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Avant Peche Imperial Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 49
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 amcmaho1
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from notes: Consumed 4/1/11
Opened at a small get-together, and had a lot of kinda' beer people scratching their heads, asking why someone would like sourness in a beer...

Appearance: Dark brown-black body. Pours with a big frothy head which dissipates quickly, and leaves no real lacing.

Smell: When first opened, before the beer could warm up, the funk on the nose was marginal and masked more by the astringency of the alcohol. I think seeing peach on the bottle makes me think theres peach somewhere in the nose though it's subdued, along with the classic characteristics of a porter. There is atypical sourness on the nose, but it definitely comes through as the beer warms, as well as a little oak.

Taste: There is some tartness and funk, though not necessarily sour, but lingering with vinous and fruity notes. At the end of the taste, the alcohol makes itself known with some heat. There is also some chocolate and roasted character on the foretaste, despite its absence in the nose. As it has warmed, there seems to be more defined tartness and acidity.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin feeling, which i suppose is expected for the inclusion of wild yeasts. Nicely enough though, it didn't completely dry my mouth out, or kill my palette entirely. Pretty easy drinker despite the high abv.

Overall: I definitely feel as though i had high expectations for this beer. Upon seeing Odell's release for this, and upon finally finding it, i was certainly looking to be blown away. I'm still not sure how i feel about a sour imperial porter, well not even a sour really, but a funky imperial porter. It was certainly interesting, though i could have enjoyed a lot more peach, and more actual sourness (though they only used brett). So my thought is that maybe they re-approach this idea, but with a lower gravity porter and a more sour, peach focused barrel experience (brett, lots more peaches, lacto, and pedio). I'd love to put one of these away to see how they age, and see how the brett character changes with time.

amcmaho1, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of EmmaLo
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured 2 fingers of light tan head, which retained well and was easily revived with a quick swirl. Color was black.

S. Sour, roasted malt and chocolate aroma. I get some of the oak barrel, but not very much peach at all. Hints of a sour beer.

T. The flavor of this beer is fantastic - well balanced between sweet, sou, malty, and bitterness. The porter and sour are a surprising combination, and really work together. I get a lot of chocolate, sour, and oak notes, but almost no peach!

Overall: pretty unique! I really wanted some more peach flavor, but the other tastes made up for it!

EmmaLo, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of GuruDel
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to FosterJM for sharing this
Bottle poured into Bruery Tulip

A: A chestnut brown with a nice finger of head from a light pour

S: Nothing in the way of peaches, slight bit of funk and basic porter smells.

T: again no peaches, not sure what is going on here based on other reviews, but didnt get much outside of a funky porter.

M: fine for the style, smooth, fizzy and easy drinking

O: Kinda dissapointed on this one, maybe my expectations were too high, but I got no peach out of this beer.

GuruDel, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

FosterJM, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a beautiful silky dark brown with extremely fine but high carbonation producing a big 3 inch foamy tan head. Good retention and nice sticky lacing.
S: Piney hops, peach, chocolate malt, and astringent.
T: Soft peach quickly followed by chocolate malt and oak. Piney hops are folded in there too. Faint porter base. Fairly mild alcohol note.
M: Medium body. Prickly effervesence from the super-fine carbonation. Dry with mild alcohol burn to finish.
D: A very interesting brew...and a good one. Glad I tried this. Good amount of complexity, but not too much that it hinders enjoyability. I would agree with the previous review that it's nice to have an aged beer sans bourbon or vanilla for a change.

mwilbur, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

zeff80, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

kbutler1, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark, murky brown with nice tan head and some decent lacing lines.

Smell: Tart apple and peach. Very light chocolaty roasted malts. Also smells akin to roses. Expected a little more from a Wild Ale / Porter hybrid.

Taste: Tart upfront, then deepens to include chocolate and sharp roasted notes. Very light peach and a hint of hops at the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, slightly thin body, quite warming.

Overall: Strangely enough, it reminds me of an American hopped Imperial Stout (such as Darkness or Nightstalker) but more tart and peachy as opposed to hoppy and orange-like. I still get that same strange mix of roasted malts and sharp citrus. However, this is simply much milder in flavor than those Imperial Stouts, and also not nearly as good as Odell's other Wild Ales. Still enjoyed it and worth trying.

bsp77, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Poured a dark brown with a couple of fingers of fine bubbled tan head. Plenty of carbonation. Fruity aroma with some chocolate malt. Peach flavor is right up front. Some chocolate, but not as much as I expected from the base beer. Medium bodied. Nice tart finish. Didn't get a lot of flavor from the barrel. Fairly drinkable. Alcohol wasn't really present. I enjoyed this beer, very unique.

homebrewhawk, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of csiewert
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a thick chocolate color with 2 fingers of brown head with plenty of lacing as you drink it. The aroma has notes of roasted barley and some citrus sweetness. The taste starts with some citrus and fruity sweetness an then becomes sour. The mouthfeel is slighty harsh with over carbonation. Overall an intriguing porter.

csiewert, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
2.15/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a bottle to a brandy snifter.

I'll be upfront. I'm going to be hard on this beer. Myself and the general consensus is that this beer is not ready.

Pours a darkish brown with some head. Kinda the likes of dirty dishwater. I've had a few beers with Brett in it and I can't get past this. Tart Brett. Gross. Tastes of sour green oak. Ick city. Carbonation was medium.

I really wanted to put this down rather than pick it up. A disappointment. Even in a year or two I won't/will not bother.

TheDudeRules, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Tulip

A. Poured 3 fingers of light tan head. Good retention. Thick lacing. Color is very dark brown almost black.

S. Sour and roasted malt. Has a bit or earthy funkiness to it. Dont really get a lot of peach smell. Don't really get all that much Porter smell either. Smells more like a sour, wild, or farmhouse ale than an Imperial Porter.

T. What the aroma lacks the flavor makes up. A very complex array of flavors going on. Roasted malt, a sour peach quality. Sweetness. Some light milk chocolate sweetness. Not very much bitterness. For me the contrast of the porter and sour works. Opens with the chocolatey porter flavor and finishes with a sour flavor. Almost tastes like a mix of 2 beers poured into one glass, which I guess in a way it is.

M. Full bodied. Really like the mouthfeel on this beer. Lingering sweet and sour flavor. Medium/full carbonation.

D. Drinkable. Unique beer for sure. The nose is pretty lackluster for me. The flavor is complex mix of 2 different styles of beer. I didn't really get very much Peach smell or taste. This is a beer that gives your tongue a workout. All in all a pretty unique experiment that worked for me personally.

siradmiralnelson, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of iLovehops23
2.42/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nope. The only thing good about avant is that it has a cool concept. i like the idea of trying to take a thicker porter and bring a suddle colorado peach falvor to the table. It poors a ho-hum hue of light black, the nose was off a bit off balaced, mouth feel was and taste followed right behind. I was hopping a beer of this price and promise whould of been drinkable but it wasent for me. the first and last one of these guys ill ever have.

iLovehops23, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of hardy008
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

hardy008, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

woosterbill, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of crusian
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

crusian, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of DaveAnderson
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

DaveAnderson, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of SamN
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

SamN, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of coldmeat23
4.7/5  rDev +23%
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.

coldmeat23, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Jason, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of jjanega08
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

jjanega08, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of joshuaseresse
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

joshuaseresse, Feb 19, 2011
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
Avant Peche Imperial Porter from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.