Fernet Aged Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Fernet Aged PorterFernet Aged Porter

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85
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: 1759Girl on 10-11-2013)
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Read about this one & set about stalking the shelves of the Twin Cities to nab a bottle. I hope this is a trend of more people mixing more beer with wilder & wilder liquors. I support. 750ML bomber split with my wife on a January evening here at the end of March.

The cork comes out with a sound I've only heard with my .410 in hand - loud & violent, but no overflow, thankfully. The pour is dark brown with red highlights & fizzier than shaken up Shasta Ginger Ale. I have no idea what fernet smells like but the beer is minty with a sprig of mixed spring herbs. Can't whiff the porter at all.

Fernet Aged Porter is seriously overcarbed. To the point that I can barely taste the beer at all because of the fizzing & sizzling in my facial orifice. Fighting past the bubbles rampant, there is a blast of minty freshness: wow. As it warms it takes on overtones of Altoid Peppermints. Ginger is the only thing to fight its way through the Maginot Line of mint; the poor porter appears to have been throttled in the crib, as it's nowhere to be found. Just belched some mint. Mmmm. Points for that. Certainly easy to drink.

Interesting. Wild. Weirdly tasty. Really wish the porter hadn't taken a dive, but the beer is tasty enough that I'm not pining. Good, I think so. Unique, definitely. Buy again? Not at this price. Glad I tried it.

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Chocolate mint liqueur pretty well covers the sensation. Not a gusher but huge foam-up, taking eight minutes for the tall glass to settle down to a half-inch of brew. In the snifter, more success after five minutes with piles of beige whipped cream and enough beer to taste, finally.

The smell is my favorite feature, with a deep minty fragrance and some floral aromatics. The flavor is sharp and sugary, with an intensity matched by few beers outside the hop showboats. Syrupy is for once applied accurately to this stuff. Yet weirdly sudsy as well.

From the big Belgian-style bottle purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fortunately I have forgotten how much this cost.

Photo of chanokokoro
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a formerly corked and caged 750 ml bottle into an Odell Brewing Company branded snifter

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black capped by light tan two finger head. Average retention, some thin lacing here and there. Very unique nose, bakers chocolate with hints of roasted malt, mint, herbs, flora, and mixed spice rounded out by anise. Some herbs and spice upfront with quickly shifts to minty dark chocolate. Roasted malt pokes through; finishes with continued dark chocolate notes, some oak, and boozy black licorice. Smooth, medium bodied, fairly high level of carbonation. One of the more unique brews I've had lately. Very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of denver10
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of russpowell
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

Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Fernet Aged Porter from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.