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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

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 pdoran10
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

pdoran10, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

MbpBugeye, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of notyourdadsbeer
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Reagan1984
2.23/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

Reagan1984, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of NStLincoln
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautifully dark, nearly black body with a creamy tan head.

All kinds of stuff going on with this nose and it will open up even more as it warms up a bit. Orange candy and graphite, and a little bit of funk. A whole 'nother level of dark molasses fruit. I'm really not getting much peach.

Tart on the tongue to the point of being sour. Brown sugar balances out the sour and there's a touch of peach which transitions really nicely into some chocolate porter flavors.

Easy to drink and very interesting. Something new in every drink.

NStLincoln, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

yemenmocha, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Rayek, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of SalukiAlum
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown, with creamy, fairly thick head.

S- I did smell peaches, and subtle chocolate or cocoa aroma, oak.

T- At first was a little bitter, funky. The more I drank the more I enjoyed the taste. Did notice the sour yeast, peaches, and a subtle hint of cocoa. My wife agrees, and she doesn't like porters.

M- Smooth, medium bodied for a porter.

D- Good, definitely easy to drink porter. Reminds me of something New Belgium might brew with the yeast hints. Good beer, maybe a bit above average for me. I'm a huge ODell fan, and wasnt real excited to try this at first. Hard to believe its a 9.5 ABV. This is my first review, so be patient, I'm learning!

SalukiAlum, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of busternuggz
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

busternuggz, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

emmasdad, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of sevopie
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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

(750ml bottle). Pours dark brown with orange hue when poured into the glass. Nice khaki head and tiny carbonation bubbles. Aroma of cocoa, slight must odor and some roasty grains. Not getting much peach. Medium bodied with creamy texture. Finish has a little bit of a twang and some peach is emerging, but this is more porter than anything else. It's good, but not as sour or peachy as I would have liked. I'll have to sit on a couple of these to see how they age. I suspect they'll be better with more conditioning. Good and could become great.

trappistlover, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Phelps, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in corked and caged 750 ml bottle

An interesting combination of 45% ale w/ peaches added, 19% Ale aged in Oak Barrels and 36% ale aged in Oak barrels w/ peaches added.

A: Dark, dark, dark. No light penetrates through this one at any angle. Poured like a carbonation bomb but the head quickly receded to an attractive amber ribbon that left very little lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was a light on this one, a definite character of roasted malts and oak. Traces of acidic fruit, a little funk like mulched leaves and chocolate.

T: Nice with roasted malts and some smoky bitterness that releases on the finish. There's some, not many woody notes but not much of that fruit promised in the label or the nose. The wild yeasts and peach seems to be battling it out to add their own tartness to the brew which adds to its complexity. Some sweetness comes out as it warms. It tries for a nice clean porter to tart fruit transition here but it's hit or miss.

M: Both medium bodied and medium carbonated, there's something extra there from the yeast but it doesn't affect how smooth it is on the finish.

D: Fantastically drinkable, no syrupy finish or notice of the AVB in this one.

So definitely a bold move by Odell here, an imperial porter with sour notes. Thank goodness the contrast plays out on different ends of the drink. This is certainly one that I would buy again to see how the yeast plays with this one and that tart silhouette.

rawfish, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of GabrielM
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

GabrielM, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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!

SFLpunk, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Beaver13, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of PalatePilot
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
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!

PalatePilot, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

BradLikesBrew, Dec 30, 2010
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Avant Peche Imperial Porter from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.