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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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.

FYI: the first pilot batch was 7.3%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (1389) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Flavors and aromas were floral with hints of spice but not in a heat sort of way. Very herbal with touches of oak and liquor. Smooth and fluid palate. Dark caramel color. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5942) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2015
750ml bottle pours a very murky black with TONS of frothy, tan head. Nose has loads of licorice, loads of dried tarragon, malt, some toast, just lots of black licorice. Flavor has some mild pencil lead, some squid ink, very herbal, tarragon, dried basil, heavy licorice. Full bodied, herbal finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (780) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Really intense porter but very good. Not sure I could drink more than one but really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisSc (426) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2015
10oz on tap. Minneapolis. Not super complex. Probably would not have known this was fernet aged if not labeled. Pretty thin, even for porter. Would not get this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightbias (303) - USA - MAY 11, 2015
I love Fernet. Just a notation here at the beginning to indicate that I may have a bit of bias with this porter. Another cork and cage, something I’ve been doing a lot of recently and I’m growing quite the collection of corks for no apparent reason. This one smells amazing, and the aroma coming from the neck of the bottle is even better. Lavender, mint and woodsy licorice pours out with the brew as it flows into the glass, and is an alluring reminder of my experiences with this particular spirit. The glass is filled at last with a black-brown liquid, easily one of the darkest beers I’ve seen because there is no light getting through this stuff ! The deep, soft cap is khaki and dense as a rich foam on a cappuccino; this beer delivers a truly gorgeous visual. As the spices and lavender come alive over my tongue, I also experience a blended foundation of roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Damn, this is nice! Spicy, dark, and rich, this is a bit of a sipper as the umami taste is always better in bite sizes...stuffing your face with a taste like this would only make me think you had no idea what you were experiencing. This is the kind of beer you savor, you consider, you chew. Take your time...this beer wants to be tasted by someone who really knows what they’re doing. The heavier body is the perfect conduit for this flavor/taste profile, the fullness of the head, light enough to lace the glass, rather than weigh it down. The finish is long, but satisfying. I feel as though I am enjoying the afterward for long moments after my last quaff, but could easily start a new style without having it interfere. The bottle is a bit pricey at $19 for a 750 ml, but if I wasn’t working too hard for my money, I would buy this again...and again...and again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (3733) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2015
Draft at the bridge. Pours coca cola brown with a khaki head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing in the glass. Fairly herby on the nose. Faint fern liquor vibe on the tongue which is subtle and yet flavorful. Finishes clean. Hides it’s booze very well. This one’s really dangerous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1505) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Nice complement of lavender, floral, citrus notes and a darker, woodsy chocolate typical of a porter. Bright, full palate, and a sweet bourbon finish to the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oscbert (1147) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 14, 2015
Strong minty aroma of peppermint, licorice, ginger, and chocolate roastiness. Pours black with ruby tints. Small off white brownish head Strong herb flavor of root beer, licorice, ginger, complex. Roasty chocolate malt. Medium full bodied with medium low co2, lingering herbal finish. Very enjoyable herbal beer. Makes me want to buy a bottle of the spirit it from whence it came. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2968) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2015
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. 9.4% ABV per the label. Pours a smallish, rapidly dissipating, light beige head, over a clear dark brown (SRM 35) body.....nose is cocoa, coffee, from the roasted malts, dried fruits including plum, cherry, bitters, light herbal notes, balance to the barrel and the malts.....taste is slightly sweet, with dried cherry tones, roasted malts with chocolate, heavier coffee, licorice, wood, bitters with multiple herbal notes in toto reminiscent of Angostura Bitters, minimal hops, balance to the barrel and malts.....mouth feel, slightly light of medium body, alcohol warmth present, slightly sticky, low carbonation. This is an interesting experiment, which does not quite come off. There is so much going on that the result is a big muddle. The bitters from the barrel are quite dominant, complex and interesting to deconstruct. Unfortunately they would be better in a cocktail, than with roasted malts. Perhaps base malts, with less roast and sweetness would balance back to the bitters. Also better attenuation, reducing sweetness might be of help. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (2880) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 26, 2015
On tap at BitterCreek Alehouse. Aroma is nutty and herbal, roasted malts lurking in the background. Muddy brown body with minimal head. Complex flavors throughout.

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