JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2011
750ml from my main man Jeff. Thanks, Prof!!! Very yummy beer that combines a number of virtues. Thick oily body with a brimming head for starters, and a nicely full mouthfeel that’s got just a bit of chalk in the finish. Flavors are slightly tart from the fruit and some vinous notes that creep in as well. The peach additions are nicely subtle overall and they blend well with the chocolate qualities of the base porter. Moderate hops give a dry balance to things, and the brew is quite nice in sum. tgncc (3136) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle shared at Paul’s. Aroma is sour peaches, some chocolate. The appearance is brown/black, light tan head. The flavor is chocolate, sour fruit. Medium to medium/thick in body. Finish is sour peaches. I really didn’t care too much for this. jredmond (8445) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle at Paul’s Dec 3rd tasting. Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is peach, roasted chocolate and some bitter toasted notes. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with light tart notes of upfront with a nice roasted chocolate malt flavor in the back with some peaches. I thought this seemed like a bizarre idea on paper, but not terrible. malrubius (2960) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Dark brown with nice lasting head and lace. Peach infused coffee and chocolate aroma. Coffee chocolate with tart peach and cloying assertive peach fruity sweetness. Nice palate, nice carbonation and mouthfeel. Just tastes really gross. ads135 (4864) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Mmm, the peach and porter. A slightly sour, tart flavor accentuates the porter. Strongly alocholic with a heavy body. A gift from Jess after my MA exam. 3/13/2011.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2011
750mL bottle. Poured medium-deep chocolatey brown with a tall, dense beige head. The aroma picked up a lot of sour peaches and oak over sweet, yet roasty chocolates, biscuity malts, and a touch of molasses.. the sourness was intriguing. The flavor found tangy, sour, and dry peach skins and oak throughout.. dry-roasted chocolates, molasses, and ashy notes at the core.. sour peaches, vinegar, and metallic barrel on the finish. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. this was interesting, but too focused on the sour stuff. lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Poured into my snifter, it appears a thick, murky, opaque inky black. When held to the light, and watching the stream of liquid as it falls from the bottle, it fades to a matte coffee bean brown with hints of auburn peeking out just beneath the foam. Avant Pêche builds a rather mediocre two-finger thick head of a wheat-colored bubbly cream that falls in on itself from the inside out, leaving some thin lacing on the glass while dollops of foam gather in patches throughout the middle. * * *
The nose carries nothing overwhelming, everything in the aroma is presented in a pretty soft harmony. It begins with a delicious subtle peach, sour cherry and pear, followed by very faint hints of tart citrus, light roasted coffee and bits of chocolate. Damp oak and wet leaves begin to proliferate soon after, and carry warm notes of spiced molasses and toasted bready malts. Some mild wild yeast aromas pepper the scent overall, but are hidden fairly well along with the alcohol, which is hardly discernible over the fruit and roasts. * * *
Finally dipping my tongue into the brew, it opens with an initial tart, juicy, natural peach flavor enveloped in a smooth oak. It continues with thin toasted malts; then the sweetness of the peach rises, and it finishes with chocolate and a slight bitter pinch of roasted coffee right at the end. There was a small wave of heat from the alcohol as it warmly washed over my throat and into my belly as I finished the swallow. The peaches in this seem to be a combination of fruit that has dropped from the tree and has begun to ferment, as well as fruit that has just turned ripe and is ready to pick. It was easy to imagine I was in the middle of an orchard right as summer faded into fall, which is the image I was absolutely hoping for when I picked this bottle up 6 months ago. * * *
In conclusion, the feel is fairly crisp in the first few tastes, and it smooths to an airy, creamy velvet as my taste buds acclimate to the flavors. It presents itself with a medium body and soft carbonation, while a warming alcohol sensation grows through my chest. Finishes clean and dry, leaving my mouth watering for more. Definitely a delicious beer that is perfect for summer or fall, as it’s not a heavy porter, and it’s not a light fruit beer, it’s the perfect combination of both. conciergeman (73) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Pours a deep brown with calm carb. Delicious nose with a touch of peach sour. The taste is bland-ish at the front but the faint sour notes of the peach are amazing. I wasn’t too sure before I poured my first glass, but an absolutely delicious porter with just enough sour flavor to really bump up those complexities. If I let it sit to warm up a little it would have opened up more I am sure, but was too tasty to wait that long. JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown pour, thin tan head. Milk chocolate, moderately sweet malts, cocoa, peach notes, and light sourness. Interesting. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.
Appearance: Dark, murky brown with nice tan head and some decent lacing lines.
Aroma: Tart apple and peach. Very light chocolaty roasted malts. Also smells akin to roses. Expected a little more from a Wild Ale / Porter hybrid.
Taste: Tart upfront, then deepens to include chocolate and sharp roasted notes. Very light peach and a hint of hops at the finish.
Palate: Moderately high carbonation, slightly thin body, quite warming.
Overall: Strangely enough, it reminds me of an American hopped Imperial Stout (such as Darkness or Nightstalker) but more tart and peachy as opposed to hoppy and orange-like. I still get that same strange mix of roasted malts and sharp citrus. However, this is simply much milder in flavor than those Imperial Stouts, and also not nearly as good as Odell’s other Wild Ales. Still enjoyed it and worth trying.