Fernet Aged Porter | Odell Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
213 Ratings
Fernet Aged PorterFernet Aged Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odells.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

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.

Added by 1759Girl on 10-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
213
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
53
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown almost black color with very little tan colored head. Dark fruits, red wine, roasted malt, cocoa, and some herbal notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, I think the barrels thin it out a bit. Finishes with more barrel character and some dark berries.

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Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think this bottle is at least two years old because I've had it for awhile.

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense light tan head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of chocolate and coffee with some hints of spices that I'm guessing are from the Fernet. Slight astringency on the nose but it isn't terrible or off putting
T: Taste is spices and fernet up front with a definite ginger note with a little licorice and slight mint. There's a little bit of oak as well as the chocolate and coffee from the base beer but the fernet really took over. Swallow is more spices with a little roasted malt.
M: This beer has a mouthfeel that is on the lighter side of medium with soft carbonation that is quite adequate. The beer has a very dry finish.
O: This is an interesting beer but interesting doesn't necessarily mean good. It is growing on me the more I drink it and as the beer gets warmer the base beer starts to make a comeback. I don't think I would recommend this one for aging. The beer has complexity and some decent flavors but I'd like the base beer to be the star with the fernet providing a backing role instead of the other way around. Still worth a try if you like different stuff.

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Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hop hound for this one.
It's very interesting, but...
Dark brown, and effervescent is an understatement.. I almost lost an eye. 4 fingers of head, and a paper towel later, I smell dark fruit, and some leathery brandy. taste is candied sugars, licorice, some minty tobacco (huh?) , and oaky smoke. Some brandy notes too. Mouthfeel is full, carbonation active.
Mouthfeel is full enough for a porter.

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Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is a deep brown, with red highlights, and a full tan head. The aroma is complex...wood, roasted notes, malt, subtle spice. The taste is drier than I expected. Lots of malt and wood in the flavor. Some herbal earthiness and a hint of dark fruit. Full in body and very enjoyable.

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Photo of n2185
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chucker17
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NilocRellim
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, mahogany colour. Very malty nose, spicy, herbal, with a bit of licorice. Tastes spicy, warm, malty, bit of mint, licorice aftertaste, very herbally, a bit peppery as well.

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Photo of Blazer22
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of foundersfan1
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CUBeerBuff
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of samuelp23
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Brown. Very hazy. Yeast sediment visible.
S: Spearmint; sour grapes; chocolate; alcohol; juniper; burnt sugar; strongly oaked wine; rubber;
T: Cough drops; vanilla; birch bark; cherry; citrus; mocha;
F: low carbonation but with a bit of fizz feel to the palate
O: One of the most unusual beers I've had. Some interesting if not odd smells and tastes but none overpowering. Extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being black in color—it poured with a short light beige head that never completely faded away and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fernet are present in the nose.
T: The taste has stronger flavors of fernet, which are especially noticeable and linger into the finish. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nicely blended porter as you can get the fernet flavors, but it still tastes like a porter. The beer has a little sweetness, but the spices from the fernet aging contrast this and aren't too strong.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of KShophead
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a porter/stout glass. I have had a couple bottles of this stashed in the cellar and I am unsure of the year or bottling date.

Pours deep brown but settles in the glass pitch-black. Oatmeal-colored head with a caramel tinge to it. Frothy and sudsy head and scattered lace everywhere. 5

Smell really reminds me of cola with fernet, interesting. Strong herbal aroma and some funk. 4

Tastes similar to the nose, like fernet and cola. Chocolatey notes, caramel, peppermint and bitter herbs. A current of vanilla slips in close to the finish. 4

Thinner in body but the carbonation and creaminess fill out the mouthfeel. There's some bitter herb feel and even tartness, which I think has developed as it aged. 4

This is a unique and quirky beer. Very different from the fresh version but I still enjoy it.

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Photo of stortore
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a fairly dark, hazy brown, with a quickly dissipating, medium sized head. A little foamy ring throughout. Smell is malt, molasses, mint, generally herbal, some oak, a little smoke and yeast. Taste leads with malt, then more mint than the nose, licorice, chocolate, oak, some herbs. Some bitterness throughout. Smooth, creamy, a touch thin for the ABV.

A better nose and palate would undoubtedly pick out more of the subtle herbs than me, but I did enjoy this one. Lots of flavors, the mint isn't overdone. Worth a try.

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Photo of drpimento
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't know if I got a bottle.that was turning or what. Moments after I took the cage off, the cork exploded out of the bottle. Out of a non-aggressive pour, I got mostly head and an ounce or two of liquid. Aroma and flavor are dominated by Fernet. Very little porter; Flavor was also on the tart side. I'm not a fan of Fernet, but I do have dear friends in Buenos Aires who love the stuff. I was hoping I could find a way thru this beer to like Fernet. No go. Oh well.

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Photo of utahgiebs
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgator3
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Fernet Aged Porter from Odell Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 213 ratings.
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