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 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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of CManuel
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of hiphopj5
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of sliponflange
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of buffs9
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of RDW
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of dachp
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of micstache
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of chocosushi
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Beerdregs
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of bradner
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Jefe73
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of southhousebrew
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of MetaSteve
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.4/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

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