Amuste - Odell Brewing Company

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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 13
Gots: 29 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 02-15-2013)
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Reviews by bennett_loves_good_beer:
Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Photo of mverity
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of deebo
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of mrw1zard
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of JamesStreet
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of m0unds
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of GilGarp
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Beezee
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Amuste from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.