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Fernet-Aged Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Fernet-Aged PorterFernet-Aged Porter

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Joey1566
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Joey1566, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bigbeers84, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of denver10
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a creamy khaki head. Aroma is peppermint, licorice, a touch of roast. Flavor is similar with its peppermint, licorice, and roast, but also a touch of creaminess in the flavor and chocolate as well. A soft, creamy, fuller mouthfeel. The highlight of the beer for me. Overall, one of the most unique and interesting beers I have tried. Not familiar with the liqueour, so perhaps why I was so intrigued by it. Not sure I was a huge fan in the sense of how much I liked it, but it was very interesting and I definitely enjoyed trying it.

denver10, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mattmarka1, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of mayerale
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

mayerale, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of dozier77
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

dozier77, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

dillon_1005, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ralphw56, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Tuckersmth
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Tuckersmth, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
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
Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

morimech, Feb 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

DaveAnderson, Jan 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

chippo33, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

xnicknj, Jan 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Ristaccia, Jan 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

40ontarget, Jan 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Docrock, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of pesekad
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

high hopes for this as I'm no stranger to taking drinks (read: shots) of fernet, and I'm a fan of the cutthroat porter. this was pretty good -- I bought two bottles, and plan to age the one I haven't opened yet. sometimes drinks of this beer were unpleasantly sharp, others were smooth and mellowed out. ultimately pretty enjoyable, and a fun riff on a mainstay beer. as for whether it's worth the price... tbd 0:-)

pesekad, Jan 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

FlandersNed, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Reino, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

tpaetow, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bsp77, Jan 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

csadkins54, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

vermilcj, Jan 09, 2014
Fernet-Aged Porter from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.