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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

119 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 49
Gots: 32 | 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:
Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 12-30-2010

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.
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Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 79
Reviews by jwinship83:
Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle traded to me from user BOLTZ7555. thanks! drank from my stone IRS snifter.

A- the beer pours out an opaque dark brown colored body with a rather large khaki colored head on top. the head is quick to fall and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the peaches that this was aged on become apparent immediately. very fresh smelling and not at all artificial. after that i get some roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate. mostly milk. coffee/espresso at the end.

T- the taste starts out with more of the peaches that i could smell. very strong. very fresh. very real (not artificial). lots of roasted malts move in after that. then comes some notes of milk chocolate which mixes very well with the touch of vanilla from the oak barrel. espresso and coffee at the end, along with some earthy hops. mild alcohol is detected.

M- medium bodied, bordering on full. the carbonation is at the appropriate level. some warming from the alcohol.

O- the beer inside the bottle is just what the label promises. a porter with a strong peach presence. well done and pretty unique. id pick up this again were i presented the opportunity.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of quirkzoo
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of GuruDel
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of trappistlover
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of notyourdadsbeer
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of mwilbur
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of SalukiAlum
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

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.

Photo of DividedAvery
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a New Belgium Globe
2010 vintage

A: This one pours a two finger tan head on top of a rich, dark body. Good lacing on the sides with a nice head retention

S: Lots going on. Citrus, funk, a little chocolate, zest, cherries?

T: Very bretty/funky. The peach comes through quite well. Is it wrong of me to wish for more chocolate on this one? I didn't have it fresh so I can't speak to it's changes in character. Further through there is some orange and a slightly chocolate-creamy finish

M: This was a strength. Great creamy feel with just the right carbonation.

O: I wasn't sure what to expect. There is a lot that went into this beer: 45% ale with peaches added
19% ale aged in oak
36% ale aged in oak with peaches
And a lot of that character comes through. Would've enjoyed more chocolate flavors to complement the peach but overall very enjoyable.

Photo of iLovehops23
2.43/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nope. The only thing good about avant is that it has a cool concept. i like the idea of trying to take a thicker porter and bring a suddle colorado peach falvor to the table. It poors a ho-hum hue of light black, the nose was off a bit off balaced, mouth feel was and taste followed right behind. I was hopping a beer of this price and promise whould of been drinkable but it wasent for me. the first and last one of these guys ill ever have.

Photo of jlindros
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I believe shared by rudzud at my 30th birthday whale tasting.

Pours a light fizzy head that disappears almost instantly, dark murky brown colored.

Nose brings malts and... rye?... spicy rye I think, toasted oak, light fruity, a bit of funk, sour, of course nice peach aromas with some cocoa like chocolate covered fermenting peach.

Taste brings light peach and a bit of generic stone fruit, light funk and dark malts again, some chocolate and roasty flavors, little soy sauce though, little smoked charcoal as well.

Mouth is super thick syrupy, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, not amazing but a nice porter with peach and chocolate, a unique combination of flavors that blended better than I thought.

Photo of csiewert
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a thick chocolate color with 2 fingers of brown head with plenty of lacing as you drink it. The aroma has notes of roasted barley and some citrus sweetness. The taste starts with some citrus and fruity sweetness an then becomes sour. The mouthfeel is slighty harsh with over carbonation. Overall an intriguing porter.

Photo of crusian
2.57/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from awesome girlfriend from beertopia in Omaha.
Pours with a nice fluffy tan head that commandeers half my glass and doesn't give up ground for about 10 minutes... then leaves the glass looking like a spiderweb.
Not much on the nose though. That's a letdown, was hoping for something, anything. There is a slight tartness, but that's it.
Taste is also underwhelming, unfortunately. Leaves a gritty resin in my mouth that is also unpleasant. Slight tartness, and a wee bit of rotted peaches mixed in with some chocolate malt. Not a huge fan, but not terrible.

Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours almost a pitch black color. Produced a nice cap of tan froth and lace.

(S)- Very light(faint) peach fruit. Some mild nutty roasted bits too.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A very faint tart/oak peach bits with some classic porter components (raisin & nuts).

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Didn't think fruit would work with a porter very well, but its subtle enough in this where the balance works well.

(D)- Very fun and different. Fruity, but has a solid porter background that does not let those fruits take it over completely.

Photo of Beerdregs
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served from a corked 750 ml bottle. Deep dark brown color, no translucency. 2 fingers of mocha brown head.

S: Smells of dark malts and dark fruits (raisins, figs, dried peaches).

T: Holy sour! Did not expect a sour ale with the description. There is a smoky flavor within the sourness with a moderate sweetness.

M: Medium bodied beer with a dry finish. Slight warmth in the belly after a few sips.

O: This was a surprising beer. I don't know if this was maybe contaminated with a wild yeast but it was damn tasty! I could not perceive a whole lot of peaches in this beer considering how many were used. Would love to drink this beer again.

Photo of portia99
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada anniversary glass. Shared by rudzud at a recent tasting.

A - Pours a muddy dark brownish amber. Small fizzy whitish foam that dies very quickly.

S - Rye spiciness is evident. Touch of peachy fruitiness, light funk, and some mild touches of dark malt and a hint of chocolate.

T - Milk chocolately character...some roasty dark malt flavors, touch of peaches - really not all that forward on the fruitiness, mild funk

M - A bit tart, medium body with a medium carbonation.

O - Overall a good beer. Nice chocolatey base beer with some fruity character that complements pretty well. Glad to have gotten an opportunity to try this one - one that slipped past my radar screen.

Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

352nd review on BA
bottle to tulip
750 ML

Thanks JeepCop for this one.

Split with GuruDel.

App- This was a regular porter colored brown with a nice one finger head. Very little cling or retention to it.

Smell- It was okay, I was really hoping for a knockout peach smell. Instead I got a little yeastiness with some faint chocolate and some decent malts.

Taste- As I stated above I wanted a knockout punch. I didn't get it. It was a nice beer with some good flavors, just the profile went a different direction than I thought it would. The peche was almost non existant and replaced with the funk yeast which gave it a nice taste. I liked the oaky flavor that was imparted on this one though.

Mouth- It was a bit thin to me. Bordering on a light body with a nice medium carbonation level. The chocolate was mostly what I got as an after taste.

Drink- I am glad I got to try it but was not blown away. I probably won't come back to this one. Flavor was a bit let down and didn't wow me as I was expecting. Still good over all.

Photo of jowilant
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 750 ML Belgian bottle

A - Beautiful dark, roasty-looking appearance; makes you think of malts and porters for sure.

S - Peachy smell; this is where the confusions starts for me; the appearance makes you expect something malty/roasty; however, the smell is peachy and sour; smells like a sour brown with some peachy overtones

T - For me, this is where the confusion continues. Once again I was looking for some sort of malty/roasty overtones due to the appearance. However, the taste immediately reminds me of a sour. Could be the age, but I do not think that this is more than 6 months of age.

M - The carbonation seems to match more of a cross between a sour and an ale. While it says on the bottle that this is a mix of an 1. ale with peaches, an 2. ale aged in oak barrels, and an 3. ale aged in oak barrels with peaches - the name Imperial Porter creates different expectations for me.

O - While I was confused as I sipped this beer, I really enjoyed it's complexities. I have not tasted a beer like this before. It related to me aspects of a fruity/peachy beer, a sour ale, a dark porter with even a dark head, and even some lime characteristics (probably from the sourness).

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Avant Peche Imperial Porter from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.