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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to Chris for opening this one.

A: Black with orange highlights; frothy, coarse tan finger of head. Intriguing.

S: The fruit is sharp and up front, backed up with chocolate, vanilla, and green, leafy hops. Clean and complex.

T: Lightly tart peach and citrus fruit, followed by some chocolate and roast. Not much oak. Ok.

M: Fairly light + sticky, and rather overcarbonated. Not great.

D: Decent for the strength, but not great.

Notes: As unique as this beer certainly was, it was also forgettable. While nothing was off about it, its wide array of flavors never managed to complement each other so as to deliver a total package of deliciousness. Not Odell's best offering, but probably not their worst, either.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 00:53:42 | More by woosterbill
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FosterJM

California

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 15:20:49 | More by FosterJM
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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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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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emmasdad

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich, dark brown with about a finger of dense beige foam

S: Tart, oak, chocolate, orange peel...surprisingly devoid of any hints of the promised peach

T: Nice tartness on the palate, musty, sweet, cocoa, hint of peach

M: Rich, thick and full-bodied

D: The tartness cuts the thickness very nicely, although a smaller serving would be welcome.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 04:30:00 | More by emmasdad
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illidurit

California

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at the Santa Cruz tasting in March. Pours dark brown with a decent cap of tan suds. Aroma bursts with canned peach syrup followed by lesser notes of roasted malt, dark bread, and alcohol. Flavor really disappoints in terms of peachiness. I don't get hardly any fruitiness. There's a touch of acidity that could be fruit-related but it could also just be the roasted malt. Pretty basic porter flavor otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 21:46:26 | More by illidurit
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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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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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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.23/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:25:37 | More by Reagan1984
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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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Beaver13

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 05:30:41 | More by Beaver13
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into snifter glass - thanks to biglobo

Pours a deep almost murky brownish color with some orangey hues. A tanned head with a nice filmy layer of retention, some spotty lacing as well.

Very diverse nose with dark fruits, peaches, roasted malts with caramel sweetness. Some hints of bretty funk as well.

A bit of fruit up front at first, followed by richer sweetness. Some earthy woodiness, caramel and roasted malts. Peaches with raisin and dates. Slight boozy warmth towards the finish with some more sweetness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, chewy and sticky. Drinks pretty well, definitely interesting flavors but I think it worked nicely. The booze was a bit warm but this was still fairly fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 05:08:04 | More by xnicknj
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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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Phelps

Arizona

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

Interesting. An imperial porter aged with peaches and wild yeast. Specifically, 45 percent of the brew is simple ale with peaches added, 19 percent was just aged in oak, and the remaining 36 percent was aged in oak with peaches. This was poured from the bottle and into a tulip.

Pours a deep black, light-absorbing with a fuzzy half-finger head of medium tan that quickly fizzles away to a nice-sized ring. A negligible amount of lace is left behind as I drink.

In the nose: tangy dark chocolate, sweet peaches, toast, molasses, oak, a subtle tartness. This really opens as it warms, revealing notes of peanuts and cola as well.

Well, this is definitely what it purports to be: a sour imperial peach porter -- but there's more porter here than peach. Subtly sweet and lightly tart peaches are noticeable amidst roasty chocolate at first. Then the telltale acrid roastiness rolls in after the swallow and lingers for a long while. Little bit of coffee, little bit of cocoa nibs, some toast.

A light carbonation prickles about a soft, smooth medium-light body. The alcohol is only noticeable as a slight warming in the chest.

I appreciate the light touch Odell gave to the sour yeast here. There's a nice balance between roastiness and the sweet and tart characters. It's not as good as Odell's other sours, Saboteur and Deconstruction, but it's definitely interesting. As well-done as a sour imperial porter with peaches can be.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 06:30:21 | More by Phelps
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Rayek

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a red wine glass.

A: The deep walnut color is just a few shades away from black. A rocky cream head falls fairly quickly to a patchwork quilt of foam. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Molasses and charcoal aromas dominate. The peach is present, but subtle. As the beer warms, currant and cheery aromas creep in. Alcohol adds a significant tingle to the nostrils.

T: Starts out with burnt wood and dark fruit flavors. As with the nose, peach is there, but quite subdued. A pepper bitterness adds interest. The beer gets a bit too acidic and astringent in the finish. Alcohol adds heat going down.

M: The dry body is quite light for this much alcohol. The carbonation feels just a little off.

D: I really wanted to like this beer, but something just didn't work for me. I'll give Odell bonus points for going out on a limb and trying something that defies traditional beer styles.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 02:28:48 | More by Rayek
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yemenmocha

Arizona

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

Pours deeP brown to nearly black, and opaque too, even when held up to light. Beer emits peach aroma everywhere when bottle is first opened, but the nose in the glass is surprisingly tame. I get a lot of peach and roasty chocolate, almost like those rich peach candy filled chocolates at Christmas time. Palate has a sweet and sour theme going on with the peach wrestling with the roasty flavors & chocolate. Also a little perfumey.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 03:02:24 | More by yemenmocha
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a duvel tulip glass a dark brown color with the slightest collar of head. A little disappointed in the lack of carbonation. The peach is in the nose along with dark roast and slight chocolate notes. Sweet peach flavor up front that lingers throughout the entire drink. Porter flavors of dark roast mixed with sweetness. It's an interesting beer and of the likes I have not had before. Basically it's a porter mixed with a peach flavor, who'da thought to do that? Medium mouthfeel. No lacing with no carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 12:31:08 | More by kbutler1
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 03:31:02 | More by hardy008
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Boatshoes for this bottle. It was the main piece in this most recent box from CO.

A- I went in to this knowing that it used wild yeasts and to expect something of a sour. I gave it a much softer pour than I would for most porters. I'm glad I did because this is a pretty carbonated, heady beer. The stars aligned and my pour was perfect. The result was a big billowy parchment colored head. It fades, tearing off huge chunks of itself to provide a solid coating of lace. There is a big dollop of foam that looks like an uniced cake or a cookie in the middle of a thick skin. The beer looked kinda thin on the pour, showing its browns and reds. It settles in the glass, kettle black.

S- Pulling out the aroma is pretty difficult. Its possible that a few forces are at play; a thick, masking head, my impatience to allow this to warm (although its not much colder than 55* right now) and an altogether weak aroma. The calling cards of wild yeast is certainly there. A musty, dank, damp wood smell with a very spicy accent to it. The rest is mostly oak and the faintest touch of chocolate. I cant pick up any appreciable peaches.

T- This is indeed very unique. I've had sour porters before but this is on the fringe between the wild and classic takes on the style. There actually is no sourness at all. Wild yeast is most definitely there but its not the souring type. It lends a very spicy, earthy, rustic flavor to this beer. I think porters really lend themselves to that type of flavor profile, and in this case it does work well. The beer starts with a very small nip of sweetness that tastes like peaches for only a second before becoming an amorphous fruitiness. There is a chocolate covering over the fruitiness that works nicely to bring this into dark ale territory. As the beer moves along the tongue that big, brash yeast character asserts itself again. It gets very spicy and earthy with a chalky, dusty consistency. All throughout oak is nuanced, adding some vanilla here, a dash of wood there.

M- The looks were a dead give away. This beer is highly carbonated. Its a very manageable type of carbonation though. Its softened by this beer's fuller weighted body. The swallow is drying with dusty old funk yeast and fluffy with pillowy carbonation. A smidgen of stickiness is left on the lips and a subtly warming track is left down the throat.

D- I expected to not like this beer once I saw that it has a B overall, but so far I think many of these reviews are right where they should be. They aren't inflated (or deflated for that matter), I think that's due, in part, to people not knowing this has wild yeast and expecting something sweeter from a porter with peaches. At any rate, I liked this one and I'm glad Fletcher could send it my way.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 03:51:11 | More by MbpBugeye
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Avant Peche Imperial Porter from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.