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Avant Peche Imperial Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Avant Peche Imperial PorterAvant Peche Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

116 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 50
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

45% Ale with Peaches added
19% Ale Aged in Oak Barrels
36% Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Peaches.

(Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 12-30-2010)
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Reviews by EmmaLo:
Photo of EmmaLo
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured 2 fingers of light tan head, which retained well and was easily revived with a quick swirl. Color was black.

S. Sour, roasted malt and chocolate aroma. I get some of the oak barrel, but not very much peach at all. Hints of a sour beer.

T. The flavor of this beer is fantastic - well balanced between sweet, sou, malty, and bitterness. The porter and sour are a surprising combination, and really work together. I get a lot of chocolate, sour, and oak notes, but almost no peach!

Overall: pretty unique! I really wanted some more peach flavor, but the other tastes made up for it!

EmmaLo, Apr 02, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin bubbly collar.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts and tobacco with tart, acidic, sour peaches.

The flavor is roasted chocolate malts and some coffee quickly followed by some acidic tart peaches and then a big roasted bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it's a very different mix with the big porter notes and the acidic sour peaches. It's very interesting...still can't tell if I like it or not. As it warms, the flavors mellow a little and blend better and a little brett comes out.

Beaver13, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml brown caged and corked magnum.

Odell going out a limb with this one, a blend of three ales two of which have had some time in oak barrels. Bottle conditioned as well, this you can tell right away from the epic amount of stick lace this beer is showing on the glass. Dim brown color with some haze. Smells of a peach orchard during late harvest with hits of over-ripened peaches that have started to ferment, hint of musty earth and come chicory. Smoothness talks up the bottle conditioning with a deep smoothness. Slight tartness puckers the palate, mild roasted edge comes over the top and plants its porter flag on the taste buds. Oakiness pulls on the palate a bit after the tartness fades. Hint of peach tartness is more of a dry fruitiness. Hopping is modest. Mellow alcohol warmth for its size. Oak flavor grows with a faint vanilla and the roasted grain flavor is well complimented. Bone dry finish.

Very happy this beer is on the dry side, the porter character might be a bit tame but the blend does really well IMO. Controlled chaos? Each sip grows on me, if you second guessed picking up a bottle you should have gone with your first instinct.

Jason, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark, murky brown with nice tan head and some decent lacing lines.

Smell: Tart apple and peach. Very light chocolaty roasted malts. Also smells akin to roses. Expected a little more from a Wild Ale / Porter hybrid.

Taste: Tart upfront, then deepens to include chocolate and sharp roasted notes. Very light peach and a hint of hops at the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, slightly thin body, quite warming.

Overall: Strangely enough, it reminds me of an American hopped Imperial Stout (such as Darkness or Nightstalker) but more tart and peachy as opposed to hoppy and orange-like. I still get that same strange mix of roasted malts and sharp citrus. However, this is simply much milder in flavor than those Imperial Stouts, and also not nearly as good as Odell's other Wild Ales. Still enjoyed it and worth trying.

bsp77, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, thin dark tan ring of head that is pretty small on top. Maybe the first time I have smelled fruit, peach, and the roastiness of a porter. Good tartness to the peach aroma, just two smells that you haven't come across in the same beer probably.

Mild brett taste, light sour and peach notes, good roasty malt bitterness, slight alcohol twitch. Some sticky chocolate in there. Middle of the road complimentary oak flavor, not big on the wood, the woodcut type, this isn't all that dry and pronounced. Throw in a smidge of molasses maybe.

This beer can't be for everyone, but I think its a winner. A little pricey, I think I was picking these up for around $13 while I was in Arizona, but overall, I'd buy it again if I saw it.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

acurtis, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of RDW
5/5  rDev +30.9%

RDW, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of quirkzoo
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown with a thin mocha head. Aroma is lots of syrupy, caramelized malts, almost a burnt marshmallow type smell. Some fruitiness on the nose though I would not have placed it as peach without knowing that peaches were added. The taste is where this beer really opens up. The syrupy burnt marshmallow opens to a balance of roasted malts, caramelization and oak. The fruitiness on the nose opens up to a tart combination of peaches, with a hit of acidity and funk. The bitter, sweet and tart are perfectly balanced on the palate. The mouthfeel and carbonation are just right for this style, it is a big beer but you are not overwhelmed with alcohol or carbonation, there is just enough present to support the complex flavors of the beer. Overall this is a very interesting beer. When I bought it, I didn't realize that it was a blend, some components having "wild yeast" in them so I was impressed with the complexity that it brought to the table.

Definitely worth seeking out.

quirkzoo, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with a small khaki head on top, slowly reducing to a small cap on top. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Some roast and cocoa upfront which is followed up by some slightly tart peaches.

T: More peach on the flavor profile than in the aroma, some more roasty malt and chocolate, and a slight sourness right at the end.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The heavy malt bill gives in a nice thickness.

O: Pretty good, going in I wasn't exactly sure what to expect but the blending of the porter with the sour peaches was done well.

mdaschaf, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of cjacobsen
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bay01 for bringing this one by.

(A) Pours dark, opaque brown/black. Has a foamy tan head that hangs around for a long while. Leaves lacing.

(S) Peach and toasted malts blend together and make it obvious that this is indeed a porter with a fruity twist. There are some sweet hops amidst cocoa and some other lighter fruits and some citrus.

(T) Lightly citrus and acidic. There's some cereal and a bit of biscuit from the toasted malts. Cherry and peach make up the middle of the flavor and it ends with cocoa and coffee, just like a porter should.

(M) It's a medium bodied brew that is slightly acidic on the palate. It's not as grainy as most porters.

(O) This one was different. After reading the description, this beer lived up to what was written on the bottle to a T. It's a really neat take on a porter and was well executed.

cjacobsen, Sep 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of GuruDel
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to FosterJM for sharing this
Bottle poured into Bruery Tulip

A: A chestnut brown with a nice finger of head from a light pour

S: Nothing in the way of peaches, slight bit of funk and basic porter smells.

T: again no peaches, not sure what is going on here based on other reviews, but didnt get much outside of a funky porter.

M: fine for the style, smooth, fizzy and easy drinking

O: Kinda dissapointed on this one, maybe my expectations were too high, but I got no peach out of this beer.

GuruDel, Mar 31, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

hiphopj5, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

GRG1313, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of buffs9
4/5  rDev +4.7%

buffs9, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of trappistlover
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle). Pours dark brown with orange hue when poured into the glass. Nice khaki head and tiny carbonation bubbles. Aroma of cocoa, slight must odor and some roasty grains. Not getting much peach. Medium bodied with creamy texture. Finish has a little bit of a twang and some peach is emerging, but this is more porter than anything else. It's good, but not as sour or peachy as I would have liked. I'll have to sit on a couple of these to see how they age. I suspect they'll be better with more conditioning. Good and could become great.

trappistlover, Jan 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Diomede, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of notyourdadsbeer
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle opened and poured at Euclid Hall (denver) into a tulip.

A: Thick billowy off white/tan head. Head receded after a few minutes but stayed fluffly like a cloud (think belgium golden here) right on top of beer. The beer it's self is a very dark brown - chocolate - to borderline black. Very thick, almost no light get's through

S: At first sip the beer comes across with a hint of metallicness to it. But with most porters I've found this to be the case. There are notes of sweet peaches, like the peach candy worms, but follow through to coffee tones and bitter chocolate. Not a lot of peach action going on, very surprising here, instead much roasted malt backbone.

T: First sip reveals the roasted malt backbone first picked up on the nose. Bitter chocolate follows through. There is zero peach going on. If anything there is a touch of sour, just minor on the finish. Once again: NO PEACH. The finish is pretty weak to be honest, probably because of the touch of sour. The flavors do not linger and falls flat making the need/want for a second sip undesirable. Almost zero booziness on the finish which was nice since its 9.5% abv.

M: This beer is medium bodied yet still decently thick; surprising for a porter. Granted it is an Imperial Porter I didn't expect the thickness of the malts as much as they were.

D: Overall it's a great attempt at a beer. This is an Imperial Porter and if you were to blind taste this beer it would come across as such, to a degree. The peaches being almost non apparent for a beer being made using peaches in the fermintation as well as in the barrel aging is very disappointing. This is an average beer overall, too thick for even an imperial porter, and false advertising with the use of peaches if you ask me. Great attempt - pour follow through.

notyourdadsbeer, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.7%

jaydoc, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of dachp
3/5  rDev -21.5%

dachp, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 11/10/12

Appearance: Deep brown - off-white head, fades to a non-existent cap, little ring that leaves a spotty wall of lacing

Smell: Dark and cooked malts, with fruit - chocolate, caramelized malts, lightly roasty - some lactic, light sourness and lightly funky aromas - oak barrels - some peachy fruit in the back, not particularly potent - pretty wet with hints of booze

Taste: Malty and fruity - cooked, caramel and caramelized malts - chocolate malts and some dark, unsweetened chocolate - overripe peach flesh - woody oak, but not in excess - some musty funkiness - lightly tart with some vanilla

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, lightly sticky but smooth

Overall: Of peaches and porters

Odell makes some tasty beers, and this is no exception. I'm not 100% sold on how well the peach works with the oak and the barrel, but this is certainly interesting.

angrybabboon, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of mwilbur
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a beautiful silky dark brown with extremely fine but high carbonation producing a big 3 inch foamy tan head. Good retention and nice sticky lacing.
S: Piney hops, peach, chocolate malt, and astringent.
T: Soft peach quickly followed by chocolate malt and oak. Piney hops are folded in there too. Faint porter base. Fairly mild alcohol note.
M: Medium body. Prickly effervesence from the super-fine carbonation. Dry with mild alcohol burn to finish.
D: A very interesting brew...and a good one. Glad I tried this. Good amount of complexity, but not too much that it hinders enjoyability. I would agree with the previous review that it's nice to have an aged beer sans bourbon or vanilla for a change.

mwilbur, Mar 30, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown, with creamy, fairly thick head.

S- I did smell peaches, and subtle chocolate or cocoa aroma, oak.

T- At first was a little bitter, funky. The more I drank the more I enjoyed the taste. Did notice the sour yeast, peaches, and a subtle hint of cocoa. My wife agrees, and she doesn't like porters.

M- Smooth, medium bodied for a porter.

D- Good, definitely easy to drink porter. Reminds me of something New Belgium might brew with the yeast hints. Good beer, maybe a bit above average for me. I'm a huge ODell fan, and wasnt real excited to try this at first. Hard to believe its a 9.5 ABV. This is my first review, so be patient, I'm learning!

SalukiAlum, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, shared by mdaschaf. Served into a snifter.

A: Dark brown body with some reddish hues at the bottom of the glass. A thick foamy, rocky beige head forms and leaves good amounts of retention and lace.

S: Roasted malts and chocolate are up-front, followed by juicy peach notes. There's a slight tartness detectable and the balance overall seems quite nice.

T: More of the roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate and faint coffee beans are first. The peaches come in mid-palate and into the finish. Plenty of fresh peach flavor with just the right amount of tartness to work against the big malt bill.

M: Well carbonated, a bit more than it should be for an "Imperial Porter" but the soured nature of the beer makes this enjoyable. Somewhat dry in the linger.

This one sounded really interesting and I'm glad it was pulled off well. The peaches and dark malts were balanced just right without either overreaching.

ShanePB, Aug 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

MinorThreat, May 28, 2013
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Avant Peche Imperial Porter from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.