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Amuste - Odell Brewing Company

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 155
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 02-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Must is to wine as wort is to beer; the primordial ooze, the source and foundation, that feeds the process of fermentation we all love so much. Amuste is the culmination of a two year endeavor to marry these two fuels into the same fire. An Imperial Porter aged in oak wine barrels accented with juice with Tempranillo grapes grown on the Western Slope of Colorado, this harmonic carbonation is truly, a must.
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Photo of mverity
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good head retention. Pours a nice deep opaque brown with really good creay tan head. Nice thick collar and swirls held until the very end. Pungent earthy wine-like aromas. Some nice sweet roasty malt character. Taste is the wine up front (dry, deep fruit, dark), grape juice right behind that but only for a second, and ends with a nice woody-ness. Great high carbonation and medium-thick body. I really dig this beer!

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle poured into non brewery affiliated snifter. Corked and capped bottle says 2013 on it and was purchased in March of 2013 in AZ since Odell does not distribute to my lovely state.

A: Brown with a little bit of a reddish hue. I will also add that it had a ton of head even with what I would consider was a tepid pour. Cork also released a thunderous pop when I took it out.

S: A decent amount of dark fruitiness. A small amount of chocolate and even a bit of wood.

T: Tasted like a fig newton to me. I couldn't stop coming back to that so I didn't really get much else.

M: Amuste is highly carbonated. I would say this is on the lighter side of medium, especially for a porter.

O: This bottle is somewhere around a year old so maybe that has something to do with the high amount of carbonation. It is possible that if I would have opened it fresh maybe it would have been a different story. I like the idea of what they were branching off and trying to do here. I also think that they have found something here. If this is a baseline and they tinker with this beer a bit I think it could be very good. The bottle that I just had I would say is between ok and good, but if the opportunity arises to try this beer in the future I will not pass it up.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Cork and caged bottle from late 2012. No date stamp but I know it was from last winter.

Cork puts up a fight but is eventually wiggled free with a solid pop. Poured into a chalice, it's immediately evident that the beer is fizzy. Very dark brown with redish highlights and thin fizzy head that seems out of character.

Aroma is really nice with a great combination of dark malts, red wine, and oak barrel aging.

Flavor is sweet, roasty, and vinous. It's maybe like a pint of porter with a shot of red wine in terms of ratio. Good balanced, low on hops but the dark malts make up for any need of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and totally over carbonated, in my opinion. It's difficult to even the taste the beer upon first sip because the bubbles are fighting their way to get out. Disappointing since the beer is otherwise very good.

Overall a good beer but they really need to work on that carbonation level. I know it can be challenging with bottle conditioning but a big brewer should be able to get it right.

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Photo of deebo
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

After having a glass of this would be hard pressed to believe this was aged in wine barrels. The wine quality is very subdued and you have to look for it. Big time dark beer-porter with a big roasty quality. Lots of chocolate and a bit of burnt malt. Decent beer but not worth the price tag.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours dark brown. Looks black without any pointed interest. The pour gives birth to a big, fluffy mass of tan bubbles. It retains well enough, too.

S-Porter base is all there, coffee and chocolate. There is also a grapes element. It's somewhat artificial in my nose. It's an odd tag team of Porter and grape concentrate.

T-The flavor is a bit stronger and more natural when it comes to he wine/grape element. I get plenty of Porter flavors and more than enough grape must. Yet to me, these flavors do not mingle well.

M-Moderate carbonation accompanies a medium-to-heavy body. Quite sticky.

O/D-I don't know if this beer is a miss or if this general idea is a miss. I tend to lean towards the latter. Porter with grape must just doesn't sound like a great idea. Reminds me of "ChocoWine", the gross chocolate infused wine that can be had at any local liquor store.

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Photo of portia99
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Muddy brown in color with a thick foamy head that shows amazing staying power. Tons of lacing left on the glass after the head finally falls.

S - Cocoa, tart...earthy, dirt, yeasty, chocolate, cherries and berries, nutty, slightly red wine-like.

T - Chocolate and cocoa, cherries, somewhat tart, cola flavors.

M - Foamy carbonation, tart and medium bodied. Nice.

O - Interesting beer...and rather good. Roasty and chocolatey with some fruity cherries and a good tartness too. Another interesting Odell beer that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of hardy008
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown almost black, with a 3 finger tan head, with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapes, dark roasted malt, and cocoa.

Tastes pretty much like it smells with grapes, dark roasted malt, and cocoa. An interesting combination of flavors, and I'm not sure if this works for me or not. Does seem to be overly sweet. The grape flavor seems to overpower the dark roasted malt and the cocoa.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and there is a strong grape aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden for a 9.30 % abv beer. Not a bad effort, but I'm not sure I would seek this out again.

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Photo of riored4v
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to a tulip. Massive 4 finger, over-carbonated, head. Very frothy. Pitch black body with some hints of ruby.

Chocolately, a bit oakey and slightly acidic aroma. Malty with some hints of alcohol. A bit earthy.

Taste with huge of chocolate in the middle and end. A bit earthy and acidic upfront with some subtle notes of grapes. Light vanilla and oak throughout. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Roasty. Malty and a bit warm with alcohol.

Medium body, medium/high carb, dry finish. A bit "hot".

Enjoyable beer. Big amounts of chocolate with the dark fruit flavors go nice together.

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Photo of FremontBar
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, nice frothy head with great retention
S: Chocolate, fruit, funk, sweet
T: Stone fruits, roasty, sour coming through, slightly tannic in finish.
M: Above average carbonation with medium mouthfeel.
O: This is my second bottle, one fresh and one with about 6 months on it, can't say I like it any better with age. In fact this beer just perplexes me in general. When I first tried it I didn't think I enjoyed it much, but once it warmed up it became much more complex and is a very interested flavor profile. I've had several wine/beer pairings before but think the porter with grape juice in wine barrels is one of the most interesting efforts yet. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter after a resounding pop of the cork.

A; Dark brown. A tan, one finger head that lingers. Frothy lacing.

S: Malts, sour fruits; oak, wine (what a mix)

T: Sour, tart, fruity. Vanilla. Then malts and smoky oak slip in.

M: Medium with a frothiness on the tongue.

O: Unusual, but I liked it. Interesting hybrid.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very dark black (brown when viewed for afar). It poured with a quarter finger high tan colored head. That hardly died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts, oak and hints of smoke are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that it has flavors of oak and white wine plus notes of Tempranillo grapes towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting porter, although it might have been a litte more noteworthy if the grape flavors stood out a litte more in the taste.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 7.9.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a huge three inch tan foamy head with good retention.

S - Roasted malt, porter-ish with fruit. Some earthiness as well.

T - Dark fruit, wine, oaky, roasted malts, finishes tart.

D - Tons of carbonation with a medium body.

O - Porter aged in wine barrels, tastes just like that. Ok.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with little to no light penetrating through. A massive light brown head builds and dissapates slowly. Tons of stickage on the glass. Smells strongly of grapes, then sour fruit and vanilla. Mouthfeel is fantastic. Perfect carbonation and "chewiness". Tastes of roasted coffee, a little sour grapes, and vanilla rounds out the finish. Vanilla finish gets stronger as the beer warms. What a great spin on the porter style. Sounds weird to add grapes and age in wine barrels but this beer has come together well.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark, murky brown (no light comes through with backlighting...only a faint hint of purple at the edges). 1-2 inch light tan head with good retention.
S: Cocoa, sweet caramel, cola, and grape notes.
T: Dark berries, roasted caramel, baker's chocolate, cola, and soft oaky vanilla. The wine-like quality lays gently on top of everything and imbues all taste notes.
M: Soft and creamy up front. Turns more toward a tannic firmness midway through. Sweet and dry finish. Medium body. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate.
D: Initially, this one came across a bit jumbled. However, with time to sort it all out as well as warming, the true appreciation of this brew came to light. A superb example of what aging in wine barrels (as well as augmentation with grape juice) can add to the right brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, courtesy of doktozee's recent TV-production trip to various Colorado breweries. They seriously grow Tempranillo grapes in the Rocky Mountains?

This beer pours a very dark red brickish brown colour, with broader basal cola highlights, and three fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and sort of creamy beige head, which leaves a decent array of airplane contrail lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of dry dark chocolate, nutty biscuits, musty red grapes, gritty toasted caramel malt, a woody, fruity sourness, bitter espresso, a touch of wayward yeast, and leafy, herbal alcohol. The taste is rather prominent pithy caramel malt, a touch of saltwater taffy, medium cocoa nibs, black fruit (mostly bing cherries and tart red grapes), a hint of funky yeast, and a very subtly booze-soaked wooden plank astringency.

The bubbles are low-key and rather subtle, but capable at their post, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, as the thinning woodiness takes its ounce or two of flesh. It finishes off-dry, a whole lot of stuff still going on, what with the chocolate, coffee, immature red wine, and wood all meshed somewhat haphazardly, but tentatively agreeable all the same.

A cool, 'somebody's gonna try this eventually' sort of deal, though I expected this from a Cali or PACNW brewery, one with more ready access to fresh wine grapes. Apparently the grape-growing regions are expanding - I should have known after watching that doc on Maynard James Keenan's Arizona digs. Anyways, a pleasant enough strong porter, the nature of the adult fruitiness doing well to reproduce the requisite sourness, and the barrel treatment helping offset the excess ABV. Glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa covered dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opens with a resounding POP! Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of tan head. Epic lacing & nice head retention

S: Strong carob, plum, jammyness & some stoic sour/musty notes

T: Raisins, dryness, red grapes, choke cherries & oakyness up front. Some Madeira flavors as this warms, jammy notes, faint cherry & oaky dryness, with ever-so faint leafy hops melding into the mix. Finishes with red grape, sour cherry, much oaky dryness, a touch of vanilla & tannic notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & oak dryness, nice boozey warmth

The dryness really turns this into a sipper, works alright on a sub 40 degree night here in late April. This will probably do better with 6-12 more months on it for my tastes. Probably in it's peak now for what Odell intended. I am not a huge fan of most aged beers with a wine themed twist on them, this is not an exception; glad I got to try it. Solid offering from one my favorite breweries

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Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bryants Lake Bowl the other day.

The beers a blackish brown color with pretty decent head retention and lacing. The nose is unusual and complex, showing considerable dark chocolate, vanilla, roasty malt, coffee and light licorice, but then with a slight sour, wine component as well. While all that is intriguing on the nose, it's not such a hit on the palate. The moderately sweet coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla just doesn't play well with the wine flavor. There really needs to be more of former and/or less of the latter to make this work (IMHO). It's not awful, but I really think the wine detracts from what is otherwise a pretty tasty imperial porter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and the finish is moderately thin and somewhat and dry. Again, the wine flavor just doesn't do a lot for this beer, and I think it mars the beer's drinkability as well.

An interesting beer, but one that I ultimately think is a bit of fail for Odell.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a somewhat opaque brown colored liquid capped by an impressive head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Both the roasted malts from the porter and the deep grape elements from the must are present along with some wood from the barrel

Taste: As with the aroma, the caramel and espresso flavors from the base beer and the grape and red cherry flavors from the must both are present from the get-go, with the barrel adding an oaky dryness after the swallow; some tannic qualities in the finish, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I wanted to like this beer much more than I did - just thought the flavors clashed a bit too much; the Westbrook beers I tasted about a year ago did a much better job of pairing beer and wine flavors, to my palate

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Photo of cvm4
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Definitely pours like a porter. Has a brown body, doesn't seem too thick, with a light tan head.

S - Light roasted malts, a bit of yeast, some funkiness and subdued white grapes.

T - Dark fruit, alcohol hits you, cherries, light caramel and sweet all around. The grape juice intertwines with it all.

M - Light side of medium body with high carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable.

O - Just enough porter in my funky beer, or may'be it's the other way around. Either way, interest experiment that's worth a try.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a corked bottle...#4856.
Poured in a Corsendonk chalice.
Big cork pop...pours like a cola!
Dark brown with big amber head.
Aroma of soda - wood - rich red grape juice - gun powder.
Modest carbonation but big mouthfeel...penetrating.
Whoa mommy...this bottle will take awhile to drink alone, I can tell you that! Flavors that coat the throat...rich malts, fruit juice concentrate, oak-wine barrel, alcohol, funk! Yikes...I've got to step back for a few minutes on this one...
Oooh man...still has a significant head with big lace, strong oak-wine-fruit-musty wood-roasted malts aroma and similar flavors. I do make a squinting face when tasting this...not a gulper for sure!
Stylistically far from a porter, but that's OK given the barrel aging context. I love to try barrel aged beers but don't always find the end product wonderful. I want to give this a higher rating but it's challenging...an affront on my mouth and not fully satisfying on numerous counts. Nevertheless it is big, bold, unique, and certainly not made cheaply or without a creative vision.

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Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a big fluffy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet winey grapes and roast chocolate malts with some earthiness.

The flavor is sweet sugary grapes and vinous alcohol with some roast malt that gives it some bitterness in the finish. It's a little chalky and acidic. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with sharp bubbly carbonation.

Overall, it's interesting with the winey grapes, but a bit off.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't know, these beer wine hybrids are always interesting, but I am sort of losing my faith that I am ever going to love one. this is a well made beer no doubt, and a clever intellectual endeavor, but the final product may not go beyond the novelty of the idea. it pours a rich chocolate brown color with an airy light brown head with superior retention. the nose is more porter than grape, with only a slight fruity acidity among some heavy roast notes and an oaky maturity. the flavor has some grape sweetness up front, but it gives way to the bold bitterness of the burnt barley malt and the tannic intensity of the wine barrels its aged in. I think the imperial porter style may not have been the most effective medium to convey these flavor integrations. its so flavorful on its own, and so deep and dark and honestly bitter, that the subtleties of the wine elements don't really come through effectively as they otherwise might. I know some will love it for the same reason, but it was a detractor to me. id have preferred a light English brown ale with the same treatment, even an American amber, I don't know. the porter would also be lovely on its own im sure. not bad, just sort of confused. good carbonation for a barrel treated brew, and excellent feel, with a rich creamy vibe and a fuller body. the alcohol is hidden well, but I was still glad I had a buddy to share this with. good intention but this is a beer that raises more questions than it answers. its entirely unresolved.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It pours a very dark brown with a 1 finger head of foam and leaves some impressive lacing.

A strong grape nose here. Semi sweet, I reckon. There's no sign of the base beer aromas but what I get, I like.

Okay, with the taste, I do recognize this as being a Porter/Stout with some roasted malts drenched in grape juice. The oak wine barreling imparts a semi sweet taste that at times, does get a bit too sweet but only at times. Lots of booze in the taste too so naturally, this is going to be a long session of sips.

Close to if not full bodied with medium carbonation, it has a good mouthfeel.

Overall, I like it but I'm not sure at this point if I like it enough to buy it again. Try it.

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Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown with a massive root beer float head that takes forever to recede. Loads of lacing tendrils left behind.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses, licorice, oak and berries. Somewhat boozy. (As an aside, my three year old daughter said it smelled like potatoes).

Taste: Fairly sweet at first, with chocolate and loads of fruit. After the initial taste, it becomes more balanced as the wine characteristics become more noticeable. Finishes with berries, cherries, oak, tannins and light hops.

Feel: While certainly not light bodied, it is lighter than most Imperial Porters / Stouts, with a decent level of carbonation. Smooth, silky, creamy and tannic. Finish is somewhat dry, keeping the beer from becoming cloying.

Overall: This is a very cool experiment, as this really tastes like a Porter / Red Wine hybrid. I am not sure that I can tell it is Tempranillo grapes, but the wine characteristics are stronger than in any other beer I have had. The only downside for me is the sweetness, as it could have used a little more of the dry Tempranillo mouthfeel.

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Amuste from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.