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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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portia99

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 12:31:38 | More by portia99
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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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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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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 01:34:41 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

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

Appearance: Epic dark brown, pretty much black. Tiny dark tan collar. No head. Spots of lacing, nothing more. Pours with minimal carbonation.

Smell: Roasty chocolate. Some.leach juice and ripe peach flesh. Slight touches of oak. Woody and earthy. Nice edge of lactic.tartness.fuses with some lemon rind and powdery Brett type aromas. Some apple as well. Fruity and tart. Some.cocoa. Roasted malts are small.

Taste: Rich roasty chocolate. Hard edges of bitter cocoa. Nice layers of oak tempered by some juicy peach sweetness. Both flesh and skin. Building lactic tart edge. Lots oak, which builds as the beer warms. Almost tannic at times. Green apple skin. Some musty notes in the back as well. Earthy. Bitter pithy fruit. Some citrus. Even some.cherry in the mix. Lots of fruit, and crazy roast.

Mouthfeel: Moderately heavy Mouthfeel with a smooth, light side if moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tiny bit of backing dryness.

Overall: Oven roasted peaches.

Nice depth. Great use of fruit. Malt profile ends up being a bit too aggressive. A fresh bottle would have been ideal, but a bit of age doesn't make it bad by any means.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 01:22:49 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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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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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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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 15:33:43 | More by ShanePB
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Big Dooper pulled this one out on a random beer night a few weeks back. This bottle is well over a year old and was signed by the brewer no less. Cheers for this one man!

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter
Bottled on 18 Feb 2011

APPEARANCE: A transparent brown pour yields a large, three finger, supper fizzy, looser, light brown head with good retention. Bistre brown body with piles of carbonation evident. A foamy wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of foamy lacing down the glass. Head was a little lack luster and the carbonation was a little much, but it settled a bit by the end.

SMELL: A touch of dark malts, tart peaches and some oak notes. Quite tart on the nose, but not complex or bold enough to be memorable.

TASTE: Dark malts with some funky tart sourness form the wild yeast. Oak is there as well. Mild but lingering aftertaste shows some tart sourness, oak, hints of roasted malts and a touch of dark chocolate. Peaches aren't really all that evident anymore, unfortunately, though it is plenty tart and sour regardless.

PALATE: Medium-full body and higher levels of carbonation, though it seems to fit the beer well. Enough weight, quite creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: A pretty decent wild porter, though I can't help but thing that the extra 1+ year on the bottle didn't do much to help. The peaches are definitely in the background at this point, which is unfortunate. It would have been interesting to try this beer fresh, as it would probably have been much more impressive. Regardless, this was a fun beer to try. Thanks for the beer night Doops; always good times.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 20:24:51 | More by Jeffo
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, this is an oddball beer. Seems like I've been drink oddities lately. An American porter with peaches. Sure....

Nice pour. Dark brown, slight ruby highlights. Head is rocky and off-brown. Looks pretty good. Thin lacing, surprisingly.

Aroma is tart. Cocoa and burnt caramel. Some black strap leather and, yes, peaches. But not sweet peaches. More like peach flowers.

And the taste follows. The peaches give the beer a tart/sourness that goes against the cocoa and coffee. It just doesn't mesh well for me. I think this bottle is 1 year old, so maybe it was better fresh. Not that it's bad. It's just a tad chaotic. The peach flavor, if there was one, is gone. Peach "tannin" is left. And this covers any hops that were used.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:35:59 | More by Mebuzzard
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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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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

750ml bottle poured into glass. Interesting brew in that it is a blend of the following:

45% Ale with Peaches Added
19% Ale Aged in Oak Barrels
36% Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Peaches

From the label I expected a strong port with a fruity/peach undertone. That's now really what I got. My first impression was, "Wow, that's different". I wish it had more peach and roasted barley flavors. In a blind taste I would never had guessed this was an imperial porter.

A - Pours a deep brown/black color without any visibility through the glass and a dark creamy tan head. Certainly looked the part of imperial porter.

S - Very slight fruit aroma with a bit of roast. Subtle hints of tart sour but not much.

T - Slightly tart and barely sour with a sweet citrus flavor. Not much in terms of roasted malt. Not much of a hot alcohol flavor I expected.

M - Very good mouthfeel and very pleasant.

D - Very drinkable beer. Not too overwhelming in terms of alcohol considering the ABV. Easy to drink as the 750ml didn't last long.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-31-2010 01:55:24

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 17:49:45 | More by hopfacebrew
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 02:29:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

2.4/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml bottle poured into a wide tulip glass

A: Pretty light for a porter, pours a dark brown with about 3 fingers of light tan head. Amazing head retention.

S: Mild brett funky aroma with some milk chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Odd and not very strong.

T: Very odd. Fairly strong brett funkiness with some chocolate and coffee flavors. I'm not really a fan.

M: A bit thin for the style, but good carbonation.

O: I don't really like this at all. I don't really get any peaches and I don't think the brett flavors mix well with the porter flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 02:12:51 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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DividedAvery

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 06:52:03 | More by DividedAvery
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mentor

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cellared for about a year, maybe two. Pours a four finger brown head over a dark liquid with dark brown edgings. Smells of cork. Brettanomyces, acid sour that's not quite cherry, cough drop, plastic, lemon, chocolate, earthy hop oil (tettnanger), marigold, clean alcohol sting, mild dry chocolate, dried hay.

Tastes brettanomyces funk and mild sour, chocolate, sour black malt, strong earthy hop flavor, minimal hop grassy bitter, dried out cherry pit, lightly of lemon pucker, mild peach, clean oak barrel (no bourbon), light peppery zip. Wet malt is cut by sour funk and above average carbonation. Md-light in the mouth and zippy finish with hanging sweet and drying woody and brett character. Great balance, thought I'm not fond of brett character.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 06:57:36 | More by mentor
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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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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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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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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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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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sweemzander

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 20:49:09 | More by sweemzander
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep deep brown, almost black, but with a hint of lightness at the edges. Medium-tan head, almost overflowing the glass, billowing up and out. Great retention and nice lacing.

Smell is mostly strong syrupy peaches - as if they've been soaking in sugar water. It clearly takes on some sweetness from the malts, but the peaches add a dimension to the smell that wouldn't otherwise be there. I don't get a ton of porter character here.

Taste is more balanced - lighter on the peach, heavier on the dark roasted malts. I like it, but there's some asynchrony between the dark coffee flavors of the roasted malts and the light fruitiness of the peaches. A peach porter just doesn't quite work out for me.

Mouthfeel is great - heavy bodied, but high carbonation to lighten it up. Finish is sweet and smooth.

Turns out, for me, peach porter is good, but not great. The combination just doesn't quite work - the peaches are too light, the porter too dark, for them to blend well. But all in all, it's a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 19:37:15 | More by zeledonia
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SummitVA

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown pour. Ample carbonation lifting up a rocky white head.

S - Peaches, an estery fruitiness, chocolate, and a bit of roast.

T - Sweet peaches really dominate here. Chocolate and roast in the background, along with a drier finish that somehow sneaks through the peaches. Flavors not really in harmony with each other, leaving a rough feel to the beer overall.

M - Medium

O - Always happy to try these more inventive Odell's brews, but this one strikes me as an interesting idea that didn't quite come together. Tough to blend a delicate flavor like peach with a higher gravity porter. Definitely worth a try, however.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 20:19:08 | More by SummitVA
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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

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Avant Peche Imperial Porter from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.