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Fernet Aged Porter | Odell Brewing Company

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86
very good
39 Reviews
Fernet Aged PorterFernet Aged Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
204
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
27.46%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
52
For Trade:
5
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4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

We dig it when a brewery thinks beyond the norm. Aged in Fernet barrels from Leopold Bros. (who use lavender, honeysuckle, ginger root, bitter aloe, dandelion root, rose petals, chamomile and pepper in their spirit), this is a 50% Porter and 50% Fernet barrel-aged Porter blend. Simply put: This is one of the most complex and delicious barrel-aged beers we’ve ever had.

STYLE: American Porter
ABV: 9.8%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Black, opaque, creamy coffee lacing

SMELL: Earth, chocolate, mint, ginger, herbal, root

TASTE: Lively, very creamy, tangy, syrupy, honey, minty, chocolaty, ginger, earthy, woody, endless herbal linger

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Photo of goochpunch
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a long lasting creamy khaki head. Smells of roasted malts, licorice, and herbs. This doesn't taste overly roasty. Dark malts, light chocolate, well-integrated licorice, some minty herbal character, which pairs well with the chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and full. This is interesting, tasty, and unique.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another stellar offering from my favorite brewery. This is so much more than a traditional porter thanks to the barrel aging. You definitely get the chocolate and mint flavors first, sort of like a starlight mint, but it's not overpowering. Odell understands balance, and this is no exception. I'm a little surprised that it's this high-alcohol, but hey, it's worth it. Worth seeking out for sure.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsp77
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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 pat61
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It is a lively pour with deep bright mahogany producing a clingy and persistent frothy 3” tan foam collar with heterogeneous bubbles.
S: Prune and raisin, dark malt, chocolate, faint spice.
T: The attack starts with dark dried fruits, some dark sugars, light roast and hints of chocolate.
F: Creamy medium-high carbonation, medium to medium full body.
O: While the influence of the barrels is very subtle, this is one fine porter.

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Photo of Reino
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of StuporJew
4.96/5  rDev +28.5%
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!!!

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of RDW
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Photo of beerg33k
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zonker17
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really wish it was 100% barrel aged instead of 50%. Maybe the booze was too high for that. A bit too thin on mouthfeel. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of BKotch
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Fernet Aged Porter from Odell Brewing Company
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