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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
Over the past year, weíve 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.

FYI: the first pilot batch was 7.3%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2015
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Dark amber-brown (not near black in my books-- easily transparent during the pour), burnt orange highlights, lively beige head. Interesting chocolate and herbal profile, with dry woody undertones. Strangely lacking body for me. A bit boozy in the finish. Not really living up to my expectations...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (7820) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2015
Keg at ushers. Pours black, nose is chocolate, liquorice, toffee, taste is sweet, creamy, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, honey, floral.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (18524) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 28, 2015
Keg at ushers... Dark brown black... Dark chocolate roast malts nose... Soft fruits... Meaty plummy roast.. Sweet toffee plum chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (2095) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2015
Keg at Ushers. Almost black. Nose is sweet with loads of herbs, ginger, light spices. Taste is liquorice, still loads of herbs, sweetness, dark malts, light roast, dried fruits, mint. Its odd, its not for everyone but I think its excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (5573) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: At the RBESG 15 grand tasting.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee, a bit of dried fruit.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, chocolate, sugar, chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
drpimento (2637) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Donít 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. Iím 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2015
750mL bottle, undated, from Ernest (THANKS), drunk 9/26/15.
Huge beige head tops an ebony body of indeterminable clarity (some darker mahogany tints on the edges). Retention is strong.
Fernet in the nose is noticeable right away, but it dosent jump out at you, nor does it overpower. Certainly some chocolate notes, caramel, vanilla and little/no alcohol, which is impressive.
Spearmint-tinged burnt caramel sounds odd, but as I LOVE fernet, it works more than enough for me. The balance is interesting here. While youíd certainly expect to want a big, somewhat sweet beer to counteract the massive astringent dryness that fernet produces, I think they actually did such a nice job being reserved with the fernet that the beer is a bit too big, chewy and overall sweet. Some more oak, vanilla or even char or tobacco would go along way to break up the very dominant gooey chocolate sweetness. That being said, the fernet qualities are just magnificent here and Iíll gladly admit that finding a balance with this stuff must be very difficult.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
juffage (163) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2015
On keg at North Bar, Leeds. I donít really understand the hype behind this. Maybe just because itís rare? Tastes like the ground - roots and leaves and shit. Brown sugar. Dandelion and burdock. Root beer? Kinda light in appearance and body for a porter but makes up for it in weird-ass spices. Sort of thin. A bit like a brown ale really. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle split at the RBESG í15 Grand Tasting, Taphouse CPH day 4, 23/08/15. Mahogany brown with a decent beige covering. Nose is toffee, dark fruit rinds, light cocoa rub, subtle barrel. Taste comprises dark fruits, caramelised brown sugar, toffee fudge, chocolate. Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with sweet licks. Ok stuff but lacks a bit of depth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (3043) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2015
Keg. Leeds International Beer Festival. Cola brown. Halo of tan. Oily, sticky, and leggy. Herbal. Minty. Liquorice. Chocolate malts. Drinks smooth, rich, and easy. Oily mouthfeel. Long, smooth herby finish. Unusual. Liked it.

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