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Avant Peche Imperial Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 118
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mfield14, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

dixonmp, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +30.9%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle shared with unbalancedbuds at the Copper Mine Pub.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany to borderline black with a massive multifinger khaki crown that displays some retention and lace.

Smell: Chocolate malt, peaches, oak, a peach pit/apple stem note, and the faintest whisper of wildness.

Taste: Same as the nose but a bit simplified...basically driven by the peach.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied yet a bit chewy with decent carbonation.

Overall: Nothing special but not too many other brews like it either. Happy to have received this bottle from baconsausage.

koopa, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Lucklys
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter, it appears a thick, murky, opaque inky black. When held to the light, and watching the stream of liquid as it falls from the bottle, it fades to a matte coffee bean brown with hints of auburn peeking out just beneath the foam. Avant Pêche builds a rather mediocre two-finger thick head of a wheat-colored bubbly cream that falls in on itself from the inside out, leaving some thin lacing on the glass while dollops of foam gather in patches throughout the middle.

The nose carries nothing overwhelming, everything in the aroma is presented in a pretty soft harmony. It begins with a delicious subtle peach, sour cherry and pear, followed by very faint hints of tart citrus, light roasted coffee and bits of chocolate. Damp oak and wet leaves begin to proliferate soon after, and carry warm notes of spiced molasses and toasted bready malts. Some mild wild yeast aromas pepper the scent overall, but are hidden fairly well along with the alcohol, which is hardly discernible over the fruit and roasts.

Finally dipping my tongue into the brew, it opens with an initial tart, juicy, natural peach flavor enveloped in a smooth oak. It continues with thin toasted malts; then the sweetness of the peach rises, and it finishes with chocolate and a slight bitter pinch of roasted coffee right at the end. There was a small wave of heat from the alcohol as it warmly washed over my throat and into my belly as I finished the swallow. The peaches in this seem to be a combination of fruit that has dropped from the tree and has begun to ferment, as well as fruit that has just turned ripe and is ready to pick. It was easy to imagine I was in the middle of an orchard right as summer faded into fall, which is the image I was absolutely hoping for when I picked this bottle up 6 months ago.

In conclusion, the feel is fairly crisp in the first few tastes, and it smooths to an airy, creamy velvet as my taste buds acclimate to the flavors. It presents itself with a medium body and soft carbonation, while a warming alcohol sensation grows through my chest. Finishes clean and dry, leaving my mouth watering for more. Definitely a delicious beer that is perfect for summer or fall, as it’s not a heavy porter, and it’s not a light fruit beer, it’s the perfect combination of both.

Lucklys, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of quirkzoo
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown with a thin mocha head. Aroma is lots of syrupy, caramelized malts, almost a burnt marshmallow type smell. Some fruitiness on the nose though I would not have placed it as peach without knowing that peaches were added. The taste is where this beer really opens up. The syrupy burnt marshmallow opens to a balance of roasted malts, caramelization and oak. The fruitiness on the nose opens up to a tart combination of peaches, with a hit of acidity and funk. The bitter, sweet and tart are perfectly balanced on the palate. The mouthfeel and carbonation are just right for this style, it is a big beer but you are not overwhelmed with alcohol or carbonation, there is just enough present to support the complex flavors of the beer. Overall this is a very interesting beer. When I bought it, I didn't realize that it was a blend, some components having "wild yeast" in them so I was impressed with the complexity that it brought to the table.

Definitely worth seeking out.

quirkzoo, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of xuptygm
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown caged and corked magnum.

pours dark black with a big frothy cream colored head. Smells of fermenting peaches. Super smooth drinking. Light bodied for a porter. tons of lace. Where to begin with taste? This is a very complex beer. Somewhat tart flavor with mild roasted malt. Peachy sweetness balanced the beer nicely. Alcohol compliments the flavor profile. Other flavors of oak and roasted grain. Dry finish.

This one is worth seeking out for its complexity and unique character. A GREAT beer for sure! I will be finding this one again. It pushes the limits of traditional brewing. This is the direction that modern brewing needs to take. Creating new styles, experimenting, innovating. My hat is off to Odell.

xuptygm, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bay01 for bringing this one by.

(A) Pours dark, opaque brown/black. Has a foamy tan head that hangs around for a long while. Leaves lacing.

(S) Peach and toasted malts blend together and make it obvious that this is indeed a porter with a fruity twist. There are some sweet hops amidst cocoa and some other lighter fruits and some citrus.

(T) Lightly citrus and acidic. There's some cereal and a bit of biscuit from the toasted malts. Cherry and peach make up the middle of the flavor and it ends with cocoa and coffee, just like a porter should.

(M) It's a medium bodied brew that is slightly acidic on the palate. It's not as grainy as most porters.

(O) This one was different. After reading the description, this beer lived up to what was written on the bottle to a T. It's a really neat take on a porter and was well executed.

cjacobsen, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

sweemzander, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep deep brown, almost black, but with a hint of lightness at the edges. Medium-tan head, almost overflowing the glass, billowing up and out. Great retention and nice lacing.

Smell is mostly strong syrupy peaches - as if they've been soaking in sugar water. It clearly takes on some sweetness from the malts, but the peaches add a dimension to the smell that wouldn't otherwise be there. I don't get a ton of porter character here.

Taste is more balanced - lighter on the peach, heavier on the dark roasted malts. I like it, but there's some asynchrony between the dark coffee flavors of the roasted malts and the light fruitiness of the peaches. A peach porter just doesn't quite work out for me.

Mouthfeel is great - heavy bodied, but high carbonation to lighten it up. Finish is sweet and smooth.

Turns out, for me, peach porter is good, but not great. The combination just doesn't quite work - the peaches are too light, the porter too dark, for them to blend well. But all in all, it's a very good beer.

zeledonia, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of SummitVA
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown pour. Ample carbonation lifting up a rocky white head.

S - Peaches, an estery fruitiness, chocolate, and a bit of roast.

T - Sweet peaches really dominate here. Chocolate and roast in the background, along with a drier finish that somehow sneaks through the peaches. Flavors not really in harmony with each other, leaving a rough feel to the beer overall.

M - Medium

O - Always happy to try these more inventive Odell's brews, but this one strikes me as an interesting idea that didn't quite come together. Tough to blend a delicate flavor like peach with a higher gravity porter. Definitely worth a try, however.

SummitVA, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle traded to me from user BOLTZ7555. thanks! drank from my stone IRS snifter.

A- the beer pours out an opaque dark brown colored body with a rather large khaki colored head on top. the head is quick to fall and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the peaches that this was aged on become apparent immediately. very fresh smelling and not at all artificial. after that i get some roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate. mostly milk. coffee/espresso at the end.

T- the taste starts out with more of the peaches that i could smell. very strong. very fresh. very real (not artificial). lots of roasted malts move in after that. then comes some notes of milk chocolate which mixes very well with the touch of vanilla from the oak barrel. espresso and coffee at the end, along with some earthy hops. mild alcohol is detected.

M- medium bodied, bordering on full. the carbonation is at the appropriate level. some warming from the alcohol.

O- the beer inside the bottle is just what the label promises. a porter with a strong peach presence. well done and pretty unique. id pick up this again were i presented the opportunity.

jwinship83, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of bbeane
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... Starts with a decent light brown head that disappears leaving behind a fair amount of lacing. beer is black in color with no light shining through

S- Very peachy... some hints of roasted malts, but mostly peaches, slightly sour

T- The peach really dominates the flavor from start to finish. Just get some notes of roasted malts and coffee in between the peach flavor

M- Full body with light carbonation

O- I thought this sounded really interesting and kind of had high hopes for it going in... ends up it tastes pretty much how it should have, and I didn't really care for it. I don't think the peach flavor meshed with the typical stout flavors

CHEERS!!

bbeane, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of holden303
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown leaning more towards black with 3 fingers of large bubbled tan head similar to root beer that dissipates sporadically until there is just a lace around the rim.

S: Lots of peaches in the nose on this one, very fruity, I'm having trouble picking up any other flavors as the peach on this on is so strong.

T: Peach in the front and then the traditional porter characteristics, malt, little chocolate, touch of smoke, but then finishes strong again with the peaches.

M: Lots of natural carbonation noticed on the initial pour but the mouthfeel is nice and definitely not thin.

O: This is a very interesting beer. For the style (Imperial Porter) I don't think it rates well just because the fruit is so prominent but if you're looking for a peach porter this is probably the best beer out there. Regardless it's something worthy of trying, I'm going to cellar one and see if the peach dies down a bit, it's just a tad too strong for my liking right now.

holden303, May 29, 2011
Photo of browna71
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours straight black, with two fingers of a dark tan, pancake batter head with good retention
S- Very interesting, a unique mix of tart fruit and oak, very pleasant
T- Tart fruits not as prominent as is on the nose, oak shines through against a smooth, pleasant chocolate malt body
M- smooth, heavier mouthfeel, though not too overwhelming. Appropriate level of carbonation
O- Great beer, another wonderful offering from Odells. The peach and oak are a welcome twist to the style.

browna71, May 23, 2011
Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

illidurit, May 16, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Avant Peche appears dark brown in the glass, but doesn't come too close to pitch black. Dark ruby hints around edges. 2.5 fingers of light tan head forms that has great lacing and retention.

Smell: Lots of peachy and woody scents in this, as well as light vanilla. Underneath that, light roast and char. More fruit than classic porter roast for sure, which is interesting.

Taste: Light roast and char form the base. Then comes lots of peach, vanilla, and oak flavors. The malts are really left behind. I was hoping for lots of roast with hints of peach and oak barrel, but it's really the opposite that's true. The woody and fruity qualities remind me of a sour ale where the brewer forgot the Brett and added some darker malts. It's not bad by any means but still, it's not doing too much for me.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is between light and medium with a lot of carbonation. Not nearly as thick and creamy as I'd like. Overall, it's an interesting take on an imperial porter, but not something I'm a huge fan of. Interesting to try, but not to have again.

zhanson88, May 10, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

feloniousmonk, May 09, 2011
Photo of younger35
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I loves me a good fruited beer and a Imperial Porter with peaches and partially barrel aged. It’s either going to be hit or miss I suppose. Drank from my Surlyfest mug.

Appearance- Pours fairly over carbonated with a huge three plus finger light tan head. The body is dark brown with hues of ruby red around the edges. A terrific cap and collar and loads of lacing is left behind.
Smell- Interesting smell. Starts with an ever so light tartness that seems slightly odd considering the look of the beer. There’s a bit of fruit in the nose but I couldn’t necessarily pick it out as peach. Touches of chocolate and coffee hide in the background as well. Slightly toasted from the malt as the beer is oddly sweet and sour smelling.
Taste- Like the nose the beer starts fairly tart with that onset taste of souring. The peach is pretty light and I wish it was amped up a bit. The maltiness is fairly soft in contrast to the tart with a bit of milk chocolate. As the beer warms the roast does seem to really linger and an almost French roast like char shows. It’s probably still too young to be drinking as I think the sourness will probably kick this up a bit. Plenty of chocolate in the finish as it lingers and lingers. I get just a touch of barrel and a kiss of caramel in the aftertaste as well.
Mouthfeel- Nice carbonated bite that adds a really lush soft feel. It’s fairly full bodied and has a nice feel.
Drinkability- Overall not too shabby, interesting to say the least. I wish the peach was a little more pronounced but I feel like that might come in with time. As the sour increases I really think it’ll help the beer out a bit. I enjoyed it though.

younger35, May 07, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Living up to the name imperial porter, it's as dark brown as you'd imagine. Chalky brown head is steady, but leaves little lacing.

Big malts, fruity sweetness and the slightest hint of astingency meet the nose.

Tart and fruity, with obvious hints of peach lying just out front of everything else - actually reminds of something New Glarus might do - followed by a punch of non-descript malt and even sour that quickly leaves the tongue, wiping it clean of any lingering remannts.

Pops of subtle carbonation release the fruity sweetness in the mouth, leaving a great deal of creaminess and just a bit of stickiness behind.

Incredibly unique - nothing I can even begin to compare it to. A good experiment and worth the exeperience, but not something I'd not likely purchase again.

mdcrouser, May 06, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

xnicknj, Apr 17, 2011
Avant Peche Imperial Porter from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.