Amuste | Odell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Mebuzzard on 02-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ajd413
4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown color with a hint of crimson. Very little head retention. Faded by the time the glass was placed in front of me. Smells like a deep, rich, fruity red wine, with a bit of roast malt and chocolate. Taste is delicious and complex! Definitely some roast character as well as an abundance of red wine grape flavor (tempranillo in this case). Oak tannins come through as well, and a nice dry finish round out this beautiful beer.

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Photo of mverity
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
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 PalatePilot
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 Cage and cork Bottle

Popped for Valentines day.

A- Cloudy Brown with a gold/tan head

S- Chocolate, grape, dark fruit, a little coffee, a little wood.

T- Effin awesome! A nice big porter at first, all the usuals from an imperial porter, (Coffee, malt, chocolate, ) and then just a really nice spice from the Tempranillo grape, that creates almost a dry finish, sweet and malty at first, then dry and spicy to finish. I loved it, my wife loved it!! Bonus!

Mouthfeel- I was worried that the carbonation on this one was going to be too much, but it was nice, silky, allowed the taste to linger.

O- I found this bottle to be a LOT better as it warmed, I had a hard time picking up a lot of the subtleties right from the fridge, but it really got great as it opened up and warmed.


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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Pitch black liquid; slight purple when held to the light.

Dark khaki head; nice, if spotty, lace.

Red wine & chocolate in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Red wine up front, but as this warms chocolate asserts itself as the brew warmed up. I had it on draft once & liked it even more...

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Photo of chugalug06
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice lasting coffee colored fluffy brown head; left behind awesome lacing. Brew is deep dark brown.

Lots of roasted chocolate, slight grape funk, vanilla.

Super smooth, deep, robust, coffee, milky, dry, high carbonation, sweetness is nicely balanced, chalky, pleasant, deep, complex, toffee and slight grapey bite, not over the top.

Well done Odell!! Nothing is over powering, everything is very well balanced. Drinks best at room temp. Recommended @ $18/750ml.

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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 FremontBar
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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 bennett_loves_good_beer
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Scotchboy
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corked & caged 750ml into my Hair of the Dog snifter.

A: Medium dark brown pour, nearly opaque in the glass with tawny transparent edges...tan head is huge (probably a product of my glass) but kind of soapy...leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt character and fruitiness are prominent...dark cherry, pressed red grapes, significant oak, suggestions of vanilla sweetness, and a nice vinous component...there is some char and little smoke, as well as a dark chocolate/espresso character to the maltiness.

T: Unfolds as you would imagine after smelling the nose...touch more heat here in the vinous character...dark cherries, toasted oak, dark caramel and espresso...and again, there is a hint of smoke woven into the flavors...vanilla as well...very harmonious.

MF: Medium bodied beer with medium carbonation after my hard pour...felt alcohol is low...finishes dry.

O: Warmth brings out the complexities of this one, as well as a more vinous booziness. Certainly the alcohol is still manageable at that point though. This beer is good; complex, diverse, unique, and good quality.

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Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with effervescent carbonation. 1/3 inch of off white head.

S: Has some vanilla, cherries, oak, and red wine aroma.

T: Has lots of oak/wine barrel taste, lots of grape/red wine flavor, cocoa, and little bit of vanilla. very complex!!!

M: big body, citrusy, and creamy.

O: never tasted a winish porter but this wasn't bad. Its very complex

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Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of mwilbur
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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 portia99
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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 BrownAleBollocks
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a one finger cream color head. Aroma is bright white wine grapes mixed with dark fruits and a hint of caramel/toffee. Taste follows with dark fruit, toffee, white wine flavor, and a hint of candi sugar like sweetness with a hint of nutiness and oak. Mouthfeel is smooth and mouthcoating. Overall, this is an excellent take on a porter. Odell is a great, great brewery?

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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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Photo of cvm4
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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 jera1350
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thinner bodied, massive foamy head. Soapy and floral smelling. The taste grows on me more and more. Chocolate malt with lots of oak tannins and some fruity grape notes. Decent depth of flavor. Pretty thin body, but overall unique and quite enjoyable. $15 for a 750 will probably prevent me from getting more, but I'm glad I tried it. Well done unique brew again from Odell.

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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 denver10
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with an off white head that quickly recedes. Aroma and flavor are both pretty similar; sweet, juicy grapes and oak tannins on top of of some slighty roasty, slightly chocolately underbelly. A medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, I went in unsure if I would be a fan but willing to give it a shot because it's Odell.Glad I did. Definitely unique and enjoyable.One I would happily drink again.

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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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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 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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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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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 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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