was 8 fingers with a very small modest pour. I couldn't pour it slow enough to keep the foam down. Sipping from the bottle was impossible, only foam, carbonation profile was likened to a shaken up bottle of champagne. The color once it did settle was lovely, dark velvety appearance that was forgotten the moment it hit my lips. This beer was awful, thankfully I only had one and someone else to help me choke it down. I considered dumping it, strongly considered. I barely tasted dark malt notes smothered out by an awful anise/mint flavor backed with a muddy taste reminiscent of old coffee, pottery slip, and NyQuil. I may be doing NyQuil an injustice. The aroma, was almost as bad as the taste, my first whiff made me think of cheeses that smell awful and taste wonderful, disappointed to find this beer is nothing like that, the aroma was a mere hint of the concoction that lurked below. I did not like this beer at all, I imagine there are some who will love it. I understand why it was a 1 time release.
06-26-2014 16:59:55 | More by MrWhips
2.15/5 rDev -43.3%
Pours dark brown with a four finger tan head from a fairly gentle pour. Definitely over carbonated. Has an unusual aroma with roasted malt, chocolate, peppermint, licorice, and a variety of herbs. I can't begin to know how many different ones were used.
Also has an unusual taste with roasted malt, chocolate, peppermint, licorice, herbs, spices, and flowers. I know the unusual aroma and taste are from the Fernet barrels. I just wish there wasn't such a strong peppermint taste or smell. I have never been a big peppermint fan. It is fine in small doses, but this is too much for me.
Light bodied with high carbonation, and a strong peppermint aftertaste. This is a tough bottle to finish. Glad I don't have another one of these. I usually like or love everything Odell brews, but here is a strong exception to the rule.
05-07-2014 21:41:52 | More by hardy008
District of Columbia
2.91/5 rDev -23.2%
The beer is dark mahogany with a thick beige cap. The aroma is interesting and complex, offering mint, herbal teas, red wine, chocolate, cinnamon, prunes, figs. The flavor is dominated by mint and an odd herbal sweetness. A myriad of flavors struggle to cooperate. Dark fruits and booze with a weird bitter finish. Licorice and mint with raisins and chocolate. A small sample is more than enough. I'm not a fan and won't be returning to this one.
06-16-2014 03:31:53 | More by Huhzubendah
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
Deep ebony in the glass, a thin yet dark liquid. A sandy tan head composed of large, fragile bubbles pops away rather quickly.
Giving up beautiful aromatics as is does. Chocolate is noticeable foremost, in multiple forms: cocoa powder; milk chocolate squares; mint chocolate chips. Herbal mint, anise. Alcohol.
The flavor is much more Fernet-forward. Peppermint zings around the mouth, balancing the bitter dark chocolate notes of the base porter. Some oaky char. Floral imprints are apparent, decorating the darker beer and liqueur. Licorice and lavender. Molasses, gingerbread. Clean, zesty, cooling finish. Refreshing, like I've just finished brushing my teeth.
A strange sensation, the cooling action of mint combined with the warmth of alcohol. The body's a little thinner than I'd like and the lively, fizzy carbonation is much higher than it needs to be.
I would be surprised if this porter was the same base used in Odell's decadent beer/wine hybrid, Amuste. It's rich chocolate notes and pungency are nearly the same. Leaves a funky, herbal bitterness in the mouth. Maybe even settles the stomach.
12-27-2013 18:24:51 | More by Phelps
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.