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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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Photo of MetaSteve
1/5  rDev -73.8%

MetaSteve, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of TheDudeRules
2.15/5  rDev -43.7%

From a bottle to a brandy snifter.

I'll be upfront. I'm going to be hard on this beer. Myself and the general consensus is that this beer is not ready.

Pours a darkish brown with some head. Kinda the likes of dirty dishwater. I've had a few beers with Brett in it and I can't get past this. Tart Brett. Gross. Tastes of sour green oak. Ick city. Carbonation was medium.

I really wanted to put this down rather than pick it up. A disappointment. Even in a year or two I won't/will not bother.

TheDudeRules, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
2.23/5  rDev -41.6%

A co-worker sent this from Denver. I thank him!
Pours with very little head which is interesting for something called a Porter. Dull, dark brown with ruby tones coming through when held to the light. Slight spotty lacing.

Sweet with some must in the aroma. Slightly medicinal.

Ok, is this a sour? Slight sour? Didn't expect that. Tart, flat dark roasted malt behind the slight tartness. Again a slight medicinal flavor. Something going in here? Have no idea.
Not very exciting. Some charcoal. OK, I'll admit it, I would never think Peach if I never saw the label. In fact, after seeing the label, I still don't think peach.

Almost powder like on your tongue.

Not a big fan here.

Reagan1984, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

Probably should have opened this a long time ago. Smells decent still, but doesn't taste very good.

kscaldef, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.4/5  rDev -37.2%

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.

coreyfmcdonald, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of iLovehops23
2.42/5  rDev -36.6%

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.

iLovehops23, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of notyourdadsbeer
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%

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 crusian
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%

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.

crusian, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of GuruDel
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%

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
Photo of zhanson88
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%

Appearance: Avant Peche appears dark brown in the glass, but doesn't come too close to pitch black. Dark ruby hints around edges. 2.5 fingers of light tan head forms that has great lacing and retention.

Smell: Lots of peachy and woody scents in this, as well as light vanilla. Underneath that, light roast and char. More fruit than classic porter roast for sure, which is interesting.

Taste: Light roast and char form the base. Then comes lots of peach, vanilla, and oak flavors. The malts are really left behind. I was hoping for lots of roast with hints of peach and oak barrel, but it's really the opposite that's true. The woody and fruity qualities remind me of a sour ale where the brewer forgot the Brett and added some darker malts. It's not bad by any means but still, it's not doing too much for me.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is between light and medium with a lot of carbonation. Not nearly as thick and creamy as I'd like. Overall, it's an interesting take on an imperial porter, but not something I'm a huge fan of. Interesting to try, but not to have again.

zhanson88, May 10, 2011
Photo of dachp
3/5  rDev -21.5%

dachp, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Hopstout, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of sliponflange
3/5  rDev -21.5%

sliponflange, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

Jeffo, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of sevopie
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%

Heavy brownish-black, with a light brown head. Laces well and has good retention.

Baker's cocoa dominates the nose, with hints of dark fruit, oak, and alcohol lingering behind it.

A wave of flavors on the tongue ranging from raisins, peaches, and lemons to oak, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Not sure what to think of some of these combinations.

Very thick and viscous with a fairly light amount of carbonation. Seems to accent the chocolate flavors.

Based on my taste buds confusion, this one doesn't rate quite as high on drinkability. Different sips bring alternating flavor profiles (depending on where it hits the tongue,) and some of them don't mesh well.

sevopie, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of SamN
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%

Sampled from roommates bomber, into a snifter.

Rich and creamy mocha tan head. Black liquid, opaque. Gritty looking, like fine coffee grounds in there. Smell is initially peaches, some vauge wine-y sour fruits, peach dominates the nose, noticeable hops in the end. The hops and peaches do compliment well, nice selection of hops there, Odells. Not much porter aroma to pick up; maybe some slight coffee or oak notes in the background, but nothing that would suggest an "imperial porter". Too much peach, not enough roasted grain for balance. The peaches smell nice, but it's just too much for this beer. Initial taste is a tart blast of juicy peaches, nectarines and grapefruit. Again, the fruit aspect really makes an aggressive first impressions. After some purposeful warming in order to coax out more of the background porter flavors, the fruit does mellow out some (finally). Still, not much in the roasted malts department. More of the oak comes through, providing a slight smokiness. Doesn't finish too dry, just a little tart and sweet on the palette. Some mild alcohol warmth. Feels a too thin to be an "imperial porter' if I can harp on the style. Smooth, but too thin.

Overall, I didn't like the introduction of peaches to a porter. I just don't think the flavors match up well. Tart and slightly dry are not what I think of when it comes to an imperial porter. I'm open minded to new things, but some ideas just don't pan out. This was one of them.

SamN, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of hardy008
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%

Dark black with raisin highlights and a 2 finger tan head with very good retention and a nice sticky lace. The aroma has chocolate malt and peaches. There is also a small amount of oak, and some tartness.

The flavor profile is unusual. Chocolate malt, peaches, oak, yeast, and tartness are a unique combination. Pretty good, but also very unusual. I like all of the flavors, I am just not sure I would have paired them with each other. Both sweet and tart, or sour, at the same time.

Medium to full bodied, well carbonated, has a tart aftertaste, and finishes dry. Definitely a unique beer. I am glad I had a chance to try this, but am not sure if I would buy it again.

hardy008, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of younger35
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%

I loves me a good fruited beer and a Imperial Porter with peaches and partially barrel aged. It’s either going to be hit or miss I suppose. Drank from my Surlyfest mug.

Appearance- Pours fairly over carbonated with a huge three plus finger light tan head. The body is dark brown with hues of ruby red around the edges. A terrific cap and collar and loads of lacing is left behind.
Smell- Interesting smell. Starts with an ever so light tartness that seems slightly odd considering the look of the beer. There’s a bit of fruit in the nose but I couldn’t necessarily pick it out as peach. Touches of chocolate and coffee hide in the background as well. Slightly toasted from the malt as the beer is oddly sweet and sour smelling.
Taste- Like the nose the beer starts fairly tart with that onset taste of souring. The peach is pretty light and I wish it was amped up a bit. The maltiness is fairly soft in contrast to the tart with a bit of milk chocolate. As the beer warms the roast does seem to really linger and an almost French roast like char shows. It’s probably still too young to be drinking as I think the sourness will probably kick this up a bit. Plenty of chocolate in the finish as it lingers and lingers. I get just a touch of barrel and a kiss of caramel in the aftertaste as well.
Mouthfeel- Nice carbonated bite that adds a really lush soft feel. It’s fairly full bodied and has a nice feel.
Drinkability- Overall not too shabby, interesting to say the least. I wish the peach was a little more pronounced but I feel like that might come in with time. As the sour increases I really think it’ll help the beer out a bit. I enjoyed it though.

younger35, May 07, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%

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 SummitVA
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

SummitVA, Jul 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

acurtis, Jun 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

CManuel, Jun 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

micstache, Jan 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

THECPJ, Jun 28, 2014
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Avant Peche Imperial Porter from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.