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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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%.

strattonspeaks' rating

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
drpimento (2533) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Donít know if I got a bottle.that was turning or what. Moments after I took the cage off, the cork exploded out of the bottle. Out of a non-aggressive pour, I got mostly head and an ounce or two of liquid. Aroma and flavor are dominated by Fernet. Very little porter; Flavor was also on the tart side. Iím not a fan of Fernet, but I do have dear friends in Buenos Aires who love the stuff. I was hoping I could find a way thru this beer to like Fernet. No go. Oh well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4438) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2015
750mL bottle, undated, from Ernest (THANKS), drunk 9/26/15.
Huge beige head tops an ebony body of indeterminable clarity (some darker mahogany tints on the edges). Retention is strong.
Fernet in the nose is noticeable right away, but it dosent jump out at you, nor does it overpower. Certainly some chocolate notes, caramel, vanilla and little/no alcohol, which is impressive.
Spearmint-tinged burnt caramel sounds odd, but as I LOVE fernet, it works more than enough for me. The balance is interesting here. While youíd certainly expect to want a big, somewhat sweet beer to counteract the massive astringent dryness that fernet produces, I think they actually did such a nice job being reserved with the fernet that the beer is a bit too big, chewy and overall sweet. Some more oak, vanilla or even char or tobacco would go along way to break up the very dominant gooey chocolate sweetness. That being said, the fernet qualities are just magnificent here and Iíll gladly admit that finding a balance with this stuff must be very difficult.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
juffage (136) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2015
On keg at North Bar, Leeds. I donít really understand the hype behind this. Maybe just because itís rare? Tastes like the ground - roots and leaves and shit. Brown sugar. Dandelion and burdock. Root beer? Kinda light in appearance and body for a porter but makes up for it in weird-ass spices. Sort of thin. A bit like a brown ale really. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (13535) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle split at the RBESG í15 Grand Tasting, Taphouse CPH day 4, 23/08/15. Mahogany brown with a decent beige covering. Nose is toffee, dark fruit rinds, light cocoa rub, subtle barrel. Taste comprises dark fruits, caramelised brown sugar, toffee fudge, chocolate. Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with sweet licks. Ok stuff but lacks a bit of depth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (2863) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2015
Keg. Leeds International Beer Festival. Cola brown. Halo of tan. Oily, sticky, and leggy. Herbal. Minty. Liquorice. Chocolate malts. Drinks smooth, rich, and easy. Oily mouthfeel. Long, smooth herby finish. Unusual. Liked it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (941) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2015
On tap Jan 2015 at the Stapleton Tap House. Pours black with small head and lace. Aroma of dark roasty malts & light mint. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of rich malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, mint. Overall rich, flavorful and refreshing for a porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlackerMads (2275) - DENMARK - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle at RESG 2015, Copenhagen. Clear dark brown with a medium sized beige head. Nose has fernet, spices, wood. The flavour is dominated by fernet, licorice, spices, caramel, grain, cocoa. Medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, medium sweet and bitter, warming alcohol. Yeah, yeah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30977) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2015
Bottled. A black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, roasted malt, and wood, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (4603) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle@RBESG2015, Copenhagen - Dark brown pour with beige head. Roasted malty aroma and taste, caramel, chocolate, wooden nuances going on, roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown colored with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel and licorice. Sweet and roasted flavor of caramel, oak and licorice. Roasted finish.

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