RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
Over the past year, weve 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%.

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   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (5731) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 5, 2016
Brown, small head, aroma of pumpkin, mint, chocolate, toffee, wood, flavor of pumpkin, mint, toffee, chocolate, wood, herbal, chocolate, toffee, medium bodied.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ghostbeer (202) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 8, 2016
The porter is really quite good for what it is. I thought it was overpriced and wished that there was more fernet character coming through; it was generally overpowered by the richness of the porter. Would not probably purchase again but am glad that I did once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1562) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2016
August 16th, 2014 - In retrospect, this bottle was absolutely lost on me. I had not yet tried Fernet, alter introduced to me by an Argentinian friend, so I didnt know what to expect, nor could I appreciate how the fernet may or may not manifest itself here. The brew is a dark, wet wood brown, but it is hard to see past the clot of foam kicking up a fuss out of the glass, erupting like a golden ale, and settling into a solid, self-supporting blob, like cooled magma. The aroma from the foam, and with some excavation the brew itself, is pungently herbal. Leafy greens, spinach, jasmine, lavender, sage and rose are all present, giving off a powerful botanical effect, which I would later learn is the attractive essence and appeal to fernet. The body has a good weight, with a low and slow carbonation, and an alcohol backbone to support the botanicals. But oddly, the flavor begins with a cleaner, porter-like flavor, deep and sweet with raisins, cinnamon and clove. Only then does it shift to the herbal flavors, and lavender most dominantly. The aftertaste is more alcoholic, once it has whittled away at the lavender note, and actually brings in something like whiskey aging, likely the oak of the fernet barrel. This is an experimental beer, but I think it is a winner, and another well justified withdrawal to afford the luxury line of ODell beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sir__v (2571) - FRANCE - AUG 16, 2016
Bottle from We Brought Beer Balham, London - UK. Color: deep dark black beer with brown reflection, no carbonation and medium ivory foam. Smell: caramel roasted malt balanced with spicy and herbal notes. Fernet spicy notes. Alcohol finish. Taste: full body with roasted malt balanced with caramel and spicy Fernet notes. Well balanced. Good attenuation, quiet drinkable. Herbal notes, mint. Aftertaste: Fernet notes, roasted malt and herbs finish. Alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bif (2183) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2016
On tap. Pours a black color with a nice head. Aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, bit of chocolate with a herbal touch. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit with trace of spice. Nice bitterness and a dry finish. Full body, thick, creamy texture that is well balanced. Enjoyable beer to relax with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MetalNHopHead (1840) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Imperial Porters are eclectic brews, but its unlikely youll ever come across one more floral and herbaceous than Fernet-Aged Porter. Theres no denying that its strange stuff. Its long list of botanical and spice infusions creates a brew thats spicy and complex. The odd ingredients dont get in the way of the experience, though. This brew does have lots of earthy bitterness but its balanced by the chocolate/licorice notes in the malt. There is some oak flavor which helps to enhance the herbs and spices. Pretty unusual but extremely well-executed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTan (2077) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JUL 22, 2016
Bottle. A- Chamomile, tea, rose petals, subtle ginger, spices. A- Black color, dark liquid, tan head. T- Tea, spices, soft caramel, cocoa. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish. O- Lots of aromas and flavors going on. Really hard to pin point them all. Lots of tea and spices. Never had Fernet, but now I want to try it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
culchiem (3842) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4970) - 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. Theres some definite nods towards 90 shilling in terms of malts. Sweet and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomer (3375) - 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.

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