Fernet Aged Porter | Odell Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
212 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:
212
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
53
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 212 |  Reviews: 41
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of StuporJew
4.96/5  rDev +28.8%
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 Huffaroma
4.87/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic flavor smooth beer with a great depth that didn't get old

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of cestlavie
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of billhelm
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of CUBeerBuff
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of foundersfan1
4.66/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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 utahgiebs
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goochpunch
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
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 Tjkinsey08
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of AlbertVogler
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of sammyg832
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcscientist
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
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 KShophead
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergoot
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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...

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Photo of samuelp23
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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 MickeyMonk
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1759Girl
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of hoppy91
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Fernet Aged Porter from Odell Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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