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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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%.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2830) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5417) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1451) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (2048) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Glad I didnít read the description too closely before purchasing or I might have feared the potpourri of herbs. Outstanding balance of rich chocolate malty porter with the minty herbal blend.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Tasted on 1/21/15 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle purchased in Arizona. Pours nearly completely black with a massive tan head that slowly recedes to massive, super sticky lace. The nose is sweet milk chocolate syrup with an herbal cardamom and floral lavender note. The flavor has an added earthy funk thing, with the same chocolate syrup, cardamom, and lavender. The body is full with lively but fairly smooth carbonation and a long funky herbal chocolate finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2709) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 20, 2015
On Tap Dark brown/black With a dense fluffy off white head. Soft light roasted aromas and flavors. ilk Chocolate and a litte astringent dark roast at the end. WOuld not have guessed the 9.8 ABV Tasty

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Weezel (223) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Deep black pour with white lacing. Picking up notes of cola, cocoa, some mint and Rosemary. Taste is smooth and the Porter shines. The fernet is a secondary flavor but pops as it warms. Don't pick up too much barrel but this is very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerenberger (1551) - Fischer, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2015
On tap @ Hoppy Monk S.A. - Aroma of mint chocolate and hints of herbs. Pours a squid ink black with spotty lacing. The taste is minty, licorice, chocolate, wood, with floral and herbal notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth round mouthfeel. Overall, very pleasing and flavorful. A great way to end a spicy meal.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2920) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2015
It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted malts, caramel and some chocolate. The taste was similar with grass, vanilla, mint, wood and a hint of herbs. As it warms up, more flavor develops. Very tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (9992) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of ginger, lavender, herbs, mint liqueur, roast chocolate and black licorice. Medium body.


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