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
97
world-class

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 79
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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dcscientist
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

I was a big fan of this beer and I hope they give it another try sometime. The peach flavor was unusual and very interesting, and it was a great special release for a bomber. I snagged one a while after it was released and it was still good, so if they ever do it again I'll look for it right away next time.

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.

Photo of ajbrenneis
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of portia99
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 11/10/12

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

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

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

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

Overall: Of peaches and porters

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

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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 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 Jeffo
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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