Amuste
Odell Brewing Company

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Style:
American Porter
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 12.79%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
158
From:
Odell Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  11
Gots
  23
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: 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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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

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Photo of Dalbeast
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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 John_M
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Beaver13
3/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DenverLogan
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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 homebrewhawk
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a tulip. Poured a deep brown with some red hints. A couple of fingers of tan head. Chocolate malt and some fruit in the aroma. Medium to full bodied. Some more chocolate along with vanilla from the oak in the flavor. A little fruit comes through especially as it warms. Alcohol is well hidden. Very smooth and rich. This experiment works for me. Very drinkable beer, although pretty expensive at $15.

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Photo of thufflife
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of oak, vanilla, roasted malt and wine. Sweet chocolate, caramel and red wine-like taste. Some oak and vanilla.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of deebo
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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 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 riored4v
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased bottle for $16 at Papago in Scottsdale. Poured into tulip.
Pours a deep black brown with a huge amount of tan chewey head.
Aromas of wood/oak and definite wine. Its a little astringent but is mellowed out with a bit of chocolate notes.
Really nice flavor...definite woody and wine mixed well with some chocolate and maybe a bit of cherry-like and vanilla flavor. Really smooth and easy.
Overall, a very good brew. Unique and well thought out.
So jealous I dont get Odell in NY!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 158 ratings