Fernet Aged Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

32 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 185
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 17.15%
Wants: 18
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 1759Girl on 10-11-2013

Over the past year, we’ve collected empty Fernet Barrels from our friends at Leopold Bros. Distillery. Their distinct Fernet includes lavender, honeysuckle, ginger root, bitter aloe, dandelion root, rose petals, chamomile, and pepper. Inspired by the herb & spice flavors of this dark minty liqueur, we promptly filled the barrels with a rich porter. The roasty chocolate malt character is infused with hints of mint and licorice from the herb-soaked oak, creating a decadent flavor and aroma.
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Photo of Phelps
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,114 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very nice looking brew in the glass. A 2 finger head of off white foam sitting on a pitch black beer.

The smell is of roasted and chocolatemalt, some kind of barrel aging that must be Fernet, what ever that is. Reading the label on the bottle...holy heck. all sorts of herbs and spices are used. Hell yes, I do smell some peppermint here. Ginger too. The others kind of, at least those I'm familiar with.

And so steps forward a biggish blast of peppermint in the taste. The very first thing I noticed. Plenty of chocolate goodness there as well. Roasted malt in lesser quantity, I get some ginger but also what has to be lavender slash rose petals..anywho, pretty much what I'd expect to taste if I grabbed a flower way form the long missed honey bees. A real mix of flavours that, obviously, is confusing the heck out of my palate.

Fairly light bodied for the style.

I'm guessing that this is a brew that will have a love/hate relationship with the peeps that try it. Or at the very least, a like/dislike. I like. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (344 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, herb, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with spice and herbal toothpaste flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting barrel aged treatment that makes the base beer super herbal and spice forward. (680 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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... (627 characters)

Photo of StuporJew
4.96/5  rDev +30.9%
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.

Cheers!!! (2,730 characters)

Photo of 1759Girl
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (269 characters)

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Fernet Aged Porter from Odell Brewing Company
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