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Amuste - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  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

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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 StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A new one from Odell. A porter made with Tempranillo grapes from Western Colorado, aged in oak wine barrels.

Pours a muddy brown, rustic color. Huge off tan had, rocky, lacing is sticky. The body looks like a dark old English ESB, but the head kills that image. A bit soapy as it falls.

Hint of coffee in the nose. With some sweet toffee and green vine. Not a strong aroma. A touch of leather and background toast.

This has a nice blend of flavors. While none stand out and overpower or take the headlines, I get a mix of leather, plum, coffee, toffee, black cherry and toasted dark bread. A bit more fruity at the end, right after a soft bite.

Feel is smooth, silky. Would seem flat, but it's just the flavors that smooth it out. A bit spicy on the finish. This might pair well with a grilled burger

Photo of John_M
3.83/5  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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Amuste from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.