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Odell Firkin 25 (Cutthroat Porter w/ Elderberries)

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RATINGS: 1   MEAN: 2.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Cutthroat Porter brewed with elderberries.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
GarrettB (1015) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Summer 2011 - We’d be remiss if we didn’t also try the firkin available the day we visited O’Dell’s brewery. We arrived on a Friday, so what we had a chance to sample was Thursday’s variation on O’Dell’s famous Cutthroat Porter, brewed with elderberries. Yup, I made the Monty Python reference, but then I took a sip. The beer is brown like any other porter, but it had a strange tinge of lavender on the edges of the glass and even in the head, a contribution most likely from the blackberries that also got dumped into the brew. The porter is perfumed with fresh fruits and berries, including the black and elder types. It feels like the porter is jealous of the berries, and went off to a dark corner to sulk and make slightly too loud sulking sounds. The berries steal the show, throwing off some of the balance I think the brewers hoped to achieve. Also, and this is probably because the firkin was getting old (expiring, not aging gracefully) the palate was extremely flat. I appreciate the effort, but it tastes like, as it is, these flavors were simply not destined to mingle. A too far gone palate didn’t help either,


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