Amuste | Odell Brewing Company

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3.87 w/ 157 ratings

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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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 38
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Stwinchy
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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 -2.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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 G-Hawk
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Corey17
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 MeisterMayhem
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appeance is a deep red/light brown with thick tan head and heavy lacing. Smell is chocolate, light vanilla, grape juice, and some roast at the end. The taste is sweet with heavy grape character that is followed by light milk chocolate and roast. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Overall, this tastes pretty mild overall and lacks the appearance of a porter.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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 DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 homebrewhawk
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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 AnotherImperial
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jera1350
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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 EyePeeAyBryan
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of denver10
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Amuste from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79.6% out of 100 with 157 ratings
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