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Avant Peche Imperial Porter - Odell Brewing Company

Avant Peche Imperial PorterAvant Peche Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

112 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 16.19%


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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PalatePilot

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this 750ml Cage and cork bottle up to drink after a nice steak dinner of New Years Eve.
Poured it into a glass and it was an opaque brown to black with a toasty tan head.

Smell was not indicative of the taste. I had a hard time picking up peaches, but had a really nice and rich chocolate nose.

Taste was phenomenal. A great Imp. Porter and the wild yeast and blending was perfect for me. Peach is one of my favorite "flavors" often times the fake, sugary, over the top flavoring of peaches can really ruin things for me. The subtlety of the peaches is what I really loved about this. It is an Imperial porter with just a touch of peach and the wild yeasts make it a touch sour. Just Fantastic. Made me wish I would of bought another bottle.

The mouth was a real treat too. Silky, finished clean without a syrupy lingering.

The Drinkability of this beer is the reason I signed up for an account on this site, just to rate it. It was so so great and I still cant get over it. I headed to the liquor store this morning to buy 4 more bottles. 1 to drink tonight and 3 more to cellar.

I am really excited to try this beer over the next couple years as the wild yeast plays with this already fantastic beer.

Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 01:52:04 | More by PalatePilot
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Beerdregs

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 03:18:17 | More by Beerdregs
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Huge thanks to my buddy for bringing this one to me from a recent Colorado beer trip!

This pours up very dark. Almost black. It has some nice ruby highlights, which are exposed with backlighting. An easy pour produces a three-finger head of thick and creamy looking light brown colored foam. The retention is good. The lacing produces a couple of random thin strands, which are sticky enough but the lack of more lacing is kind of dis-heartening.

The smell of this is almost exactly, lots of peaches, including skins, floating in milk chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder, inside a fresh oak barrel.
Very interesting.

Oh, my. The peach comes out first, all smooth, soft and seductive. Then you get just enough of a hint of smoke to distract you while the cocoa powder comes on. This gives way to milk chocolate. Then comes the peach skin which brings with it a very nice hint of light tartness. Finally, you get just a hint of coffee, a bite of dark chocolate (around the 60% range) and a hint of drying oak presence.

This is almost full-bodied and has a medium level of natural carbonation. Those tiny little bubbles give this a wonderfully creamy, velvet-like sensation. Wonderful.

The 9.50%abv in this drinks like it's less than half of that. Flavorwise, it's extremely balanced. This is mighty drinkable, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 04:22:09 | More by coldmeat23
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GabrielM

New Mexico

4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A - pitch black with a nice amount of lacing and white head on top.

S - dark fruit, a little peach, some funk, chocolate, oak and roasted malt.

T - same as nose, but less peach than expected. The funky yeasts are definitely there, which add a nice bite and complexity to this porter. Really good brew.

M - great carbonation and mouthfeel from the yeasts are placing this one high on the charts for me. Very unique.

D - good all around and one I could drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 01:22:17 | More by GabrielM
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xuptygm

Nebraska

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown caged and corked magnum.

pours dark black with a big frothy cream colored head. Smells of fermenting peaches. Super smooth drinking. Light bodied for a porter. tons of lace. Where to begin with taste? This is a very complex beer. Somewhat tart flavor with mild roasted malt. Peachy sweetness balanced the beer nicely. Alcohol compliments the flavor profile. Other flavors of oak and roasted grain. Dry finish.

This one is worth seeking out for its complexity and unique character. A GREAT beer for sure! I will be finding this one again. It pushes the limits of traditional brewing. This is the direction that modern brewing needs to take. Creating new styles, experimenting, innovating. My hat is off to Odell.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 04:27:04 | More by xuptygm
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pdoran10

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah the perks of working @ a craft beer store. One of our 24 bottles. split with my co worker.

Pours out a viscous dark color with two fingers of off white head that leaves nice lacing.

Smell is whoa, funky wild yeast roasted malts in the background. Big funky slightly peach nose, sour basement smell.

taste is nice tartness with a big bodied chocolate roasty porter fading in the background. Somehow the two profiles manage to mesh well for me. the peaches are a bit of an afterthought, but linger as an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick with moderate and just right carbonation.

this wild ale from Odell is actually nicely tart from release date and certainly drinkable. A great unique experience. As drinkable as I can conceive am imperial porter base wild ale to be.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 05:54:42 | More by pdoran10
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zeff80

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a long-lasting, three finger head of tan, bubbly foam. It left a good deal of sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - Peaches are the first aroma to hit your nose following by burnt molasses and a floral/phenolic aroma.

T - Sweet and sour notes from the ripe peaches hit the tongue. There is a chocolate and roasted malt backbone with a mild oak flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale that has a dry finish.

D - I love it. A aged beer that doesn't taste like bourbon or vanilla! It was so unique.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 01:18:54 | More by zeff80
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown body with a tan head.

Toffee, cocoa, mild hop character. A rather muted nose.

Cocoa, roasty malt, brown sugar, toffee; malt is the early takeaway. As I drink more, I notice some vague fruity notes (maybe?) and if I really try, I can almost detect some soft brett and slight barrel character, but that might be the power of suggestion. At the very most, funk, fruit, and oak are small contributors to the flavor profile, if they are even present at all.

I can't help but think that Odell could have produced a very similar beer without using peaches, wild yeast, or used Saboteur barrels. So why even bother?

Medium body, great mouthfeel, very smooth.

This is an awesome imperial porter. Wonderfull drinkability. I could drink a pint and never notice the ABV.

That said...this is not the beer that is advertised on the label. Odell seems to have a problem with their labels not matching the bottles' contents. I don't taste peaches, it does not taste like a wild ale, it is not sour. This does not mean it is not a good beer, but if you read the press releases and the label, you would have expected a funky, peach flavored porter and this is not it. Maybe it should have spent more time in barrel?

One of the most important purposes of beer packaging is to set some expectations for the consumer, give them an idea of what the beer will be like. My perception of what this beer would be and the reality of what it actually was were very different. That is a failure of marketing.

Still, this is one of the best imperial porters I have tried. Nicely brewed, poorly advertised.

UPDATE 1/11/11:

In the weeks since my first bottle of Avant Peche, I have had the fortune of tasting two more bottles. In both of these bottles I tasted undeniable peach and brett notes that, while mild and in balance with the rest of the beer's flavors, added another layer of complexity that made this beer that much better. Perhaps my harsh words about Odell were a bit premature. Sorry guys.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 03:28:31 | More by BradLikesBrew
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quirkzoo

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 04:44:50 | More by quirkzoo
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 03:46:02 | More by Jason
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Lucklys

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter, it appears a thick, murky, opaque inky black. When held to the light, and watching the stream of liquid as it falls from the bottle, it fades to a matte coffee bean brown with hints of auburn peeking out just beneath the foam. Avant Pêche builds a rather mediocre two-finger thick head of a wheat-colored bubbly cream that falls in on itself from the inside out, leaving some thin lacing on the glass while dollops of foam gather in patches throughout the middle.

The nose carries nothing overwhelming, everything in the aroma is presented in a pretty soft harmony. It begins with a delicious subtle peach, sour cherry and pear, followed by very faint hints of tart citrus, light roasted coffee and bits of chocolate. Damp oak and wet leaves begin to proliferate soon after, and carry warm notes of spiced molasses and toasted bready malts. Some mild wild yeast aromas pepper the scent overall, but are hidden fairly well along with the alcohol, which is hardly discernible over the fruit and roasts.

Finally dipping my tongue into the brew, it opens with an initial tart, juicy, natural peach flavor enveloped in a smooth oak. It continues with thin toasted malts; then the sweetness of the peach rises, and it finishes with chocolate and a slight bitter pinch of roasted coffee right at the end. There was a small wave of heat from the alcohol as it warmly washed over my throat and into my belly as I finished the swallow. The peaches in this seem to be a combination of fruit that has dropped from the tree and has begun to ferment, as well as fruit that has just turned ripe and is ready to pick. It was easy to imagine I was in the middle of an orchard right as summer faded into fall, which is the image I was absolutely hoping for when I picked this bottle up 6 months ago.

In conclusion, the feel is fairly crisp in the first few tastes, and it smooths to an airy, creamy velvet as my taste buds acclimate to the flavors. It presents itself with a medium body and soft carbonation, while a warming alcohol sensation grows through my chest. Finishes clean and dry, leaving my mouth watering for more. Definitely a delicious beer that is perfect for summer or fall, as it’s not a heavy porter, and it’s not a light fruit beer, it’s the perfect combination of both.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 20:01:23 | More by Lucklys
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros at his Birthday Whale Tasting. Reviewed from notes. HUGE thank to miketd for this bad boy.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark brown hue with a nice quarter inch head that faded to leave spotty side lacing and a slight halo.

S - Woah, this is cool. Aromas of well, peaches..and chocolate. Along with a very subtle sour note. For the most part though this is nice fleshy peaches and dark chocolate. Super enticing.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, solid amounts of peachy chocolately goodness! Almost like chocolate covered peach candy with some light malts. Subtle musty funk and super faint vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, nicely carbonated considering its age.

O - Overall a damn fine porter. Had this one for a while and was waiting for the right time to crack. This was a very nice way to end the peach section of our whale tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 21:39:29 | More by rudzud
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avant Peche Imperial Porter, 45% Ale with peaches added, 19% ale aged in oak barrels, 36/% ale aged in oak barrels with peaches, alc. by vol. 9.5%, 750 ml bottle.

"Like many avant garde artists before us, we wanted to push the boundaries of mainstream style by challenging traditional brewing techniques and ingredients. We aged a classic imperial porter with Colorado peaches and wild yeasts. The blend marries a bold roasted chocolate malt flavor with a subtle peach essence, and the wild yeasts create slightly tart complexities. Nonconforming and intriguing, Avant Peche entertains the palate, and inspires creative drinking."

Deep, dark brown, slim crimson highlights, small creamy tan head.

Bewitching blend of chocolate and fruit in the nose. Why peach? Why not! I like how these guys think. Along with the sweet of the fruit, there's the sour of the yeast. A noseful, for sure.

Taste: a delicious mess in the mouth. Roasted malt and cocoa flavors meets the juicy stone fruit, and the wildness within. Tartness remains pleasing and matches well with the peach, something I'd tend to doubt before going in.

Peach porter? That's new, of course. Barrel-aged, wild yeast peach porters… well, off we go into the wild black & peach yonder with this one.

I think I'm going back for more of this, it's really tasty, and terrifically uncommon.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 05:25:35 | More by feloniousmonk
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cjacobsen

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 21:12:43 | More by cjacobsen
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I had to trade pretty hard to get this beer shipped to me in NY. I have long awaited this evening. Thanks again to Evanlarkin for the tremendous trade.

Appearance:
The bottle looks great, thick dark glass with a textured/classy label. I also like beers that sport their brewery on the cork.
Black brew that pours a tight knit, fluffy, tan head. So much of a head I have to wait a few minutes for it to settle. There is ample lacing down the glass and I am already excited to indulge.

Smell:
Slightly roasty, hoppy, coffee/milk chocolate richness. All that I want in a porter so far, there is also a very subtle sourness, most likely from the peaches used in brewing. Definitely not your standard porter, and with such uncharacteristic ingredients as peaches, it makes sense to have an uncharacteristically high abv.

Taste:
Wow, heavenly beer. I am getting explosive maltiness with a dry, sour finish. It has both a desirable start and finish, startlingly delicious beer. The sourness isn't overpowering, it allows for some of the malt to coat your palate.
As for the peaches, they are not completely obvious. This remains a classy beverage and is pleasing to most beer drinkers. You can tell that there is fruit in the beer if you've had experience with infused beverages similar to this, but otherwise you may not even notice.

Mouthfeel:
The mouthfeel for this beer is its most important aspect. I am always looking for a beer that can produce initial strength with in-your-face malt and alcohol followed by a dry finish that has you wanting more. This beer does it for me, there is also a light bitterness you adds to balancing the beer's inherent porter sweetness.

Overall:
This beer was incredibly difficult to get my hands on. The brewery only distributes to a handful of states, NY isn't one of them and may never be one. Also the price tag paid for it, approximately $14, is steep for a 750mL bottle. I have paid less for beers that make me just as satisfied. However, there is no disputing that this beer is quite exceptional and deserving of a review that does it justice. Worth trying, but I may not go through the hassle of getting another.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 05:58:45 | More by ThePorterSorter
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 00:49:07 | More by jwinship83
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joshuaseresse

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with my two roomates. Poured into my Central Waters Snifter:

A - Pours near black with a nice frothy head. Good patching and lacing on the sides. Head is about two fingers with is an egg shell white.

S - Immediately you get a bit of a bandaid funk with a touch of plastic, but once you smell a bit deeper you really notice the slight smell of peaches, earth and oak. Other citrus notes of pineapple, papaya, nectarines and tangerines. At first I was kind of turned off by the smell, but these nice citrus notes are quite nice.

T - A bit of plastic flavors but a bit of tartness and sweetness from a few of the citrus notes stated above. After the flavors come through, the booze starts to hit and presents itself not in an offensive way, but comes through quite smoothly. As some people have reviewed saying that this is sour, I feel it is a bit more sweet and tart. When it warms a bit more of a granny smith apple flavor comes through. Pretty good.

M - This brew is quite carbonated. The booze here show through and makes the mouth and throat tingle and warm. A bit heavy, but it is 9.5%

D - An interesting treat. The smell suggest something and the taste is slightly close to the smell, but the mouthfeel is way different from the two. How this is a Imperial Porter, I don't know but it is truly interesting; its more like a sour/darker tasting gueuze, kind of reminds me a bit like a Monk's Cafe. I really enjoyed this and look forward to what it will taste like when it has a few years to mellow. A nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:26:09 | More by joshuaseresse
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jowilant

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 00:33:22 | More by jowilant
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busternuggz

California

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a 10 oz draft at the Odell Taproom.
Opaque dark brown with a thin foamy head. Leaves thick lacing.
Light roasty/chocolatey notes on the nose with a vague sour fruit note and some lemon. Nice but faint.
The taste comes on with some milk chocolate and quickly leads into sour fruit, kinda peach/guava like with a lemon zest finish. Light chocolate/roast throughout, with a little char and bitterness in the aftertaste which blends with the bitter/sour fruit tastes. As it warms the peach comes out more and you get a nice peach-chocolate candy taste in the middle, which worked pretty well. Weird but interesting.
Light-medium bodied, slick, ends a little viscous. Nice.
For an "imperial porter" this is pretty easy drinking. Light bodied, and the fruit lends a crispness to it. I'll go ahead and say this is smooth, crisp, and engaging enough to be the most drinkable imperial porter I can imagine. Finished my draft pretty quick.
I wasn't sure what to make of this beer and I'm still not, but I'll go ahead and call it a success. The dissonant tastes both blend and contrast nicely. It's not the best combination ever conceived but Odell pulled it off nicely and made a cool beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 23:38:42 | More by busternuggz
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browna71

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours straight black, with two fingers of a dark tan, pancake batter head with good retention
S- Very interesting, a unique mix of tart fruit and oak, very pleasant
T- Tart fruits not as prominent as is on the nose, oak shines through against a smooth, pleasant chocolate malt body
M- smooth, heavier mouthfeel, though not too overwhelming. Appropriate level of carbonation
O- Great beer, another wonderful offering from Odells. The peach and oak are a welcome twist to the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:32:20 | More by browna71
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koopa

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle shared with unbalancedbuds at the Copper Mine Pub.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany to borderline black with a massive multifinger khaki crown that displays some retention and lace.

Smell: Chocolate malt, peaches, oak, a peach pit/apple stem note, and the faintest whisper of wildness.

Taste: Same as the nose but a bit simplified...basically driven by the peach.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied yet a bit chewy with decent carbonation.

Overall: Nothing special but not too many other brews like it either. Happy to have received this bottle from baconsausage.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 20:29:56 | More by koopa
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 02:35:34 | More by jlindros
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to forgetfu for the fast hook-up! He's the f-ing man!

750mL brown glass cork and cage bottle.

Pours a think blackish brown with thin crackly light cream-colored head with little retention and leaves some spotting.

Nose shows some toasted oak for sure, whispers of smoke, forest floor, wet leaves, french roast coffee, and maybe the suggestion of peach fuzz.

Palate is lean and crisp. There's some nice thin roasty malt in the center and the whole mouthfeel is outlined by the impression of tart peaches. It's not so much a flavor of peach, but the feeling of peach juice. Finish is clean and moderate. Leaves me watering for another sip.

Notes: Definitely a lot more subtle of a beer than I was expecting. Although I wasn't really sure what to think of a blended oak-aged peach imperial porter, to be honest. It sounds a little better than I think it comes off, but it's still damn tasty. Another reviewer commented on the press-release being a little misleading and I agree. Going to lay my other bottle down for a spell and see what happens. Maybe there's some latent funk in there that will get going with time.

Thanks forgetfu!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 03:58:47 | More by SFLpunk
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 15:01:30 | More by mdaschaf
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nearly a two year old bottle. pours hersheys syrup dark brown with a surprisingly jovial tan head. the nose is very dark nearly burnt malts, a hint of tobacco, and sweet peaches. smells like summer meets fall in a glass. the peaches are not super intense in the taste. they provide some sweetness up front, but the fruity aspect doesnt really come in until the finish. in between is a very well balanced (and big) american porter. the alcohol must have relaxed since this was fresh. it is hardly detectable at all, and added a nice warmth to the feel. its also quite woody, which works well with the rich malt profile. mouthfeel was good. it retained much of its carbonation, which helped all the subtle flavors mesh on my palate. very drinkable for a big dark fruity beer. i would suggest this to anyone looking for something different. youve never had a beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 22:04:13 | More by StonedTrippin
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Avant Peche Imperial Porter from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.