GarrettB (1428) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
August 16th, 2014 - In retrospect, this bottle was absolutely lost on me. I had not yet tried Fernet, alter introduced to me by an Argentinian friend, so I didn’t know what to expect, nor could I appreciate how the fernet may or may not manifest itself here. The brew is a dark, wet wood brown, but it is hard to see past the clot of foam kicking up a fuss out of the glass, erupting like a golden ale, and settling into a solid, self-supporting blob, like cooled magma. The aroma from the foam, and with some excavation the brew itself, is pungently herbal. Leafy greens, spinach, jasmine, lavender, sage and rose are all present, giving off a powerful botanical effect, which I would later learn is the attractive essence and appeal to fernet. The body has a good weight, with a low and slow carbonation, and an alcohol backbone to support the botanicals. But oddly, the flavor begins with a cleaner, porter-like flavor, deep and sweet with raisins, cinnamon and clove. Only then does it shift to the herbal flavors, and lavender most dominantly. The aftertaste is more alcoholic, once it has whittled away at the lavender note, and actually brings in something like whiskey aging, likely the oak of the fernet barrel. This is an experimental beer, but I think it is a winner, and another well justified withdrawal to afford the luxury line of O’Dell beers.
sir__v (1982) - Lille, FRANCE - AUG 16, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from We Brought Beer Balham, London - UK. Color: deep dark black beer with brown reflection, no carbonation and medium ivory foam. Smell: caramel roasted malt balanced with spicy and herbal notes. Fernet spicy notes. Alcohol finish. Taste: full body with roasted malt balanced with caramel and spicy Fernet notes. Well balanced. Good attenuation, quiet drinkable. Herbal notes, mint. Aftertaste: Fernet notes, roasted malt and herbs finish. Alcohol.
Bif (2003) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours a black color with a nice head. Aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, bit of chocolate with a herbal touch. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit with trace of spice. Nice bitterness and a dry finish. Full body, thick, creamy texture that is well balanced. Enjoyable beer to relax with.
MetalNHopHead (1328) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Imperial Porters are eclectic brews, but it’s unlikely you’ll ever come across one more floral and herbaceous than Fernet-Aged Porter. There’s no denying that it’s strange stuff. Its long list of botanical and spice infusions creates a brew that’s spicy and complex. The odd ingredients don’t get in the way of the experience, though. This brew does have lots of earthy bitterness but it’s balanced by the chocolate/licorice notes in the malt. There is some oak flavor which helps to enhance the herbs and spices. Pretty unusual but extremely well-executed.
HuskerTan (1582) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JUL 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Chamomile, tea, rose petals, subtle ginger, spices.
A- Black color, dark liquid, tan head.
T- Tea, spices, soft caramel, cocoa.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish.
O- Lots of aromas and flavors going on. Really hard to pin point them all. Lots of tea and spices. Never had Fernet, but now I want to try it.
culchiem (3473) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from McHughs. Dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of barrel and fruit. Flavour is a lot milder than expected, coffee, chocolate, oak, mild fruit, no real alco kick.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4456) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Brewery. A ruby highlighted black with a mesquite woodsy medicinal seeming aroma. Fairly full bodied I get mint chocolate chip, caramel and oak flavors. There’s some definite nods towards 90 shilling in terms of malts. Sweet and good.
tomer (2877) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAY 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At a tasting, thanks, big bubbly creamy beige head, dark brown color, shrubby fernet like aroma with some licrice and caramel, flavor of coffee chocolate that shrubb licorice and biscuit, light to medium sweetness, medium strong mellow bitterness. Original and highly enjoyable after dinner beer.
DSG (11468) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 4, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at troubles’s place. Thanks Tom L. Very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of roast, dark fruits, licorice, some herbal spiciness, alcohol. Bittersweetish flavor with some roast, caramel, a sourish note, dark fruits, wood, a bit of licorice, spiciness, and a bit of alcohol. Medium to full-bodied, quite rounded. OK, but not really my thing.
Iznogud (2373) - CROATIA - MAY 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brewdog Shoreditch/Two-Bits. Pours dark brown with medium beige head. Roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate notes, herbal. Medium to full bodied.