strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really dug this crazy mo fo. Dark black pour with deep mocha head. Heavy aroma of licorice, chocolate, and mint. Taste couples the nose quite closely with subtle earthy, herbal, bitter notes. Rich and smooth, lively carbonation. Delicious.
stevoj (2728) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ChrisSc (395) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
lightbias (262) - USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 Iíve been doing a lot of recently and Iím 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 Iíve 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 theyíre 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 wasnít working too hard for my money, I would buy this again...and again...and again.
DiarmaidBHK (3682) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 itís booze very well. This oneís really dangerous.
Oscbert (1128) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
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drjay44 (2896) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
nimbleprop (5569) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jefcon (1472) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dfinney23 (2170) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.