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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

(view ratings)
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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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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crusian

Oregon

2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 02:42:07 | More by crusian
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DaveAnderson

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I really wanted to love this beer. I didn't, but it's solid.

A - Right off the bat, it delivers. Beautiful bottle. Pours thick and dark, with a luscious dark persistent head and strong lacing.

S - I catch a whiff of peaches the moment the cork pops. There's oak, roasted malt, some wild yeast funk maybe. And peaches, especially as it warms. Stones, skins, fruit. Smells like its description.

T - All of the usual porter tastes and more. I didn't really note hops on the nose, but they're here now. It's a little tart for my taste. And a lot more oak than I like. Now I know where those hop aromas went. Too much time in wood.

M - Exactly where I expect a porter from Odell to land.

D - I'm sad to say this was too tart and oaked for me to drink much of this. It ends up being a novelty at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 07:42:33 | More by DaveAnderson
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SamN

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 22:47:05 | More by SamN
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Huge thanks to my buddy for bringing this one to me from a recent Colorado beer trip!

This pours up very dark. Almost black. It has some nice ruby highlights, which are exposed with backlighting. An easy pour produces a three-finger head of thick and creamy looking light brown colored foam. The retention is good. The lacing produces a couple of random thin strands, which are sticky enough but the lack of more lacing is kind of dis-heartening.

The smell of this is almost exactly, lots of peaches, including skins, floating in milk chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder, inside a fresh oak barrel.
Very interesting.

Oh, my. The peach comes out first, all smooth, soft and seductive. Then you get just enough of a hint of smoke to distract you while the cocoa powder comes on. This gives way to milk chocolate. Then comes the peach skin which brings with it a very nice hint of light tartness. Finally, you get just a hint of coffee, a bite of dark chocolate (around the 60% range) and a hint of drying oak presence.

This is almost full-bodied and has a medium level of natural carbonation. Those tiny little bubbles give this a wonderfully creamy, velvet-like sensation. Wonderful.

The 9.50%abv in this drinks like it's less than half of that. Flavorwise, it's extremely balanced. This is mighty drinkable, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 04:22:09 | More by coldmeat23
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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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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage I'm not sure if they plan on making this again. 750ml bottle looking classy with the cork and cage.

A= Pours a deep black color that was a nice black color even as I watched it pour from the bottle. The head is a huge three fingers high from a somewhat light pour. The color of the head is a nice light brown color with a nice amount of retention and the lacing is great.

S= I get a nice amount of typical porter smell from it. Great roasty malt. There is a small amount of peach making itself present that I prolly would have called just fruityness if I didn't know it was peach. There's a little bit of a sour punch to it but not much.

T= The taste is actually pretty interesting. It starts light and somewhat sour with a decent amount of unripe peaches. The sour isn't overpowering at all but just a touch of acid on the tip of your tongue. The finish is a complete 180 however. The finish is like a typical porter with a nice roast to it and some coffee notes. I still have a lingering sourness on the tip of my tongue and moves toward a more subtle sour on the mid pallete and the back is very roasty and bitter. Totally new to me.

M= High carbonation with a nice dry finish. Pretty typical of a porter with a medium length finish.

D= I went into this with low expectation but it's actually really quite nice. I love porters and I love sours but I never thought the two together would be nice. It turns out they work nicely together in a unique way. Worth checking out and I may pick a few of these up myself to hang out with for a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:44:52 | More by jjanega08
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joshuaseresse

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with my two roomates. Poured into my Central Waters Snifter:

A - Pours near black with a nice frothy head. Good patching and lacing on the sides. Head is about two fingers with is an egg shell white.

S - Immediately you get a bit of a bandaid funk with a touch of plastic, but once you smell a bit deeper you really notice the slight smell of peaches, earth and oak. Other citrus notes of pineapple, papaya, nectarines and tangerines. At first I was kind of turned off by the smell, but these nice citrus notes are quite nice.

T - A bit of plastic flavors but a bit of tartness and sweetness from a few of the citrus notes stated above. After the flavors come through, the booze starts to hit and presents itself not in an offensive way, but comes through quite smoothly. As some people have reviewed saying that this is sour, I feel it is a bit more sweet and tart. When it warms a bit more of a granny smith apple flavor comes through. Pretty good.

M - This brew is quite carbonated. The booze here show through and makes the mouth and throat tingle and warm. A bit heavy, but it is 9.5%

D - An interesting treat. The smell suggest something and the taste is slightly close to the smell, but the mouthfeel is way different from the two. How this is a Imperial Porter, I don't know but it is truly interesting; its more like a sour/darker tasting gueuze, kind of reminds me a bit like a Monk's Cafe. I really enjoyed this and look forward to what it will taste like when it has a few years to mellow. A nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:26:09 | More by joshuaseresse
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pdoran10

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 05:54:42 | More by pdoran10
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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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notyourdadsbeer

Colorado

2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 19:46:06 | More by notyourdadsbeer
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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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NStLincoln

Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 00:50:49 | More by NStLincoln
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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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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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SalukiAlum

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 00:05:26 | More by SalukiAlum
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busternuggz

California

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 23:38:42 | More by busternuggz
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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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sevopie

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 23:22:30 | More by sevopie
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 05:21:44 | More by trappistlover
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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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rawfish

California

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 08:06:01 | More by rawfish
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GabrielM

New Mexico

4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 01:22:17 | More by GabrielM
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 03:58:47 | More by SFLpunk
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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
Avant Peche Imperial Porter from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.