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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%.


strattonspeaks' rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2013
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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
culchiem (3398) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2016
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4236) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 16, 2016
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomer (2770) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAY 11, 2016
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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (11246) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 4, 2016
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (2048) - CROATIA - MAY 3, 2016
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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1226) - Iowa, USA - APR 6, 2016
Draft at Bricks. Pours dark brown with thin brown head. Nose is chocolate. Taste adds ginger and cinnamon. Great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichTheVillan (6127) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle drank at Cotteridge Wines tasting room; dark brown pour with a creamy tan head, aroma has vanilla and dark roast, taste has some dark fruits a hint of coffee, quite thin mouthfeel, some chocolate, ok.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2736) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle from Beermoth, Manchester. Black pour with a dark beige head. Vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, sweet spice aroma Smooth flavours of warm spice, cocoa, pepper, coffee. Warm alcohol linger. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CObiased (264) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Bomber w/ cork and cage. Pours a thick black liquid with a fluffy, soapy dark tan head that takes time to dissipate. The aroma is layered with so much - roasted coffee, mint, licorice, floral herbs, cola and chocolate. This is a very well made porter but the fernet is overpowering rather than complimentary. It has wonderful flavors of herbaceousness, mint, chocolate and a hint of a medicine flavor. No booziness

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (21191) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2015
15th December 2015
Bottleshare at Chez Smith. Almost clear deep amber beer, small bubbly pale tan head. Palate is light, semi dry and has just modest fine carbonation. Thin but sweetish dark malts bring light cream. Mild and sweet licorice. Loads of spicy herby things going on - rose, potpourri, thai spice, something limey, floral raspberry. Light semi dry finish. Interesting and hides the abv well.


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